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 2019-2020 Writers' Series

Anthony Grooms

Anthony Grooms

UAB Writers’ Series
When: September 11, 2019, 3:00 p.m.
Where: Hulsey Recital Hall

Anthony Grooms grew up in rural Virginia. His education at the College of William and Mary and George Mason University led him to a teaching career in Georgia, where, since 1995, he has taught creative writing and literature at Kennesaw State University, and directs its M. A. in Professional Writing Program.

He is the author of Ice Poems, Trouble No More: Stories and Bombingham, a novel. His stories and poems have been published in Callaloo, African American Review, Crab Orchard Review, and other literary journals and anthologies both in the US and abroad. Currently, Grooms is finishing novels about Black Americans in Sweden and school desegregation in Birmingham, Alabama. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and son.

Website: www.anthonygrooms.com


Natashia Deón

Natashia Deón

BACHE Writers’ Series
When: October 2, 2019, 3:00 p.m.
Where: Hill Student Center, Alumni Theatre

Natashia Deón is a NAACP Image Award Nominee and author of the criticallyacclaimed novel, GRACE (Counterpoint Press). She has appeared in People Magazine, TIME magazine, Redbook, American Short Fiction, Buzzfeed, Lenny, LA Review of Books, The Feminist Wire, Asian American Lit Review, Rattling Wall, and other places.

Deón was a U.S. Delegate to Armenia in 2017 as part of the U.S. Embassy’s reconciliation project between Turkey and Armenia, in partnership with the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program and is a Pamela Krasney Moral Courage Fellow, a recipient of a PEN America Emerging Voices Fellowship.

Website: www.natashiadeon.com


Tina Mozelle Braziel

Tina Mozelle Braziel

UAB Writers' Series/Master Poetry Workshop on the Cahaba River
When: October 20, 2019, 2:00 p.m.
Where: The Master Poetry Workshop is an outdoor event and will take place at the Cahaba River at end of the road just past 4005 Cahaba Beach Road.

Tina Mozelle Braziel, author of Known by Salt (Anhinga Press) and Rooted by Thirst (Porkbelly Press), has been awarded the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry, an Alabama State Council on the Arts fellowship, and an artist residency at Hot Springs National Park. She currently serves a Magic City Poetry Festival Eco Fellow with the Cahaba River Society.

Her work has appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Southern Humanities Review, Tampa Review, and other journals. She directs the Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop for high school students at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She and her husband, novelist James Braziel, live and write in a glass cabin that they are building by hand on Hydrangea Ridge.

Website: tinamozellebraziel.com


Ann Fisher-Wirth and Maude Schuyler Clay

Ann Fisher-Wirth and Maude Schuyler Clay

BACHE Writers’ Series
When: February 26, 2020, 3:00 p.m.
Where: Hulsey Recital Hall
Note: The authors will also present a master class at UAB with Photography and Creative Writing students at AEIVA on Tuesday, February 25, 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. with the goal of UAB students doing their Project Space in April.

Ann Fisher-Wirth’s sixth book of poems is The Bones of Winter Birds (Terrapin Books 2019). With Laura-Gray Street she coedited The Ecopoetry Anthology (Trinity UP 2013). A senior fellow of the Black Earth Institute and 2017 Poet in Residence at Randolph College in Virginia, Ann has had senior Fulbrights to Switzerland and Sweden, and residencies at Djerassi, Hedgebrook, The Mesa Refuge, and CAMAC (France). She teaches and directs the Interdisciplinary Minor in Environmental Studies at the University of Mississippi, and teaches yoga in Oxford, Mississippi.

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Maude Schuyler Clay was born in Greenwood, Mississippi. After attending the University of Mississippi and the Memphis Academy of Arts, she assisted the photographer William Eggleston. Her work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The National Museum for Women in the Arts, and the High Museum, Atlanta, among others. The University Press of Mississippi published her monograph Delta Land in 1999, which received the Mississippi Arts and Letters Award in 2000, and Delta Dogs, which received the award in 2014. She was the Photography Editor of the literary magazine The Oxford American from 1998-2002. Her book, Mississippi History, with a foreword by Richard Ford, was published in 2015 by Steidl, who will also publish a new Landscapes book in 2020. A collaboration with poet Ann Fisher-Wirth called Mississippi came out in 2018. There will be a major retrospective of her work at the Mississippi Museum of Art in 2020. She continues to live and work in the Delta.

Photographs and Poems from Mississippi


Adam Vines & Allen Jih

Adam Vines & Allen Jih

UAB Writers’ Series
When: April 8, 2020, 3:00 p.m.
Where: TBA

Adam Vines is an associate professor of English at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he is editor of Birmingham Poetry Review. He is the author of Out of Speech (LSU Press, 2018) and The Coal Life (U of Arkansas P, 2012) and coauthor of Day Kink (Unicorn Press, 2018) and According to Discretion (Unicorn Press, 2015). He has published poems recently in Ecotone, The Hopkins Review, Five Points, Southwest Review, Green Mountains Review, 32 Poems, Smartish Pace, North American Review, and The Greensboro Review.

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Allen “Tristan” Jih is a writer and performer based in Las Vegas. He holds an MFA from the University of Florida and is the co-author, along with Adam Vines, of two collections of poetry: According to Discretion and Day Kink. He currently performs as an aerialist in the Beatles LOVE Cirque du Soleil show on the Las Vegas Strip.

Website: www.drunkenboat.com