Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series


Imagine stepping into the illustrious world of the Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series in the English department. You are about to experience the unique opportunity of immersing yourself in the vibrant and ever-evolving world of contemporary literature.

Renowned authors from across the globe grace the series, sharing their insights, their processes, and their stories. As an attendee, you'll not only listen to mesmerizing readings but also participate in thought-provoking discussions and masterclasses that can illuminate your understanding of craft and narrative. The Lion Rock series is a door, opening you to diverse literary voices and styles, inspiring you to refine your own creative work. This isn't just an event, it's a chance for you to connect with the broader literary community and discover new facets of your own writing journey.

The Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series schedules readings every quarter and features nationally known writers reading their own work. We have hosted  winners of the MacArthur Genius Award, WA State Poets Laureate, and recipients of Catamundo, Whiting, Guggenheim, Lannan, and NEA Fellowships, and other major prizes.

Each spring, students enrolled in ENG 568 and ENG 468: Contemporary Writers Colloquium (graduate and upper-level multi-genre writing workshops, respectively), meet with three visiting writers from the Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series. We also sponsor talks by professional editors and publishers, readings by faculty and students, including open mics, and an annual reading for students who have their work published in CWU's literary magazine, Manastash.

Past readers in the Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series include Natalie Diaz, Eduardo Corral, Elissa Washuta, Lucia Perillo, Anthony Doerr, Jos Charles, Major Jackson, Kim Barnes, Linda Bierds, David Guterson, David Wojahn, Prageeta Sharma, and many others.

The Series wishes to thank our many generous sponsors, including the College of Arts and Humanities, CWU Libraries, Museum of Culture and Environment, The Wildcat Shop, Karen Gookin, Len Thayer Grants, Humanities Washington, S&A, President's Office/Diversity and Inclusivity, the WGSS Program, The Douglas Honors College, and many partnerships across departments, schools, and the Kittitas Community, including those with Kittitas County Regional Library Board, One Book One County Program, Ellensburg Public Library, Gallery One, and Jerrol's.

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