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Brescia University Announces St. Ann Visiting Writer Series Lineup of Authors and Poets Released

Brescia University’s Creative Writing department will be hosting a series of readings and lectures by a variety of nationally recognized and acclaimed authors and poets.  The events will be known as the St. Ann Visiting Writers Series.

The first in the series will be held September 6th at 7:00 PM in Brescia University’s Moore Center Atrium.  The featured authors are Daniel Abbott and Michael Wayne Hampton.  The event is offered at no cost and is open to the public. 


Daniel Abbott is the author of The Concrete, published in May 2018 by Ig Books. His work has appeared in Lit Hub, the Noctua Review, the Ginosko Literary Journal, and the Owen Wister Review. Daniel lives with his family in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Michael Wayne Hampton is the author of three books: Roller Girls Love Bobby Knight, Romance for Delinquents, and Bad Kids from Good Schools.  His criticism, essays, fiction, and poetry have appeared in numerous publications such as Atticus Review, The Southeast Review, 3AM Magazine, and Fiction Southeast.

In 2013 he won The Deerbird Novella Prize, and in 2012 his work was nominated for Best American Short Stories. In the past he has been a Semi-finalist for the Iowa Short Fiction Prize, and a Two-time Finalist for the World’s Best Short Short Story Contest. In 2014, he was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award.

He grew up in the hills of eastern Kentucky, and received his BA in English from the University of Kentucky before earning his MFA in Writing from Spalding University. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati Clermont College where he has won, or been nominated for, several teaching and service awards. Michael Wayne Hampton is represented by Roz Foster of The Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

Named by creative writing students, the St. Ann Visiting Writers Series reflects the location of the Bartholomy-Taylor academic building in which creative writing classes are held. 

The schedule for the fall semester includes:

October 11, 2018 – Jon Tribble (Carbondale, IL), Kari Shemwell (Los Angeles, CA), and Allison Joseph (Carbondale, IL).

November 1, 2018 – Jacinda Townsend (Berea, KY), Amie Whitemore (Murfreesboro,TN), and Donovan McCabee (Nashville, TN).

November 8, 2018 – Craft Coffee Workshop featuring J. Easto and Andreas Willhoff from Chicago, IL.

December 6, 2018 – Brescia University’s own Brooks Rexroat, Katie Mullins (Evansville, IN), and Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum (Columbus, OH).

All events will take place on Thursdays at 7:00PM in Brescia University’s Moore Center Atrium.