Dedmon Writer-in-Residence

Sarah Manguso

Dedmon Writer in Residence 2016-2017

Sarah Manguso is the author of four books of prose including Ongoingness, a meditation on motherhood and time; The Guardians, an investigation of friendship and suicide; and The Two Kinds of Decay, a memoir of her experience with chronic illness. Her other books include the poetry collections Siste Viator and The Captain Lands in Paradise. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rome Prize, she grew up near Boston and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Will be in residence the week of October 31, 2016.

A Brief History of the Claire and Emmett Dedmon Visiting Creative Writers Program

The Claire and Emmett Dedmon Visiting Creative Writers Program was generously created with support from Jonathan Dedmon, a member of the Humanities Visiting Committee, in honor of his parents. Each year, the Dedmon fund is responsible for bringing a distinguished visitor who is engaged in exploration of the interdisciplinary aspects of art—whether that means the use of a variety of artistic genres or the use of genres that incorporate more than one creative practice, such as the documentary film or the graphic novel. Chicago has a long history of innovation in the literary arts, and the Dedmon Writers Program is a strong affirmation of our dedication to sustaining this tradition.

Past Dedmon Visitors

2016 Jo Ann Beard

2015 David Bellos

2014 D.T. Max

2013 Tom Bissell

2012 Joe Sacco

2011 Esther Allen

2010 Alison Bechdel

2009 Eliot Weinberger

2008 Michael Henry Heim

2007 Richard Bausch