Upcoming Events

Writer-in-Residence, Kendra Allen

Public Reading and Conversation
Tuesday, September 27th, 7:00 p.m. Upper Gorecki, CSB 

Craft Talk
Thursday, September 29th, 4:30 p.m. Quad 264, SJU

Kendra Allen was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and has been making a name for herself in the literary world despite her relatively recent entry. In 2018, she won the Iowa Prize for Literary Nonfiction with her debut essay collection, When You Learn the Alphabet (University of Iowa Press, 2019) which delves into issues of racism and identity. Allen's most recent publication, Fruit Punch, a Memoir  (Harper Collins, August 9, 2022) is an arresting and one-of-a-kind memoir about the alternately exultant and harrowing trip growing up as a Black child desperate to create a clear reality for herself in this country. She has also received praise for her debut poetry publication, The Collection Plate (Ecco, 2019). Allen is the voice of a generation—and a witness to how we come into being in the twenty-first century.

Award-Winning Author, Diane Wilson

Public Reading and Conversation
Tuesday, November 8th, 7:00 p.m. Upper Gorecki, CSB 

Diane Wilson (Dakota) is a writer, speaker, and editor, who has published two award-winning books, as well as essays in numerous publications. Her newest novel, The Seed Keeper, published by Milkweed Editions in March, 2021 has received numerous awards and accolades - Winner of the 2022 Minnesota Book Award in Fiction, Longlisted for the 2022 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and a BuzzFeed “Best Book of Spring 2021” to name a few. Wilson is a Mdewakanton descendent, enrolled on the Rosebud Reservation.