Severe Weather Event Cancellations

Due to predictions of severe weather, we have made two changes to Chris Abani’s schedule of readings in Birmingham.

Montevallo University’s reading scheduled for Monday, March 19th at 3:30pm is cancelled.

Samford University’s reading, initially scheduled for Monday, March 19th at 7:00pm, has been rescheduled for Tuesday March 20th at 3:00pm in Brock Forum in Dwight Beeson Hall.


His current schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, March 20th at 11:00am at BSC in Norton Theatre
  • Tuesday, March 20th at 3:00pm at Samford in Brock Forum, Dwight Beeson Hall
  • Wednesday, March 21st at 10:00am at Miles College in Pearson Auditorium.
  • Wednesday, March 21st at 2:30pm at UAB in Hulsey Recital Hall.

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Chris Abani Schedule, March 19-22

We are delighted to have Chris Abani come to Birmingham to give five readings in March! Please note that his reading schedule has changed slightly. He will read at UAB in Hulsey Recital Hall on Wednesday March 21st at 2:30. All other readings remain as originally announced.

His schedule of readings is as follows:

Monday March 19 at 3:30pm University of Montevallo, J.A. Brown Room, Carmichael Library

Monday, March 19 at 7:00pm Samford University, Brock Forum, Dwight Beeson Hall

Tuesday, March 20 at 11:00am Birmingham Southern College, Norton Theatre

Wednesday, March 21 at 10:00am Miles University, Pearson Auditorium

Wednesday, March 21 at 2:30pm University of Alabama Birmingham, Hulsey Recital Hall

All readings are free and open to the public. We hope you will join us!

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.


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


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


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.