Congratulations to Tracy K. Smith on being appointed the 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States! Tracy was one of the keynote speakers at the 2015 Ocean State Summer Writing Conference. We’re thrilled to see this fantastic poet selected for this honor! For more information about Tracy, you can visit her bio here.
Percival Everett, author of 28 books and Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California read on Friday, June 20th as a keynote speaker for our annual Ocean State Summer Writing Conference. Everett is a former mentor and close friend to one of URI’s Creative Writing faculty, Josie Sigler Sibara, who introduced Everett. Sibara became friends with Everett during her doctoral program at the University of Southern California, despite never having taken a class with him. Sibara recalls her frustration with narrative and form at the time, quoting Everett’s advice: “No one even knows what a novel is. That’s the beauty of it. Just follow yourself in.”