Past Visiting Writers


We have been privileged to welcome the following writers to our campus for readings and discussions of their works and host the following events, all as part of the Two Rivers Reading Series on the Coon Rapids Campus:

Fall 2019

History of Wolves
Emily Fridlund

Spring 2019

Donte Collins

Fall 2018

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky
Lesley Nneka Arimah

Spring 2018

There’s Something I Want You to Do
Charles Baxter

Fall 2017

A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota
Featuring Sun Yung Shin, David Lawrence Grant, and Andrea Jenkins

Spring 2017

May Day
Gretchen Marquette

Fall 2016

Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota
Featuring Alexs Pate, Shannon Gibney, and Taiyon Coleman

Spring 2016

Sông I Sing
Bao Phi

Fall 2015

In Reach
Pamela Carter Joern

Spring 2015

The Peripatetic Coffin
Ethan Rutherford

Fall 2014

Black Aperture
Matt Rasmussen

Spring 2014

Nothing Better
Tyler Page

Fall 2013

Book of Fire
Cary Waterman

Madness: A Bipolar Life.
Marya Hornbacher

Spring 2013

Cul de Sac
Scott Wrobel


Penumbra Theater Event

Fall 2012

Pretend the World
Kathryn Kysar


Spirit Car
Diane Wilson

Spring 2012

Swati Avasthi


Invisible Strings
Jim Moore

Fall 2011

Two Trains Running
Penumbra Theater Event


From Crooked Rib
Nurrudin Farah

Spring 2011

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Penumbra Theater Event


Driving to Heaven
Tracy Youngblom


Woman Lake and Rain Dance
Richard Broderick

Fall 2010

Blood Dazzler
Patricia Smith


The Last Communist Virgin
Wang Ping

Spring 2010

Fiction on a Stick: An Anthology of Minnesota Writers
Featuring John Reimringer, Sarah Stonich, Diane Wilson, and Sean Hill


Blood Ties and Brown Liquorby

Sean Hill

Fall 2009

Radio Golf
Penumbra Theater Event


The Weight of All Things
Sandra Benitez


The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg
Geoff Herbach

Spring 2009

The Latehomecomer
Kao Kalia Yang


National Monuments
Heid Erdrich

Fall 2008

Penumbra Theater Event

Spring 2008

The Piano Lesson
Penumbra Theater Event


Singing the Bones Together
Angela Shannon

Fall 2007

Jack and Rochelle
Lawrence Sutin

Spring 2007

Real Karaoke People
Ed-Bok Lee


The Summer of Ordinary Ways
Nicole Helget

Fall 2006

Jane Hamilton

Spring 2006

Susan Power

Fall 2005

Good Heart
Deborah Keenan

Spring 2005

Where No Gods Came
Sheila O’Connor

Fall 2004

Time Between Trains
Anthony Bukoski

Spring 2004

Louise Erdrich

Fall 2003

Jack and Rochelle
Lawrence Sutin

Spring 2003

Rainlight and Shadow Baby
Alison McGhee

Fall 2002

Pushing the Bear
Diane Glancy

Spring 2002

Late Night Calls; Minnesota Gothic; & Affinities
Mark Vinz

Spring 2001

Robert Dana

Spring 2000

Morning Poems and Collected Poems
Robert Bly

Fall 1999

Right By My Side & Heathens
David Haynes