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Literary Arts

The English Department annually sponsors and co-sponsors significant contemporary writers and scholars, often winners of Pulitzer Prizes, MacArthur "genius grants," National Book Awards and various other honors. All writers brought to campus work with students personally; all public presentations are free. For more information, please email Kathy Barton at kabarton@davidson.edu or call 704-894-2254.

2018-19 Calendar

Chris Hudgins

Abbott Scholars Event: Chris Hudgins "From Davidson to Stockholm"

Tuesday, January 22, 2018 • 7:30 p.m.  Lilly Family Gallery

Chris Hudgins '68 will discuss Tony Abbott as a mentor, a "Scholar Adventurer" who led Hudgins to his life's work, to a love of the plays of Harold Pinter and many other dramatists. Hudgins' will focus on his scholarly and personal experiences with Harold Pinter (Nobel Laureate, 2005) and on three of the unpublished film scripts Pinter provided Hudgins during their twenty-four-year friendship: The Handmaid's Tale, The Remains of the Day, and Lolita.

Chelsea Hodson

Chelsea Hodson Reading: "Tonight I'm Someone Else"

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 • 4:30 p.m. • Hance Auditorium/Chambers Building

Chelsea Hodson is the author of the book of essays, Tonight I'm Someone Else, and the chapbook, Pity the Animal. She is a graduate of the M.F.A. program at Bennington College and has been awarded fellowships from MacDowell Colony and PEN Center USA Emerging Voices. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times MagazineFrieze Magazine, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere. She teaches at Catapult in New York and at Mors Tua Vita Mea in Sezze Romano, Italy.

Jason Ockert

Jason Ockert Reading

Thursday, April 4, 2019 • 7:30 p.m. • 900 Room

Jason Ockert is the author of Wasp Box, a novel, and two collections of short stories: Neighbors of Nothing and Rabbit Punches. Winner of the Dzanc Short Story Collection Contest, the Atlantic Monthly Fiction Contest, and the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award, he was also a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the Million Writers Award. His work has appeared in journals and anthologies including Best American Mystery Stories, Cover Stories, Ecotone, The Iowa Review, Oxford American, One Story, and McSweeney's. He received his M.F.A. from Syracuse University, and he teaches at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, and in the University of Tampa low-residency M.F.A. program.