Southeast Missouri State University Press

Nilsen Visiting Writers


beth lordan

Beth Lordan
April 14, 2016, English Graduate Student Conference Keynote Address
7 P.M, in the University Center Ballroom A

Beth Lordan received her BA and MFA from Cornell University, and has been at SIUC since 1991. She teaches fiction workshops and forms courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and currently directs Irish and Irish Immigration Studies. She is the author of three books: August Heat, a novel (Harper & Row 1987); And Both Shall Row, stories (Picador, 1998); and But Come Ye Back, a novel in stories (William Morrow, 2004). Her literary heroes are Virginia Woolf, Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, James Agee, Alistair MacLeod, and William Trevor; she admires the work of contemporary fiction writers like J. M. Coetzee, Joanna Scott, Alice McDermott, David Long, Toni Morrison, and Alice Munro. Her short fiction has appeared in Farmers MarketGettysburg ReviewThe Atlantic MonthlyO.Henry Prize Stories, and Best American Short Stories, and has earned awards from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She’s currently working on more stories, and writing a book on form.

Kate Bernheimer

Kate Bernheimer
Tuesday, September 15, 2015, “Fairy Tales: Lecture and Reading,”
7 p.m., Glenn Auditorium in the Dempster Building of Southeast Missouri State University 

Kate Bernheimer has been called “one of the living masters of the fairy tale” (Tin House). She is the author of a novel trilogy and the story collections Horse, Flower, Bird and How a Mother Weaned Her Girl from Fairy Tales (Coffee House Press) and the editor of four anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award winning and bestselling My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales and the World Fantasy Award nominee xo Orpheus: 50 New Myths (both with Penguin). Her co-authored novella with Laird Hunt, Office at Night (Coffee House Press/Walker Art Center) is a nominee for the Shirley Jackson Awards. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she teaches fairy tales and creative writing. Bernheimer is also founder and editor of the journal Fairy Tale Review, and the author of an acclaimed book for children, The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum, chosen as a best picture book of the year by Publishers Weekly in 2008. Her most recent book for children is The Lonely Book, illustrated by Chris Sheban and an “Best Books of the Month” selection for May 2012.



Stephen Dunn, Pulitzer Prize winning poet  
April 16, 2015, poetry reading 
Rose Theatre, Southeast Missouri State University

Click here to watch the video of his reading and click here to listen to his interview on KRCU.

Stephen Dunn has won the Pulitzer Prize, The James Wright Award, an Academy Award for Literature, and the National Poetry Series Prize. He has written sixteen books, including Different Hours, which won the Pulitzer Prize. Dunn has taught creative writing at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, University of Washington, NYU, Columbia, and University of Michigan and has published work in The Atlantic, The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The American Poetry Review, among others.

David Armand

David Armand
September 17, 2014, fiction reading
Crisp Hall, Southeast Missouri State University

David Armand was born and raised in Louisiana. He has worked as a drywall hanger, a draftsman, and as a press operator in a flag printing factory. He now teaches at Southeastern Louisiana University, where he also serves as associate editor for Louisiana Literature Press. In 2010, he won the George Garrett Fiction Prize for his first novel, The Pugilist’s Wife, which was published by Texas Review Press. His second novel, Harlow, is also published by Texas Review Press. David lives with his wife and two children and has recently completed his third novel.