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Visiting Writers Series

Spring 2014


The Millsaps Visiting Writers Series brings to campus outstanding writers from a broad spectrum of experience and talent. Each visit features a craft talk or lecture, followed by a public reading.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Richard Boada at richard.boada@millsaps.edu or 601-974-1305.


Robert BoswellAuthor Robert Boswell 
Thursday, March 20, 5:00 p.m.
Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex, Room 137

The New York Times praised Tumbledown as,  "dense, intricate…Boswell can write the most refreshingly old-fashioned kind of narrative; one that evokes deep sympathy for all its characters." Tumbledown examines the complex and intertwined emotional lives of clients and counselors at a psychiatric rehab center. Its characters search for "some manner of accommodating the impossible, some way of covering up for the failures of the rational world. This might actually be a reasonable definition of sanity."

The Washington Post said: "It's a complicated, nuanced look at human experience and the insights into that experience contributed by people of varying kinds of intelligence. Oh, it's funny too." Tumbledown was selected as an Oprah Book of the Week: "Boswell is a writer who can see the humanity, and yes, even the beauty in just about anything, including a lone man sitting in a diner, holding, 'a frosted donut to his nose as if it were a flower.'"

Robert Boswell is the author of seven novels, three story collections, and two nonfiction books. His work has been made into three movies, and his play "The Long Shrift," directed by James Franco, will premiere in New York this summer. You can read more about him at http://robert-boswell.squarespace.com.



Ellen GilchristAuthor/Poet Ellen Gilchrist
Wednesday, April 2, 6:00 p.m.
Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex, Room 215

Ellen Gilchrist, winner of the National Book Award for Victory Over Japan, is the author of more than twenty books, including novels, short stories, poetry, and personal essays. 

Her latest book is Acts of God,  a collection of short stories (Algonquin, April 2014).  Ms. Gilchrist lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas and Ocean Springs, Mississippi.