Carthage hosts acclaimed writers from across the country in its Visiting Writers Series. Curated by Writer in Residence Richard Meier, in recent semesters the series has welcomed more than a dozen great fiction writers and poets, including Anne Waldman, Danielle Evans, David Trinidad, Kate Greenstreet, Duriel Harris, Padma Viswanathan, Geoffrey Brock, Lisa Fishman, Julie Carr, Jared Stanley, and Catherine Theis.

The Visiting Writers Series is sponsored by the English Department, the Division of Arts and Humanities, and Arts at Carthage. For more information, please contact Professor Rick Meier at

Spring 2022

March 9: Alyson Kiesel and Chuck Stebelton

Alyson Kiesel 6 p.m., Niemann Media Theater

Alyson J. Kiesel is an associate professor and chair of the English Department at Carthage. Her work has appeared in ELH, and her current projects examine fictional depictions of natural historical pursuits like aquarium-keeping, insect-collecting, and botanical drawing alongside works by natural historians and scientists writing at the same moment. At Carthage, she teaches courses on British literature, the novel, critical theory, and Victorians writing about science.


Chuck Stebelton Chuck Stebelton is author most recently of “An Apostle Island” (Oxeye Press, 2021). His previous poetry collections include “The Platformist” (Cultural Society, 2012) and “Circulation Flowers” (Tougher Disguises, 2005). He served as literary program director at Woodland Pattern Book Center from 2005 to 2017. In 2018 he established Partly Press, a poetry imprint with an emphasis on well-made poems-as-object and radically specific landscape poems. As a poet and Wisconsin Master Naturalist volunteer he has offered interpretive hikes for conservancy groups and non-profit organizations at Lakeshore State Park, Lake Park Friends, Friends of Cedarburg Bog, Milwaukee Audubon Society, Milwaukee Public Library, Woodland Pattern Book Center, Friends of Lorine Niedecker, and the Lynden Sculpture Garden. He is currently an ARTservancy artist-in-residence with River Revitalization Foundation and has held residencies at Lynden Sculpture Garden in 2011, 2014, and from 2018 to 2021 ongoing.



April 5: Laura Solomon and Chad Morgan

Chad Morgan 6 p.m., Niemann Media Theater

Chad Morgan’s work has appeared in The Adroit Journal, Columbia Poetry, Court Green, Landfill, and elsewhere. He is the author of the poetry collection “Chad Morgan & Other Poems,” due this spring from Meekling Press. He lives in Chicago and is teaching creative writing this year at Carthage.


Laura Solomon

Laura Solomon is the author of three books of poetry, including “The Hermit and Blue and Red Things” from Ugly Duckling Press, and “Bivouac” from Slope Editions. She has worked as an editor, teacher, and translator, and currently serves with her partner Jenny Gropp as an executive director of the nonprofit literary arts center Woodland Pattern in Milwaukee. She is teaching creative writing this spring at Carthage.


April 20: Sidik Fofana

6 p.m., Niemann Media Theater

Sidik Fofana Sidik Fofana is a graduate of NYU’s MFA program and a high school English teacher in Brooklyn. His work has appeared in the Sewanee Review and Granta. He was also named a fellow at the Center for Fiction in 2018. “Stories from the Tenants Downstairs,” his debut short story collection composed of eight narratives about residents of a fictional building in Harlem, will be published by Scribner in August 2022. In addition to his reading, Sidik Fofana will be in a visiting writer-in-residence at Carthage April 19-22. Details forthcoming on other events during his time at Carthage.

Fall 2021

October 16: 50 years of Centrique Literature and Arts Magazine Celebration

4-6 p.m., Niemann Theater

Please join us for a celebration of 50 years of Centrique Literature and Arts Magazine, featuring founders Phil Carl and Larry Dunn reading their poetry and telling the story of the creation of Centrique. They will be joined by the editor of the 50th Anniversary Issue Isabella Norante reading her own work and selections from past issues. Isabella is also a curator of the art and issues on display outside the theater. There will also be readings by current students Brielle Ramsey, Reed Freund, Jaden Gardner, Victoria Stockinger, and others. Following the readings, a reception with refreshments and a display of 50 years of art and past issues will follow the reading. This event is open to the public and sponsored by the English Department and the Division of Arts and Humanities. For more information contact writer-in-residence Rick Meier,

November 2: Jennifer Nelson and Jenny Gropp

Jennifer Nelson visited Carthage as part of Carthage's Visiting Writers Series. Jennifer Nelson visited Carthage as part of Carthage's Visiting Writers Series.

6 p.m., Niemann Media Theater

During this event, Jennifer Nelson and Jenny Gropp will read poetry.

Jenny Gropp’s collection of poetry and prose, “The Hominine Egg,” was published by Kore Press in 2017. Her writing appears in or is forthcoming from Fence, Denver Quarterly, Best New Poets, Seattle Review, Colorado Review, Seneca Review, Typo, and DIAGRAM, among others. Formerly, she has served as managing editor of the Georgia Review and as editor of Black Warrior Review, and she now directs Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee with her partner, the poet Laura Solomon. This fall, she is teaching creative writing at Carthage.

Jennifer Nelson is the author of “Aim at the Centaur Stealing Your Wife” (UDP); “Civilization Makes Me Lonely,” winner of the Sawtooth Prize (Ahsahta); and “Harm Eden” (UDP). Her work has appeared in Panda’s Friend, A Perfect Vacuum, Social Text, The Baffler, The Brooklyn Rail, and elsewhere; she was the Offen Poet at the University of Chicago in 2020. She is also an assistant professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the author of Disharmony of the Spheres: The Europe of Holbein’s Ambassadors (Penn State University Press).