MacArthur-winning writers featured at Warren Wilson College


Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers is welcoming graduate students and faculty to campus for the annual summer residency. A college staple since 1981, the two-week session features free public readings and lectures by some of the world’s most acclaimed writers in poetry and fiction.

“The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College provides an outstanding opportunity for the Asheville community: free lectures and readings by world-class authors,” said Debra Allbery, director of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. “We’re delighted, too, that Malaprop’s (book store in Asheville) will partner with us this summer, selling our faculty’s books at the evening readings.”

The 2017 nightly, public readings are scheduled for July 5-14. The events feature 27 faculty members this summer. Expected to present are poet Ellen Bryant Voigt, a 2015 MacArthur Fellow and MFA Program for Writers’ founder; Heather McHugh, poet and MacArthur Fellow; Alan Shapiro, poet and Pulitzer Prize finalist; and Andrea Barrett, winner of the 1996 U.S. National Book Award for Fiction and a MacArthur Fellow. Graduate students will also read during the residency.

In addition to the readings, 10 faculty lectures are scheduled throughout the two weeks. The 2017 schedule includes poet James Longenbach discussing “The Music of Poetry: Rhythm, Echo, Tone;” novelist Peter Turchi presenting “The Strategic Release of Information or A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Information Dump;” and novelist and playwright Robert Boswell with a talk about “Dreaming in the Future Tense: A Memoir of Teaching Immigrant Stories While Reading ‘The Lord of the Rings.’”

Unless otherwise noted, lectures and readings are held in the Gladfelter Student Center’s Canon Lounge on the Warren Wilson College campus. Most free readings begin at 8:15 p.m., and lectures happen before noon.

The full schedule is subject to change and available at