Hollins University and its Jackson Center for Creative Writing have a long history of hosting readings by accomplished and inspiring writers in all genres. Check out our upcoming events for information about future readings and enjoy audio from prior readings below.

Poet Li-Young Lee reads his work in the Green Room.

Featured Readings:


Get a preview of poet Li-Young Lee, who will join us this spring as writer-in-residence, in his Hollins reading on November 13, 2014.

U.S. Poet Laureate and Hollins alumna Natasha Trethewey gives a poetry reading on March 10, 2012.

Poet and critic Alice Fulton shares her work on April 12, 2012.


Visiting Readers Archive (Alphabetical):

Constance Adler, a Hollins alumna, reads from her memoir My Bayou. Reading from November 7, 2013.

Author Thomas Beller gives a reading on September 28, 2006.

Adrian Blevins gives a poetry reading at Hollins University on September 25, 2003.

Former faculty member and fiction writer Carrie Brown gives a reading on September 6, 2012.

Poet Eduardo Corral gives a reading on April 25, 2013.

PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry winner Toi Derricotte gives a reading at Hollins University on March 13, 2004.

Ben Doyle, Elizabeth Seydel Morgan and Josh Russell share their work at the 2007 Hollins Literary Festival.

Novelist Tom Drury, 2016 writer-in-residence at Hollins, cracks jokes and reads from his latest book, “Pacific.” Essayist Amy Leach shares the lyric philosophy of “Things That Are.” Reading from September 12, 2013.

Alumnus Tony D’Souza gives a reading on April 24, 2006.

Rebecca Dunham gives a poetry reading at the Hollins Literary Festival on March 30, 2013.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Claudia Emerson gives a reading at Hollins University. Emerson also served as Virginia Poet Laureate. Reading from March 29, 2007.

Novelist Ed Falco gives a reading on October 27, 2005.

Joy Harjo, a Mvskoke poet, musician, and author, gives a reading at Hollins University on April 17, 2014.

Luke Johnson and Will Schutt share their work on March 13, 2014.

Novelist Wayne Johnston gives a reading at the Hollins Literary Festival on March 9, 2002.

Authors Rebecca Lee and Drew Perry give readings of their recent work at a Hollins event bringing together authors and their editors to speak about publication.

 Novelist Inman Majors gives a reading at Hollins on December 2, 2004.

Charlotte Matthews, S.J. Rozen and Christine Schutt share their work at the 2008 Hollins Literary Festival.

Author James McBride reads on September 23, 2014.

Rebecca McClanahan gives a reading at the Hollins Literary Festival on March 14, 2015.

John McManus gives a reading of his fiction on March 13, 2004.

Elizabeth Seydel Morgan gives a reading on February 26, 2015.

Writer-in-residence Karen Osborn gives a reading at the Hollins Literary Festival on March 30, 2013.

Writer Francine Prose gives a reading at the Hollins Literary Festival on March 30, 2013.

George Saunders reads his short story “Victory Lap.” Reading from April 7, 2011.

Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer Elizabeth Strout gives a reading on December 2,  2010.

Poet C.D. Wright reads her poetry on April 11, 2013.

Poet and playwright Naomi Wallace gives a reading on April 26, 2007.

Readings by Hollins University Faculty

Pauline Kaldas, English Department Chair, reads from her collection of short stories, The Time Between Places, on November 3, 2011. 

In two readings from 2007, Kaldas shares work from her transnational nonfiction, Letters From Cairo. 

Thorpe Moeckel, MFA Program Director, gives a poetry reading on February 24, 2011.

T.J. Anderson III gives a poetry reading from his book River to Cross on September 9, 2010.

Jeanne Larsen and R. H. W. Dillard read new poetry on September 8, 2011.

Amanda Cockrell, director of the Children’s Literature MFA at Hollins, and Cathryn Hankla, Editor of the Hollins Critic, read from their creative work on February 2, 2012.

Poet Eric Tretheway was a Professor of English at Hollins University from 1984 until his death in 2014. Writes the AWP, “In addition to his writing career, Trethewey was the lead singer of a band, a songwriter, guitarist, reporter, longshoreman, and Louisiana Golden Gloves boxer, all of which entered and inspired his work.” Readings from March 22, 2004 and October 21, 2004.