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Virtual Visiting Writers & Open Mics

Presented by the Department of English & Weber State University's Creative Writing Program


Visiting Writer Events

All events are free and open to the public!

Pictured: Kate Durbin, wearing yellow glasses.

 Pictured: Minda Honey, smiling


Virtual Visiting Writers: Kate Durbin & Minda Honey

Date: February 1, 2022
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Kate Durbin is a Los Angeles-based writer and artist. Her books of poetry include Hoarders (Wave Books), E! EntertainmentThe Ravenous Audience, and ABRA, which won the 2017 international Turn On Literature Prize. Durbin was the Arts Queensland Poet-in-Residence in Brisbane, Australia in 2015 and 2020. Her art and writing have been featured in the New York TimesThe Atlantic, NPR's Morning Edition, Art in AmericaArtforum, the, the American Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She has shown her artwork nationally and internationally at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, The PULSE Art Fair in Miami, MOCA Los Angeles, the SPRING/BREAK Art Show in Los Angeles, peer to space in Berlin, and more.

Minda Honey is a Louisville, KY writer. Her debut essay collection, An Anthology of Assholes, is forthcoming from Little A Summer 2023. Until then, you can read her in LongreadsThe UndefeatedSalonCatapultLithub, and elsewhere. In July, she'll be in residency at Storyknife in dreamy Homer, Alaska. Follow her on social media @mindahoney.

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Pictured: Ron Austin, photographed outdoors      

Pictured: Steven Dunn, photo courtesy of Beowulf Sheehan

Virtual Visiting Writers: Ron Austin & Steven Dunn

Date: March 1, 2022
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Ron A. Austin's short stories have been placed in Boulevard, Pleiades, Story Quarterly, Ninth Letter, Black Warrior Review, and other journals. Avery Colt Is a Snake, a Thief, a Liar, his first collection of linked stories, has received several honors including: The 2017 Nilsen Prize, a 2019 Foreward INDIES GOLD Award, a 2020 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award, a 2020 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize nomination, and a 2020 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nomination.  Austin's work has been supported by grants from the Regional Arts Commission, including a 2016 Artist Fellowship. He, his wife Jennie, and son Elijah live in St. Louis.

Steven Dunn, aka Pot Hole (cuz he’s deep in these streets) is recipient of a 2021 Whiting Award and the author of two novels from Tarpaulin Sky Press: Potted Meat (2016) and water & power (2018). Potted Meat was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award, and shortlisted for Granta Magazine’s Best of Young American Novelists, and adapted to a short film by Foothills Productions. The Usual Route has played at L.A. International Film Festival, Houston International Film Festival, and others. He was born and raised in West Virginia, and teaches in the low res M.F.A. programs at Regis University and Cornell College.

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Pictured: Ashley Farmer


Pictured: Cindy King


Pictured: Sian Griffiths

Visiting Writers: Ashley Marie Farmer, Cindy King & Siân Griffiths

Date: April 19, 2022
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Hetzel-Hoellein Room, Stewart Library

Ashley Marie Farmer is the author of the essay collection Dear Damage (Sarabande Books, 2022), winner of the 2020 Series in Kentucky Literature, as well as three other books. Her essays, poems, and stories can be found in places like Gay Magazine, TriQuarterly, The Progressive, Flaunt, Nerve, Gigantic, Buzzfeed, DIAGRAM, and elsewhere. Ashley has received a 2019 Best American Essays Notable Essay distinction, Ninth Letter's 2018 Literary Award in Creative Nonfiction, the Los Angeles Review's 2017 Short Fiction Award, and fellowships from Syracuse University and the Baltic Writing Residency.

Cindy King's work has appeared in The SunCallalooPrairie SchoonerCrab Orchard ReviewRiver StyxCincinnati ReviewGettysburg ReviewNorth American Review, and elsewhere. King’s poetry has been featured on The Slowdown, an NPR podcast hosted by former Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith. She is the author of Zoonotic, a full length collection of poems from Tinderbox, and several chapbooks. She is an Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dixie State University and faculty editor of The Southern Quill.

Siân Griffiths lives in Ogden, Utah, where she teaches creative writing at Weber State University. Her work has appeared in The Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, Cincinnati Review, American Short Fiction, and Booth among many other publications. She is the author of the novels Borrowed Horses and Scrapple and the short fiction chapbook The Heart Keeps Faulty Time. Her essay collection The Sum of Her Parts is forthcoming from University of Georgia Press. Currently, she reads fiction as part of the editorial teams at Barrelhouse and American Short Fiction. For more information, please visit





ROAR Open Mics


The Department of English will host virtual open mics on January 18, February 15, and March 15. The will also be a collaborative open mic between ROAR and Metaphor in April. Details to come.  

For access to this series, please email Courtney Craggett ( to request an invitation to the Zoom meetings.


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