Department of English Visiting Writer Series

Visiting Writer Series 2015-2016

Fall 2015

Stephanie Lenox
and H. K. Hummel

Thursday, Nov 12th
5:00 p.m., WSU Museum of Art
Free and open to the public.

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Stephanie Lenox is a poet and the co-founder of Blood Orange Review.  In her poetry, Lenox says she “write[s] about what obsesses [her].” Her chapbook The Heart That Lies Outside the Body won the 2007 Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Contest, and her forthcoming collection The Business has been selected as the winner of the 2015 Colorado Prize for Poetry. Lenox’s first full-length book, Congress of Strange People, was published in 2012 by Airlie Press. The recipient of multiple grants and fellowships, Lenox currently teaches poetry writing at Willamette University.



H.K. Hummel is the author of the chapbooks Boytreebird (2013) and Handmade Boats (2010). She was the 2009 Katherine Susannah Prichard Emerging Writer-in-Residence in Western Australia. Her poetry has appeared in The Southern Poetry Anthology Volume VI: Tennessee, Flyway: Journal of Writing & Environment, Poemeleon, and Antigonish Review. She is one of the founding editors of the online literary journal Blood Orange Review. She teaches creative writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and is Director of the Little Rock Writing Project.

This event is co-sponsored by the Honors College, the Provost’s Office, the Academic Success and Career Center, and the Certificate in Editing and Publishing.


Professional Editing and Publishing

A weeklong, one-credit workshop (English 358)
Nov 9-12, 2015
Rooms 416 & 418, Center for Undergraduate Education (CUE)

In this weeklong workshop, students meet with Stephanie Lenox and H.K. Hummel, two editors of an online literary magazine that has been at the forefront of digital publishing since 2006. Students will learn to think and read like editors. This workshop will present practical exposure to the tools of the publishing industry and a discussion of the unique challenges of editing for online publications.

Open to students of all majors, the course includes three nights of hands-on workshop/instruction with the editors (Nov. 9-11 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm), followed by an evening presentation and panel discussion on editing and publishing with professionals from throughout the region (Nov 12, see below).

To enroll, contact Leisa McCormick ( in Avery Hall 202.

Editing and Publishing Panel

Thursday, Nov 12th, 12:00 noon
Bundy Reading Room, Avery Hall

Acclaimed writers and editors Sam Ligon and Jon Tribble join Stephanie Lenox and H.K. Hummel in a discussion of modern editing and publishing. Public welcome.


An associate professor of creative writing at Eastern Washington University, Sam Ligon is also the editor of EWU’s Willow Springs. This twice-yearly journal publishes contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry along with interviews of notable authors, showcasing writers “from the unknown and up and coming, to U.S. Poet Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners,” according to the journal’s website. Ligon has also written two books: Drift and Swerve, a collection of short stories, and Safe in Heaven Dead, a novel. He has a new novel, Among the Dead and Dreaming, coming out in 2016. His stories have appeared in journals across the nation, including New England Review.


Jon Tribble’s poetry has appeared in multiple journals and anthologies, including The Jazz Poetry Anthology. He has also selected award winning poetry for publication as the managing editor of Crab Orchard Review and the series editor of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry from Southern Illinois University Press. The 2001 winner of the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize from Sarah Lawrence College and the recipient of a 2003 Artist Fellowship Award in Poetry from the Illinois Arts Council, he currently teaches creative writing and literature at Southern Illinois University.

Spring 2016

Justin Torres

Thursday, Feb 25th
5:00 p.m., Museum of Art


Justin Torres is the author of the award-winning We the Animals, a novel following three half-Puerto Rican brothers who “tear their way through childhood” in Brooklyn. His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, and other publications, and his nonfiction pieces have appeared in places like The Guardian. He was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford and a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Torres has been the recipient of multiple awards, including the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. His critically acclaimed novel We the Animals won the Indies Choice Book Award.

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

Kevin Willmott

Wednesday, March 23rd
5:00 p.m., WSU CUB Auditorium


A prolific independent writer and filmmaker, Kevin Willmott is known for his work dealing with the concept of “Living History.” He says, “It’s about the way history makes us feel, not the history that we know.” In this vein, Willmott received critical acclaim for his work on C.S.A.: Confederate States of America, which imagines the impact on America had the South won the Civil War. He has written for television miniseries, as well as adapted books and plays for film. In addition to co-writing screenplays and making films, Willmott has directed for the stage, including Now Let Me Fly, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the end of segregation in public schools. He currently teaches film studies at Kansas University.

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

Screenwriting Workshop

A weeklong, one-credit workshop (English 358)
March 21-25, 2016

In this weeklong workshop, students meet with veteran director and filmmaker Kevin Willmott who will provide instruction on the conventions of screenwriting story, character development, structure, and insider tips on writing for film and TV. Open to students of all majors, the course includes three nights of hands-on workshop/instruction with the filmmaker (March 21, 22, and 24 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm), as well as an evening presentation, screening, and Q&A (March 23, see above).

To enroll, contact Leisa McCormick ( in Avery Hall 202.

Sean Thomas Dougherty

Thursday, April 21
5:00 p.m., Museum of Art

Sean Thomas Dougherty

Perhaps best known for his live performances, Sean Dougherty has been called a “master of momentum.” His poems reflect the influences of his working class, interracial upbringing. He has written several books of poetry or mixed-genre literature, including Scything Grace, All I Ask for Is Longing: New and Selected Poems 1994-2014, and Broken Hallelujahs.  Dougherty’s poems have appeared in multiple journals and anthologies, and he has edited several critical collections of poetry as well. He has performed his work across the U.S. and Europe in venues such as the Chicago Lollapalooza Music Festival and the London Poetry Café, as well as hundreds of universities.

This event is co-sponsored by the Common Reading Program and Lewis and Clark State College.