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October 8, 2015
8:00 pm

Morgan University Center 303 

A Reading by Harrison Scott Key

author of the new memoir
The World's Largest Man (HarperCollins)


"Harrison's humor and nonfiction have appeared in The Best American Travel WritingOxford AmericanOutsideThe New York TimesMcSweeney's Internet TendencySalonReader's DigestImage, and Creative Nonfiction, as well as a number of magazines that don't pay you anything at all, not even a little. His work has been adapted for the stage and performed by Chicago's Neo-Futurists in their show Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind and Stories on Stage in Denver, Colorado, one of which paid him and one of which didn't, but it was cool, because, like, they are probably poor anyway, and helping the poor is a priority for Harrison, should he come under scrutiny." (taken from

October 22, 2015
8:00 pm

MUC 303

Poetry Reading with Angela Ball and Ashley Seitz Kramer, winner of the Zone 3 Press First Book Award for Poetry

angela-ball.jpgAngela Ball 

Angela Ball’s prize-winning and frequently anthologized poems and translations have appeared in journals including The New YorkerAtlantic MonthlyColorado ReviewDenver QuarterlyFieldPartisan ReviewPloughsharesPoetry, and The Southern Review. Her books of poetry include Kneeling Between Parked Cars (Owl Creek Press, 1990); Possession (Red Hen, 1995); Quartet (Carnegie Mellon, 1995); and The Museum of the Revolution (Carnegie Mellon, 1999). Her 2007 collection, Night Clerk At the Hotel of Both Worlds(University of Pittsburgh Press), received both the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award in Poetry and the Donald Hall Prize from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. The recipient of an Individual Writer’s Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Ball has represented the U.S. at the Poetry International Festival in Rotterdam, and has been a writer in residence at the University of Richmond and at Chateau Lavigny near Lausanne, Switzerland. (taken from USM's faculty page)


Ashley Seitz Kramer's manuscript, Museum of Distance, was selected by Angela Ball as the winner of the 2014 Zone 3 First Book Award for Poetry. Originally from Ohio, she has won several awards, including the Ruth Stone Prize, the Robert and Adele Schiff Prize, and the Utah Writers’ Contest. Her work is published or forthcoming in Colorado ReviewWestern Humanities ReviewQuarterly West, The Burnside Review, Parcel, Brevity, Cimarron Review, Iron Horse, The Southeast Review, Dogwood, and The Cincinnati Review, among others. She's been a finalist for a Ruth Lilly Fellowship and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She taught college writing in Ohio for a decade and now teaches writing at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she is Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences. 

Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

Bread & Words

Morgan University Center Ballroom

Dinner at 6:00 p.m.

Readings at 7:00 p.m.


To read about previous participants in the Visiting Writers Series, visit our Visiting Writers webpage.

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