Summer ’20 VISITING WRITERS, July 5th – 10th, 2020

WV Wesleyan’s MFA will host a Visiting Writers Series during the program’s Summer 2020 Residency. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this summer’s residency is being held on line, and so are the readings!  We have a stellar lineup of essayists, poets and fiction writers teaching and visiting this summer, and you can join all of our public readings as they happen on the program’s Facebook page.  Click this link to go there.

Randon Billings Noble at 8 PM – Sunday, July 5th

Randon Billings Noble is an essayist. Her collection Be with Me Always was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2019. Other work has appeared in the Modern Love column of The New York TimesBrevityCreative Nonfiction, and elsewhere. She has taught at NYU and American University, is currently the founding editor of After the Art. Randon also teaches nonfiction in the West Virginia Wesleyan College Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Jesse Graves at 8 PM – Monday, July 6th

Jesse Graves is the author of four poetry collections, including Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine and the forthcoming Merciful Days. His work received the James Still Award for Writing about the Appalachian South from the Fellowship of Southern Writers and the Philip H. Freund Prize for Creative Writing from Cornell University. Graves has been an editor on several collections of poetry and scholarship, including three volumes of The Southern Poetry Anthology and The Complete Poems of James Agee. He teaches at East Tennessee State University, where he is Poet-in-Residence and Professor of English.

Mary Carroll-Hackett at 8 PM – Tuesday, July 7th

Mary Carroll-Hackett is the author of more than eight collections of poetry, including most recently (Un)Hinged from Kattywompus Press.

Mary regularly teaches workshops and seminars on Writing Through the Chakras, Writing the Spiritual Life, Writing Prayer, Writing the Body, and Writing the Mother, and Intensive Promptathon workshops.

She has taught writing for twenty years, and in 2003, founded the Creative Writing programs, undergraduate and graduate, at Longwood University in Farmville, VA, serving as Program Director of those programs until Fall 2011.  Mary also teaches poetry in the West Virginia Wesleyan College Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing..

Jacki Lyden at 8 PM – Wednesday, July 8th

Jacki Lyden is the author of the best-selling memoir, Daughter of the Queen of Sheba, about growing up with her mentally ill mother. She leads writing workshops in Ireland and the US. While she is also a speaker, interviewer and award-winning journalist, Jacki regards herself first and foremost as a writer and looks for the distinctive human voice everywhere: in decades of making radio pieces and interviews, in live public interviews, and in print. She is currently at work on a new memoir, Tell Me Something Good.

Jacinda Townsend at 8 PM – Thursday, July 9th

Jacinda Townsend is the author of Saint Monkey, a novel set in 1950’s Eastern Kentucky which won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize and James Fenimore Cooper Prize for historical fiction. She received her MFA from Iowa Writer’s Workshop and went on to spend a year as a Fulbright fellow in Côte d’Ivoire.

Her new novel, Kif is forthcoming from Graywolf Press.

She is currently Appalachian Writer-in-Residence at Berea College, and teaches fiction in the West Virginia Wesleyan College Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing..

Sarah Einstein at 8 PM – Friday, July 10th

Sarah Einstein is the author of Mot: A Memoir (University of Georgia Press 2015) and Remnants of Passion (Shebooks 2014). Her essays and short stories have appeared in The Sun, Ninth Letter, PANK and other journals. Her work has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, a Best of the Net, and the AWP Prize in Creative Nonfiction. She is also the prose editor for Stirring: A Literary Collective and the special projects editor for Brevity Magazine.

Sarah teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga, and the West Virginia Wesleyan College Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing.

For more information about the readings, contact MFA Director Doug Van Gundy:, 304.473.8329.  Or visit our Facebook page.

This project is being presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.