Spring 2021 Poets & Writers Series

Public readings of fiction and poetry The Poets & Writers Series is sponsored by the Temple University MFA Program in Creative Writing, with the assistance of the Richard Moyer Fund and the Department of English. Each year a number of poets and fiction writers are invited to read from and discuss their work to members of both the Temple community and the local Philadelphia arts scene. All events are free and open to the public.

All events this semester will be held on Zoom.


Susan Briante Susan Briante
Visiting Poet

  • Thursday, February 11 – 5:30 p.m.
  • A Conversation with Jena Osman
  • Register via Zoom

Susan Briante is the author of three books of poetry: Pioneers in the Study of Motion, Utopia Minus, and The Market Wonders, all from Ahsahta Press. She is a professor of creative writing at the University of Arizona, where she also serves as co-coordinator of the Southwest Field Studies in Writing Program. The program brings MFA students to the US-Mexico border to work with community-based environmental and social justice groups. Defacing the Monument, a series of essays on immigration, archives, aesthetics, and the state, was published by Noemi Press in 2020.


Kiley Reid Kiley Reid
Fiction Writer

An Arizona native, Kiley Reid is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was the recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship. Her New York Times –bestselling debut novel, Such a Fun Age, is currently in development by Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Productions and Sight Unseen Pictures. The novel was longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize and a finalist for the New York Public Library’s 2020 Young Lions Fiction Award, the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work by a Debut Author, and the Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award. Her writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Playboy, December, Lumina, where her short story was the winner in the 2017 Flash Prose Contest, and Ploughshares, where her short story was the winner of the 2020 Ashley Leigh Bourne Prize for Fiction. She lives in Philadelphia.


Past Readings

Writers whose names are in bold were in residence and met with students individually.

Fall 2020

  • Téa Obreht, Gabrielle Civil, Paul Yoon, Tonya M. Foster

Spring 2020

  • Jami Attenberg, Monica Ong

Fall 2019

  • Urayoán Noel, Caroline Bergvall, Alexandra Kleeman, Asali Solomon

Spring 2019

  • Roberto Tejada, Christopher Castellani, Robin Clarke, Carmen Maria Machado

Fall 2018

  • Ken Kalfus, Brian Blanchfield, Jennifer Haigh, Aisha Sabatini Sloan

Spring 2018

  • Katie Kitamura, Brenda Hillman, Tonya M. Foster

Fall 2017

  • Amaranth Borsuk, Akhil Sharma

Spring 2017

  • Sam Allingham, Patricia A. Smith, Dawn Lundy Martin, Sue Landers, Jhumpa Lahiri

Fall 2016

  • Ann Beattie, Emily Abendroth, Laura van den Berg

Spring 2016

  • Juliana Spahr, Susan Howe, Daniel Torday, Marlon James

Fall 2015

  • Cristina García, Prageeta Sharma

Spring 2015

  • Kelly Link, Claudia Rankine

Fall 2014

  • Latasha N. Nevada Diggs, Rachel Zolf, Jesse Ball

Spring 2014

  • Catherine Taylor, Joseph McElroy, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Craig Dworkin

Fall 2013

  • Brenda Coultas, Douglas Kearney, Anthony Wallace, Jaimy Gordon

Spring 2013

  • Noy Holland, Ed Park, Rae Armantrout, Norma Cole

Fall 2012

  • Lisa Fishman, Christine Schutt, Allison Cobb, Mat Johnson

Spring 2012

  • Lance Olsen, Cathy Park Hong, Gary Lutz, C.S. Giscombe

Fall 2011

  • Andi Rosenthal, Cecilia Vicuña, Alice Notley, Brian Evenson

DuPlessis Lecture in Poetry and Poetics

The DuPlessis Lecture is named after Professor Emeritus Rachel Blau DuPlessis. DuPlessis is a widely published poet and critic and one of her significant contributions to the field of poetry and poetics is her interweaving of these two practices. Her poetry often speaks to the concerns of her critical work and her critical works often stretch the conventions of the scholarly essay. This lecture series honors DuPlessis’ expansions of literary form, and features poets who write in a number of different registers.

Past lecturers have included:

  • Divya Victor
  • John Keene
  • Kevin Killian
  • Evie Shockley
  • Jen Bervin
  • Caroline Bergvall