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Department of English Visiting Writer Series

Visiting Writer Series

Spring 2017

Rachael Mason

“Women in Comedy”
Standup Routine & Discussion
Wednesday, April 5
5:00 p.m., CUB Auditorium

Rachael Mason is Head of Advanced Improvisation for The Second City. She began her career in improvisation at Skidmore College, home of the National College Comedy Festival, with the Ad-Liberal Artists, and then moved to Chicago to study improv comedy with Del Close. She trained and performed at The Second City, The Annoyance, and iO. Currently she performs with The Second City Improv Allstars and The Boys.

This event is co-sponsored by the Common Reading Program.

Comedy Writing, a week-long 1-credit course

April 3-6, 2017, 6:00-8:30 p.m. Meets in the Bundy Reading Room, Avery Hall. In this course, comedy writer and improv teacher Rachael Mason will lead students in comedy writing, from creating memorable characters who drive the scene to the building blocks of comedy structure. Mason will touch on universal comedy techniques as students create sketches, monologues, and character pieces through writing exercises. She will build on her long expertise as one of the best comedy teachers in Chicago.

Robert Wrigley

Poetry Reading
Monday, April 10
5:30 p.m., Bundy Reading Room

Robert Wrigley is professor emeritus of poetry at the University of Idaho. He is the author of over twelve books of poetry, including Earthly Meditations: New and Selected Poems (2006), Lives of the Animals (2003) winner of the Poets Prize, Reign of Snakes (1999) winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award, and In the Bank of Beautiful Sins (1995) winner of the San Francisco Poetry Center Book Award. His newest book Box is forthcoming from Penguin Poets March 2017. He lives in Moscow, Idaho, with his wife, the writer Kim Barnes.

Sharman Apt Russell

Science Fiction & Young Adult Literature Reading
Tuesday, April 18
5:00 p.m., Bundy Reading Room


Sharman Apt Russell is an award-winning science/nature writer who also writes science fiction. Her eco-science fiction novel Knocking on Heaven’s Door came out in 2016. Her new nonfiction book Diary of a Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World won the 2016 John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing, the WILLA Award for Creative Nonfiction, a New Mexico/Arizona Finalist Award, and was listed by The Guardian as one of ten top nature books in 2014.

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Idaho English Department.



The WSU Visiting Writer Series brings noted poets and writers of fiction and nonfiction to campus for creative readings, class visits, workshops, and collaborative exchanges across intellectual and artistic disciplines.

For more information about the series, please contact Debbie Lee.
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Previous Visiting Writers:

Kevin Willmott

Rebecca Gayle Howell

Brenda Hillman

Rick Bass

William Cronon

W. Scott Olson

Rebecca Brown

Cecil Giscombe

Kathleen Flenniken

David Gates

Eileen Myles

Afaa Michael Weaver

Ilya Kaminsky

Donald Revell

Claudia Keelan

Kevin Goodan

Rolf Potts

David Huddle

Galway Kinnell

Anne Waldman

Hoa Nguyen

Kate Greenstreet

Kaia Sand

Marilyn Chin

Xi Chuan

Rusty Morrison

Maryrose Larkin

Willis Barnstone

Ceiridwen Terrill

Ted Tremper

Dinah Lenney

Marcia Parlow

Terry Tempest Williams

Brooke Williams

Stephanie Lenox

H.K. Hummel

Justin Torres

Eileen Pollack