Xavier University Department of English
Ryan Writers Series

Spring 2014 Readings

April 3: Rusty Morrison | 7:00 PM, McDonald Library 130
April 23: Julie Carr and Sasha Steensen | 7:30 PM, McDonald Library 130


Rusty Morrison's Beyond the Chainlink (Ahsahta) was published in January 2014. Her book After Urgency won Tupelo’s Dorset Prize. Book of the Given is available from Noemi Press. the true keeps calm biding its story won Ahsahta's Sawtooth Prize, the Academy of American Poet’s James Laughlin Award, the Northern California Book Award, and the Di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America. Whethering won the Colorado Prize for Poetry. Morrison has received the Bogin, Hemley, Winner, and DiCastagnola Awards from PSA. Her poems and/or essays have appeared in A Public Space, American Poetry Review, Aufgabe, Boston Review, Kenyon Review, Lana Turner, Pleiades, Poem-A-Day from the Academy of American Poets, The Volta’s Trash Issue, and elsewhere. Her poems were anthologized in the Norton Postmodern American Poetry Second Edition, The Arcadia Project: Postmodern Pastoral, Beauty is a Verb, and elsewhere. She is co-publisher of Omnidawn Publishing.

Julie Carr is the author of six books of poetry, including 100 Notes on Violence, RAG, and the forthcoming Think Tank. She is also the author of Surface Tension: Ruptural Time and the Poetics of Desire in Late Victorian Poetry, out from Dalkey Archive in 2013. Her essays and poems have been published widely in journals and anthologies. She was an NEA fellow in 2011-12. She teaches in English and Creative Writing at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and is the co-publisher of Counterpath Press. She lives in Denver where she also helps to run Counterpath, a performance space/gallery/bookstore.


Sasha Steensen is the author of A Magic Book, The MethodA History of the Human Family, and The Future of an Illusion.  Her most recent book, House of Deer, will be published by Fence Books in early 2014. Essays and poems have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Free Verse, and Bombay Gin. She teaches Creative Writing at Colorado State University, where she also serves as a poetry editor for Colorado Review.


For further information about the Ryan Writers Series, contact Dr. Tyrone Williams, 513-745-2014, williamt@xavier.edu