2016-2017 Visiting Writers’ Series

We are delighted to announce our 2016-2017 Visiting Writers’ Series!

See the poster below for details about our writers and the dates, times, and locations of their readings. Each writer will read at each of the five Birmingham colleges and universities.  All readings are free and open to the public.

Mark your calendars for poet Kim Addonizio’s visit, October 17-19!

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BACHE Visiting Writers, 2015-2016

We are excited to announce our writers for the 2015-2016 BACHE Writers’ Series! All three writers will visiting during the Spring 2016 semester.  Mark your calendars for the following readings.  We look forward to seeing you at one of these events.

ANN PANCAKE

Monday, February 22 at Samford, 7:00pm, the Howard Room of the University Center

Tuesday, February 23 at BSC, 11:00am, Norton Theatre

Tuesday, February 23 at Montevallo, 3:30pm, Comer Hall Room 202

Wednesday, February 24 at Miles, 10:00am, Pearson 203

Wednesday, February 24 at UAB, 6:00pm, Hulsey Recital Hall

MAJOR JACKSON

Monday, March 14 at Samford, 7:00pm, the Howard Room of the University Center

Tuesday, March 15 at BSC, 11:00am, Norton Theatre

Tuesday, March 15 at Montevallo, 3:30pm, Comer Hall Room 202

Wednesday, March 16 at Miles, 10:00am, Pearson 203

Wednesday, March 16 at UAB, 6:00pm, Hulsey Recital Hall

DONALD RAY POLLOCK

Monday, April 11 at Samford, 7:00pm, the Howard Room of the University Center

Tuesday, April 12 at BSC, 10:00am, Norton Theatre

Tuesday, April 12 at Montevallo, 3:30pm, Comer Hall Room 202

Wednesday, April 13 at Miles, 10:00am, Pearson 203

Wednesday, April 13 at UAB, 6:00pm, Hulsey Recital Hall

 

About the BACHE Visiting Writers’ Series
The Visiting Writers’ Series is one of the cornerstones of BACHE, a partnership among the five four-year colleges and universities in the greater Birmingham, Alabama, area. Each academic year, the BACHE VWS invites three esteemed authors to each of the five campuses as an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and the community to engage with poets and prose writers of national acclaim. More details here.

Thanks to Brian Turner!

A million thanks to Brian Turner for his fantastic readings on Monday and Tuesday. We were so sad that a winter storm forced closures at UAB and Miles College and thus cancelling Brian’s events. But we remain thrilled that Brian was able to give readings at Samford, Birmingham-Southern, and University of Montevallo, where audiences listened raptly to his mix of poetry and discussion. Here are a few pictures from the Montevallo event:

Brian Turner meets with UM creative writing students.

Brian Turner meets with UM creative writing students.

UM professor Jim Murphy laughs while introducing Brian Turner.

UM Professor Jim Murphy laughs while introducing Brian Turner

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Brian Turner reads from his poetry and memoir.

 

Brian Turner talks with the audience.

Brian Turner talks with the audience.

Brian Turner reads from his poetry.

Brian Turner reads from his poetry.

Brian Turner and UM professor Bryn Chancellor (with his yummy gift of Florida chocolate).

Brian Turner and UM professor Bryn Chancellor (with his yummy gift of Florida chocolate).

Thanks to everyone for coming out to the events!

Our final reader: Brian Turner!

We’re so looking forward to our final author in the 2014-15 BACHE Visiting Writers’ Series: Brian Turner. Below is the schedule for Brian’s readings and signings. All readings are FREE and open to the public.

Brian Turner, Feb. 23-25, 2015

Brian Turner. Photo by Kim Buchheit

Brian Turner. Photo by Kim Buchheit

Monday, February 23
Samford University: 7 p.m. at Howard Room, Beeson University Center

Tuesday, February 24
Birmingham-Southern College: 11 a.m. at Norton Theater
University of Montevallo: 3:30 p.m. at Carmichael Library, J.A. Brown Room

Wednesday, February 25
Miles College: 10 a.m., Pearson 203
University of Alabama at Birmingham: 6 p.m., Hulsey Recital Hall

