Nebraska Wesleyan University's Visiting Writers Series brings prominent national and international writers to campus. In addition to giving public readings, our visiting writers meet with students to discuss the craft of writing. The mission of this series remains the promotion of literary experiences with contemporary writers meant to enliven and to educate young writers here at NWU.
All readings are free and open to the public.
Jennine Capó Crucet is the author of two books: the novel Make Your Home Among Strangers, which was a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice book, the winner of the 2016 International Latino Book Award, and was cited as a best book of the year by NBC Latino, the Guardian, and the Miami Herald; and the story collection How to Leave Hialeah, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize, the John Gardner Book Award, and the Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award. Her writing has appeared on PBS NewsHour, in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Review, and elsewhere. She's currently a Contributing Opinion Writer for The New York Times, as well as a previous recipient of an O. Henry Prize, the Picador Fellowship, and the Hillsdale Award for the Short Story, awarded by the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Raised in Miami, Florida, she is currently an associate professor at the University of Nebraska in the Department of English and the Institute for Ethnic Studies. In the years prior to becoming a professor, she worked as a college access counselor at One Voice, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that serves first-generation college students from low-income families. Her third book, a collection of essays called My Time Among the Whites (Picador, 2019), investigates through a personal lens concepts of race, gender, immigration, and the “American dream” since the 2016 election.
- Occurred Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm