Readings, Lectures and Events / Upcoming

Every summer the School of Letters invites writers, poets, publishers and scholars to speak each week that school is in session. All readings and lectures take place at Gailor Auditorium unless otherwise noted, and a reception usually follows upstairs in the atrium. The public is welcome. Events held outside of Sewanee are also listed here.


July 1, 2015 at 4:30 pm

Diane Thiel











Diane Thiel is the author of eight books of poetry, nonfiction and creative writing pedagogy, including Echolocations (winner of the Nicholas Roerich Prize), Resistance Fantasies, The White Horse: A Colombian Journey, Crossroads: Creative Writing Exercises in Four Genres, and Winding Roads: Exercises in Writing Creative Nonfiction. Her translation of Alexis Stamatis's novel American Fugue received an National Endowment for the Arts International Literature Award. Thiel’s work has appeared in such journals as Poetry, The Hudson Review, The Sewanee Review, is reprinted in over 50 major anthologies, and has been translated widely. A recipient of numerous awards including the Robert Frost and Robinson Jeffers Awards, and a Fulbright Scholar, she is Professor of English at the University of New Mexico and has served as Writer-in-Residence for the Environmental Institute at Sewanee. She is teaching a non-fiction workshop and Writing Pedagogy at the School of Letters this summer. To learn more visit:

Wednesday, July 1, at 4:30 pm, Gailor Auditorium. Reception following, Gailor Atrium.





July 8, 2015 at 4:30 pm

Lucy Alibar

Lucy Alibar is best known as the Oscar-nominated co-screenwriter of the film Beasts of the Southern Wild.  The screenplay, based on Alibar’s original stage play Juicy and Delicious, won BAFTA and Scripter awards, while the film itself won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and the Cannes Film Festival Camera D’Or.  Other works for the stage include Christmas and Jubilee Behold the Meteor ShowerMommy Says I’m Pretty on the Insides, Easybake, and Friend of Dorothy, along with a forthcoming adaptation of The Secret Garden.  Lucy Alibar's essays and stories have been published in Zoetrope, the Oxford American, and the Wall Street Journal. Her first novel, Throw Me On the Burnpile and Light Me Up--also based on a stage play and headed for the movies--is scheduled for publication by Scribner's.  Lucy Alibar hails from the Florida Panhandle and now lives in New York City.  She attended the Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference in the summer of 1999.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 4:30 pm, Gailor Auditorium. Reception following, Gailor Atrium.




July 15, 2015 at 4:30 pm

MFA Candidate Reading

MFA Candidate Reading, Wednesday, July 15, at 4:30 PM, Gailor Auditorium. Student Farewell Dinner follows.