Department of English

Our series honors working writers in various nonfiction genres, including literary reportage, lyric essay, personal essay, creative nonfiction, podcasting, journalism, and biography, amongst many others.

Diana Khoi Nguyen

Lyrical Prose, and the Intimacy of a Sentence

Diana Nguyen

Wednesday, October 5th
6:00pm — 7:00pm
Freeman Hall, Room 208
Main Green 
90 George St

Free and open to the public

Poet and multimedia artist Diana Khoi Nguyen was born and raised in California. She earned a BA in English and Communication Studies from UCLA, an MFA from Columbia University, and a PhD from the University of Denver. She is the author of the chaplet Unless (Belladonna*, 2019) and debut poetry collection, Ghost Of (Omnidawn Publishing, 2018).

Currently, she teaches creative writing at Randolph College Low-Residency MFA and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

Maggie Nelson

On Freedom

Maggie Nelson

Wednesday, November 2nd
6:00pm — 7:00pm
Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center, 154 Angell St
Free and open to the public

Maggie Nelson is the author of nine books of poetry and prose, many of which have become cult classics defying categorization. She first published Bluets with Wave Books in 2009; in 2015, Bookforum named Bluets one of the top 10 best books of the past 20 years. Her other nonfiction titles include the National Book Critics Circle Award winner The Argonauts (2015), The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (2011; a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial (2007), and Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (2007). Her poetry titles include Something Bright, Then Holes (2007), and Jane: A Murder (2005). She writes frequently on art, and in 2016 was awarded a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

Liza Yaeger

Listening as Action

Liza Yaeger

Wednesday, December 7th
6:00pm — 7:00pm
Pembroke 305, 172 Meeting Street
Free and open to the public

Liza Yaeger is an audio producer, reporter, and editor. Recently, she’s worked as a showrunner for New York Magazine's narrative podcasts and as an editor for Planet Money. She also helped produce the 7th season of Invisibilia and created Jacobin Magazine’s Antibody podcast.

Past Speakers


6 October | A Bell Curve is a Pregnant Straight Line


20 September | All American Nativism: How the Bipartisan War on Immigrants Explains Politics as We Know It