About

Three universities. A host of authors. And a year of perspectives, provocations, ideas, and inspiration.

Join us for  “A Year of Creative Writers,” a series of conversations in Urbana, Chicago, and Springfield with some of the nation’s leading creative writers and authors. From the U.S. poet laureate to the publisher of McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, from a Pulitzer-prize winner to an actor and playwright, speakers are sure to be energizing and inspiring. Tell your students and bring your neighbors to a reading or public event to hear a variety of voices, some you may know and some you will want to know.

All the listed events are free and open to the public.

Writers are the lifeblood of any social and cultural moment. They work in many genres; they are seers and sirens; they chronicle, they future-trip, they enchant, and they trouble. Read and cherished by people from all walks of life, they are an unsung public good. In these times, when the written word proliferates in a variety of forms, the writer’s craft needs champions like never before. Join us to reflect and celebrate.

If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in a particular event, please contact info-HRI@illinois.edu. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.


Supported by the Presidential Initiative to Celebrate the Impact of the Arts and the Humanities.

Presented by the Humanities Research Institute (HRI) and the Creative Writing Program / Department of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Co-Sponsored by the Institute for the Humanities (UIC), UIC Program for Writers, UIS Creative Writing, the Champaign Public Library, the Urbana Free Library, Illinois Public Media, and The Illini Union Bookstore.