Writers House Events
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Visiting Writers Series
September 23, 2021
Selected by President Obama as the fifth inaugural poet, Richard Blanco is the first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. He is the author of the poetry collections, How To Love a Country, City of a Hundred Fires, Directions to The Beach of the Dead, Looking for The Gulf Motel, and the memoirs, For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey and The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood. He is the first Education Ambassador for The Academy of American Poets.
October 5, 2021
Randall Horton, originally from Birmingham, Alabama, is the recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Bea Gonzalez Poetry Award, a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Literature, the GLCA New Writers Award for Creative Nonfiction for Hook: A Memoir (2015), Poet-in-Residence at the Civil Right Corpse, and most recently a Right to Return Fellowship from the Soze Foundation. He is the author of the poetry collections, Pitch Dark Anarchy, The Definition of Place, The Lingua France of Ninth Street, and most recently, . His new memoir, Dead Weight: A Memoir in Essays is forthcoming in 2022.
Randall has appeared on C-Span, NPR, CTNPR and countless journals, magazines and radio shows. He is also on the Advisory Board of Pen America’s Pen Prison Writing Program.
October 18, 2021
Raechel Anne Jolie (she/they) is a writer and educator based in Cleveland, Ohio. She holds a PhD in Critical Media Studies from the University of Minnesota. Her writing has appeared in The Baffler, Bitch, Teen Vogue, In These Times, among other publications. Jolie is also the editor and co-creator of The Prison Arcana tarot zine, made in collaboration with incarcerated artists. RUST BELT FEMME is their first memoir and received recognition in NPR’s Favorite Books of 2020, was a finalist in the Heartland Bookseller’s Award, and was the winner of the Independent Publisher Book Award in LGBTQ Nonfiction.
November 16, 2021
Ha Jin has published many books of fiction and poetry and nonfiction, and his work has been translated into more than thirty languages. His most recent book is the novel The Song Everlasting. He has received the National Book Award, two PEN/Faulkner Awards, and the PEN/ Hemingway Award. He teaches fiction writing and literature at Boston University.