Frostic Reading Series

Frostic Reading Series

The Gwen Frostic Reading Series

The Frostic Reading Series presents acclaimed creative writers from across the nation and beyond. Every year, a diverse range of readings that encompasses poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama attract both campus and off-campus audiences.

Spring 2015


Dipika Guha - Jan. 30, 7:30 PM, The Epic Theater

Dipika Guha was born in Calcutta and raised in India, Russia, and the United Kingdom. Her plays include I Enter the Valley, The Betrothed, The Rules, and Blown Youth. Her work has been developed by Old Vic New Voices, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory, The Cutting Ball Theater, the Playwrights Foundation, The Flea Theater, INTAR Theatre, and Culture Project, among others. She’s held residencies at SPACE on Ryder Farm, the Ucross Foundation, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska. She’s the inaugural recipient of the Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship, a former Dramatists Guild Fellow, a Women’s Project Theater Lab Time Warner Foundation Fellow, and an alum of the Ars Nova Play Group and the Young Writers Programme at the Royal Court Theatre in London. A proud member of Ma-Yi Theater Company and the Claque writers group, Guha is affiliated with New Georges and the SoHo Rep. Writer/Director Lab.


Jericho Brown - February 26, 8:00 PM, The Little Theater

Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry series. His first book, Please, won the American Book Award, and his second, The New Testament, was named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal and the Academy of American Poets. He is an Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing Program at Emory University.


New Issues Poetry & Prose Reading, featuring:
Matt Burriesci & Lisa Williams - March 26, 8:00 PM, Bernhard Center 157-159

Matt Burriesci is the author of Nonprofit (New Issues Press, 2015), which won the 2013 AWP Award Series in the novel, and Dead White Guys: A Father, his Daughter, and the Great Books of the Western World (Viva Editions, 2015).  His stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines. He has served as Executive Director for both the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) and the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.

Lisa Williams has published three books of poems: Gazelle in the House (New Issues Poetry and Prose, 2014), Woman Reading to the Sea (2008), and The Hammered Dulcimer (1998). She has been a recipient of the Rome Prize, the Barnard Women Poets Prize, the May Swenson Poetry Award, and an Al Smith Individual Artist Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council. Her poems have been featured in The Best American Poetry 2009 and in other anthologies and magazines, and her reviews of contemporary poets appear on The Rumpus, Poetry Daily, and in The Cincinnati Review, Orion, and The Hollins Critic. The recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, Williams is Associate Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Centre College, where she has taught since 2001.


Scott Blackwood - Nov. 6, 8:00 PM, The Little Theatre

Scott Blackwood is the author of two novels, See How Small and We Agreed to Meet Just Here and a story collection, In the Shadow of Our House. He's a recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award in fiction, the AWP Award for the novel and was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for his narrative nonfiction book, The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records Volume One. A long-time resident of Austin, Texas, Blackwood now lives in Chicago and teaches fiction writing in the MFA program at Southern Illinois University.



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