| Visiting Writers, Fairleigh Dickinson University low-residency MFA in creative writing
visiting writers at residencies of Fairleigh Dickinson University MFA in Creative Writing
Jean Valentine, James Wood, Lydia Millet, Donald Antrim, Charles Simic, Colm Toibin, Zadie Smith, Ali Smith, Jeanette Winterson, Larissa McFarquar, Mary Gaitskill

Visiting Writers

SUMMER 2016: Hari Kunzru, Terese Svoboda, Deborah Heiligman, Geoffrey Brock, Leigh Newman.

Evening readings on our Florham Campus are open to the public.

Recent Visiting Writers, January 2015
Recent Visiting Writers, August 2013

Tanuja Dasai Hidier

is an author/singer/songwriter born and raised in the USA and now based in London. Her first novel, Born Confused, the first-ever south Asian American coming of age novel, was named an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults.

Jean Valentine

is an American poet and was the New York State Poet Laureate from 2008–2010. Her poetry collection, Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, 1965–2003, was awarded the 2004 National Book Award for Poetry.

Hisham Matar

is an award-winning novelist. He was born in New York City to Libyan parents and spent his childhood first in Tripoli and then in Cairo. His first novel, In the Country of Men (2006) was shortlisted for the  Man Booker Prize, the Guardian’s First Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

James Wood

is a literary critic, essayist, and novelist. He is Professor of the Practice of Literary Criticism at Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine. His most recent collection of essays is The Fun Stuff:

Adam Begley

is an American freelance writer and was the books editor for the New York Observer from 1996-2009. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian and The Financial Times. He has recently published an extensive biography, Updike, about the author John Updike.

Lydia Millet

is an award-winning novelist. Her third novel, My Happy Life, won the 2003 PEN Center USA Award for Fiction, and she has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Olivia McCannon

is an English poet who resides in London. Her collection Exactly My Own Length (2011) was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize and won the 2013 Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. She also writes plays, short fiction, lyrics and libretti.


Past Visiting Writers

  • Donald Antrim
    Sarah Arvio
    Sebastian Barry
    Edward Carey
    Nicholas Dawidoff
    Stephen Dunn
    Paul Durcan
    Mark Ford
    Amy Hempel
    Ken Kalfus
    Suki Kim
    Andrew O’Hagan
    Francine Prose
    Mary Gaitskill
    Marie Ponsot
  • Robin Robertson
    Charles Simic
    Ali Smith
    Zadie Smith
    Christopher Sorrentino
  • Wesley Stace
    Yusef Komunyakaa
    Nick Laird
    James Lasdun
    Bei Ling
    Hisham Matar
    Elizabeth McCracken
    Ruth Padel
  • Robert Polito
  • Darcey Steinke
    Gerald Stern
    Lynne Tillman
    Colm Tóibín
    Colson Whitehead
    Jeannette Winterson
    Larissa MacFarquhar
    Jon McGregor
    David Means
    Paul Muldoon
    Sigrid Nunez