2007-2008 Academic Year


Fanny Howe is the author of more than twenty novels and books of poetry and prose. She has won awards from the National Endowment of the Arts, the National Poetry Foundation, the California Council for the Arts, and the Village Voice.




Fawzia Afzal-Khan April 10, 2008


Fawzia Afzal-Khan will be reading from her book Shattering the Stereotypes: Muslim Women Speak Out. She is a professor at Montclair State University. This event was cosponsored by the Literary Arts Institute of the College of Saint Benedict and Global Awareness Lecture Series.



W.S. Merwin April 24, 2008


This public reading is cosponsored by Project LOGOS: The Center for Creative Writing.



Sylvia Nasar March 3, 2008


Sylvia Nasar is the award-winning author of A Beautiful Mind, a professor of business journalism at Columbia University, and a former columnist and economics correspondent for The New York Times, Fortune, and U.S. News and World Report.



A Winter's Interlude: Taking Books in Visual Directions Jan. 23, 2008

Featuring Jim Moore, Regula Russelle, CB Sherlock, Elaine Rutherford, Rachel Melis, Steven Lemke, and Anna Boyer. This event was hosted by Clemens Library and the Literary Arts Institute of the College of Saint Benedict.


Tracy K. Smith Oct. 30, 2007


Tracy K. Smith's second book Duende (Graywolf Press, 2007) won the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. She has received awards and fellowhips from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the Whiting Foundation.



Marilynne Robinson Sep. 26, 2007

Heritage Day Speaker