SWC Reading Series

As part of our virtual SWC Reading Series, we have two upcoming readings in September featuring SWC faculty and alumni. Registration is free for all events. We’ll also raffle books at all readings.



Fourth Thursday SWC Reading Series: Laura van den Berg (I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, fiction), Matthew Lansburgh (Outside Is the Ocean, fiction), Emily Nemens (The Cactus League, fiction), and Jesús I. Valles (playwriting)

Sept. 24, 2020, 8PM EST Register

Laura van den Berg

Laura van den Berg is the author of five books, most recently the story collection I Hold a Wolf by the Ears. Born and raised in Florida, Laura splits her time between Central Florida and the Boston area. Independent bookstore link: Brookline Booksmith.

Emily Nemens

Emily Nemens’s debut novel, The Cactus League, was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in February 2020 to critical acclaim. Nemens’s fiction has appeared in n+1, The Iowa Review, and The Gettysburg Review. She lives in New York, where she edits The Paris Review. Independent bookstore link: Elliot Bay Books.

Matthew Lansburgh

Matthew Lansburgh's collection of linked stories, Outside Is the Ocean, won the Iowa Short Fiction Award and was a finalist for the 30th Annual Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction and the 2018 Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction. His work has been shortlisted in the Best American Short Stories series. Independent bookstore link: bookshop.org

Jesús I. Valles

Jesús I. Valles is a queer Mexican immigrant, writer-performer from Cd. Juarez/El Paso. Jesús’ work has been supported by Lambda Literary, Community of Writers, Idyllwild Arts, Undocupoets, Tin House, and the Poetry Incubator. Their work has been featured in The New Republic, Quarterly West, NPR and elsewhere. They are the author and performer of (Un)Documents, for which they earned two B. Iden Payne Awards. Jesús is currently OUTSider festival’s OUTsider-in-residence. In lieu of purchasing a book, please consider donating to the Fronterizx Fianza Fund. The Fronterizx Fianza Fund provides support for still-detained people through small deposits to commissary and telephone accounts, the payment of immigration bonds, and miscellaneous expenses upon release.


Jill McCorkle (Hieroglyphics, fiction) and Dan O’Brien (The House in Scarsdale, playwriting)

Sept. 29, 2020, 8PM EST Register

Jill McCorkle

Jill McCorkle is the author of four story collections and seven novels, most recently Hieroglyphics. Her work has been published in many periodicals and included in Best American Short Stories. She is core faculty in the Bennington Writing Seminars and affiliated with the MFA Program at NC State University. Independent bookstore link: Flyleaf Books.

Dan O’Brien

Dan O’Brien’s fourth poetry collection, Our Cancers (Acre Books), and a collection of his essays on playwriting, A Story That Happens (CB Editions, London), will be published in 2021. O’Brien is also a playwright and a recent Guggenheim fellow in drama. He lives in Los Angeles. Independent bookstore link: bookshop.org.


More Upcoming SWC Reading Series Events

Katie Kitamura (A Separation, fiction) and Hari Kunzru (Red Pill, fiction)
Oct. 15, 2020, 8PM EST Register

Fourth Thursday SWC Reading Series: Eduardo Corral (Guillotine, poetry), Laura Donnelly (Midwest Gothic, poetry), Charlotte Pence (Code, poetry), and Cherene Sherrard (Grimoire, poetry)
Oct. 22, 2020, 8PM EST Register

SWC Reading Series with University of Cincinnati, Poetry Reading: Lisa Ampleman (Romances), Jennifer Habel (The Book of Jane), Aditi Machado (Emporium), and Felicia Zamora (Body of Render)
Oct. 29, 2020, 8PM EST Register

Claire Messud (Kant's Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write, essays)
Nov. 12, 2020, 8PM EST Register

Thursday SWC Reading Series: Darcy Parker Bruce (playwriting), Simon Han (Nights When Nothing Happened, fiction), Janice Northerns (Some Electric Hum, poetry), and M. O. Walsh (The Big Door Prize, fiction)
Nov. 19, 2020, 8PM EST Register

Thursday SWC Reading Series: Leila Chatti (Deluge, poetry), David James Poissant (Lake Life, fiction), and more TK
Dec. 17, 2020, 8PM EST Register