Past Guest Writers

We have been pleased to welcome a broad range of authors, poets, screenwriters, translators, and spoken word performers to Mills as part of our annual Contemporary Writers Series. Our past guests have included:

2019–20

Carmen Giménez Smith
Wendy C. Ortiz
Patricia Smith in conversation with Ajuan Mance
Laleh Khadivi
Brenda Shaughnessy
Aria Aber
Ingrid Rojas Contreras
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Aiden Thomas

2018–19

Tommy Pico
Koa Beck
Judy Grahn
Dickson Lam
David Marriott
Morgan Parker
Shobha Rao
Claudia Castro Luna
Renee Macalino Rutledge

2017–18

Patty Yumi Cottrell
Lillian Howan
Daniel Borzutsky
Elizabeth Willis
Charlotte Biltekoff
Fady Joudah
Tananarive Due
Andrea Abi-Karam
Michelle Cruz Gonzales

2016–17

LeAnne Howe
Marc Anthony Richardson
Amy Sara Carroll
Helen Klonaris
Amir Rabiyah
Aichlee Bushnell
Solmaz Sharif
Natalie Baszile
Kirill Medvedev
Farid Matuk
Christine Hyung-Oak Lee
Samantha Giles

2015–16

Debra Busman
MariNaomi
Eileen Myles
Robin Coste Lewis
Shabnam Nadiya
Mahmud Rahman
Arunava Sinha
Keith Hennessy
Maggie Nelson
Beth Piatote
Cheena Lo
Keenan Norris

2014–15

Deema Shebabi
Marilyn Hacker
Judy Grahn
Coletta Reid
Ginny Z Berson
Helen Klonaris
Beth Loffreda
Claudia Rankine
Victor LaValle
Amy De'Ath
Jennifer Tamayo
Cassandra Troyan
Ariel Goldberg
Rachel Pollack
Trish Salah

2013–14

Uzodinma Iweala
LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs
Robert Arellano
Layli Long Soldier
Emma Ruby-Sachs
Orlando White
Lauren Berlant
Jasper Bernes
Maya Gonzalez
Dawn Lundy Martin
Wendy Trevino
Jacki Wang
Kathi Weeks
Rachel Blau Du Plessis

2012–13

Rubén Martínez
Rikki Ducornet
James Thomas Stevens
Erin Mouré
Joyce Carol Oates
Nina LaCour
Erica Hunt
Anne Carson

2011–12

Cherríe Moraga
Rae Armantrout
Zenon Fajfer
Katarzyna Bazarnik
Michelle M. Wright
Tyrone Williams
Nuruddin Farah
Guillermo Gómez-Peña
Achy Obejas
Renee Gladman
Rena Rosenwasser

2010–11

Guillermo Gómez-Peña
Jen Bervin
Hiromi Itō
Shahrnush Parsipur
Eileen Myles
Karen Tei Yamashita
Ngügï wa Thiong'o
M. NourbeSe Philip
Chana Bloch

2009–10

José Rivera
Andrew Sean Greer
Jesse Alemán
Mark Nowak
Mei-mei Berssenbrugge
Carolina De Robertis
Laleh Khadivi
Kyle Schlesinger
Lasana M. Sekou
Vendela Vida
Ammiel Alcalay
Laila Lalami

2008–09

Jayne Cortez
Sarah Schulman
Drew Matott
Drew Cameron
Mat Johnson
Leila Abu-Saba
Jenesha de Rivera
Patricia Tumang
Christian Bök
Elmaz Abinader
Hayan Charara
Fady Joudah
Vikram Chandra

2007–08

Beth Lisick
Ron Silliman
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn
Brent Hayes Edwards
Wanda Coleman
Peter Ho Davies
Kenneth Goldsmith
Peter Orner

2006–07

Daniel Handler
Bhanu Kapil
Joan Retallack
Chris Abani
Tayari Jones
Michelle Herman
Clayton Eshleman
Tracie Morris