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 2017-2018

September 14, 2017   7:00 pm, Tillotson Room – Nate Marshall &
Natalie Scenters-Zapico

Nate Marshall is the author of Wild Hundreds and an editor of The Breakfast Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-HopWild Hundreds has been honored with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s award for Poetry Book of the Year and The Great Lakes College Association’s New Writer Award. Nate has received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Poetry Foundation, and the University of Michigan. He is the director of National Programs for Louder Than a Bomb Youth Poetry Festival and has taught at the University of Michigan, Wabash College, and Northwestern University.



Natalie Scenters-Zapico is the author of The Verging Cities (Center for Literary Publishing), which won the PEN American/ Joyce Osterweil Award and The Great Lakes College Association’s New Writer Award, as well as the forthcoming Lima :: Limón (Copper Canyon Press). Her most recent poems are forthcoming or can be found in Poetry, Boston Review, and Tin House. Starting in fall 2017, she will be teaching at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.



October 19, 2017   7:00 pm, Tillotson Room – William Brewer & Jen Julian

William Brewer (Allegheny ’11) is the author of I Know Your Kind (Milkweed Editions 2017), winner of the National Poetry Series, and Oxyana, the recipient of a 2016 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship. His work has appeared in Boston Review, The Iowa Review, Kenyon Review Online, Narrative (where it was awarded the 30 Below Prize), The Nation, A Public Space, and other journals. He is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.


Visiting Fiction Writer in Residence at Allegheny College, Jen Julian received a Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and an MFA in fiction from UNC Greensboro. Her short fiction and essays have appeared most recently in The Greensboro Review, The Chattahoochee Review, Cleaver, Tahoma Review, North Carolina Literary Review and New South, and she also has work upcoming in Beecher’s Magazine.




November 30, 2017  7:00 pm, Tillotson Room – James Davis May & Chelsea Rathburn


Originally from Pittsburgh and an alumnus of Allegheny College, James Davis May now lives in the Georgia mountains, where he is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Young Harris College. His first poetry collection, Unquiet Things, was published by Louisiana State University Press in 2016. His poems have appeared in Five PointsThe Missouri Review, New England Review The New Republic, and elsewhere. In 2016, he won the Poetry Society of America’s Cecil Hemley Award.


Chelsea Rathburn is the author of two poetry collectionsThe Shifting Line, winner of the 2005 Richard Wilbur Award, and A Raft of Grief. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, The Southern Review, New England Review, and Ploughshares, and her essays have appeared in Creative Nonfiction and The Rumpus. In 2009, she received a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Chelsea is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Young Harris College, where she directs the creative writing program.




February 8,  2018, 7:00 pm, Tillotson Room –
B.J. Hollars

B.J. Hollars is the author of several books, most recently Flock Together: A Love Affair with Extinct Birds, From the Mouths of Dogs: What Our Pets Teach Us About Life, Death, and Being Human, as well as a collection of essays, This is Only A Test. In April, The Road South: Personal Stories of the Freedom Riders will be published by the University of Alabama Press. He is an associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.




March 15, 2018, 7:00 pm, Tillotson Room – Lily Hoang

Lily Hoang is the author of five books, including A Bestiary (winner of the inaugural Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Nonfiction Contest) and Changing (recipient of a PEN Open Books Award). She teaches in the MFA program at UC San Diego. She serves as editor at Jaded Ibis Press and executive editor for HTMLGIANT.