visiting writers series

Visiting Writers Series

So, it’s been officially announced that John Green will be coming to Butler in the fall to be a part of our Visiting Writers Series. This is purely a result of a lot of people (mainly students…and me…I swear I’m not vain…usually) pushing the committee to listen to the audience’s demands. Especially Calliope members. They rock so much. <3 When I approached Nonie a year and a half ago with the idea, I never thought that this would actually happen. That my favorite author and vlogger would be coming to MY school. It’s just…AWESOME.

I enrolled in the Visiting Writers Series class a few months ago thinking that the plans fell through; the email addresses from John’s site that I gave Nonie weren’t working. I kept thinking, “Well, that’s that. We can’t get ahold of his peeps. [No B2.0 pun intended…or is it?] I’ll just have to accept defeat. And weep forever.”

Then Katie told me three weeks ago that it was actually happening this coming year. And a few days after that, Nonie released the dates. I read through it…

“Blah blah blah AUTHORS (with whom I am not familiar)!! Blah blah blah John Green - November 1st. Some more AUTHORS!!! Blah blah…”

And I thought: “He’s coming in the fall…I’m taking the VWS course this fall…those students get super special privileges and get to hang out with the authors a lot and stuff…I’ll potentially be hanging out with John Green…I may be invited to the dinner…Maybe they’ll ask me to introduce him…Oh God…OH GOD. SO MANY DREAMS POTENTIALLY COMING TRUE. LKDJFALSKFDJALWFKJAWOGJHGBOAW!” I commenced arm flailing.

(Aside: I also hope that doesn’t make me seem like a creepy stalker woman. Oh God…I bet it does. At least it’s not as bad as “Hubert” claiming that he knows where John lives because of his job working for the Census. Really, Hubert? Really?)

All of my friends think I should be the one to introduce him. And I would love to. They keep telling me that I need to offer to be the introducer RIGHT NOW and talk to the people in charge. My boyfriend said, “You know that you’ll be the introducer, right? It’s going to happen.” Part of me is completely vain and selfish and thinking, “Maddie, you’re probably THE reason why this is actually happening. You were the first person to mention this to Nonie, and you helped spread the word. You deserve this. Go tell Nonie and/or Furuness.” And then there’s the humble part of me saying, “Don’t be so selfish! It’s probably not polite to ask…maybe if you make a ton of subtle hints, they’ll ask you. Which would be an honor. Also, really? You don’t deserve the honor any more than any one else.”

So I’m torn. And flailing. Still. Also, I’m just generally excited that I’ll get to read my favorite book, Looking For Alaska, in a college course. (Seriously, that book changed my life. I kid you not. My experience with it was quite unique, and I can’t explain why without including a MAJOR spoiler.) Regardless of the possibilities, I can’t wait. =3


The Visiting Writers Series will host Stanley Crawford and Hilary Plum

Thursday, November 7, at 8 pm in Memorial Hall

The event is free and open to the public.

Stanley Crawford divides his time between writing and farming in Northern New Mexico, where he and his wife RoseMary have lived since 1969.  He’s the author of five novels, among which is The Log of the S.S. The Mrs Unguentine (Dalkey Archive Press, Champaign and London), and three works of nonfiction about Northern New Mexico, including A Garlic Testament: Seasons on a Small New Mexico Farm (The University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque). Works in progress include two novels and a collection of essays.  Crawford has been the recipient of two NEA Writing Fellowships and a three-year Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award, and has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Bellagio Study Center, and Centrum in Port Townsend, Washington.  He has taught at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Colorado College in Colorado Springs.

Hilary Plum (MFA ‘11) is the author of the novel They Dragged Them Through the Streets (FC2, 2013). She has worked for years as an editor of international literature and is a book-review editor with the Kenyon Review. With Zach Savich she edits Rescue Press’s Open Prose series. Recent work has appeared in Western Humanities Review, Pleiades, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She lives in Philadelphia. She graduated from UMass with an MFA Degree in 2011.