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The LNL Visiting Writers Series

Visiting Writer Marcus JacksonThe LNL Visiting Writers Series brings a diverse array of authors to secondary schools, colleges and universities. Students read the author’s recently published book in advance of the visit, meet with the author in an informal campus setting, hear the author read from new work, and participate in a lively discussion. The series is available to independent and public schools throughout the U.S.

To learn more about The LNL Visiting Writers Series contact Paul Martone, our Executive Director, at

Visiting Writers 2014-2015

  • Leslie JamisonThe Empathy Exams: “Teaching has made me think hard about writing in terms of giving readers an experience—because I see my students having such a range of intense experiences—and I think about what kinds of experiences I want my readers to have. It helps me think about writing as a gift. I see the effort my students put into reading well—reading hard, reading deeply—and I want to repay that effort for my own hypothetical readers; I want to give them something that deserves and repays the intensity of that attention.”
  • Natalie DiazWhen My Brother Was an Aztec: Natalie Diaz is a member of the Mojave and Pima Indian tribes. She attended Old Dominion University on a full athletic scholarship. After playing professional basketball in Austria, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey she returned to Old Dominion for an MFA in writing. Her publications include Prairie Schooner, Iowa Review, Crab Orchard Review, among others. Her work was selected by Natasha Trethewey for Best New Poets and she received the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry.
  • Cathy Linh CheSplit: Cathy Linh Che is a Vietnamese American poet from Los Angeles, CA. She has received awards from The Asian American Literary Review, The Center for Book Arts, The Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, Hedgebrook, Kundiman and elsewhere. She is a founding editor of Paperbag.
  • Ben PercyRed Moon: Benjamin Percy is the author of two novels, Red Moon (Grand Central/Hachette , 2013) and The Wilding (Graywolf Press, 2010), as well as two books of short stories, Refresh, Refresh (Graywolf Press, 2007) and The Language of Elk (Grand Central/Hachette, 2012; Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2006).

A Special Thanks to Our 2014-15 Sponsors

Alice James Books CopperCanyonPress
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Past Visiting Writers Include:

  • Marcus Jackson, Neighborhood Register
  • Sarah Gerkensmeyer, What You Are Now Enjoying
  • Gregory Martin, Stories for Boys
  • Matt Bell, In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods
  • Jon Raymond, Rain Dragon
  • Kara Candito, Taste of Cherry
  • Katie Arnold-Ratliff, Bright Before Us
  • Deanna Fei, A Thread of Sky

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