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Grand Valley Writers Series to feature acclaimed authors discussing their work

  • Tasha Coryell
  • Brian Oliu
  • Stephen Mack Jones
  • Caitlin Horrocks
  • Sarah Einstein
  • Jose Olivarez
  • Beth Peterson

Posted on September 10, 2019

The latest installment of the Grand Valley Writers Series will feature seven authors whose subject matter ranges from an eccentric French composer to the video game NBA Jam.

Writers will discuss read from their work, discuss their craft and interact with students. 

"This is my first year as coordinator for the Grand Valley Writers Series, and my predecessors in the role have built this into a national-caliber reading series," said Amorak Huey, associate professor of writing. "It’s a great way for the young writers here at GVSU to connect with published authors — and to put a human face on the words, to meet the person behind the work."

The lineup includes two faculty members: Caitlin Horrocks, associate professor of writing, whose first novel, "The Vexations" has received wide acclaim and was named a must-read by Oprah Magazine as well as Beth Peterson, whose essays have appeared in an array of publications. The first essay collection for Peterson, assistant professor of writing, is titled "Theory of World Ice" and is about glaciers, volcanoes and disappearing people.

The full schedule is below. For more information, visit the Writers Series website,, or contact Huey at


Monday, September 16, 2019

Craft Talk: 3pm

Reading & Book signing: 6-7:30pm, Multi-purpose Room, Pew Library



Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Craft Talk: 1-2 p.m., Kirkhof 2270

Reading & Book Signing: 6-7:30 p.m.



Faculty Reading

Monday, February 3, 2020

Reading & Book Signing, 6-7:30 p.m., Multi-purpose Room, Pew Library



Thursday, March 19, 2020

Craft Talk: 6-7 p.m., DeVos 111D

Reading & Book Signing: 7:30-8:30 p.m., University Club



Monday, March 30

Craft Talk: 3 p.m., KC 2270

Reading & Book Signing: 6-7:30pm, Multi-purpose Room, Pew Library