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Literary Festival

Fall Virtual Events

Join writers Doug Bock Clark, Kerry Howley, Carmen Maria Machado, Jeff VanderMeerCrystal Wilkinson, and Kiese Laymon for a series of live online events throughout the fall.

In Conversation: Kiese Laymon and Crystal Wilkinson

Thursday, November 19 at 7:00



Kiese Laymon (photo by Rosaleen Mahorter)


Crystal Wilkinson (photo by Anastasia Pottinger)

Watch here and on WCU's social media channels for a livestream conversation between award-winning writers Kiese Laymon and Crystal Wilkinson. Laymon is the author of the bestselling memoir, Heavy: An American Memoir, which won the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, among others. His novel Long Division and essay collection How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America will soon be re-released from Scribner. Wilkinson is the author of The Birds of Opulence (winner of the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence), Water Street, and Blackberries, Blackberries. Her first collection of poetry, Perfect Black, will be published by the University Press of Kentucky in August 2021.   


In Conversation: Jeff VanderMeer and Carmen Maria Machado

Watch “The Weird Thoreau” Jeff VanderMeer and National Book Award Finalist Carmen Maria Machado in conversation about their award-winning and genre-bending books. 



Doug Bock Clark and Kerry Howley

Watch New York Times Notable author and GQ Correspondent Doug Bock Clark in conversation with National Magazine Award finalist and New York Magazine Contributing Writer Kerry Howley as they discuss their immersive nonfiction books and longform journalism.


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