Liberal Arts and Sciences

Creative Writing Reading Series

The Creative Writing Reading Series at Columbia College Chicago is one of the most dynamic, aesthetically diverse events of its kind in the city. Hosted by the English and Creative Writing Department, the series attracts prestigious, award-winning fiction writers, poets and nonfiction writers who perform, engage and educate on a myriad of topics and traditions.

The series is also committed to curating critically engaged contemporary works that challenge traditional discourse and embrace culturally relevant, diverse voices. Our unique connection to the vibrant cultural and educational district in the South Loop also sets the stage for some of the most fascinating, inspiring and influential conversations on the literary arts.

The Fall 2017 Reading Series includes: Mary Gaitskill, T.J. Jarrett, Camille T. Dungy, Sharon Solwitz, David Trinidad, Desiree Cooper, Ishion Hutchinson, Patricia Ann McNair, and current undergraduate students from Columbia's creative writing programs.

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Past Speakers

Past speakerss of Columbia College’s Creative Writing Reading Series include: 

  • Bonnie Jo Campbell
  • Joe Meno
  • Nina Revoyr
  • John Gallaher
  • Nickole Brown
  • Aleksandar Hemon
  • Aviya Kushner
  • Joshua Clover
  • T Clutch Fleischmann
  • Adam Johnson
  • Ruth Ellen Kocher
  • Douglas Kearney
  • Chris Offutt
  • Kwame Dawes
  • John D’Agata
  • Mary Ruefle
  • Maggie Nelson
  • Bernadette Mayer
  • Carmen Giménez Smith
  • Peter Gizzi
  • Mary Ruefle
  • Elaine Equi
  • Julie Carr
  • Ed Roberson
  • Rusty Morrison
  • George Kalamaras
  • Kate Zambreno
  • Dinty Moore
  • Lia Purpura
  • Amy Gerstler
  • Kate Greenstreet

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