Upcoming readings for Fall 2013 are listed below.











Wang Jiaxin

Friday, September 20 at 7:00 pm, Performing Arts Studio| Norman Depot.


Born in Hubei in 1957, Wang Jiaxin began writing poetry while he was a student at Wuhan University, and has been teaching and editing ever since. In the early 1990s, Wang traveled widely in the United States and England, becoming one of the poets whom Maghiel van Crevel has termed "an exile." His poems often depict the life of a wanderer—the loneliness of an individual set against the crowd, the world, or nature. Now an important editor, translator, literary critic, and Professor of Literature at China’s prestigious Renmin University, he makes his home just north of Beijing in an enclave for artists and writers. An interview with Wang Jiaxin and a new series of his poetry have been featured recently in Chinese Literature Today.




Jeanetta Calhoun Mish

September 25 at 3:00 pm, Gittinger Hall First Floor Lounge


Jeanetta Calhoun Mish (www.tonguetiedwoman.com) is a scholar, poet, and prose writer; she completed her Ph.D. in American Literature at OU in 2009, and has published critical articles on Lorna Dee Cervantes and Demetria Martínez, among others. Mish’s 2009 poetry collection Work Is Love Made Visible won the Western Heritage Award, the WILLA Award from Women Writing the West, and the Oklahoma Book Award. Her chapbook Tongue Tied Woman won the national Edda Poetry Chapbook Competition for Women sponsored by Soulspeak Press. Jeanetta is Editor of award-winning Mongrel Empire Press and contributing editor to the literary journals Sugar Mule and Oklahoma Today. She is Director of and faculty mentor for the Red Earth Creative Writing MFA Program at Oklahoma City University. Her recently published and forthcoming work may be found in The Fiddleback, Cybersoleil, Naugatuck River Review, Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Concho River Review, and Blast Furnace.




Phillip Morgan

October 2 at at 3:00 pm, Gittinger Hall First Floor Lounge








Zheng Xiaoqiong

October 18

Reception at 6:30, Reading at 7:30 - Reading Boorstin Room, Bizzel Library, OU campus


One of the most exciting poets to emerge in China over the last decade, Zheng Xiaoqiong was born in 1980 in rural Nanchong, Sichuan, China, and spent eight years as a migrant worker in Dongguan City in southern Guangdong Province. Zheng's poems are wrought from the materials of globalization rendered on a personal scale. Zheng's poetry draws upon the working lives of women caught in the tidal pull of China's massive migrant labor force with an unprecedented care and attention. She has won numerous awards including the Lu Xun Literary Award of Guangdong Province and the the Liqun Literature Award from People's' Literature in 2007 among several others. And in 2007 was chosen by the popular magazine Chinese Women as one of the ten most influential figures of the times at home and abroad. Zheng's poetry has appeared in English (translated by Jonathan Stalling in Chinese Literature Today, World Literature Today, and in New Cathay: Contemporary Chinese Poetry, 1990-2012 (Tupelo Press 2013).



Michael Kelleher

Oct. 30 at 3pm Gittinger Hall First Floor Lounge








Nathan Brown

Nov. 7 at 7pm, Ellison Hall, First Floor Reading Room




Arn Henderson and Larry Bierman

Nov. 20 at 7pm, Ellison Hall, First Floor Reading Room