Stokes Center for Creative Writing

The Stokes Center enhances the English department’s offerings in creative writing by sponsoring readings, lectures, forums, community projects, and other events that are free and open to the public. It also supports students through its undergraduate and graduate awards in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The Stokes Center is committed to fostering a vibrant writers’ community in Southern Alabama, one that not only showcases both local and national talent, but also provides a meeting place for writers from around the world.

Visiting Writers Series

The University of South Alabama has been host to many distinguished authors and scholars over the years, including Margaret Atwood, Charles Bernstein, Jack Gilbert, Marjorie Perloff, Marge Piercy, W. D. Snodgrass, Diane Wakoski, Edward O. Wilson, and Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Now part of the Stokes Center, the Visiting Writers Series brings emerging and established authors to campus for readings and craft talks throughout the year.

All events are free and open to the public.  Parking passes are available at the events.

Quade HeadshotKirstin Valdez Quade - Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 4pm

Kirstin Valdez Quade is the author of Night at the Fiestas (W. W. Norton, 2015). She received a "5 Under 35" award from the National Book Foundation as well as the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and the 2013 Narrative Prize. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Narrative, Guernica, The Southern Review, The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, as well as a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation. She was a Wallace Stegner and Truman Capote Fellow at Stanford University, where she also taught as a Jones Lecturer. In 2014-2015 she was the Nicholas Delbanco Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan. Beginning in 2016, she will be an assistant professor at Princeton University.  

Please note:  this event will be held in the USA Archaeology Museum.  [PHOTO CREDIT: Maggie Shipstead]

Major Jackson HeadshotMajor Jackson - Monday, March 21, 2016, 4pm

Major Jackson is an American poet, professor and the author of four collections of poetry: Holding Company (W.W. Norton, 2010) and Hoops (W.W. Norton, 2006), both finalists for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature-Poetry; Leaving Saturn (University of Georgia, 2002), winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and finalist for a National Book Critics Award Circle; and Roll Deep (W. W. Norton, 2015). He is also a recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and has been honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress. Jackson is the Richard Dennis Green and Gold Professor at University of Vermont and a core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars. He served as a creative arts fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, as the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence at University of Massachusetts-Lowell and currently serves as the Poetry Editor of the Harvard Review

Please note:  this event will be held in the USA Archaeology Museum.  [PHOTO CREDIT: Erin Patrice O’Brien]

Limon Robins Clay HeadshotsAda Limón, Michael Robins, and Adam Clay - Monday, April 11, 2016, 4pm

Ada Limón is the author of four books of poetry, Lucky Wreck, This Big Fake World, Sharks in the Rivers, and most recently Bright Dead Things, which was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harvard Review, Poetry Daily, and others.

Michael Robins is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently In Memory of Brilliance & Value (Saturnalia Books, 2015). He teaches literature and creative writing at Columbia College Chicago. For more information, visit

Adam Clay's most recent book is Stranger (Milkweed Editions, 2016). His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Crab Orchard Review, Boston Review, Iowa Review, The Pinch, and elsewhere. A co-editor of TYPO Magazine, he serves as a Book Review Editor for Kenyon Review, and teaches at the University of Illinois Springfield. 

Please note:  Ada Limón, Michael Robins, and Adam Clay will be appearing together at the April 11th event, which will be held in the USA Archaeology Museum.  It is free and open to the public. 

Our Creative Writing Faculty

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Frye Gaillard | USA Writer in Residence

Specializes in Southern culture and history.

CB 128  |  460-7559

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Carolyn Haines | Assistant Professor

Fiction Coordinator.

HUMB 252  |  460-6147  |  |

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Linda Busby Parker | Instructor of Creative Writing

Teaches creative writing courses.

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Mira Rosenthal | Assistant Professor

Director of Creative Writing. Specializes in contemporary American poetry, comparative literature, and literary translation.

HUMB 277 |  460-6149  |