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MFA Reading Series

Denis Johnson, our 2015 Visiting Distinguished Writer, reading on the Boise State University campus.

Free and open to the public, the MFA Reading Series brings renowned writers to the Boise State Campus.
A number of past readings are available on Penn Sound; click here to access the archives.

Spring 2018: Upcoming Events

  • Bhanu Kapil – Friday, April 20, 7:30pm at MING Studios
  • Sandy Stern – Friday, April 27, 7:30pm, Hatch A Ballroom in the Student Union Building

John Beer Reading

Past readers include:

Alice Notley, Emily Ruskovich, Julie Carr, Kerri Webster, Joy Williams, Kazim Ali, Allison Cobb, Robin Coste-Lewis, John Beer, Vincent Toro, Habib Tengour, Pierre Joris, Osama Alomar, Faiza Sultan, Jerome Rothenberg, Peter Manson, Farid Matuk, Susan Briante, Harold Ackerman, Denis Johnson, Rajia Hassib, Anne Boyer, Lance Phillips, 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, Mei Mei Berssenbrugge, Lyn Hejinian, Leslie Scalapino, D.A.Powell, Rebecca Woolf, Peter Gizzi, Liz Waldner, Elizabeth Willis, Peter Riley, Keston Sutherland, J.H.Prynne, Trevor Joyce, Robin Blazer, Alice Notley, Tom Raworth, Clayton Eshelman, Timothy Donnelly, Karen Volkman, C.S.Giscombe, G.G.O’Brien, Andrew Joron, Nathaniel Mackay, Rae Armantrout, Donald Revell, Claudia Keelan, G.E.Patterson, Hoa Nguyen, Dale Smith, Julie Doxsee, India Radfar, Maggie Nelson, Lee Ann Brown, Carol Snow, Lisa Robertson, Erin Moure, Oana Avasilichioaei, Maxine Chernoff, Paul Hoover, Joshua Beckman, Sasha Steensen, Bin Ramke, amongst others.
Podcasts of many of the Series readings are available at PennSound (These files may not be fully accessible to all users. For accessible files please contact our department at

For More Information

Contact Elizabeth Gutting: or 208-426-1743.

News & Announcements

  • Fiction professor Emily Ruskovich was featured in Treasure, the magazine supplement to The Idaho Statesman, in August 2017. The feature includes a video of Ruskovich at home in Idaho City, where she speaks about living in rural Idaho and her childhood on Hoo Doo Mountain.
  • Second year poet Michael McKee Green is the 2017 winner of the prestigious Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize from the Wick Center at Kent State University. His book of poems, Fugue Figure, will be published by the Kent State University Press in the fall of 2018.
  • MFA graduate Erin Rose Belair won third place in Narrative Magazine's 2017 Winter Story Contest. You can read her winning story, "A Place Like This," here.
  • MFA graduate Meghan Kenny's debut novel, The Driest Season, will be published by W.W. Norton in February 2018. The book is based on a short story by Kenny of the same title which won the 2005 Iowa Review Award.
  • Collin Johnson has accepted a spot as a PhD candidate in English (Creative Writing/Poetry) at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. In addition to a GA stipend, he was awarded The President's Doctoral Tuition Fellowship which includes full funding for the first three years of the program.
  • MFA in Creative Writing student Ashley Barr has accepted a Chancellor's International Scholarship from The University of Sussex for an MA in Sexual Dissidence. The MA is co-convened through the School of English and the School of Global studies there, and focuses on queer theory and sexuality studies. When the program was founded 25 years ago, it was the first in the UK and one of the first of its kind in the world.