Grand Valley Writers Series

The Grand Valley Writers Series has a long history of bringing distinguished and emerging writers to campus to read from their work, visit classes, and interact with students across GVSU's campus. In past years, the Grand Valley Writers Series has been proud to host a dynamic and diverse range of writers on campus including Traci Brimhall, Jericho Brown, Peter Ho Davies, Tarfia Faizullah, Jamaal May, Roxane Gay, Claire Vaye Watkins, Derek Palacio, Maggie Smith, Amina Gautier, Dinty W. Moore, Claudia Rankine, David Shields, Vievee Francis, Matthew Olzmann, and many others. 

Grand Valley Writers Series 2018-19

Marian Crotty

Fiction Craft Talk & Reading
Monday, September 17

Fiction Craft Talk: 1:30-2:45pm, KC 2270
Reading & Book signing: 6-7:30pm, Venue TBA

Marian Crotty is the author of the short story collection What Counts as Love, which won the John Simmons Award for Short Fiction and was long-listed for the PEN/Bingham Award for Debut Fiction. She has received fellowships from the Yaddo Corporation, the Fulbright Foundation, and the Sewanee Writers' Conference. Her fiction has appeared in journal such as the Kenyon Review, the Southern Review, and the Alaska Quarterly Review; her personal essays have appeared in journals such as Guernica, the Gettysburg Review, and the New England Review. She lives in Baltimore.
Marian Crotty's website

Marian Crotty

Marian Crotty

Lindsey Drager

Distinguished Visiting Alumna
Fiction Reading & Q&A Session
Thursday, October 4-5

Reading & Book signing: 2:30-3:30pm, Venue TBA
Q&A Session: 4-5:15pm, KC 0072

Lindsey Drager is the author of the three novels: The Sorrow Proper (Dzanc, 2015), winner of the 2016 John Gardner Fiction Book Award; The Lost Daughter Collective (Dzanc, 2017), winner of the 2017 Shirley Jackson Award for the novella; and The Archive of Alternate Endings (Dzanc, forthcoming 2019). Her work has received support from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, the I-Park Foundation, and the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and was listed as notable in Best American Essays 2016. She has presented work and served on panels at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the AWP Conference, the &NOW Festival of New Writing, the NonfictioNOW Conference, and the International Society for the Study of Narrative Convention, and performed her work in venues ranging from dive bars in Minneapolis, to art galleries in Flagstaff, to classrooms in Reykjavík, Iceland. Having spent time working in the textbook publishing industry in Los Angeles and as a writing consultant at a day shelter for those experiencing homelessness in Denver, she is currently an assistant professor at the College of Charleston where she teaches in the MFA program in fiction and serves as associate fiction editor of the literary journal Crazyhorse.
Lindsey Drager's Faculty Webpage at College of Charleston

Lindsey Drager

Lindsey Drager

Michele Morano

Nonfiction Craft Talk & Reading
Thursday, November 15

Craft Talk: 4-5pm, KC 2270
Reading & Book signing: 6-7:30pm, Venue TBA

Michele Morano is the author of the travel memoir, Grammar Lessons: Translating a Life in Spain. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in journals and anthologies such as Fourth Genre, Ninth Letter, The Normal School, Brevity, Best American Essays, and WaveForm: Twenty-First Century Essays by Women. She has received grants, awards, and fellowships from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the American Association of University Women, the Illinois Arts Council, and the MacDowell Colony, among others. She is professor and chair of the English Department at DePaul University in Chicago.
Michele Morano's website

Michele Morano

Michele Morano

Chris Haven & Gale Marie Thompson

Faculty Reading
Tuesday, February 5
Reading: 6-7:30pm, Venue TBA

Chris Haven was born in Oklahoma and came to Michigan by way of Kansas and Texas. His short fiction and flash fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Threepenny Review, New Orleans Review, Arts & Letters, Massachusetts ReviewElectric Literature, and Kenyon Review Online. His poems can be found in Cincinnati Review, Pleiades, Mid-American Review, and Beloit Poetry Journal, and prose poems from his Terrible Emmanuel series appear in Denver QuarterlySycamore ReviewNorth America Review, and Seneca Review, where they won the Deborah Tall Award for Lyric Essay. He has taught writing at Grand Valley State University since 2002.
Chris Haven's GVSU Faculty Webpage

Gale Marie Thompson is the author of Soldier On (Tupelo Press, 2015) and two chapbooks. She has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Gulf Coast, American Poetry Review, Guernica, jubilat, Bennington Review, and Colorado Review. She is the founding editor of Jellyfish Magazine, and she lives, writes, and teaches in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 
Gale Marie Thompson's Website

Chris Haven

Chris Haven

Gale Marie Thompson

Gale Marie Thompson

Kaveh Akbar & Paige Lewis

Poetry Craft Talk & Reading
Thursday, March 14

Craft Talk: 6-7pm, Venue TBA
Reading & Book signing: 7:30-8:30pm, University Club

Kaveh Akbar's poems appear recently in The New YorkerPoetryThe New York TimesThe Nation, and elsewhere. His first book, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, is just out with Alice James in the US and Penguin in the UK. He is also the author of the chapbook Portrait of the Alcoholic. The recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and teaches in the MFA program at Purdue University and in the low-residency MFA programs at Randolph College.
Kaveh Akbar's website

Paige Lewis is the author of Reasons to Wake You (Tupelo Press, 2018) and Space Struck (Sarabande Books, 2019). Their poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, The Georgia Review, Best New Poets 2017, and elsewhere. 
Paige Lewis's website

Kaveh Akbar

Kaveh Akbar
Photo by Hieu Minh Nguyen

Paige Lewis

Paige Lewis

Arunava Sinha

Translation Craft Talk & Reading
Monday, April 9

Craft Talk: 4-5pm, KC 2270
Reading & Book signing: 6-7:30pm, Venue TBA

Arunava Sinha translates classic, modern and contemporary Bengali fiction and nonfiction into English. Over forty of his translations have been published so far. Twice the winner of the Crossword translation award, for Sankar's Chowringhee (2007) and Anita Agnihotri's Seventeen (2011), respectively, he has also won the Muse India award for translation for Buddhadeva Bose’s When The Time Is Right (2012) and been shortlisted for The Independent Foreign Fiction prize (2009) for his translation of Chowringhee. Besides India, his translations have been published in the UK and the US in English, and in several European and Asian countries through further translation. He is the series curator of Seagull Books’ India list and the series editor of the Library of Bangladesh. He is the Books editor of Scroll.in, and teaches at Ashoka University. He was born and grew up in Kolkata, and lives and writes in New Delhi.
Arunava Sinha's website

Arunava Sinha

Arunava Sinha


Be sure to check out past seasons of the Grand Valley Writers Series. Any questions about the series should be referred to Grand Valley Writers Series Coordinator and Assistant Professor Todd Kaneko (kanekot@gvsu.edu, 616-331-8064)



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