SWC Reading Series

Our virtual SWC Reading Series continues in November. Registration is free, and we’ll raffle books at all readings.



Claire Messud (Kant's Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write, essays)

Nov. 12, 2020, 8PM EST Register

Claire Messud

Claire Messud’s five novels include The Emperor’s Children, a New York Times Book of the Year in 2006; The Woman Upstairs (2013); and, most recently, The Burning Girl (2017), a finalist for the LA Times Book Award in Fiction. She is also the author of a book of novellas, The Hunters (2001). Her memoir-in-essays, Kant’s Little Prussian Head & Other Reasons Why I Write, has just been published by W.W. Norton. She teaches creative writing at Harvard University. A frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and the New York Times Book Review, she lives in Cambridge, MA with her family. Independent bookstore link: bookshop.org.


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

Darcy Parker Bruce

Darcy Parker Bruce is a playwright and educator from New London, CT, and a graduate of the MFA Playwriting program at Smith College. They’re currently commissioned by Chester Theatre Company and Acadiana Repertory Theatre, and their play The Place That Made You, the second installment in the Piedmont Cycle and a 2020 BAPF finalist, will receive three Premiere productions in the coming ‘20/21 season. Find their work on New Play Exchange!

Simon Han

Simon Han was born in Tianjin, China, and raised in various cities in Texas. His stories and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, The Texas Observer, Guernica, The Iowa Review, Electric Literature, and LitHub. The recipient of several fiction awards and arts fellowships, he lives in Carrollton, Texas. Independent bookstore link: The Dock Bookshop.

Janice Northerns

Janice Northerns is the author of the poetry collection Some Electric Hum (Lamar University Literary Press, 2020). Awards include a Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts residency, second place in Southwest Review’s 2017 Marr Poetry Contest, and the Robert S. Newton Creative Writing Award from Texas Tech University. Independent bookstore link: bookshop.org.

M.O. Walsh

M.O. Walsh is the author of the story collection The Prospect of Magic and the novels My Sunshine Away and The Big Door Prize. He currently directs the Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans and is a Sewanee Writers Conference alum from '06 and '10. Independent bookstore link: Garden District Bookshop.


More Upcoming SWC Reading Series Events

Thursday SWC Reading Series: Chaya Bhuvaneswar (White Dancing Elephants, fiction), Venita Blackburn (Black Jesus and Other Superheroes, fiction), Leila Chatti (Deluge, poetry), and David James Poissant (Lake Life, fiction)
Dec. 17, 2020, 8PM EST Register