The series brings distinguished writers to the Ithaca College campus—a fiction writer, a nonfiction writer, and a poet each semester—to offer a public reading and teach the Visiting Writers' Workshop, an advanced class that allows IC students the unique opportunity to learn from some of America's foremost writers. In the fall of 2020, all readings and classes will be virtual.

Fall 2020

Nicole Dennis-Benn was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, and is a two-time Lambda Literary Award winner for her novels Here Comes the Sun (Norton/Liveright, 2016) and the bestselling Patsy (Norton/Liveright, 2019), a New York Times Editors' Choice, a Stonewall Book Awards Honor Book, and a Today Show Read With Jenna Book Club selection. Patsy has been named Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews, Time, NPR, People Magazine, Washington Post, Oprah Magazine, The Guardian, Goodhousekeeping, ELLE, among others. Dennis-Benn lives with her wife in Brooklyn, New York.

T Fleischmann is the author of Syzygy, Beauty (Sarabande Books, 2012) and Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through (Coffee House Press, 2019). A nonfiction editor at DIAGRAM, contributing editor at the blog Essay Daily, and curator of Body Forms: Queerness and the Essay, they have published critical and creative work in journals such as the Los Angeles Review of Books, Fourth Genre, Gulf Coast, and others, as well in the anthologies Bending Genre, How We Speak to One Another, Little Boxes, and Feminisms in Motion.

Born to a Filipino mother and Malayali Indian father, Aimee Nezhukumatathil (neh-ZOO / koo-mah / tah-TILL) is the author of four books of poetry: Oceanic (Copper Canyon 2018); Lucky Fish (2011), winner of the Hoffer Grand Prize for Prose and Independent Books; At the Drive-In Volcano (2007); and Miracle Fruit (2003), all from Tupelo Press. Her collection of nature essays, World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, & Other Astonishments, is forthcoming from Milkweed in 2020. With Ross Gay, she co-authored Lace & Pyrite, a chapbook of nature poems (Organic Weapon Arts, 2014). She is professor of English and teaches environmental literature and poetry writing in the MFA program of the University of Mississippi.