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UND Writers Conference Community Discussion Series

2019 UND Writers Conference Community Discussion Series 
Schedule will be announced in late 2018! 

2018 UND Writers Conference Community Discussion Series  Schedule 


Selected poems by Ocean Vuong Selected poems by Molly McCully Brown Art by Nicholas Galanin
Lauren Markham's The Far Away Brothers Marlon James's A Brief History of Seven Killings David Grann's Killers of the Flower Moon

About the UND Writers Conference Community Discussion Series (formerly UND Writers Conference 101):

This spring, the UND Writers Conference celebrates its 49th anniversary. In 1970, the late John Little, a professor in UND’s English Department, was missing some of his literary friends from the South. He decided to invite them to share their words here in North Dakota, and thus a rich artistic tradition began. Since that first conference, some of the most laudable names in literature have visited the UND campus, including Allen Ginsberg, Truman Capote, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Louise Erdrich, Roxane Gay, Sherman Alexie, Sir Salman Rushdie, Alice Walker, as well as a number of this year's participants. Full listing of past authors

Around 2000 lovers of literature from all over North Dakota, as well as beyond our borders descend on the campus to listen to panel discussions, readings, and ask their questions of nationally and internationally prominent authors.

The UND Writers Conference Community Discussion Series is not a UND course. It is free and open to all! Attend one or attend them all, it's up to you! In fact, the UND Writers Conference Community Discussion Series is designed to get you acquainted with some of the authors whom you might not know. Even the most voracious reader may not be familiar with the work of some of these award-winning writers. In fact, conference planners frequently receive praise for introducing readers to writing that challenges and inspires. But, wouldn’t it be nice to be acquainted with the work before the author arrives?

Come discuss the writers who will be attending the 49th Annual UND Writers Conference, March 21-23, 2018.

Each session will begin with a brief overview of the author, followed by questions and discussion of the book title. Even if you haven’t had a chance to read the book selection yet, organizers encourage everyone to stop by for the discussion (and handouts are occasionally provided).

All discussions are on Sundays, 2-3:00 pm at the Grand Forks Public Library (conference room, unless otherwise noted) and are free and open to the public.


January 28: A discussion of excerpts from Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong led by Patrick Henry.

February 4: A discussion of excerpts from The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded by Molly McCully Brown led by Crystal Alberts.

February 11: A discussion of the artwork of Nicholas Galanin led by Donovan Widmer.

February 18: A discussion of The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life by Lauren Markham led by Marcus Weaver-Hightower.

February 25: A discussion of excerpts from the work of Marlon JamesA Brief History of Seven Killings led by Dave Haeselin.

March 4: Grand Forks Public Library, "Greater Grand Forks Reads" Discussion of Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann led by Becky Weaver-Hightower.

Books for the 2018 Writers Conference will be on sale at the UND Bookstore and Ferguson Books and Media

Some or all may also be available for check out at local libraries, including Grand Forks Public, East Grand Forks Campbell Library, and UND's Chester Fritz Library (community members may use the Chester Fritz Library and can obtain a library card)!


Crystal Alberts
Director, UND Writers Conference