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The Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series

The Department of English in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI Announces
The Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series for Spring 2015

Founded in 1997 in honor of former IUPUI English Department chair Rufus Reiberg and his wife Louise, the series annually brings national and regional writers to the IUPUI campus to present their work. Past visiting writers have included Richard Blanco, Jane Smiley, Helen Prejean, Maxine Hong Kingston, Patricia Hampl, Richard Jones, Edward Hirsch, and Martin Espada.

Upcoming Events:


Novelist Emily Gray Tedrowe
Thursday, March 5, 7:30 p.m.
University Library Lilly Auditorium
755 West Michigan Street

Emily Gray Tedrowe’s second novel, Blue Stars, is forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press in February of 2015. Her first novel, Commuters, was named a Best New Paperback by Entertainment Weekly, an IndieNext Notable pick, and a Target Breakout Book. Her short fiction has been published in the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, Fifty-Two Stories, and Other Voices. Recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award, she has also received fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

 International Women’s Day
Thursday, March 12, 7:00 p.m.
University Library Lilly Auditorium
755 West Michigan Street

Join community partners, writers, and performers in this lively celebration of International Women’s Day. A reception with food starts at 6:30 p.m.

 HermanWriter Michelle Herman
Thursday, April 2, 7:30 p.m.
University Library Lilly Auditorium
755 West Michigan Street

Michelle Herman’s most recent book is the essay collection Like A Song, forthcoming from Outpost 19 in March of 2015. She is also the author of the novels Missing, Dog, and Devotion (forthcoming in 2016), the novella collection A New and Glorious Life, two earlier essay collections-The Middle of Everything and Stories We Tell Ourselves-
and a book for children, A Girl’s Guide to Life. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in Story Quarterly, American Scholar, O, the Oprah Magazine, The Southern Review, Creative Nonfiction, and many other journals. Her awards and honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a James Michener Fellowship, numerous individual artist’s fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and two major teaching awards from Ohio State, where she has taught since 1988, and where she directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing as well as a graduate interdisciplinary arts program and a summer program for teenage writers, the Young Writers Workshop.

 RoeserPoet Dana Roeser
Thursday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.
University Library Lilly Auditorium
755 West Michigan Street

Named by Library Journal as one of "Thirty Amazing Poetry Titles for Spring 2014," Dana Roeser’s third book, The Theme of Tonight’s Party Has Been Changed, was published in March 2014 by the University of Massachusetts Press as winner of the Juniper Prize. Ms. Roeser is also the author of In the Truth Room (2008, University Press of New England/Northeastern Univ. Press) and Beautiful Motion (2004, UPNE/Northeastern University Press), both winners of the Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize. She received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2007. Recent work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Green Mountains Review, The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Sou’wester, Laurel Review, Southern Review, Verdad, Pleiades, Privacy Policy:The Anthology of Surveillance Poetics, and others. She has taught in the graduate MFA in Poetry programs at both Purdue and Butler Universities.


All readings are free and open to the public. IUPUI’s University Library is located at 755 W. Michigan St. Visitor parking is available in the North Street Garage, 819 W. North St. and the Vermont Street Garage, 1004 W. Vermont Street. For parking information on the IUPUI campus, visit For more information about the series, contact Terry Kirts at (317) 274-8929 or Like our Facebook page: The Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series at IUPUI.

The Spring 2015 Rufus & Louise Reiberg Series is made possible by the generous support of the Reiberg Family; the Office of Academic Affairs; University Library; University College; the IUPUI Office for Women; and the Women’s Studies Program at IUPUI.