In this semi-centennial celebration of women at Kenyon, the English Department and Kenyon Review have invited back two alumni authors who have made significant contributions in the literary landscape of American letters — Allison Joseph and Caitlin Horrocks. Joseph and Horrocks are part of Kenyon’s rich literary tradition, but, moreover, they exemplify the core values of what it means to be literary citizens: to give back, to guide and mentor, and to create and foster diverse writing communities.
Caitlin Horrocks is author of the novel "The Vexations" (Little, Brown, 2019). Her story collection "This Is Not Your City" was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Another story collection, "Life Among the Terranauts", is forthcoming from Little, Brown in 2021. Her stories and essays appear in The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize, The Paris Review, Tin House, and One Story, as well as other journals and anthologies. Her awards include the Plimpton Prize and fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the MacDowell Colony. She is on the advisory board of the Kenyon Review, where she recently served as fiction editor. She teaches at Grand Valley State University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.
Born in London to parents of Caribbean heritage, Allison Joseph grew up in Toronto and the Bronx and now lives in Carbondale, Illinois, where she directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Southern Illinois University. She serves as poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review, the publisher of No Chair Press, and the director of Writers In Common, a writing conference for writers of all ages and experience levels. Her books and chapbooks include "What Keeps Us Here" (Ampersand Press), "Soul Train" (Carnegie Mellon University Press), "In Every Seam" (University of Pittsburgh Press), "Worldly Pleasures" (Word Tech Communications), "Imitation of Life" (Carnegie Mellon UP), "Voice: Poems" (Mayapple Press), "My Father’s Kites" (Steel Toe Books), "Trace Particles" (Backbone Press), "Little Epiphanies" (NightBallet Press), "Mercurial" (Mayapple Press), "Mortal Rewards" (White Violet Press), "Multitudes" (Word Poetry), "The Purpose of Hands" (Glass Lyre Press), "Double Identity" (Singing Bone Press) "Corporal Muse" (Sibling Rivalry Press) and "What Once You Loved" (Barefoot Muse Press). Her latest full-length book of poetry, "Confessions of a Barefaced Woman", was published by Red Hen Press and is a 2019 nominee in the poetry category of the NAACP Image Awards and a 2019 finalist for both the Montaigne Medal and the Da Vinci Eye Book Award.
Tuesday, February 11 at 4:30pm
Brandi Recital Hall, Storer Hall
105 College Drive, Gambier, OH 43022