Winter With the Writers Announces 2018 Schedule

The annual literary festival at Rollins opens in February with national bestselling author Hillary Jordan and features a pair of National Book Awards finalists.

Rollins College will once again partner with the National Book Foundation as part of its annual Winter With the Writers literary festival.

As the Southeast’s sole representative of the National Book Awards on Campus program, Rollins will host the 2018 finalists who will teach master classes, give a joint reading and interview, and sign books.

Since 1927, Rollins College has hosted world-class writers for this event, which is free and open to the public.

2018 Winter With the Writers Season at a Glance

Hillary Jordan

January 31-February 1

Hillary Jordan is the author of the novels Mudbound (2008) and When She Woke (2011), as well as the digital short Aftermirth, all published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. When She Woke was long-listed for the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was a 2012 Lamda Literary Award finalist. Mudbound won the 2006 Bellwether Prize, founded by Barbara Kingsolver to recognize socially conscious fiction, and a 2009 Alex Award from the American Library Association. It was the 2008 NAIBA Fiction Book of the Year. Paste Magazine named it one of the “Top 10 Debut Novels of the Decade.“

January 31
6:15 p.m.: Screening of Mudbound, Enzian Theatre

February 1
4 p.m.: Master class, SunTrust Auditorium
7:30 p.m.: Reading, Bush Auditorium
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Ishion Hutchinson

February 8

Born in Port Antonio, Jamaica, poet Ishion Hutchinson earned a B.A. at the University of the West Indies, an MFA at New York University, and a PhD at the University of Utah. He is the author of two collections of poetry: Far District (2010), winner of the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, and House of Lords and Commons (2016), winner of the National Books Critics Circle award. Hutchinson’s additional honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award and the Academy of American Poets’ Larry Levis Prize. A Pirogue Fellow, Hutchinson teaches at Cornell University.

4 p.m.: Master class, SunTrust Auditorium
7:30 p.m.: Reading, Bush Auditorium

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Garth Greenwell

February 15

Garth Greenwell is the author of What Belongs to You (Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2016). He is also the author of a novella, Mitko, which won the 2010 Miami University Press Novella Prize and was a finalist for the Edmund White Debut Fiction Prize and a Lambda Award. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Greenwell holds graduate degrees from Harvard University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was an Arts Fellow. His short fiction has appeared in The Paris ReviewA Public SpaceStoryQuarterly, and Vice. He lives in Iowa City, where he holds the Richard E. Guthrie Memorial Fellowship at the University of Iowa.

2 p.m.: Master class, SunTrust Auditorium
7:30 p.m.: Joint reading with Luis Munoz, Bush Auditorium

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Luis Munoz

February 15

Luis Muñoz was born in Granada in 1966. He is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Querido Silencio (Dear Silence) and Limpiar Pescado Poesia Reunida (Cleaning Fish: Collected Poems). In 2015 From Behind What Landscape: New and Selected Poems was published in a bilingual edition (trans. Curtis Bauer). He is the editor of the book El lugar de la poesía (The Place of Poetry) and has translated, among others, El cuaderno del Viejo (The Notebook of the Oldman) by Giuseppe Ungaretti. He is a professor in the Spanish and Portuguese department at the University of Iowa and splits his time between Madrid and Iowa City.

4 p.m.: Master class, SunTrust Auditorium
7:30 p.m.: Joint reading with Garth Greenwell, Bush Auditorium

Greenwell and Muñoz are co-holders of the 2018 Irving Bacheller Chair in Creative Writing at Rollins College.

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National Book Awards on Campus: Two Finalists

This will be the fourth event of Rollins College’s partnership with the National Book Foundation. Rollins represents the southeastern region of the foundation’s on-campus program. Lisa Lucas, executive director of the National Book Foundation, and Carol Frost, director of Winter With the Writers, select the current National Book Award Winners. Visit NBA on Campus for more information.

Elliot Ackerman

February 22

Elliot Ackerman, author of the critically acclaimed novel Green on Blue, is based out of Istanbul, where he has covered the Syrian Civil War since 2013. His writings have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic and The New York Times Magazine, and his stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories. He is both a former White House Fellow and a marine, and has served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor and the Purple Heart.

2 p.m.: Master class, SunTrust Auditorium
7:30 p.m.: Joint reading with Lisa Ko, Bush Auditorium

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Lisa Ko

February 22

Born in Queens and raised in New Jersey, Lisa Ko is the author of The Leavers, a novel that won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for socially engaged fiction. Her writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2016, The New York Times, and O, the Oprah Magazine, and Ko has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the MacDowell Colony, and more.

4 p.m.: Master class, SunTrust Auditorium
7:30 p.m.: Joint reading with Elliot Ackerman, Bush Auditorium

The joint reading will be streamed on the Winter With the Writers website and also on the National Book Foundation website. It will be followed by a moderated Q&A and will also be available to the NBF’s 380,000 Twitter followers.