The opportunity to hear from and talk with important contemporary writers has been a vital part of an OBU education for many years. Beginning in 2010, the English Department Reading Series brought writers to campus, focusing on writers living in the area. The Visiting Writer Seminars then began as a way to make the reading series more ambitious and to widen its appeal by seeking to elevate the experience for students and the campus community.
The University’s first visiting writer, Tania Runyan, came to campus in March 2016. She read from her poems, lectured on writing poetry and consulted with students about their writing. Scott Cairns joined the University for the 2017 Visiting Writer Seminar, giving a poetry reading and teaching a masterclass on writing memoir. Gina Ochsner held a reading and a fiction writing master class last fall.
Mark Jarman, September 27
- Public reading: Sept 27, 7 p.m. – Tulsa Royalties Auditorium in Bailey Business Center. The reading will be streamed live on OBU's Creative Writing Facebook page.
- Keynote address for the Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature, Sept. 28, 7:15 p.m., Upper GC
Attendees do not need to register or RSVP. All are welcome.
About Mark Jarman:
Mark Jarman’s most recent collection of poetry is The Heronry (Sarabande Books, 2017). He has also published two books of essays about poetry, The Secret of Poetry and Body and Soul: Essays on Poetry. His honors include the Lenore Marshall Prize, the Poets’ Prize, the Balcones Poetry Prize, and a Guggenheim fellowship in poetry. He is Centennial Professor of English at Vanderbilt University where he has taught since 1983. From 2009 until 2014 he served as an Elector of the American Poets’ Corner at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, helping to induct playwright Tennessee Williams, novelists James Baldwin and Katherine Ann Porter, and poets Sylvia Plath and John Berryman. He makes his home in Nashville with his wife Amy Jarman, head of the Voice Department at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music.
Interested in supporting the Visiting Writer Seminars?
Money is being raised through the Advancement office to bring excellent writers to OBU's campus. Through the gift of generous donors, a matching gift up to $5,000 per year has been pledged through 2019.