Published October 10, 2016

Hollins University has offered a rich liberal arts education for 175 years. As part of this liberal arts education, the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins hosts their undergraduate and graduate writing programs, which have produced many acclaimed authors. Each year, the Jackson Center hosts a reading series to bring nationally known authors to speak at Hollins University.

The Hollins University reading series offers an opportunity to hear acclaimed authors read from and discuss their work, including poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. All events are free and open to the public, so don’t miss out!

The reading series for this year is already underway, having hosted authors such as Elizabeth Poliner and Roxane Gay, but there are a couple of great events still to come.


Ed Pavlić
Ed Pavlić

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M. Nourbese Philip
M. Nourbese Philip


On October 20, Ed Pavlić will join the reading series as its next author. Pavlić is Distinguished Research Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia and the author of seven collections of poetry and two critical studies. His work includes the recent Let’s Let That Are Not Yet: Inferno and ‘Who Can Afford to Improvise?’: James Baldwin and Black Music, the Lyric and the Listeners.

Finally, on November 3, M. Nourbese Philip will visit Hollins University. Philip is a poet, essayist, novelist, and playwright who has received many awards, including the Casa de las Americas prize in Cuba. Philip’s most recent work is Zong!, a poem that engages ideas of the law, history, and memory in relation to the transatlantic slave trade.

If you’re interested in learning more about the reading series and these visiting authors, visit the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins website and Facebook page!

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