Visiting Writers Series

For well over a quarter century, the English Department has sponsored an annual Visiting Writers Series that brings to campus both emerging and established writers. During their residencies on campus, visiting writers meet with Bradley students, speak to English and creative writing classes, and offer public readings of their works. All readings are free and open to the public, enabling writers to engage our students as well as members of the local community. Additionally, these writers – many of them editors themselves – interact with student editors of Bradley's literary journal Broadside, offering advice and perspective on contemporary publishing.

Our roster of past visiting writers ranges from Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners to those at the cusp of larger national attention. In this way the series highlights both acknowledged tradition and currently evolving literary movements such as Slam and performance poetries.

Even a brief listing illustrates the variety and quality of writers taking part in this long-running series. Within recent years, the series has brought to campus John Updike, Rita Dove, Billy Collins, Robert Coover, Yusef Komunyakaa, Philip Levine, David Wojahn, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Tony Hoagland, Dean Young, Edward Hirsch, Larry Heineman, Marc Smith, David Hernandez and Street Sounds, Frank X. Walker, and Beckian Fritz Goldberg.