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Legacy

Clemson has a rich legacy of writers and thinkers. James Dickey played football for the Clemson Tigers long before he wrote the novel Deliverance. Barry Hannah wrote many of his early, iconic short stories while teaching in Clemson’s Department of English (1966-1973). Kurt Vonnegut, Joyce Carol Oates and Eudora Welty each contributed work to the pages of The South Carolina Review.

In the first ten years of the Annual Clemson Literary Festival, we have been pleased to continue this legacy by hosting the following poets, prose writers, and journalists, listed below. These authors – including several Pulitzer Prize winners, Poets Laureate, and National Book Award Winners – rank among the most important living authors at work today. If you wish to join this legacy by pledging your support, please contact Festival co-director John Pursley at pursle3@clemson.edu. Your contribution, in whatever capacity, will ensure that the students of today are the trailblazers of tomorrow.

A Comprehensive List of The Clemson Literary Festival Visiting Writers

Alphabetical:

Becky Adnot-Haynes (2019)
Chris Bachelder (2012)
Claire Bateman (2009)
Paul Beatty (2018)
Josh Bell (2010)
Lauren Berry (2015)
Doris Betts (2009)
Mark Bibbins (2011)
Tom Bissell (2010)
Sarah Blackman (2009 & 2019)
Austin Bunn (2017)
Ashley Capps (2009)
Julie Carr (2015)
Victoria Chang (2015)
Chen Chen (2019)
Heather Christle (2012)
Brock Clarke (2008 & 2015)
Sonja Condit (2014)
Matthew Cooperman (2019)
Eduardo C. Corral (2013)
Leigh Anne Couch (2011)
Cynthia Cruz (2019)
C.L. Dallat (2015)
Geffery Davis (2018)
Marcy Dermansky (2011)
Sarah Domet (2019)
Matthew Dickman (2010)
Denise Duhamel (2014)
Camille Dungy (2008)
Jennifer Egan (2013)
Dave Eggers (2008)
Julia Elliott (2019)
Danielle Evans (2015)
Blas Falconer (2010)
Beth Ann Fennelly (2016)
Keith Flynn (2009)
Richard Ford (2012)
Mindy Friddle (2009)
Anne-Marie Fyfe (2015)
Ross Gay (2015)
Ben George (2015)
Kevin A. Gonzalez (2011)
Scott Gould (2018)
Michael Griffith (2010)
Jenny Gropp (2018)
Lev Grossman (2012)
Paul Guest (2017)
Mark Halliday (2011)
Ethan Hauser (2014)
Tommy Hays (2014)
Steve Healey (2012)
Katherine Heiny (2016)
Brent Hendricks (2009)
Lily Hoang (2018)
Harmony Holiday (2012)
Brigid Hughes (2015)
Major Jackson (2008)
Marlon James (2014)
Tyehimba Jess (2019)
Adam Johnson (2015)
Ashley M. Jones (2019)
Holly Goddard Jones (2013)
Sheri Joseph (2010)
Randall Kenan (2016)
David Kirby (2010)
Kathryn Kirkpatrick (2014)
Jennifer Knox (2010)
Andrew Kozma (2009)
Kelly Link (2014)
April Ayers Lawson (2018)
Patricia Lockwood (2017)
Melinda Long (2014)
Haki Madhubuti (2017)
Sara Majka (2015)
Maurice Manning (2012)
Nate Marshall (2016)
Jamaal May (2018)
Rachel McKibbens (2010)
Charles McLeod (2013)
John McNally (2011)
Richard Michelson (2008)
Nancy Middleton (2011)
Dunya Mikhail (2018)
Mary Miller (2016)
Ben Mirov (2013)
Rick Moody (2010)
Ron Moran (2011, 2014)
Keith Lee Morris (2009)
Laura Leigh Morris (2019)
Oindrila Mukherjee (2011)
Rick Mulkey (2018)
Bonnie Nadzam (2013)
Viet Thanh Nguyen (2017)
Alissa Nutting (2014)
Jeff Parker (2015)
Michael F. Parker (2010)
Leslie Parry (2016)
Dustin Pearson (2019)
Benjamin Percy (2014)
Donald Ray Pollock (2010)
John Pursley III (2009)
Camille Rankine (2017)
Dan Beachy-Quick (2016)
Shobha Rao (2017)
Ron Rash (2008)
Srikanth Reddy (2016)
Glenis Redmond (2018)
Ariana Reines (2013)
Emily Rosko (2018)
Alan Rossi (2019)
Josh Russell (2009)
John Sealy (2015)
Glenn Shaheen (2013)
Natalie Shapero (2014)
Vivian Shipley (2008)
Brando Skyhorse (2017)
Charles Simic (2016)
George Singleton (2009)
Abraham Smith (2017)
Mathias Svalina (2014)
Craig Morgan Teicher (2014)
Susan Tekulve (2014)
Betsy Teter (2015)
Natasha Trethewey (2014)
Rhett Iseman Trull (2011)
Laura van den Berg (2012)
Matthew Vollmer (2018)
Davi Walders (2011)
G.C. Waldrep (2016)
Daniel Wallace (2015)
Ashley Warlick (2009)
John Warner (2012)
Jillian Weise (2015)
Kevin Wilson (2011)
Wendy Xu (2017)