2016-17 Series

Thank you to our friends who joined us on September 28 to welcome National Book Award-winner Will Alexander to the Norwich campus. 


William Alexander writes fantasy and science fiction for kids. He won the National Book Award in 2012 for his first novel, Goblin Secrets, and the Earphones Award for his narration of the audiobook. His second novel, Ghoulish Song, was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award. His third, Ambassador, was a Junior Library Guild Selection, finalist for the International Latino Book Award, and winner of the Eleanor Cameron Award. Will studied theater and folklore at Oberlin College, English at the University of Vermont, and creative writing at Clarion. He teaches at the Vermont College of Fine Arts program in Writing for Children and Young Adults.


Alexander’s appearance at Norwich was sponsored in conjunction with Modern Languages.

The fall writers series continued Wednesday, October 26 with environmental writer Jonathan Mingle. Our appreciation to all who made it a packed venue. Missed the event? Scroll down for the special “Norwich Odyssey” featuring an interview with Jon and a video taken during his visit. 



Jonathan Mingle’s writing on the environment, climate and development has appeared in The New York Times, SlateThe Boston Globe, and other publications. He is a former Middlebury Fellow in Environmental Journalism, a recipient of the American Alpine Club’s Zack Martin Breaking Barriers Award, and a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group. He lives in Vermont.

Mingle’s appearance at Norwich took place in conjunction with engineering, environmental science, and the Peace and War Center.

National Poetry Month Event

Todd Davis
4 p.m. Thursday, April 6, 2017
Kreitzberg Library
Todd Multipurpose Room

Todd DavisTodd Davis is an author of five full-length collections of poetry. He edited the non-fiction collection, Fast Break to Line Break: Poets on the Art of Basketball, and was co-editor on Making Poems: Forty Poems with Commentary.

Davis’ poetry has been featured on the radio in the Writer’s Almanac. His poetry has won the Gwendolyn Brooks poetry prize, the Chautauqua editor’s prize, and have been nominated several times for the Pushcart prize. His work has appeared in the American Poetry ReviewNorth American ReviewNew Madrid journal of contemporary literature, and many other journals. Todd teaches creative writing, environmental studies, and literature at Penn State Altoona.

The Los Angeles Review wrote: “The poems that comprise In the Kingdom of the Ditch hold quiet wisdom, not unlike the solemnity and silence of personal prayer.”

Davis will read some of his poems and then will open for questions.

Karen FowlerKaren Fowler
4 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Kreitzberg Library
Todd Multipurpose Room

Karen Fowler has written six novels and three short story collections. Her book The Jane Austen Book Club was on the New York Times best-seller list for thirteen weeks straight and was listed as a New York Times notable book.

Fowler is the co-founder of the James Tiptree Award and the current president of the Clarion foundation. Fowler’s book, Sister Noon, was a finalist for the 2001 PEN/Faulkner award for fiction. Fowler’s Short story collection, Black Glass, won the World Fantasy Award in 1999.