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MFA Reading Series

Free and open to the public, the MFA Reading Series brings renowned writers to the Boise State Campus.


  • Rajia Hassib, Thursday, October 15th, 7:30 p.m. Bergquist Room, BSU Student Union Building
  • Anne Boyer, Friday, October 16th, 7:30 p.m. The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd
  • Denis Johnson, Friday, November 6th, 7:30 p.m. Simplot Ballroom, BSU Student Union Building
  • Lance Phillips, Friday, November 13th, 7:30 p.m., The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd

Past readers include Cole Swenson, Laura Moriarity, Jessica Anthony, Alan Halsey, Geraldine Monk, Kent Nelson, Pierre Joris, Robert Boswell, Jena Osman, Leslie Jamison,  John Godfrey, Ben Percy, Clark Coolidge, Jacqueline Mitchard, Susan Schultz, Alyson Hagy, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Mathias Svalina, Ben and Sandra Doller, Charles Baxter, Julie Doxsee, Abraham Smith, Charles Bernstein, Forrest Gander, Juliana Spahr, Brian Henry, and Ales Steger, Michael Palmer, Fanny Howe, William Giraldi, Joy Williams, Tyler McMahon, Jennifer Moxley, Dan Beachy-Quick, Cathy Park Hong, Graham Foust, Brad Watson, Michael Earl Craig, Ben Lerner, Daphne Gottlieb, Bhanu Kapil, and Amy De’Ath, Bernadette Mayer, Gabriel Gudding, Myung Mi Kim, Renee Gladman, and Cathy Wagner.

Podcasts of many of the Series readings are available on iTunes U here: and at PennSound here:

For more information about the MFA Reading Series, contact Maya Duratovic (

News and Announcements

  • The MFA program is pleased to welcome Denis Johnson, winner of the National Book Award, as our Visiting Distinguished Professor this semester. He is teaching the MFA workshop in fiction and also doing a reading that's open to the public on November 6th at 7:30pm in the Simplot Ballroom.
  • MFA program director Mitch Wieland's short story "Snow Angels" appeared in the summer issue of The Missouri Review. The story, set in Tokyo, is an excerpt from Strange You Never Knew, his novel in progress.
  • In April, Professor Martin Corless-Smith published his sixth book, a new novel titled This Fatal Looking Glass from SpiltLevel Texts.