Visiting Writers Series

The Millsaps Visiting Writers Series brings to campus outstanding writers from a broad spectrum of experience and style. Each visit features a public reading or lecture and some will also include a craft talk.

All events are free and open to the public.

Upcoming Events

The English Department Visiting Writers Series presents a Reading by Margaret McMullan and Katy Smith

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 4:30 p.m.—Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex, Room 215

The Millsaps English Department and the Eudora Welty Foundation invite you to attend a reading by visiting writers and fellow Mississippians Margaret McMullan and Katy Simpson Smith. This event will take place on Tuesday, November 15, at 4:30 p.m. in the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex, room 215; a reception will follow. McMullan will read "Kaddish for Engel, 64240," an essay based on the research that she conducted in Hungary. Smith will read from her acclaimed novel Free Men, published this year by Harper.

Contact: Michael Pickard

Recent Events

The English Department Visiting Writers Series and Eudora Welty Foundation present "Reading Poetry," a lecture by Jerome McGann, John Stewart Bryan Professor at the University of Virginia.

Monday, October 3, 2016, 4:30 p.m.—Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex, Room 137

The single most influential modern book of poetry education was Understanding Poetry, by Cleanth Brooks and Robert Penn Warren, initially published in 1938 and reprinted thereafter in scores of thousands of copies. It was written to replace a system of poetry (and language) education that had flourished for centuries in the teaching of classical languages and, later, vernacular English. That system was based in oral recitation and the sight reading of prose and poetical texts. The Brooks and Warren program succeeded, spawning ever more sophisticated forms of “Understanding Poetry.” Those educational methods have helped to gain poetry the bad eminence it currently enjoys in our schools. To counter the damage poetry education has suffered, we should consider shifting our focus from cognitions for understanding poetry to practices of reading poetry.