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.


Frank HeadshotRebecca Morgan Frank - Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 4pm

Rebecca Morgan Frank is the author of two collections of poetry, The Spokes of Venus (Carnegie Mellon University Press (2016) and Little Murders Everywhere (Salmon 2012), shortlisted for the 2013 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Her third collection, Sometimes We’re All Living in a Foreign Country, is forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon in 2017-18. Her poems have appeared in such places as Ploughshares, New England Review, Harvard Review, The Missouri Review online, Literary Imagination, Guernica, 32 Poems, Southern Indiana Review, The Guardian, and Washington Square, and have been reprinted in Best New Poets 2008, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily. She was awarded the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award for her next manuscript-in-progress. The co-founder and editor-in-chief of the online magazine Memorious, Frank is an assistant professor at the Center for Writers, University of Southern Mississippi’s graduate program in creative writing.

Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, Rebecca Morgan Frank holds a BA from Vassar College, an MFA from Emerson College, and a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Cincinnati, where she was an Elliston Poetry Fellow and a Taft Dissertation Fellow. She is the recipient of fellowships from such places as the Virginia Center for Creative Arts (VCCA), the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Catwalk, the Writers’ Room of Boston, and the Wesleyan Writers Conference. She has taught at Emerson and Emmanuel Colleges in Boston, MassArt’s low-residency MFA program at the Fine Arts Work Center, and Grub Street in Boston.

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


Fennelly / Franklin HeadshotBeth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin - Monday, March 6, 2017, 4pm

Beth Ann Fennelly directs the MFA Program at the University of Mississippi. She has published three full-length poetry books (Open House, Tender Hooks, and Unmentionables) and a book of nonfiction (Great with Child) all with W. W. Norton. She also writes essays on travel, culture, and design for Country Living, Southern Living, AFAR, Garden and Gun, The Oxford American, and others. The Tilted World, the novel she co-authored with her husband, Tom Franklin, published in 2013 (HarperCollins), is an Indie Next pick and has been translated into five languages.

USA alum Tom Franklin is the New York Times bestselling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter (2010), which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Crime Writers' Association's Gold Dagger Award. His previous works include Poachers: Stories (1999), Hell at the Breech (2003), and Smonk (2006).  Winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Willie Morris Prize for Southern Fiction, and the Alabama Library Award for Fiction, Franklin teaches at the University of Mississippi.

Please note:  Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin will be appearing together at this event, which will be held in the USA Archaeology Museum.  [PHOTO CREDITS: Unknown / Unknown]


Our Creative Writing Faculty 


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Frye Gaillard | USA Writer in Residence

Specializes in Southern culture and history.

CB 128  |  460-7559 fgaillard@southalabama.edu


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Linda Busby Parker | Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing

Specializes in creative writing and the processes of contemporary publishing.

HUMB 240  |  460-6146  |  lbparker@southalabama.edu


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Nick Sturm | Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing

Specializes in American literature and avant-garde aesthetic theory and practice with an emphasis on poetry and nonfiction.

HUMB 240  |  460-6146  |  ???@southalabama.edu