Creative Writing

UA Prose Reading Series

Founded in 2001, the UA Prose Series brings writers of distinction to the University of Arizona. The Series is sponsored by the College of Humanities and the Department of English, and presented in cooperation with the University of Arizona Poetry Center. The Series has brought such writers as David Foster Wallace, Francine Prose, Isabelle Allende, Cristina Garcia, and George Saunders to the U of A campus.

Since the University of Arizona Poetry Center hosts most of our readings, you can listen to many of them after-the-fact via Voca.

Upcoming Readings 2015

Thursday, 1/29

Willy Vlautin,

UA Poetry Center

Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Willy Vlautin started playing guitar and writing songs as a teenager and quickly became immersed in music. It was a Paul Kelly song, based on Raymond Carver’s Too Much Water So Close to Home that inspired him to start writing stories. Vlautin has published four novels: THE MOTEL LIFE (2007), NORTHLINE (2008), LEAN ON PETE (2010), and THE FREE (2014). Vlautin founded the band Richmond Fontaine in 1994. The band has produced nine studio albums to date, plus a handful of live recordings and EPs. Driven by Vlautin’s dark, story-like songwriting, the band has achieved critical acclaim at home and across Europe. In 2014 Vlautin’s new band, The Delines, featuring vocalist Amy Boone (The Damnations), released its first album, “Colfax.” Vlautin currently resides in Scappoose, Oregon.


Thursday, 3/26

Elizabeth Evans

UA Poetry Center

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Prose Series Past Readings

2013-2014 season

C. E. Poverman and Matt Mendez / Sept 19, 2013

Lia Purpura / Oct 3, 2013

Maggie Nelson / Oct 10, 2013

Jenny Boully / Oct 24, 2013

Thalia Field / Nov 10, 2013

Aisha Sabatini Sloan and Arianne Zwartjes / Feb 10, 2014

D.T. Max / Feb 19, 2014

Lucy Corin and Susan Steinberg / March 6, 2014


2012-2013 season

Brent Hendricks and Nicole Walker / April 22, 2013
Alan Heathcock / April 04, 2013


2011-2012 season

Joan Silber / October 27, 2011
Timothy Schaffert / November 10, 2011
Daniyal Mueenuddin / February 24, 2012
John Price / March 19, 2012
Monica Drake / March 29, 2012


2010-2011 season
Rick Moody / September 23, 2010
The Contemporary Fairy Tale (with Kate Bernheimer, Joy Williams, Lydia Millet, and Kathryn Davis) / December 1, 2010
The Art of Editing (with Willing Davidson) / March 10, 2011



2009-2010 season

Robert Boswell and Antonya Nelson / October 1, 2009
John D’Agata / February 22, 2010
Contemporary Mexican Fiction ( with Alvaro Uribe, Vivian Abershushan, and Cristina Rivera-Garza) / March 11, 2010



2008-2009 season

Marilynne Robinson / September 19, 2008
Gary Nabhan / March 5, 2009
Denis Johnson / April 9, 2009
Tribute to David Foster Wallace (with Charles Bock, Marshall Boswell, Greg Carlisle, Ken Kalfus, Glenn Kenny, and Bonnie Nadell) / May 1, 2009



2007-2008 season

Peter Turchi February 19, 2008