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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

To promote the safety and well-being of our students and guests, all visiting writers and open mics for Spring 2021 will be hosted over Zoom.

Please register in advance and you will receive a confirmation email with instructions to join the meeting after clicking the "Reserve Your Spot" buttons.

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Virtual Visiting Writers: Kiki Petrosino & Kristen Renee Miller

Date: February 23, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m.

Kiki Petrosino is the author of four books of poetry: White Blood: a Lyric of Virginia (2020), Witch Wife (2017), Hymn for the Black Terrific (2013) and Fort Red Border (2009), all from Sarabande Books. She holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. Her poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, Best American Poetry, The Nation, The New York Times, FENCE, Gulf Coast, Jubilat, Tin House and on-line at Ploughshares. She teaches at the University of Virginia as a Professor of Poetry. Petrosino is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Fellowship in Creative Writing from the National Endowment for the Arts, and an Al Smith Fellowship Award from the Kentucky Arts Council.

Kristin Renee Miller's poems and translations have appeared in POETRY, The Kenyon Review, The Common, Guernica, and Best New Poets 2018. She is the translator of Spawn (2020), by Ilnu Nation poet Marie-Andrée Gill. A recipient of fellowships and awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the American Literary Translators Association, she lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where she is the managing editor for Sarabande.

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Virtual Visiting Writers: Janalyn Guo & Adam Weinstein

Date: March 16, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m.

Janalyn Guo is the author of Our Colony Beyond the City of Ruins, which won the Subito Press Book Prize in 2017Her work has been supported by the MacDowell Colony and the National Endowment for the Arts and has appeared in various literary journals including Indiana ReviewDenver Quarterly, and pulpmouth. She has also collaborated on interactive writing projects with the City of Austin and Tenderclaws, an independent digital arts studio. She lives and writes in Salt Lake City, where she acquires creative nonfiction for University of Utah Press.   

Adam Tipps Weinstein teaches creative writing and cooks barbecue in Salt Lake City. His first book, Some Versions of the Ice, was chosen by Fanny Howe for Les Figues' NOS contest in 2016 and Entropy Magazine listed the book among the year's best nonfiction. His new book, The Airship, will be published by FC2 in the spring of 2020. Among other things Adam also plays a level five druid in 5e (Circle of the Moon) and grows heirloom polenta-corn in the family garden. 

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Virtual Visiting Writer: Eduardo C Corral

Date: April 20, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m.

Eduardo C. Corral is the son of Mexican immigrants. He's the author of Guillotine (Graywolf Press) and Slow Lightning, which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition. He’s the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. He teaches in the MFA program at North Carolina State University.  

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ROAR Open Mics

The Department of English will host virtual open mics on January 26, February 16, March 30 and April 13, 2021.

For access to this series, please email Abraham Smith ( to request an invitation to the Zoom meeting.


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