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Writers & Scholars Series

Fall 2016


Eric G. Wilson

Essayist & Scholar
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Eric G. Wilson, Thomas H. Pritchard Professor of English at Wake Forest University, is author, most recently, of How to Make a Soul: The Wisdom of John Keats (Northwestern UP), Keep It Fake: Inventing an Authentic Life (Farrar Straus and Giroux), Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck: Why We Can't Look Away (Farrar Straus and Giroux), The Mercy of Eternity: A Memoir of Depression and Grace (Northwestern), and Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy (Farrar Straus and Giroux). His essays have appeared in The Georgia Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Oxford American, The New York Times, The LA Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Psychology Today, Salon, and The Paris Review Daily, and he has placed hybrid work (memoir and fiction mixed) in The Collagist, The Vestal Review, decomP, apt, The Dr. T. J. Eckleburg Review, and THE FANZINE. He has published numerous scholarly articles on a wide range of subjects, including British Romantic Poetry, American Transcendentalism, morbid curiosity, irony, limbo, David Lynch, Gnosticism, melancholy androids, and ice. Among his many awards is a National Humanities Center Fellowship.

  • Open Class Session ~ 3:05-4:15 in Towers 121
  • "Memory & Melancholia" (Humanities Speaker Series Presentation) ~ 4:30-5:30 in Philomathean Room (third floor of Towers Hall)

Steve Feffer

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Steve Feffer is an associate professor of English at Western Michigan University. His plays have been produced or developed by the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference (NY and CT), Ensemble Studio Theatre (NY), Philadelphia Festival Theatre, Stages Repertory Theatre (Houston), Ruckus Theatre (Chicago) and the National Jewish Theatre (Chicago). Three of his scripts have appeared in the Best American Short Plays anthologies: Origins of the Drink They Named After Me (2012-13), And Yet ... (2010-11), and Little Airplanes of the Heart (1997-98). Feffer has won a number of national playwriting awards and the WMU College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Achievement in Teaching Award.

  • English Department Common Hour Workshop ~ Tues, Nov 1, 4:30-5:30, Philomathean Room (third floor of Towers Hall)
  • Performance info TBA
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Marta Werner

Friday-Saturday, November 11-12, 2016

Marta Werner is a professor of English at D’Youville College and author/editor of Emily Dickinson’s Open Folios: Scenes of Reading, Surfaces of Writing; Ordinary Mysteries: The Common Journal of Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne (with Nicholas Lawrence); Radical Scatters: An Electronic Archive of Emily Dickinson’s Late Fragments and Related Texts; “The World Will Not Come To A[n] [End]”: Hannah Weiner’s The Book Of Revelations; and The Gorgeous Nothings (with Jen Bervin). Most recently, she has been exploring the soundscape of the 19th- and early 20th-century through research on Cordelia Stanwood’s field journals on the birds of Maine and on the Snells’ meteorological journal kept in Amherst between 1825 and 1902 and now at rest in the College’s Special Collections.

  • Open Class Session, Fri, Nov 11, 3:05-4:15, Towers 121
  • "The Weather (of) Documents: Archive, Elements, and Elegy" (English Studies Conference Keynote, Sat, Nov 12, time TBA

Spring 2017


Kelley Grant

Fiction Writer
February 2017

Kelley Grant is the author of The World Weavers, Obsidian Temple, and Desert Rising, all of which have been published by Harper Collins. She grew up in the hills of Ohio’s Amish country where her best friends were the books she read, stories she created and the forest and fields that inspired her. She graduated with a B.A. in English from Otterbein University. She and her husband now live on a wooded hilltop and are owned by five cats, a dog and numerous uninvited critters. Besides writing, Kelley teaches yoga and meditation, sings kirtan with her husband, and designs brochures and media.


Martha P. Nochimson

Film Scholar
April 2017

Martha P. Nochimson is the author of five books, including The Passion of David Lynch: Wild at Heart in Hollywood and World on Film: An Introduction, and is working on a second book about David Lynch. For 26 years a Professor of film at New York University and Mercy College, she is now an Associate Editor for Cineaste.

Recent Visiting Writers & Scholars

Each year, the English Department hosts internationally-renowned writers and literary scholars who hold open class sessions, meet one-to-one with Literary Studies and Creative Writing students, and present their creative and scholarly work for the department, campus community, and general public. In recent years, we've partnered with Humanities Advisory, the Artists Series, and the Westerville Public Library to bring host visitors such as: 

  • Mark Doty (2010)
  • Christopher Merrill (2011)
  • Dorothy Allison (2012)
  • Alison Bechdel (2013)
  • Lennard Davis (2014)
  • Kenneth Goldsmith (2014)
  • Mat Johnson (2014)
  • Sandra Macpherson (2014)
  • Dana Renga (2015)
  • John Sitter (2015)
  • Timothy Corrigan (2015)
  • Christian Formoso (2015)

/ Department of English

Shannon Lakanen
Department Chair
Towers Hall 228

p / 614.823.1211
e / slakanen@otterbein.edu 

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