Minnesota State Write Like Us 2022 National Visiting Author Program

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Please join us for one or all five upcoming free literary events featuring nationally acclaimed visiting authors in residence. These authors will read from their works and participate in on-stage interviews with local authors and Write Like Us mentors.

Tracy K. Smith

March 29 from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. at Century College

Write Like Us is proud to present two-term former Poet Laureate of the United States Tracy K. Smith for a free public reading and interview at Century College. Smith is a Pulitzer Prize winning author of four books of poetry and a memoir. She will read from her creative work, followed by an interview by author Rosetta Peters.


Tommy Orange

April 5 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at Normandale Community College

Write Like Us is proud to present award-winning novelist Tommy Orange, author of There There, for a free public reading and interview. Orange will read from his creative work, followed by an interview by author Merle Geode.


Hanif Abdurraqib

April 12 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. at Minneapolis College

Write Like Us is proud to present award-winning poet, essayist, and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib for a free public reading and interview. Abdurraqib will read from his creative work, followed by an interview by author Sagirah Shahid.


Brit Bennett

April 21 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Write Like Us is proud to present best-selling novelist Brit Bennett, author of The Vanishing Half and The Mothers, for a free public reading and interview. Bennett will read from her creative work, followed by an interview by author Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay.


Kiese Laymon

April 28 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at North Hennepin Community College

Write Like Us is proud to present best-selling author, essayist, and social critic Kiese Laymon for a free public reading and interview. Laymon will read from his creative work, followed by an interview by author Michael Kleber-Diggs.


Write Like Us

Minnesota State Write Like Us is an equity-based creative writing program that centers and celebrates the work of BIPOC writers and writing students, fostering literary mentorship and leadership as it builds a platform for shared stories, voices, and lived experiences. This inaugural year of this program is funded by a Minnesota State Multi-Campus Collaboration grant.

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