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 2014

Monday, 2/10, Aisha Sabatini Sloan and Arianne Zwartjes, 7pm, UA Poetry Center

AISHA SABATINI SLOAN earned an MA in Cultural Studies and Studio Art from NYU, and an MFA in Nonfiction from the University of Arizona, where she has taught writing for six years. Her essays have been published in Ninth Letter, Identity Theory, The Michigan Quarterly Review, Callaloo, and The Southern Review. Her collection of essays, The Fluency of Light: Coming of Age in a Theater of Black and White was published by the University of Iowa Press in 2013. She is a contributing editor for Guernica Magazine.

After receiving her MFA in Poetry at the University of Arizona and teaching English and creative writing there for six years, ARIANNE ZWARTJES is now in northern New Mexico serving as the director of the wilderness program at the United World College. She won the 2011 Gulf Coast prize for nonfiction, and her poetry and prose have appeared in Ninth Letter, No Tell Motel, Terrain, Cue, and Front Porch. The University of Iowa Press published her essay collection Detailing Trauma: A Poetic Anatomy in the fall of 2012. Her previous works include Disem(body), The Surfacing of Excess, and (Stitched) A Surface Opens: Essays.


Wednesday, 2/19, DT Max, 7pm, UA Poetry Center

D.T. Max is the author of the biography Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace (Penguin Books, 2013). Max is a staff writer for The New Yorker and has worked as a journalist and editor at publications ranging from The New York Observer to Elle. He is also the author of The Family That Couldn’t Sleep: A Medical Mystery (Random House, 2006).

These events are sponsored by the English Department's UA Prose Series and Convergences program, as well as Medical Humanities, and take place with the support of the University of Arizona Poetry Center. 


Thursday, 3/6: Lucy Corin and Susan Steinberg, 7pm, UA Poetry Center

Lucy Corin is the author of the short story collection The Entire Predicament (Tin House Books) and the novel Everyday Psychokillers: A History for Girls (FC2). The collection One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses was just released by McSweeney’s Books. Her stories have appeared in American Short Fiction, Conjunctions, Ploughshares, Tin House Magazine, New Stories From the South: The Year’s Best and many other places. She’s been a fellow at Breadloaf and Sewanee, and a resident at Yaddo and the Radar Lab. She spent 2012-13 living at the American Academy in Rome as the 2012 John Guare Fellow in Literature. She is an associate professor at UC-Davis.

Susan Steinberg is the author of the story collections Spectacle, Hydroplane, and The End of Free Love. She has been the recipient of a United States Artist Fellowship, the Pushcart Prize, and a National Magazine Award. She earned a BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA in English from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  She is professor of English at the University of San Francisco.

This last event is partly sponsored by Poets & Writers and the W and R Bernheimer Family Foundation. 




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


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