Visiting Writers Series kicks off with award-winning authors Jan. 23

Join award-winning environmental writers Sean Prentiss and Joe Wilkins for a special literary reading and discussion during their visit to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on Friday, Jan. 26.

The event will take place at 2 p.m. in Donaghey Student Center Room 205G and is sponsored by the UA Little Rock English Department’s Visiting Writers Series and the William G. Coopers Honors Program.

Prentiss, a Vermont resident and associate professor of English at Norwich University, has received several awards for his novel “Finding Abbey: A Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave,” including the 2015 National Outdoor Book Award for History/Biography, the Utah Book Award for Nonfiction, and the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for Biography. He is also the co-author of an environmental writing textbook and editor of the Bloomsbury Publishing Writer Series Guide.

Wilkins lives in western Oregon with his family and serves as the director of the creative writing program at Linfield College. His latest full-length collection, “When We Were Birds,” was recently named the winner of the 2017 Stafford/Hall Prize in Poetry from the Oregon Book Awards. His memoir, “The Mountain and the Fathers” also received several awards and honorary recognition. Wilkins has also written books of poetry and has published a variety of literary work in notable publications, such as The Southern Review, Ecotone, and Slate.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Heather Hummel, assistant professor in the Department of English, at

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