An extraordinary feature of the program is the opportunity to hear and meet a remarkable variety of great writers. Short-term guests have included, among a great many others:
Most of these writers stay for a few days, giving two readings, attending two receptions open to students, visiting a class, and holding a question-and-answer session for graduate students.
Other writers join the Department of English for a full year, visiting classes and giving readings and lectures. These have included:
- Denis Johnson
- Li-Young Lee
- Tim O’Brien
- Leslie Marmon Silko
- T. Geronimo Johnson
Few programs anywhere offer personal contact with such a distinguished array of literary talent.