Fall 2015 Carr Reading Series Events


Pygmalion Literary Festival

Carr Reading Series is proud to be a sponsor of the third annual Pygmalion Literary Festival, part of Champaign-Urbana's renowned Pygmalion Festival. The literary events will be held in select venues in Urbana and Champaign, including the Krannert Art Museum, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Mike 'n Molly's Pub, and Cafeteria & Company. Featured authors include Mark Neely, Russell Evatt, Jaime Brunton, Michael Czyzniejewski, Christine Sneed, Ladan Osman, Adrian Matejka, Marcus Wicker, Jennine Capó Crucet, Janaka Stuckey, Jessica Hopper, Elena Passarello, and Brian Evenson. A literary bookfair featuring presses and journals from around the Midwest will be held at the Blind Pig on Saturday, Sept. 26, and a LitCrawl featuring readings from many local and regional writers will also be held on Saturday in downtown Champaign. For more information, visit thepygmalionfestival.com.




Kara Candito

Kara Candito is the author of Spectator (University of Utah Press, 2014), winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, and Taste of Cherry (University of Nebraska Press, 2009), winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. More info can be found at karacandito.com.






Film Screening: Election

Election, the 1999 film directed by Alexander Payne and starring Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick, is based on the novel by Carr Visiting Author/MillerComm Guest Lecturer Tom Perrotta. Called a "dark, insidiously funny satire" by Variety and "an instant classic" by the Chicago Reader, Election received several entertainment industry awards, including Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Picture in the 1999 Independent Spirit Awards.




Tom Perrotta

New York Times bestselling novelist and Academy-Award nominated screenwriter Tom Perrotta, author of The Leftovers, Little Children, and Election, will give a reading and answer questions from the audience about his wide-ranging work in literary fiction, nonfiction, feature films and television. This event is part of the CAS/MillerComm Lecture Series and is cosponsored by the Carr Reading Series, the Department of English and the Trowbridge Initiative, in conjunction with the departments of Comparative and World Literature, Curriculum and Instruction, Political Science, and Theatre; the Institute for Communications Research; the Spurlock Museum; The Roger Ebert Center; and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory.




Illinois Alumni Reading

The UIUC Creative Writing program is pleased to welcome back three alumni who have recently published their first books of fiction and poetry.

Lindsey Drager is the author of the novel The Sorrow Proper (Dzanc, 2015). She has fiction and creative nonfiction published or forthcoming in Mid-American Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Journal, Passages North, Black Warrior Review, Post Road, Cream City Review, Quarterly West, Zone 3, Gulf Coast, Kenyon Review Online, The Best Small Fictions 2015, edited by Robert Olen Butler, and elsewhere. She has received residencies from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and the Vermont Studio Center, and has served as a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers' Conference. Originally from Michigan, she now lives in Colorado where she is the Associate Editor of the Denver Quarterly and a PhD candidate in Creative Writing and Literary Studies at the University of Denver.

Rosalie Morales Kearns, a writer of Puerto Rican and Pennsylvania Dutch descent, is the founder of Shade Mountain Press. She is the author of the magic-realist story collection Virgins and Tricksters (Aqueous, 2012) and editor of the short story anthology The Female Complaint: Tales of Unruly Women (Shade Mountain Press, 2015). She has an MFA from the University of Illinois and has stories, poems, essays, and book reviews published in Witness, Drunken Boat, Fiction Writers Review, The Nervous Breakdown, and other journals.

Matthew Minicucci is the author of Translation (Kent State University Press, 2015), chosen by Jane Hirshfield for the 2014 Wick Poetry Prize. His work has also appeared in or is forthcoming from numerous journals and anthologies, including Best New Poets 2014, Blackbird, Gettysburg Review, Massachusetts Review, The Southern Review, and Third Coast, among others. He currently teaches writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.



About the Carr Reading Series

The Carr Reading Series is made possible by a generous gift from benefactors Robert J. and Katherin Carr. All Carr Series events are free and open to the public.

Other recent visiting writers and poets in the series have included Andre Dubus III, Traci Brimhall, Sara Levine, Ginger Andrews, Ladan Osman, Roger Reeves, and Micheline Aharonian Marcom.


View Events Calendar



Subscribe to our mailing list