Great River Reading Series

The John S. Lucas Great River Reading Series brings poets, fiction writers and non-fiction writers to WSU each year. The writers visit creative writing and literature classes, meet with students, and give a public reading.

Visiting writers have included: Lee Young-Li, Diana Abu-Jaber, Achy Obejas, Heid Erdrich, Katrina Vandenberg, John Reimringer, Marisha Chamberlain, Beth Ann Fennelly, Reginald Gibbons, Kent Meyer, Gary Young, Barry Estabrook, Ruth Ozeki, Kim Roberts, Kenneth McCullough, C. Mikal Oness, Joyce Sutphen, Tony Eprile, C.J. Hallman, Susan Atefat-Peckham, Ed Bok Lee and Joe Meno.

Upcoming Events

All readings are free and open to WSU students and the public.

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

Public Reading of The Last Animal by Abby Geni.
SLC 120 at 5pm

Abby Geni's short story collection, The Last Animal, was the winner of the Friends of American Writers Literary Award and a finalist for the Orion Book Prize for fiction. 

Geni will also be meeting with students in other venues. If you would like to visit a class and meet the author, please contact Elizabeth Oness by email: EOness@

For more information about Abby Geni and her work, please visit

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Public Reading of If You Knew What I Know Now by Ryan Van Meter.
SLC 120 at 7pm

Ryan Van Meter's collection of essays has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Iowa Review, The Normal School Magazine, Ninth Letter, and Fourth Genre. It most recently was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.