• Visiting Writers 

    CWP students have several opportunities to hear from and work with nationally known authors: at the Water~Stone Review Summer Writing Workshop or on campus. Authors visiting campus 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 Review or Runestone.

     We are thrilled to announce that our Spring 2020 visiting writer will be Kazim Ali!


    Kazim Ali was born in the United Kingdom and has lived transnationally in the United States, Canada, India, France, and the Middle East. His books encompass multiple genres, including the volumes of poetry Inquisition, Sky Ward, winner of the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry; The Far Mosque, winner of Alice James Books' New England/New York Award; The Fortieth Day; All One's Blue; and the cross-genre texts Bright Felon and Wind Instrument. His novels include the recently published The Secret Room: A String Quarter and among his books of essays are the hybrid memoir Silver Road: Essay, Maps, & Calligraphies and Fasting for Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual Practice. He is also an accomplished translator (of Marguerite Duras, Sohrab Sepehri, Ananda Devi, Mahmoud Chokrollahi and others) and an editor of several anthologies and books of criticism. After a career in public policy and organizing, Alit taught at various college and universities, including Oberlin College, Davidson College, St. Mary's College of California, and Naropa University. He is currently a Professor of Literature at the University of California, San Diego. His newest books are a volume of three long poems entitled The Voice of Sheila Chandra and a memoir of his Canadian childhood, Northern Light. 

    Events open to the public during Ali's visit:

    Public Reading - Wednesday, April 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Kay Fredericks Ballroom

    Public Interview to be published in next year's Water~Stone Review - Thursday, April 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in GLC 100E

  • A Sampling of Past Visiting Authors:

    Percival Everett
    Aimee Nezhukumatathil
    Nick Flynn
    Joni Tevis — Read the interview with Joni in Runestone Literary Journal
    Rick Moody
    Kevin Moffett — Read the interview with Kevin in Runestone Literary Journal
    Jamaal May — Read the interview with Jamaal in Water~Stone Review
    Benjamin Percy
    Ralph Angel
    Richard Bausch
    Terry Tempest Williams
    Ann Pancake
    Martin Espada
    Susanne Antonetta
    Carol Muske-Duke
    Junot Diaz
    Eavan Boland