Frostic Reading Series

Frostic Reading Series

The Gwen Frostic Reading Series

The Frostic Reading Series presents acclaimed creative writers from across the nation and beyond. Every year, a diverse range of readings that encompasses poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama attract both campus and off-campus audiences.

Fall 2015


T. Geronimo Johnson - Thursday, September 24th, 8:00 p.m., Bernhard Center 157-159

T. Geronimo Johnson received his M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and his M.A. from UC Berkeley. He has received a Stegner Fellowship and an Iowa Arts Fellowship and has taught fiction at Arizona State University, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, UC Berkeley, Stanford University, and Western Michigan University. His first novel, Hold It 'Til It Hurts, was a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction and his second novel, Welcome to Braggsville, is a national bestseller.


Richard Siken - Thursday, October 15th, 8:00 p.m., Bernhard Center 157-159

Richard Siken is a poet, painter, filmmaker, and editor at Spork Press. His book Crush won the 2004 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize, a Lambda Literary Award, the Thom Gunn Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has received a Pushcart Prize, two Arizona Commission for the Arts Grants, two Lannan Residencies, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His most recent book is War of the Foxes.


Creative Writing Alumni Reading, featuring:

Heather A. Slomski, Traci Brimhall, & Adam Pasen - Thursday, November 19th, 8:00 p.m., Bernhard Center 157-159

Heather A. Slomski is the author of The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons, winner of the 2014 Iowa Short Fiction Award and a finalist for the 2015 Minnesota Book Award. She has held the Axton Fellowship in Fiction at the University of Louisville and has received a Minnesota State Artist Initiative Grant and a Minnesota Emerging Writer's Grant. Her stories have appeared in TriQuarterly, The Normal School, and elsewhere. She currently teaches at Concordia College.

Traci Brimhall is the author of Our Lady of the Ruins, winner of the 2011 Barnhard Women Poets Prize, and Rookery, winner of the 2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Slate, The New Republic, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and the National Endowment for the Arts. She currently teaches at Kansas State University.

Adam Pasen's plays include Tea with Edie and Fitz, Badfic Love, and Board Fold, among others. He has received a BroadwayWorld Chicago Award for Best New Work and the Gary Garrison National Ten Minute Play Award from the Kennedy Center and was a finalist for the Seven Devils Playwright Conference and Steppenwolf Garage Rep. He has been anthologized in Best American Short Plays and The Best American Stage Monologues and Scenes for Women.


Arnold Johnston & Deborah Ann Percy - Wednesday, December 2nd, 8:00 p.m., Bernhard Center 208-209

Arnold and Deborah Ann Percy's individual and collaborative plays have received awards, production, and publication both nationally and internationally. They have written, co-written, edited, or translated over twenty books. Their collaborative works include the full-length plays Beyond Sex and Rasputin in New York and a collection of one-act plays entitled Duets: Love is Strange, among others. They are members of the Dramatists Guild, The Playwrights' Center, Theatre Communications Group, and the American Literary Translators Association.



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