creative writing at UL-Lafayette

creative writing program & gaines center reading series


Formerly known as the Deep South Festival of Writers, the Creative Writing Program and Ernest J. Gaines Center Reading Series sponsored by the UL-Lafayette English Department, brings together writers from a variety of disciplines in a series of readings and workshops. Below is this year's schedule of events.

The Ernest J. Gaines Center is located in Dupre Library on the UL Lafayette campus.

The Creative Writing Program and Ernest J. Gaines Center Reading Series issupported by the English Department, the College of Liberal Arts, the Lyceum Committee, and the Ernest J. Gaines Center of UL Lafayette.

READING SERIES 2012-2013 (click on names to view photos of readings)

September 22 – Poetry Reading by Traci Brimhall, with doctoral student Lucy Biederman
October 2 – Fiction Reading by Michael Griffith, with doctoral student Joe Baumann
October 10 –Poetry Reading by Bill Lavender and Hank Lazer
October 25 –Fiction Reading by Moira Crone, with doctoral student Stephanie Marker
October 29 – Fiction Reading by Wiley Cash
January 26 – Fiction Reading by Nalo Hopkinson, with doctoral student Elwin Cotman, 3:30 pm
January 31 – Poetry reading by Carolyn Hembree, with doctoral student J. Bruce Fuller, 8:00 pm
February 27 – Poetry Reading by Dawn Lundy Martin, with doctoral student C. S. Carrier, 7:30 pm
March 16 - Fiction Reading by Michael Lee and Shome Dasgupta, 3:30 pm

April 20 – Fiction reading by James Wilcox, with doctoral student Paul Albano, 3:30 pm


READING SERIES 2011-2012 (click on names to view photos of readings)

September 8 – Poetry Reading by Vincent Cellucci, with doctoral student and poet Katie Manning
September 15 – Poetry Reading by Bhanu Kapil, with doctoral student Kevin Dwyer
October 18 – Ernest Gaines at the Gaines Center – reading work-in-progress (co-sponsored by Reggie Young and the Ernest Gaines Center
November 1 – Translation Workshop and Reading by Jen Hofer
November 4 and 5 – Mini-Festival of UL graduates reading
January 27 – New Orleans poets Megan Burns and Dave Brinks
February 24 – Reading by Rob Mclennan and Stephen Brockwell
March 15 – Fiction reading by Lily Hoang, 7:30 pm at the Ernest J. Gaines Center
March 28 – Fiction reading by Timothy Schaffert, 7:30 pm at the Ernest J. Gaines Center
April 19 – Fiction reading by Willy Vlautin, 7:30 pm at the Ernest J. Gaines Center


Photos from various former Reading Series events


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