Poster of the 2017-2018 Series

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We are delighted to share our latest BACHE Writers’ Series poster, which you will begin seeing on all five Birmingham campuses. Please feel free to download, print, and share the pdf file of the poster! BACHE 2017. Thank you to Over the Moon Creative, who helped us with this beauty.

All readings are free and open to the public.

 

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2017-2018 BACHE Visiting Writers’ Series

This year, we are delighted to have Karen Bender and Chris Abani join us as our esteemed writers for the BACHE visiting writers’ series!

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Karen Bender joins us for 5 readings in Birmingham, October 23-25. Karen Bender is the author of the story collection Refund (Counterpoint Press in 2015), which was a Finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction, on the short list for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize, and on the longlist for the Story Prize. It was also a Los Angeles Times bestseller. Bender is author of the novels Like Normal People (Houghton Mifflin, 2000), which was a Los Angeles Times bestseller, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and A Town of Empty Rooms (Counterpoint Press, 2013). 

Her short fiction has appeared in magazines including The New Yorker, Granta, Ploughshares, Zoetrope, Story, Narrative, The Harvard Review, Guernica, and The Iowa Review. Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, Best American Mystery Stories, and New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best. She has won two Pushcart prizes and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rona Jaffe foundation. Two of her stories have been read in the Selected Shorts program on NPR. She is also the co-editor of the nonfiction anthology Choice: True Stories of Birth, Contraception, Infertility, Adoption, Single Parenthood, and Abortion.

 

 

Chris Abani will join us for five readings, March 19-21.

AbaniChris Abani is an acclaimed novelist, poet, essayist, screenwriter, and playwright. Born in Nigeria to an Igbo father and English mother, he grew up in Afikpo, Nigeria, received a BA in English from Imo State University, Nigeria, an MA in English, Gender, and Culture from Birkbeck College, University of London, and a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. He has resided in the United States since 2001.

Abani’s fiction includes The Secret History of Las Vegas (Penguin 2014), nominated for the Hurston/Wright 2015 Legacy Award, Song For Night (2007), The Virgin of Flames (2007), Becoming Abigail (2006), GraceLand (2004), and Masters of the Board (1985). His poetry collections are Sanctificum (2010), There Are No Names for Red (2010), Feed Me The Sun – Collected Long Poems (2010), Hands Washing Water (2006), Dog Woman (2004), Daphne’s Lot(2003), and Kalakuta Republic (2001).

He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the PEN/Hemingway Award for GraceLand, the PEN Beyond the Margins Award, the Hurston Wright Award, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship, among many honors. Through his TED Talks, public speaking, and essays, Abani is known as an international voice on humanitarianism, art, ethics, and our shared political responsibility. Abani is currently a Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University. He lives in Chicago.

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!