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Visiting Writers and Speakers, Fall 2022 and Spring 2023



Eula BissEula Biss

3:30 p.m., Friday, October 7, 2022, Zoom


Eula Biss is the author of four books, most recently Having and Being Had (Riverhead Books, 2020.) A New York Times Editor’s Choice, it was named a Best Book of the Year by Time and NPR. 

Her previous book, On Immunity: An Inoculation (Graywolf Press, 2014) was a New York Times bestseller, and was named one of the Ten Best Books of 2014 by the New York Times Book Review, New York Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Publisher’s Weekly, the Los Angeles Times and more.

Biss holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa and taught writing at Northwestern for fifteen years.

For more information about Biss's work, visit https://www.eulabiss.net.

Free; registration required: https://tinyurl.com/bisskstate

Co-sponsored by the Department of English and SGA Fine Arts Fees.




Dantiel W. Moniz

Dantiel Moniz3:30 p.m., Friday, October 14, 2022, Zoom


Dantiel W. Moniz is the recipient of a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” Award, a Pushcart Prize, a MacDowell Fellowship, and the Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction.

Her debut collection, Milk Blood Heat, is the winner of a Florida Book Award, and was a finalist for the PEN/ Jean Stein Award, the PEN/ Robert W. Bingham Prize, and the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, as well as longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize.

Her writing has appeared in the Paris Review, Harper's Bazaar, American Short Fiction, Tin House, and elsewhere.

Moniz is Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches fiction.

For more information about Moniz's work, visit https://www.dantielwmoniz.com.

Free; registration required: https://tinyurl.com/monizkstate

Co-sponsored by the Department of English, SGA Fine Arts Fees, and SGA's DEI Committee.




Katherine CapshawKatharine Capshaw

4:00 p.m., Friday, October 21, 2022, Zoom


Katharine Capshaw serves as the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Professor of English and affiliate in Africana Studies at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.

Capshaw studies constructions of racialized childhood in literary and visual texts. Civil Rights Childhood: Picturing Liberation in African American Photobooks (Minnesota, 2014) won the 2015 Honour Book Award from the International Research Society for Children’s Literature and the 2016 Children’s Literature Association prize for best scholarly book. Children’s Literature of the Harlem Renaissance (Indiana, 2004) won the Children’s Literature Association prize for best scholarly book. With Anna Mae Duane, Capshaw edited Who Writes for Black Children? African American Children’s Literature before 1900 (Minnesota, 2017), winner of the 2019 Best Edited Book award from the ChLA. 

Capshaw will speak on her current research projects connected to children's literature and culture: "Archives to Airwaves: Attending to 1970s Black Children's Literature." 

Free; registration required: https://tinyurl.com/capshawkstate

Sponsored by the Department of English and its Track in Children's Literature.




Ethan Chatagnier

Ethan Chatagnier3:30 p.m., Friday, February 10, 2023, Zoom


Ethan Chatagnier is the author of the novel Singer Distance (Tin House Books, 2022) and the short story collection Warnings from the Future (Acre Books, 2018). His short fiction has appeared in a variety of literary journals including the Kenyon Review Online, Georgia Review, New England Review, Story, Five Points, Michigan Quarterly Review, and the Cincinnati Review. His stories have won a Pushcart Prize and been listed as notable in the Best American Short Stories and the Million Writers Award.

He is a graduate of Fresno State, where he won the Larry Levis Prize in Poetry, and of Emerson College, where he earned an MA in Publishing and Writing. He lives in Fresno, California with his family.

For more information about Chatagnier's work, visit https://www.ethanchatagnier.com/.

Free; registration required: https://tinyurl.com/chatagnierkstate

Co-sponsored by the Department of English and SGA Fine Arts Fees.




Katherine CapshawTiffany King

3:30 p.m., Friday, February 17, 2023, Zoom


Dr. Tiffany King is the Barbara and John Glynn Research Professor in Democracy and Equity and Associate Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality at the University of Virginia. 
King's work explores abolitionist and decolonial traditions within Black Studies and Native/Indigenous Studies. Her books includeThe Black Shoals: Offshore Formations of Black and Native Studies (Duke University Press, 2020) which won the Lora Romero First Book Prize, and the co-edited Otherwise Worlds: Against Settler Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism (Duke University Press, 2021).

Free; registration required: https://tinyurl.com/kingkstate

Sponsored by the Department of English. Part of the 32nd Annual Cultural Studies Symposium.





Ron Goldberg

Ethan Chatagnier4:00 p.m., Friday, March 3, 2023, Ekdahl Room in Regnier Hall and Zoom


Ron Goldberg is the author of the critically-acclaimed The Boy with the Bullhorn: A Memoir and History of ACT UP New York (Fordham University Press, 2021). "Combining personal accounts with diligent documentation, it captures the spirit of ACT UP and the adrenaline rush of activism―the anger and grief, but also the love, joy, and camaraderie," as the book's web site explains.

To join on Zoom, register at https://tinyurl.com/goldbergkstate2023.

Co-sponsored by the Department of English and SAGE.





Michael MlekodayMichael Mlekoday

3:30 p.m., Friday, March 31, 2023, Union Wildcat Chamber and Zoom


Mlekoday teaches classes on hip-hop, Gothic literature, and wilderness poetics. A National Poetry Slam Champion, Mlekoday co-founded Button Publishing and currently serves as Poetry Editor of Ruminate Magazine and Editor of The Lichening.

Mlekoday’s first book, The Dead Eat Everything, received the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize. Their second book, All Earthly Bodies, received the Miller Williams Poetry Series. Their work has won the Florida Review Editors’ Prize, the AWP Intro Journals Award, and the Katharine Bakeless Nason scholarship from the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers Conference.

Mlekoday’s work has been anthologized in The BreakBeat Poets, Read: America(s) and New Poetry of the Midwest, and has been translated into Polish. Recent poems appear in Third Coast, The Southampton Review, Sonora Review, Ninth Letter, Hunger Mountain, and The Rumpus.

Mlekoday holds degrees from the University of Minnesota, Kansas State University, and Indiana University, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Davis.   

For more information, visit https://michaelmlekoday.com.

The event will be held in person at Union Wildcat Chamber and online. To register for the online Zoom link, visit https://tinyurl.com/michaelmkstate

Co-sponsored by the Department of English and SGA Fine Arts Fees.



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