About Brian Turner
Brian Turner is a soldier-poet who is the author of two poetry collections, Phantom Noise (2010) and Here, Bullet (2005) which won the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award, the New York Times “Editor’s Choice” selection, the 2006 Pen Center USA “Best in the West” award, and the 2007 Poets Prize, among others. He also has a memoir, My Life as a Foreign Country (2014) that retraces his war experience. Turner served seven years in the US Army, to include one year as an infantry team leader in Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. Prior to that, he was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1999-2000 with the 10th Mountain Division. Turner’s poetry has been published in Poetry Daily, The Georgia Review, and other journals, and in the Voices in Wartime Anthology published in conjunction with the feature-length documentary film of the same name. Turner was also featured in Operation Homecoming, a unique documentary that explores the firsthand accounts of American servicemen and women through their own words. He earned an MFA from the University of Oregon and has lived abroad in South Korea. In 2009, Turner was selected as one of fifty United States Artists Fellows. www.brianturner.org

About the BACHE Visiting Writers’ Series
The Visiting Writers’ Series is one of the cornerstones of BACHE, a partnership among the five four-year colleges and universities in the greater Birmingham, Alabama, area. Each academic year, the BACHE VWS invites three esteemed authors to each of the five campuses as an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and the community to engage with poets and prose writers of national acclaim. More details here.

Here is the poster, which includes the full lineup and details.

We hope to see you at the readings!

Hooray for Tayari Jones!

Wow! Huge thanks to Tayari Jones for giving such fantastic readings and talks during her visit for the 2014-15 BACHE Visiting Writers’ Series at Samford University, Birmingham-Southern College, University of Montevallo, Miles College, and University of Alabama-Birmingham. Audiences were abuzz about how inspired they were. We loved having you here!

Here are a few pictures from the University of Montevallo event:

Tayari Jones talks with University of Montevallo audience

Tayari Jones talks with University of Montevallo audience

Tayari Jones reads from SILVER SPARROW

Tayari Jones reads from SILVER SPARROW

Audience members listen as Tayari Jones reads from SILVER SPARROW

Audience members listen as Tayari Jones reads from SILVER SPARROW

Tayari Jones talks with creative writing students at University of Montevallo.

Tayari Jones talks with creative writing students at University of Montevallo.

Our final reader in the 2014-15 series is poet and memoirist Brian Turner Feb. 23-25. Here’s a link to the poster with all of the information. Remember, these events are FREE and open to the public!

Our next reader: Tayari Jones!

We’re so excited for our next author in the 2014-15 BACHE Visiting Writers’ Series: Tayari Jones. Below is the schedule for Tayari’s readings and signings. All readings are FREE and open to the public.

TAYARI JONES, Nov. 10-12, 2014

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Monday, November 10
Samford University: 7 p.m. at Howard Room, Beeson University Center

Tuesday, November 11
Birmingham-Southern College: 11 a.m. at Norton Theater
University of Montevallo: 3:30 p.m. at Carmichael Library, J.A. Brown Room

Wednesday, November 12
Miles College: 10 a.m., Pearson 203
University of Alabama at Birmingham: 6 p.m., Hulsey Recital Hall

About Tayari Jones

Tayari Jones was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, where she spent most of her childhood. Although she has not lived in her hometown for over a decade, much of her writing centers on the urban south. Jones is the author of three novels: Silver Sparrow (Algonquin, 2011), which was named one of the year’s best by O Magazine, Library Journal, Slate and Salon; The Untelling (Grand Central, 2006); and Leaving Atlanta (Warner Books, 2002). The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, United States Artist Foundation, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and The Hurston/Wright Foundation, Jones is an associate professor of English at Rutgers-Newark University. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the New York Times, the Believer, and New Stories From The South. www.tayarijones.com

About the BACHE Visiting Writers’ Series
The Visiting Writers’ Series is one of the cornerstones of BACHE, a partnership among the five four-year colleges and universities in the greater Birmingham, Alabama, area. Each academic year, the BACHE VWS invites three esteemed authors to each of the five campuses as an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and the community to engage with poets and prose writers of national acclaim. More details here.

The remaining readings in this year’s BACHE series are as follows:

BRIAN TURNER: February 23-25, 2015

Here is the poster, which includes the full lineup and details.

We hope to see you at the readings!