Mark your calendars: 2014-15 BACHE Lineup!

We’re so excited to announce our lineup of esteemed writers for the 2014-15 Visiting Writers’ Series! Please mark your calendars for these authors and dates. All readings are FREE and open to the public.

CHANTEL ACEVEDO, Sept. 22-24, 2014

Monday, September 22
Samford University: 7 p.m. at Howard Room, Beeson University Center

Tuesday, September 23
Birmingham-Southern College: 11 a.m. at Norton Theater
University of Montevallo: 3:30 p.m. at Carmichael Library, J.A. Brown Room

Wednesday, September 24
Miles College: 10 a.m., Pearson 203
University of Alabama at Birmingham: 6 p.m., Hulsey Recital Hall

chantel acevedo by orlando acevedo

Chantel Acevedo (photo by Orlando Acevedo)

Chantel Acevedo has received many awards for her fiction, including the Latino International Book Award and an Alabama State Council on the Arts Literature Fellowship. A Cuban-American born and raised in Miami, Florida, Acevedo has spent time in Japan and New Zealand as a Fulbrighter, and currently resides in Auburn, Alabama with her family, where she teaches at Auburn University. Acevedo’s fiction and poetry have appeared in Prairie Schooner, American Poetry Review, North American Review, and Chattahoochee Review, among others. She is the editor of the Southern Humanities Review, the founder of the annual Auburn Writers Conference, and the author of two novels, Love and Ghost Letters (St. Martin’s Press) and A Falling Star (Carolina Wren Press), as well as a novel for young adults, Song of the Red Cloak. A new novel, The Distant Marvels, is forthcoming from Europa Editions. www.chantelacevedo.com

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TAYARI JONES, Nov. 10-12, 2014

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

jones_tayari by rayon richards

Tayari Jones (photo by Rayon Richards)

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

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BRIAN TURNER, Feb. 23-25, 2015

Monday, February 23
Samford University: 7 p.m. at Brock Forum, Dwight Beeson Hall

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

Brian Turner

Brian Turner (photo by Kim Buchheit)

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 with a feature-length documentary film of the same name. Turner was also featured in Operation Homecoming, a documentary that explores firsthand accounts of American servicemen and women. 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. http://www.brianturner.org/

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