Single Voice Reading Series

Sponsored by the John C. Sturtevant Memorial Lectureship

The Single Voice Reading Series provides students with an opportunity to hear and meet nationally known writers. Readers have included John Updike, Carolyn Forché, Tobias Wolff, Jane Hirshfield, W.D. Snodgrass, Richard Blanco, Robert Olen Butler,  Henri Cole, Edward Hirsch, Afaa Michael Weaver, Tim O’Brien, and Mark Doty. Look at the archives for a more complete list.

The Single Voice Reading Series is organized by the Department of English at Allegheny College. For more information, contact Christopher Bakken, Professor of English.

Single Voice Reading Series 2018-2019

Moira Egan and Anna Rose Welch

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
7pm, Tillotson Room

Click to enlarge photo of Moira EganMoira Egan is the author of five books of poetry; her most recent collection, Synæsthesium, won The New Criterion Poetry Prize and was published in 2017. In Italy, two bilingual collections, with translations by her husband, Damiano Abeni, have appeared. She has also translated (with Damiano Abeni) several American poets into Italian, including works by John Ashbery, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Charles Simic, Mark Strand, and Charles Wright.

Click to enlarge photo of Anna WelchAnna Rose Welch earned her degree in English from Allegheny College (’11) and her M.F.A. from Bowling Green State University. Her work has appeared in Best New Poets 2014, The Kenyon Review Online, The Paris  American, Crab Orchard Review, and other journals. Her first book, We, the Almighty Fires, was the winner of the Alice James Award in 2016. She currently lives in Erie, where she is the chief editor of a pharmaceutical publication and a violinist.

Lynn Emanuel and Rickey Laurentiis

Thursday, November 1st, 2018
7pm, Tillotson Room

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Lynn Emanuel is the author of five books of poetry, most recently, The Nerve Of It: Poems New and Selected which was awarded the Lenore Marshall  Prize from the Academy of American Poets. Among her other awards are two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The National Poetry Series Award, and a fellowship from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation.  Her work has been featured in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and Best American Poetry numerous times and is included in The Oxford Book of American Poetry, the Norton anthology of hybrid American poetry, and most recently, has been published in The New York Times.

Click to enlarge photo of Rickey LaurentiisRickey Laurentiis is the author of Boy with Thorn, which won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, the Levis Reading Prize, and was a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. His other honors include fellowships from the Whiting Foundation, the Lannan Literary Foundation, the National Endowment of the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation. Currently, he is the inaugural Fellow in Creative Writing at the Center for African American Poetry and  Poetics at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dean Bakopoulos and Alissa Nutting

Thursday, February 21, 2019
7pm, Tillotson Room

Click to enlarge photo of Dean BakopoulosDean Bakopoulos’ first novel, Please Don’t Come Back from the Moon, was a New York Times Notable Book; he co-wrote and co-produced the film adaptation, which debuted at the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival. His second novel, My American Unhappiness, was named one of the year’s best novels by The Chicago Tribune, and his third novel, Summerlong was an independent bookstore bestseller and is now in development as a feature film based on Bakopoulos’ screenplay. The winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as NEA fellowships in both fiction (2006) and creative nonfiction (2016), Bakopoulos is writer-in-residence at Grinnell College and he teaches in the Warren Wilson MFA Program. He is also co-writing the television adaptation of Alissa Nutting’s novel, Made for Love, for Paramount Studios.

Click to enlarge photo of Alissa NuttingAlissa Nutting is the author of the novels Made for Love, a New York Times editor’s choice selection, and Tampa, the film version of which is in development with director Harmony Korine, as well as the story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls, an expanded/revised version of which is being rereleased in Summer 2018 as part of Ecco’s “Art of the Story” series. A collection of her comedic essays is forthcoming from Ecco in 2019. She is currently at work on two television projects–one animated in development with Cartoon Network, the other based on her recent novel and being co-written with Dean Bakopoulos for Paramount Studios. She is an assistant professor of English and writer-in-residence at Grinnell College.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil and Dustin Parsons

Thursday, March 7, 2019
7pm, Tillotson Room

Click to enlarge photo of Aimee NezhukumatathilAimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Oceanic (Copper Canyon).  Honors include a Pushcart Prize and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. A collection of her nature essays is forthcoming from Milkweed. She is poetry editor of Orion magazine and professor of English in The University of Mississippi’s MFA program.

Click to enlarge photo of Dustin ParsonsDustin Parsons is the author of Exploded View: Essays on Fatherhood, with Diagrams from University of Georgia Press. He is the winner of the Laurel Review Fiction Prize and the American Literary Review Fiction Prize as well as a New York Fine Arts and Ohio Arts Grant in nonfiction. He teaches at the University of Mississippi.

Matthew Ferrence

Thursday, April 4, 2019
7pm, Tillotson Room

Click to enlarge photo of Matthew Ferrence Matthew Ferrence’s new memoir, Appalachia North, addresses the curious confluence of Northern Appalachian identity and brain tumor recovery. His prose has appeared widely in North American literary journals, including Gettysburg Review and The Fiddlehead, and has recently appeared in the 2018 Best American Travel Writing. As an Associate Professor of English at Allegheny College, he teaches courses in creative nonfiction and literature, where he also serves as chair of the Department of English.