• Professor in Lecture

    BFA: 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 Richard Bausch, Terry Tempest Williams, Junot Díaz, Mary Ruefle, Ann Pancake, Martín Espada, Carol Muske-Dukes, Susanne Antonetta, Eavan Boland, and Brenda Hillman. Visiting writers are co-sponsored by the MFA in Creative Writing program.

    Collectively they have won the Pulitzer Prize; The National Book Critics Circle Award; the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story; the Brittingham Prize in Poetry; a Whiting Award; a Bakeless Award; the Wallace Stegner Award; the L.A. Times Book Award, an American Book Award; a Lannan Foundation Award; multiple Pushcart Prizes; and fellowships from the NEA and Guggenheim Foundations.

    Students also have the opportunity to attend readings and interact with accomplished authors through the annual ACTC (Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities) Visiting Writers Series.  

    Those who are interested in writing for children and young adults can attend readings and select lectures during Hamline’s July and January residencies in the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program. In addition to the accomplished faculty, visiting writers have included Patricia MacLachlan, Marilyn Nelson, Christopher Paul Curtis, Pete Hautman, Kate DiCamillo, Jane Yolen, T. A. Barron, Lois Lowry, and many others.


    FALL 2014

    Hamline hosts Visiting Writer Jamaal May

    Jamaal May was born in 1982 in Detroit, MI where he taught poetry in public schools and worked as a freelance audio engineer. His first book, Hum (Alice James Books), received the American Library Association’s Notable Book Award, Foreword Review’s Book of the Year Silver Medal, an NAACP Image Award nomination, and was named one The Boston Globe’s Best Books of 2013. In 2014 Jamaal received several honors including the Spirit of Detroit Award, The J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize from Poetry, as well as fellowships from Rose O’Neil Literary House, Lannan Foundation, and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy. Recent work appears from NYTimes.com, The New Republic, Poetry Daily, and Ploughshares. Poems have also been anthologized in Please Excuse this Poem: 100 Poems for the Next Generation (Penguin), 2015 Pushcart Prize Anthology (Pushcart Press), Best American Poetry 2014 (Scribner), and elsewhere. Jamaal is currently a Kenyon Review Fellow and co-directs Organic Weapon Arts with Tarfia Faizullah.

    Visiting Writer Public Events:

    Public Reading
    Tuesday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m.

    Public Interview (with Katrina Vandenberg and MFA student)
    Wednesday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m.

    Both events are free and open to the public.