The Norwich University Writers Series

We are excited to announce the Spring 2018 Writers Series! 

In Fall 2017, the NU writers series welcomed Al Quaeda hostage Theo Padnos, mathematician Joe Mazur, and environmentalist John Hausdoerffer. Learn more about them.

With the spring semester comes an exciting lineup of visiting authors:



Elizabeth Hand
4 p.m. Monday, March 26, 2018
Kreitzberg Library
Todd Multipurpose Room

The author of fourteen novels and four collections of short fiction, Hand has won the Nebula, World Fantasy, James Tiptree Jr., Shirley Jackson, and Mythopoeic Awards. Her work encompasses all modes of the fantastic and, more recently, has branched into crime fiction. Her 1997 novel Glimmering forecast issues of climate change that occupy today’s headlines. Legendary musician Richard Thompson praised her award-winning 2016 novella Wylding Hall for its magical portrayal of the British folk-rock scene of the early 1970s.”

“Hand has a talent for portraying forbidding millennial settings brimming with perverse antiheroes, suffering innocents and sadistic demigods,” asserted one reviewer in Publishers Weekly.

Her most recent books are Hard Light (St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2016), the third book in her series of crime novels featuring photographer Cass Neary, and Fire. Plus… (PM Press, 2017), a collection of stories and essays. She is a longtime reviewer and critic for the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times and teaches in the University of Southern Maine Stonecoast MFA Program.  She lives on the Maine coast.  elizabethhand.com

Elizabeth Hand is brought here by the Norwich University Writer’s Series and will give a presentation about her works and achievements. She will then open the floor to questions from the audience. Norwich Writer’s Series is produced by the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of English and Communications.



Karin Gotshall
4 p.m. Monday, April 2, 2018
Kreitzberg Library
Todd Multipurpose Room

Gotshall teaches at Middlebury College and directs the New England Young Writers’ Conference at Bread Loaf. She released her first collection of poetry in 2007. This collection, Crocus, won the Poets Out Loud Prize and was published by Fordham University. According to Alberto Rios, “The poems in Crocus offer crisp language, language that speaks to new views, felt and therefore inherently worthy ways of reporting, all made forceful by strong and easy narrative guidance.”

Her second collection, The River Won’t Hold You, won the Ohio State University Press Prize. She is the author of three chapbooks as well: Flood Letters, Almanac for the Sleepless, and Swan. Allison Titus writes, Karin Gottshall’s poems are compelling invitations to an interior landscape that feels relentlessly surprising. Her poems contain an attention to melancholy that’s startling for its loveliness; here the darkness is tender if unsettling, and the observations feel vital and new.”

Gotshall is brought here by the Norwich University Writer’s Series and will give a presentation about her works and achievements. She will then open the floor to questions from the audience. Norwich Writer’s Series is produced by the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of English and Communications.