Visiting Writers Series at Fall for the Book

The Creative Writing Program's Visiting Writers Series continues with three authors—one in each genre—as part of the larger Fall for the Book Festival. Come out for these special guests, and check out the full festival schedule too.



Pollen6 p.m.—Bella Pollen is a writer and journalist who has contributed to a variety of publications, including UK and American Vogue, The Times, the Sunday Telegraph and the Observer. Author of five previous novels, including the best selling Hunting Unicorns and critically acclaimed Summer of the Bear, Pollen has tackled a broad spectrum of subjects from Cold War intrigue to decline of the British Aristocracy to the immigration issues of the US/Mexican Border. With Meet Me in the In-Between, an illustrated memoir, Pollen takes us on her illuminating, funny and often painful quest to keep looking for the extraordinary in an ordinary life. Raised in New York, Pollen divides her time between London and the American mid-west.


Swensen7:30 p.m.—Cole Swensen is the author of seventeen collections of poetry, most recently On Walking On, Gave, and Landscapes on a Train, and a volume of critical essays. Her poetic collections turn around specific research projects, including ones on public parks, visual art, illuminated manuscripts, and ghosts. Her work has won the National Poetry Series, the Iowa Poetry Prize, the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award, and the PEN USA Award in Literary Translation. A former Guggenheim Fellow, she is the co-editor of the Norton anthology American Hybrid and the founding editor of La Presse Poetry. She teaches at Brown University.



R.O. Kwon5:30 p.m.—R.O. Kwon is the author of The Incendiaries, which was named a best book of the year by over forty publications. The novel is an American Booksellers Association Indie Next #1 Great Read and Indies Introduce selection, and it is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Award for Best First Book, Los Angeles Times First Book Prize, and Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Fiction Prize. In addition, The Incendiaries is nominated for the Aspen Prize and American Library Association Carnegie Medal. Kwon’s writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Paris Review, Vice, BuzzFeed, Noon, The Cut, Time, and elsewhere. Born in South Korea, she has mostly lived in the United States.


All three events are free and open to the public. Book sales and signings will follow each reading.