Living Writers

Started in 1994, “Living Writers” is a course offered once every three years which brings six established and emerging writers to Muhlenberg College. The students read their recent works and then interact with the authors directly as they visit campus for a day. The writers come to class, have lunch with students and then give a public reading of their work in the evening. Each writer is interviewed on the college’s radio station and written up in the local newspaper. Their visit is a community event. In the past we have had the honor of hosting David Sedaris, Jonathan Franzen, Gary Snyder, Adrienne Rich, Francine Prose, Galway Kinnell, Robert Pinsky, Michael Ondaatje, and Phillip Levine.

The 2013 Living Writers series includes lectures by novelist Cristina García; novelist, journalist and playwright Colm Toibin; poet and environmentalist Patrick Lawler; poet Kay Ryan; poet Terrance Hayes; and graphic novelist Chris Ware. To listen to interviews with the writers, please visit our Soundcloud page.

Other Living Writers have included:

Dannie Abse
Russell Banks
Andrea Barrett
Charles Baxter
David Bradley
Rosellen Brown
Frederick Busch
Robert Olen Butler
Peter Carey
Alan Cheuse
Lucille Clifton
Jim Crace
Nicholas Delbanco
Carolyn Forche
Alice Fulton
Suzanne Gardinier
William H. Gass
Barry Hannah
Matthea Harvey
Ha Jin
Yusef Komunyakaa
Chang-Rae Lee
Li-Young Lee
Kenny Marotta

John McGahern
Paul Muldoon
Alicia Ostriker
Alan Michael Parker
Michael Pollan
Scott Russell Sanders
Art Spiegelman
Gerald Stern
Dovie Thomason
Monique Truong
Sarah Vowell
Jay Wright