The UAB Writers' Series is an annual offering of the Creative Writing program. Nationally recognized authors are invited to UAB to give readings and participate in Q-and-A sessions. Readings are free and open to the public. Authors and event details are released before the start of the Fall semester. Previous authors have included Michael Sowder, Margaret Wrinkle, Robert Collins, Sheri Joseph, Kathryn Davis, and Joan McBreen.

The series is co-sponsored by the Department of English, the Honors Program, BACHE Visiting Writers, the Alys Stephens Center, UAB Student Government Association, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and Friends of the Writing Program.

The 2018-2019 Writers' Series


Derrick Harriell

BACHE Writers’ Series
September 26, 2018, 3:00 p.m.
Where: Hulsey Recital Hall

Derrick Harriell was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He's worked as assistant poetry editor for Third World Press and The Cream City Review and has taught community writing workshops for individuals of all ages. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Chicago State University and a PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is currently Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of Mississippi.

A two-time Pushcart Nominee, Harriell's poems have appeared in various literary journals and anthologies. His first collection of poems, Cotton, was published by Aquarius Press-Willow Books in 2010. Ropes, his second full-length collection, was published in 2013, and his third collection, Stripper in Wonderland, was published in 2017.

“Harriell's nuanced ear conveys not just the intimacies of a sport but the intimacies of the human spirit.”—Beth Ann Fennelly

matt millerMatt W. Miller

UAB Writers' Series
When: October 24, 2018, 3:00 p.m.
Where: Alys Stephens Center, RC Reynolds-Kirschbaum Performance Space

Matt W. Miller was born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts. He is the author of The Wounded for the Water (Salmon Poetry); Club Icarus (University of North Texas Press), selected by Major Jackson as the 2012 Vassar Miller Poetry Prize winner; and Cameo Diner: Poems (Loom). He has published work previously in Slate, Harvard Review, Notre Dame Review, Southwest Review, Southeast Review, Florida Review, Third Coast, The Rumpus, Poetry Daily, and other journals. He was winner of the 2015 River Styx Micro-Beer, Micro-fiction Prize and Iron Horse Review's 2015 Trifecta Poetry Prize. He has been awarded a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry and a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Poetry from Sewanee Writers' Conference.

ASC LogoHe teaches English and coaches football at Phillips Exeter Academy where he also co-directs the Writers’ Workshop at Exeter. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife Emily Meehan and their children Delaney and Joseph.

“As Miller puts himself at risk again and again, his poetry grabs me by the throat, breaks my heart, even makes me laugh—and, oddly, gives me hope.”—Gail Mazur

""Irene Latham

UAB Writers' Series
November 14, 2018, 3:00 p.m.
Where: Alys Stephens Center, RC Reynolds-Kirschbaum Performance Space

Irene Latham is the author of more than a dozen current and forthcoming books, including two novels for children, Leaving Gee's Bend and Don't Feed the Boy. Winner of the 2016 ILA Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award, her poetry books for children include Dear Wandering Wildebeest, When the Sun Shines on Antarctica, Fresh Delicious, and Can I Touch Your Hair? (with Charles Waters). Irene lives on a lake in Alabama where she does her best to “live her poem” every single day by laughing, playing the cello, and birdwatching.

"""The poems delicately demonstrate the complexity of identity and the power of communication to build friendships."—Publisher's Weekly
"Latham's finely crafted verse, at once humorous and serious, dazzlingly opens the imagination to the wilds of the world."—Kirkus Reviews

""Linda Sue Park

UAB Writers' Series
February 27, 2019, 3:00 p.m.
Where: Alys Stephens Center, RC Reynolds-Kirschbaum Performance Space

Linda Sue Park, children’s writer and poet, was born in Urbana, Illinois, grew up outside Chicago, and earned a BA at Stanford University. She is the author of numerous novels, picture books, and poetry collections for children. Park’s novels for teenage readers include Newbery Medalist A Single Shard (2001); When My Name Was Keoko (2002), which was chosen as a Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Bank Street; and A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story (2010). Her picture books include The Firekeeper’s Son (2004, illustrated by Julie Downing) and Bee-bim Bop! (2005, illustrated by Ho Baek Lee). She lives with her family in Rochester, New York.

ASC Logo“This powerful and riveting tale of one close-knit, proud Korean family movingly addresses life-and-death issues of courage and collaboration, injustice, and death-defying determination in the face of totalitarian oppression.”—Kirkus Reviews

""Jean Guerrero

BACHE Writers’ Series
March 6, 2019, 3:00 p.m.
Where: Hulsey Recital Hall

Jean Guerrero is the author of CRUX: A Cross-Border Memoir, winner of the PEN/FUSION Emerging Writers prize. She is an Emmy-award-winning investigative reporter covering immigration for KPBS TV, radio and online in San Diego; she contributes to NPR, PBS and other public media. Her reporting was cited by a Congressional inquiry about the Trump administration’s family separations months before they captured national attention. She started her career at the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires as a commodities correspondent in Mexico City, trekking through mountains with coffee smugglers, opium poppy producers and maize farmers across Latin America. She was picked as one of San Diego’s “Best People” by the San Diego CityBeat. In her spare time, she surfs and rides horses.

“Jean Guerrero has a poet’s lyrical sense, a journalist’s dogged devotion to the truth, and a fast and far-reaching mind.”—Melissa Febos
“Reads like a fever dream, full of mystery, magic and not a little madness.”—Library Journal