50th Anniversary
 Visiting Writers

Visiting Writers

Kalamazoo Valley's "About Writing" Visiting Writers series is coordinated by English instructor Rob Haight and offers students the opportunity to talk with professional writers and listen to their work. Haight has been bringing noteworthy authors to the college since 2001.

The visits are free and open to the public and always include a craft talk and a reading.



Upcoming Visits

Rhoda Janzen, who will be here on Thursday February 15, reading from 10:00-10:45, craft talk from 2:15-3:00 in the Student Commons Theater. She's author of a number of memoirs, most notably Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, a NY Times bestseller.

Mardi Jo Link, who is slated to be here on Wednesday March 28 and Thursday March 29, readings at 10:00 a.m., talks at 2:15 p.m. in the Commons. To prepare for her visit, many English classes will read her memoir "Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm" as a book in common for winter.


Previous Visits

2016-2017
Jim Daniels
Diane Seuss
Maggie Messitt
Desiree Cooper

2015-2016
Patrick Phillips
Valerie Sayers
Tarfia Faizullah
Dinty Moore

2014-2015
Francine Harris
Todd Davis
Keith Taylor
NoViolet Bulawayo

2013-2014
John Rybicki
Anne Champion
Caitlin Horrocks
Rebecca Solnit

2012-2013
Elizabeth Kerklikowske
George Dila
Kathi McGookey
Jerry Dennis

2011-2012
Dennis Hendrichson
Andy Kroll
William Olsen
Bich Minh Nguyen

2010-2011
Wade Rouse
Patricia Clark
Kay Ryan

2009-2010
Fleda Brown
Tom Montgomery-Fate
Tom Springer
Thomas Lynch

2008-2009
Diane Wakowski
Anne Marie Oomen
David James
Terry Temptest Williams

2007-2008
Dan Gerber
Mark Nepo
Linda Nemec Foster
Ted Kooser

2006-2007
Martha Modena Vertreace Doody
Scott Russell Sanders
Jack Ridl
Ander Monson

2005-2006
Phillip Sterling
Tracy Kidder
Susan Ager
Mark Salzman

2004-2005
Jean Valentine
Laura Kasischke
Stuart Dybek

2003-2004
Sydnea Lea
Janet Kauffman
Terry Temptest Williams

2002-2003
Bonnie Jo Campbell
Stephanie Mills
Thylias Moss
Barry Lopez

2001-2002
Judith Minty
Heather Sellers
Jeff Vande Zande
Scott Russell Sanders


News Stories

Alumna NoViolet Bulawayo Returning for Kalamazoo Valley’s Visiting Writers Series