Visiting Writers BFA students attend readings and public interviews with some of America’s most important writers, who also visit writing classes. Writers have included Kevin Moffett, Jamaal May, Benjamin Percy, Richard Bausch, Junot Díaz, Martín Espada, and Eavan Boland. Authors give a public reading, meet with students at the advanced level of their programs, and participate in a public interview conducted by a member of the faculty and a student selected by the faculty member. The interviews are then published in the next issue Water~Stone or Runestone. Coming in February 2016 : RICK MOODY Public ReadingTuesday, February 23, 20167:00 pm, Giddens Learning Center 100E Author InterviewWednesday, February 24, 20167:00 pm, Giddens Learning Center 100E Bio:Rick Moody is the author of five novels: Hotels of North America, The Four Fingers of Death, Purple America, The Ice Storm, and Garden State, as well as an award-winning memoir and multiple collections of short fiction. Moody is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, and his work has been anthologized in Best American Stories, Best American Essays, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. Moody lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit his website at rickmoodybooks.com. Coming in March 2016 : JONI TEVIS Public ReadingTuesday, March 8, 20167:00 pm, Kay Fredericks Room, Klas Center Author InterviewThursday, March 10, 20169:40 - 11:10 am (Runestone class)Bio:Formerly a park ranger, factory worker, and seller of cemetery plots, Joni Tevis is the author of the acclaimed book of essays, The Wet Collection. Her nonfiction has been published in Oxford American, the Bellingham Review, Shenandoah, the Pushcart Prize anthology, and Orion. She teaches literature and creative writing at Furman University, and lives in Greenville, South Carolina. Visit her website at jonitevis.com.