2017 Guest Writers

We are pleased to announce that three distinguished authors will be on campus April 6-7, 2017, for Agnes Scott College’s 46th Annual Writers’ Festival

Writers’ Festival Guests this year are poet Claudia Rankine, poet and journalist Patrick Phillips, and Agnes Scott alumna and poet, Kayla Miller ’05. Join us!


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Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; two plays including Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue; numerous video collaborations, and is the editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. For Citizen, Rankine won the Forward Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry (Citizen was also nominated in the criticism category, making it the first book in the award’s history to be a double nominee), the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the PEN Open Book Award, and the NAACP Image Award. A finalist for the National Book  Award, Citizen also holds the distinction of being the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller in the nonfiction category. Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts. She lives in New York City and teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry.

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Patrick Phillips’ first book of nonfiction, Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America, was published by W. W. Norton in September of 2016. Elegy for a Broken Machine appeared in the Knopf Poets series in 2015, and named a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry. A past fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggennheim Foundation, Phillips is the author of two earlier collections, Boy and Chattahoochee, and translator of When We Leave Each Other: Selected Poems by the Danish writer Henrik Nordbrandt. His work has appeared in many magazines, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, PoetryPloughshares, and The Nation, and his honors include the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Lyric Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America. Phillips lives in Brooklyn, New York, and teaches at Drew University.

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Kayla Miller earned her BA in English Literature-Creative Writing from Agnes Scott College in 2011 and her MFA in Fiction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2016. She is the author of the chapbook See & Be Seen & Be Scene, winner of Five [Quarterly] ’s chapbook competition, and a recipient of the Talbot International Award to write in Spain. Her work has appeared in The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg ReviewTahoma Literary Review, and HOLD: a journal, among others.

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