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Fall 2014 Writers & Scholars Series: Mat Johnson

Mat Johnson
This fall, the Literary Studies Program proudly presents Mat Johnson, who was awarded the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for his 2012 novel, Pym. His first novel, Drop, is a B&N Discover Great New Writers selection. Johnson has written for a variety of publications, including working as a columnist for Time Out-NY. He is also author of the historical non-fiction work, The Great Negro Plot, as well as Hunting in Harlem and three graphic novels: Dark Rain: A New Orleans Story, IncognegroA Graphic Mystery and Right State. Johnson is currently an Associate Professor of English at the University of Houston. 
Mat Johnson's Event Schedule: Monday, October 6
1:40-2:50 pm ~ Open Class Session in Dr. Burns' ENGL 3325: Black Speculative Fantasy & Science Fiction class ~ Towers 239
4-5:00 pm ~ Presentation and Q&A on literary studies' kinship with critical and creative writing ~ Towers 110 

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)                  - Terry Castle (2012) 
- Stephen Asma (2011)   - Stacy Alaimo (2013)
- Christopher Merrill (2011)   - Alison Bechdel (2013)
- Debra Moddlemog (2011)   - Over the Rhine (2013)
- Dorothy Allison (2012)   - Lennard Davis (2014) 
- Geraldine Brooks (2012)   - Kenneth Goldsmith (2014) 

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Students Jeff Kintner (l) and Jess Bryant (r) with Visiting Writer Dorothy Allison before their live interview for Inside the Writer's Studio (2012).

WSS 2012 Allison interview

by Shannon Lakanen | 21 Jul, 2014

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