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Anne Newman Sutton Weeks Poetry Series
2013-2014 Season

Free readings begin at 7:00 PM and are followed by book signings and receptions. For more information, please contact Natasha Sajé, Professor of English, at 801-832-2376 or

We are in the process of discontinuing the printed version of the Anne Newman Sutton Weeks Poetry Series brochure.
Please sign up for an electronic version, effective 2014-2015.


Friday, September 27, 2013 | C.D. Wright - The Utah Humanities Book Festival

Gore School of Business Auditorium

One of America’s most compelling and idiosyncratic poets, C.D. Wright "belongs to a school of exactly one" (New York Times). Wright is concerned with a density of language, setting up a chain reaction using the least amount of verbal material. She has published a dozen collections, most recently, One With Others, winner of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, The Lenore Marshall Award, and finalist for the National Book Award. Her MacArthur Fellows citation reads: “No single description adequately captures Wright’s work; she is an experimental writer, a Southern writer, and a socially committed writer, yet she continuously reinvents herself with each new volume.”


Saturday, September 28, 2013
Utah Humanities Book Festival

Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 East 400 South

Please visit for the schedule of events.  


Thursday, October 24, 2013
Fiona Sze-Lorrain and Ranjan Adiga

Gore School of Business Auditorium

Fiona Sze-Lorrain writes and translates English, Chinese, and French. She was born in Singapore, and educated at  Columbia University, New York University, and Paris IV-Sorbonne. Her two collections of poetry are My Funeral Gondola and Water the Moon. She has translated contemporary Chinese poetry and prose, French and American poetry. She is an editor at Vif Éditions, an independent French publishing house in Paris. Also a zheng harpist, she has performed worldwide.



Ranjan Adiga was born and raised in Nepal, and has earned creative writing degrees from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and the University of Hawaii. He writes in English, though it is his second language. His upcoming book is a collection of short stories exploring the nature of desire and tradition in a changing society. His stories have appeared in Story Quarterly, South Asian Review, 34th Parallel, and Nepali Times, among others. Adiga is Westminster’s new faculty member in the English department.


Free poetry workshop led by Andrea Hollander

Westminster College offers a small poetry class annually to students and community members. The group will meet from 4:30–7:20 p.m. on the following dates:

January 6, 13, 21, 27; February 3,10; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; April 7, 14, 21.  

To apply, please submit three poems in one document with contact information (name, phone, email, address) by October 15 through Applicants will be notified of their status by December 1.


Thursday, November 14, 2013
Susan Elizabeth Howe and Kara Weiss

Gore School of Business Auditorium

Susan Elizabeth Howe’s first collection of poems, Stone Spirits, won the publication award of the Redd Center for Western Studies. She co-edited the collection Discoveries: Two Centuries of Poems by Mormon Women, which has been released in a second edition, and has worked as an editor for a variety of journals. Her second poetry collection, Salt, has just been published. An associate professor of English at Brigham Young University, she lives in Ephraim, Utah.  


Kara Weiss was raised in Brookline, Massachusetts. She earned degrees from Williams College and the University of Washington. Kara was the recipient of the Ingham prize for fiction, a finalist for the Jack Dyer prize, and her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines. Her first book, a novella in stories, Late Lights, was released this year. She teaches at Westminster College.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Andrea Hollander and Mary Szybist

Gore School of Business Auditorium


Andrea Hollander is the author of four full-length poetry collections, most recently Landscape with Female Figure: New & Selected Poems, 1982–2012. Her honors include the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, the D. H. Lawrence Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize for prose memoir, and two poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more than 22 years, Hollander was the Writer-in-Residence at Lyon College, where she received the Lamar Williamson Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Now a resident of Portland, she is the recipient of a 2013 Oregon Literary Fellowship.



Mary Szybist is the author of two books of poems: Granted, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Incarnadine, just out this year. She is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, a Pushcart Prize, and a residency from the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center. She lives in Portland and teaches at Lewis & Clark College and the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.


Thursday, February 13, 2014 | Al Young

Gore School of Business Auditorium

Al Young served as California’s poet laureate through 2008. Widely translated, his 22 books include poetry, fiction, essays, anthologies, and musical memoirs. On the first Friday each month he broadcasts a freshly composed poem at San Francisco’s NPR-affiliate KQED’s The California Report Magazine. A teaching trouper, he currently holds seminars in imaginative writing and creativity at California College of the Arts, San Francisco. Love Offline, a new poem collection, awaits publication. Young has written screenplays for Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, and Richard Pryor. He comes to Westminster as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. Other honors include National Endowment for the Arts, Fulbright, and Guggenheim Fellowships, the PEN/Library of Congress Award for Short Fiction, the PEN/USA Award for Nonfiction, Pushcart Prizes, two American Book Awards, the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence and, most recently, the 2011 Thomas Wolfe Award.



Friday, April 18, 2014 | Ellipsis Debut featuring Sean Thomas Dougherty

Dumke Student Theatre, Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory

The Weeks Poetry Series and Ellipsis…Literature and Art are pleased to join in the debut of the 2014 issue.

Sean Thomas Dougherty is a self described “underground/sound.”  He is the author or editor of thirteen books across genres including, most recently, All I Ask for Is Longing: Poems 1994– 2014; Scything Grace; and the prose-poem-novel The Blue City. He is the recipient of two Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowships in Poetry and a Fulbright Lectureship to the Balkans. He has performed at hundreds of venues, universities and festivals across North America and Europe, and currently lives in Erie, Pennsylvania where he works in a pool hall. He’ll work with Westminster performance poets while on campus.


For a disability accommodation, please contact the Arts and Sciences Department at 801.832.2300 five days prior to the event.