Midnight Sun Visiting Writers Series

Fall 2018 Semester features the following readers: 

Rebecca Lindenberg

September 28, 7:00 PM, Schaible Auditorium: Rebecca Lindenberg

Rebecca Lindenberg is the author of Love, an Index (McSweeney’s) and The Logan Notebooks (Mountain West Poetry Series), winner of the 2015 Utah Book Award.» She’s the recipient of an Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Fellowship, an NEA Literature Grant, and a seven-month fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her work appears in Poetry, The Believer, American Poetry Review, McSweeney’s Quarterly, and elsewhere. She is the Poetry Editor of the Cincinnati Review, and an Assistant Professor of Poetry at the University of Cincinnati, where she directs the Creative Writing Program

Anne Valente

October 19, 7:00 PM, Schaible Auditorium: Anne Valente

Anne Valente is the author of the novel, Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down (William Morrow/HarperCollins, 2016), and the short story collection, By Light We Knew Our Names (Dzanc Books, 2014). Her second novel, The Desert Sky Before Us, is forthcoming from HarperCollins in May 2019. Her fiction appears in One Story, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review and The Chicago Tribune, and her essays appear in The Believer, Catapult and The Washington Post. Originally from St. Louis, she currently lives in upstate New York where she teaches creative writing and literature at Hamilton College.

LaTanya McQueen

November 16, 7:00 PM, Schaible Auditorium: LaTanya McQueen

LaTanya McQueen has been published in West Branch, Pleaides, New Ohio Review, The Arkansas International, The Florida Review, Bennington Review, Passages North, Black Warrior Review, Fourteen Hills, The North American Review, Ninth Letter, New Orleans Review, Indiana Review, Booth, Fugue, Nimrod, War, Literature and the Arts, and other journals. She received her MFA from Emerson College, her PhD from the University of Missouri, was the 2017-2018 Robert P. Dana Emerging Writer Fellow at Cornell College, and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Coe College. She is also the Creative Nonfiction Editor of Gigantic Sequins, a print journal of art and comics. Her essay collection, And It Begins Like This, is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press.

Spring 2019 Features the following readers:

 Susanna Nevison  

February 8, 7:00pm Schiable Auditorium: Susanna Nevison

Susannah Nevison is the author of two collections of poetry, Lethal Theater (Ohio State University Press, 2019, winner of the 2017 The Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize, and Teratology (Persea Books, 2015, winner of the 2014 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book in Poetry Prize.» New work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Tin House, Pleiades, Crazyhorse, and The New York Times.» She is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Sweet Briar College

 Tessa Fontaine

March 22, 7:30pm Reichardt Building 201   Tessa Fontaine                                                                       

Tessa Fontaine is the author=or of the Electric Women: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts, a New Your Times Editor's pick, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, an Amazon Editors' Best of the Month featured debut & Amazon Best Books of 2018, an iBook favorite, and more.  She spent the 2013 season performing with the last American Traveling circus sideshow, the World of Wonders.  Essays about the sideshow won the 2016 AWP Intro Award in Nonfiction, and have appeared in the Rumpus Hayden's Ferry Review, Autre, and elsewhere.  Other work can be found in Glamour, The Believer, LitHub, FSG's Works in Progress, Creative Nonfiction, The Normal School, Seneca Review, DIAGRAM, New Orleans Review, [PANK},  Brevity, and elsewhere.

 Roger Wall  

April 12, 7:00pm Schiable Auditorium: Roger Wall - Permafrost Book Prize Winner 2018

Roger Wall studied fiction writing at the Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His writing explores the worlds of education, rural development in Africa, small town news, medicine, and grassroots environmental advaocacy. During-the-Event is his first novel. He lives in New York and the Catskills.

 Nicole Stellon O'Donnell  

April 19, 7:00pm Schieble Auditorium: Nicole Stellon O'Donnell

Nicole Stellon O’Donnell’s second book, You Are No Longer in Trouble, a memoir-in-flash about being a teacher, a student, and a principal’s daughter is the 2019 selection from the Marie Alexander Series in Prose Poetry. She is the author of Steam Laundry (2012), and her third book, Everything Never Comes Your Way, a collection of poems, is forthcoming from Boreal Books in 2020. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Zyzzyva, Beloit Poetry Journal, Alaska Quarterly Review and other literary magazines. In 2015 she won a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching and she is currently serving a two-year term as a Heinemann Fellow.

 Rob McCue  

April 19, 7:00pm Schiable Auditorium: Rob McCue

Rob McCue is the author of One Water (Red Hen, 2018). He has lived in Alaska for thirty-one years. He has worked as a commercial fisherman, cab driver, construction worker, and backcountry guide. He has spent several years camping in the Alaskan wilderness. He enjoys hanging out in the woods, letting his mind wander, and being with his family. He currently lives with his wife and son outside of Fairbanks.