Kellogg Writers Series


Todd Davis

Poet Todd Davis appeared at UIndy in September in the first event of the 2014–15 series. He is the author of four full-length collections of poetry and a limited-edition chapbook, Household of Water, Moon, and Snow: The Thoreau Poems. He edited the nonfiction collection Fast Break to Line Break: Poets on the Art of Basketball and co-edited Making Poems: 40 Poems with Commentary by the Poets. His poems have been featured on public radio’s the Writer’s Almanac, won the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize, been nominated several times for the Pushcart Prize, and appeared in such journals and magazines as American Poetry Review and North American Review.

Michael Martone

Indiana-born essayist and fiction writer Michael Martone visited campus in October. Recent short fiction include Four for a Quarter, Not Normal, Illinois: Peculiar Fiction from the Flyover, and Double-wide, his early stories. Previous books include Pensées: The Thoughts of Dan Quayle, Fort Wayne Is Seventh on Hitler’s List, and Alive and Dead in Indiana. The director of the University of Alabama Creative Writing Program, he has edited two collections of essays about the Midwest for University of Iowa Press: A Place of Sense: Essays in Search of the Midwest and Townships: Pieces of the Midwest. His collection of essays about the Midwest, The Flatness and Other Landscapes, won the AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction.

Jeffrey Condran

Two award-winning writers read and discussed their work at UIndy in November through the Kellogg Writers Series. Jeffrey Condran’s new novel, Prague Summer, is a literary thriller. Condran also is the author of a story collection, A Fingerprint Repeated, and has received several awards, including the Missouri Review’s William Peden Prize, as well as Pushcart Prize nominations. He lives in Pittsburgh, where he is a co-founder of the independent literary press Braddock Avenue Books.

Also in November:

George Dohrmann

George Dohrmann is a senior writer at Sports Illustrated, specializing in investigative projects. He has contributed to stories on college sports scandals, dogfighting, the agent business and gambling rings in the NHL and NFL. He was among a team of reporters who wrote an award-winning package of stories that led to baseball’s first attempt at a steroid policy and is one of only five sportswriters to have won a Pulitzer Prize. Dohrmann is the author of the book Play Their Hearts Out and winner of the 2011 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing. His campus visit also is part of UIndy’s annual University Series and Sutphin Lecture Series.

Katie Coyle

Katie Coyle, whose new Young Adult book made Rolling Stone’s recent list of “The 40 Best YA Novels” of all time, visited campus in February. Her debut novel, released first in the U.K. as Vivian Versus the Apocalypse and this year in the U.S. as Vivian Apple at the End of the World (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), also has won the Guardian/Hot Key Young Writers Prize, among other accolades.

Teresa Mei Chuc

Acclaimed poet Teresa Mei Chuc, who came to the United States from her native Vietnam as a child refugee in the 1970s, read and discussed her work at UIndy in March. Mei Chuc has published two full-length collections of poetry, Red Thread: Poems and Keeper of the Winds. Her work also has appeared in leading journals including the National Poetry Review and in anthologies such as New Poets of the American West, With Our Eyes Open: Poems of the New American Century, and Mo’ Joe.

Alice Friman

Poet and professor emerita Alice Friman returned April 1 for an appearance in the Kellogg Writers Series. A New York City native, Friman was among the founders of the Indiana Writers Center and taught English and creative writing at UIndy from 1971 to 1993. She is poet-in-residence at Georgia College. She has published six full-length collections of poetry, most recently The View from Saturn. Her previous book, Vinculum, won the 2012 Georgia Author of the Year Award in Poetry. Friman is included in Best American Poetry 2009, received a 2012 Pushcart Prize, and has won fellowships from the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the Indiana Arts Commission, among many other honors.