Welcome to the Creative Writing Reading Series
Each fall and spring semester at Colorado State University, the Department of English welcomes distinguished literary voices to share their work and to engage with the local community. Visiting writers hold audience question-and-answer sessions, book signings, and other outreach activities. The series features Pulitzer Prize winners, U.S. poets laureate, National Book Critics Circle Award winners, Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winners, NAACP Image Award nominees, Oprah’s Book Club selections, National Book Award finalists and recognized voices in young adult literature.
This year — due to gathering restrictions related to COVID-19 — many readings will be live-streamed via Zoom. Please visit the events calendar for updates about an individual event, and read more about our special-guest writers for 2020-2021 below.
The CSU Creative Writing Reading Series is made possible by the Organization of Graduate Student Writers, the CSU Department of English, the College of Liberal Arts, the Lilla B. Morgan Memorial Endowment, the donor sponsor of the Crow-Tremblay Alumni Reading Series and other generous support. Learn about how you can support the series online here.
- LIVE ONLINE — Creative Writing Reading Series: Lorna Dee Cervantes
- LIVE ONLINE — Creative Writing Reading Series: Dan Beachy-Quick, Debby Thompson
- LIVE ONLINE — Creative Writing Reading Series: Master of Fine Arts Thesis Readings
- Creative Writing Reading Series: Carl Phillips
- Creative Writing Reading Series: Master of Fine Arts Thesis Readings
- Creative Writing Reading Series: Kate Bolton Bonnici, Brandon Krieg
Lorna Dee Cervantes
Cervantes is a XicanIndx (Chumash/Purepacha) author of five award-winning books of poetry: Emplumada (Pitt Poetry Series 1981); From the Cables of Genocide: Poems on Love and Hunger (Arte Publico Press 1991); Ciento: 100 100-Word Love Poems (Wings Press 2011); Drive: The First Quartet (Wings Press 2005); and Sueño (Wings Press 2013). The founder of MANGO Publications (first to publish Sandra Cisneros), Cervantes is also the recipient of two NEA grants, two Pushcart Prizes, a Lila Wallace Readers Digest grant, and three state arts poetry fellowships. She presented twice at the Library of Congress as well as hundreds of universities, colleges and other venues. The former Director of Creative Writing at CU Boulder, where she was a professor for 20 years, she up and moved to Olympia, WA in 2014, and now lives and writes in Seattle.
Master of Fine Arts Thesis Readings
Students earning MFAs in Creative Writing from the Department of English read their thesis live in a culminating moment of years of rigorous study.
- Katy Craig
- Ryan Lanham
- Jordan Osborne
Phillips is the author of 15 books of poetry, most recently, Pale Colors in a Tall Field (FSG 2020). His other books include Wild is the Wind (FSG 2019), winner of a Los Angeles Times Book Prize; The Tether (FSG 2002) winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; Double Shadow (FSG 2012) winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Silverchest (FSG 2014), finalist for the Griffin Prize. A four-time finalist for the National Book Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, his other honors include the Lambda Literary Award, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Theodore Roethke Memorial Foundation Poetry Award, the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Male Poetry, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Library of Congress, and the Academy of American Poets, for which he served as Chancellor from 2006-2012. He is Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also teaches creative writing.
March 25: The Center for Literary Publishing Presents
Kate Bolton Bonnici
Bolton Bonnici is the author of Night Burial, winner of the 2020 Colorado Prize for Poetry. She grew up in rural Alabama and is a graduate of Harvard University (BA), New York University School of Law (JD), and the University of California at Riverside (MFA). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Arts & Letters, Southern Humanities Review, Image, Tupelo Quarterlyand elsewhere. She was a finalist for the Georgia Poetry Prize and the Fairy Tale Review’sPoetry Prize as well as a semi-finalist for numerous other competitions such as the Word Works’ Washington Prize and the Crab Orchard Series Poetry Open Competition. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughters and is currently a PhD candidate English Literature at UCLA.
Krieg is the author of Magnifier, winner of the 2019 Colorado Prize for Poetry. His previous collections are In the Gorge (Codhill Press 2017) and Invasives (Many Voices Project 2014), a finalist for the 2015 ASLE Book Award in Environmental Creative Writing, as well as a chapbook, Source to Mouth. His poems have appeared in AGNI, Colorado Review, Conjunctions, The Iowa Review, West Branch, and many other journals. He teaches at Kutztown University and lives in Kutztown, PA with his spouse, Colleen O’Brien, and their son.
April 15: the Crow-Tremblay Alumni Reading
Lyons is the author of the poetry collections Adorable Airport (Barrow Street Press 2018), Earthquake Daily (New Michigan Press 2017), The Way They Say Yes Here (Hanging Loose Press 2004), which won a Peace Corps Writers Best Poetry Book Award, and Lost Colony (Dancing Girl Press). Her nonfiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and cited in Best American Essays, and her collection of essays, Breakdown of Poses, was named as a finalist for the AWP Award Series in Nonfiction. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, an Indiana Review Poetry Prize, Utah Arts Council Awards in poetry and nonfiction, and a Nevada Arts Council Fellowship in nonfiction. She is Associate Professor at California Lutheran University.