Visiting Writers Series

The Visiting Writers Series  brings some of the most innovative authors writing fiction, poetry and non-fiction to southern New Jersey to read from their work for public audiences at Stockton’s Galloway campus. All events with the exception of the annual Ravenswood reading are free of charge and open to the general public. The second reading of the fall semester, the Ravenswood reading, is a fundraiser which helps enable us to continue the series into future years.

The series is sponsored by former Stockton alumna and Board of Trustee member Madeleine Deininger and co-ordinated by Peter and Amanda Murphy of Murphy Writing, Nathan Long and Cynthia King in the Literature Program, Judy Copeland in General Studies, and Lisa Honaker, the dean of Arts and Humanities.


Fall 2016 Reading Series

Tuesday September 20th, 6PM, Sham-E-Ali Nayeem. Room F-221.


Sham-e-Ali Nayeem is a Philadelphia-based poet and visual artist who was born in Hyderabad, India and raised in both the UK and the US. Recipient of the 2016 Loft Literary Center Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship, her poetry has appeared in publications, such as SALT Journal, SAMAR, Roots & Culture Magazine, and Mizna, and can be found in anthologies, including Shattering the Stereotypes: Muslim Women Speak Out (Olive Branch Press, 2005), Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak (Beacon Press, 2005) and Shout Out: Women of Color Respond to Violence (Seal Press, 2008). Sham-e-Ali has performed her poetry both locally & internationally, including at the Oxford Literary Festival. She is currently working on her forthcoming book of poetry The City of Pearls (UpSet Press 2017).



Monday October 10th, Gregory Pardlo 8PM in the Campus Center Theatre.



The Poetry Foundation writes:

Gregory Pardlo was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Willingboro, New Jersey. He is the author of Totem (2007), winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize; and Digest(2014), winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. The Pulitzer judges cited Pardlo’s “clear-voiced poems that bring readers the news from 21st Century America, rich with thought, ideas and histories public and private.”

Pardlo’s poems, reviews, and translations have been widely published and are noted for “language simultaneously urban and highbrow … snapshots of a life that is so specific it becomes universal.”

Pardlo leaves the faculty at Columbia and joins the faculty at University of Rutgers, Camden in the fall of 2016. Read more about him here.


The International Visiting Writers Series organized by Judy Copeland of General Studies will host readings in November 2016. Dr. Akhil Katyal will give three readings as follows:

Philadelphia reading November 11th, Chapterhouse in Philadelphia at 7:30PM. Happy hour to precede event, planned by Amanda and Peter Murphy. Check the LITT events page for more details when the event draws closer.

Visiting Writers Series reading November 14th at 7PM, Board Room of Campus Center Event Room.

“Why Humanities Matter” lecture on the life and work of Agha Shahid Ali. Titled “Shahid, Sexuality, Silence.” Wednesday November 16 at 3:30 pm in Room L-112.


Tuesday January 24th, 2017 at 8PM Nancy Reddy and Emily Van Duyne will read together. Campus Center Theatre.


Emily Van Duyne teaches writing and women’s studies at Stockton University, and is a poet and essayist. A native of the Atlantic City area, her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Diagram, Contrary, So To Speak, The Prague Revue, and others. She is currently at work on two books, a memoir about living with a psychopath, and a book of critical and creative writing about Sylvia Plath. She lives in Ventnor with her boyfriend, Vincent, and their two children, Hank and Stella.




Nancy Reddy is the author of Double Jinx (Milkweed Editions, 2015), a 2014 winner of the National Poetry Series. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Horsethief, The Iowa Review, The Adroit Journal, and elsewhere. The recipient of a grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, she teaches writing at Stockton University in southern New Jersey.


Monday March 6, Patty Smith, Fiction Writer

Time and room, TBA.


Patricia Smith has been teaching American Literature and Creative Writing at the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School in Petersburg, VA since 2006. Her nonfiction has appeared in the anthologies One Teacher in Ten: Gay and Lesbian Educators Tell Their Stories (Alyson Publications, 1994); Tied in Knots: Funny Stories from the Wedding Day (Seal Press, 2006); Something to Declare: Good Lesbian Travel Writing,(University of Wisconsin Press, 2009) and One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium: LGBT Teachers Discuss What Has Gotten Better…and What Hasn’t (Beacon Press, 2015). Her work has also appeared in such places as Salon; Broad Street; Prime Number, Gris-Gris, The Tusculum Review,and So to Speak: a journal of feminist language and literature. The Year of Needy Girls (Kaylie Jones/Akashic Books) is her first novel.


During National Poetry Month in April, we will have a poetry duo read on April 12, Barbara Daniels and Stockton Alumna Meghan Privitello. Room and time TBA.

General Studies professor Emari DiGiorgio curates the World Above poetry series at Dante Hall in Atlantic City. Fall 2016 dates will be posted here shortly.
August 24, 2016, Michael Broder
September 28, 2016, Naomi Extra
October 26, 2016, Sam Cha
November 16, 2016, Edwin Romond
December 14, 2016, Lauren Yates
January 25, 2017, Gisel Acosta & Vincent Toro
February 22, 2017, Courtney Lamar Charleston
March 22, 2017, Cool Women (the whole ensemble)
April 26, 2017, Cynthia Arrieu-King


For more information about fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry readings in the South Jersey and Tri-State area, join the NJ Poetry Yahoo group run by Peter Murphy. You’ll receive useful updates in your inbox about what’s happening literarily in the area. You should also check out the World Above reading series in Atlantic City via the South Jersey Poetry Collective’s FaceBook page.