Upcoming Events

September Events

Chris Abani

In residence September 15-18, 2019

Public Reading
Tuesday September 17 at 7:00 PM
Gorecki Family Theater Public Reading

Chris Abani is known as an international voice on humanitarianism, art, ethics, and our shared political responsibility. He is a bestselling novelist and poet PEN Freedom-to-Write winner. Check out Abani's work here

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October Events

Shena McAuliffe

Public Reading: October 24, 2019
Upper Gorecki 7:00 PM

Shena McAuliffe grew up in Wisconsin and Colorado. Her novel The Good Echo won the Big Moose Prize and was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2018. Her stories and essays have been published in Conjunctions, Black Warrior Review, Copper Nickel, Gulf Coast, True Story, and elsewhere. She is an Assistant Professor of Fiction at Union College in Schenectady, New York.


February Events

Sally Wen Mao

2019-2020 Sister Mariella Gable Award Winner

Public Reading: Febuary 4, 2019                                                                                                                                                                                                Upper Gorecki: 7:00 PM

Mao is the is the 2019-2020 Sister Mariella Gable Award recipient for her work Oculus and will be in residence February 2, 2020 through February 5, 2020. Her reading will take place on February 4th in Upper Gorecki at 7:00 PM. 

From her publisher Graywolf Press, "Sally Wen Mao is the author of a previous poetry collection, Mad Honey Symposium. Her work has won a Pushcart Prize and fellowships at Kundiman, George Washington University, and the New York Public Library Cullman Center. Her work, Oculus, explores exile not just as a matter of distance and displacement, but as a migration through time and a reckoning with technology. The title poem follows a girl in Shanghai who uploaded her suicide onto Instagram. Other poems cross into animated worlds, examine robot culture, and haunt a necropolis for electronic waste. A fascinating sequence speaks in the voice of international icon and first Chinese American movie star Anna May Wong, who travels through the history of cinema with a time machine, even past her death and into the future of film, where she finds she has no progeny. With a speculative imagination and a sharpened wit, Mao powerfully confronts the paradoxes of seeing and being seen, the intimacies made possible and ruined by the screen, and the many roles and representations that women of color are made to endure in order to survive a culture that seeks to consume them."

March Events

The Literary Arts Institute of the College of Saint Benedict introduces the first McNeely Creative Writer in Residence
About the McNeely Creative Writer in Residence

Each year, the Literary Arts Institute will host the McNeely Creative Writer in Residence for a month-long writing residency. The McNeely writer will visit classes, share meals with faculty and students, and give two separate public presentations: a craft talk, and a reading of his or her creative work. Additionally, the recipient will mentor CSB/SJU creative writing undergraduates in individual meetings, providing constructive feedback and advice about the students’ work.

Thanks to the generous help of Manitou Fund, The Literary Arts Institute of the College of St. Benedict is delighted to announce our first McNeely Creative Writer in Residence.

Susan Steinberg

 Susan Steinberg’s first novel Machine will be published by Graywolf in August 2019. She is also author of the story collections Spectacle (Graywolf), Hydroplane (FC2), and The End of Free Love (FC2).

 Susan Steinberg is Professor and Chair of English at the University of San Francisco and is also currently the Bedell Distinguished Visiting Professor in the graduate Creative Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa.

 She is the recipient of a United States Artists Fellowship, the Pushcart Prize and a National Magazine Award. Her stories and essays have appeared in McSweeney's, The Rumpus, Conjunctions, The Gettysburg Review, American Short Fiction, Boulevard, Quarterly West, Denver Quarterly, The Massachusetts Review, and other journals and magazines.

 Susan Steinberg will be in residency on our campuses from March 9th through April 3rd, 2020.