The following writers will be visiting Brookdale in coming weeks as part of the Visiting Writers Series, sponsored by the Creative Writing Club and Student Life  & Activities.

Novelist Mitchell S. Jackson on Wednesday, Oct. 11

Poets Emari DiGiorgio and Lauren Schmidt on Wednesday, Nov. 8

National Book Award Finalist and Performance Poet Patricia Smith on Tuesday, Dec. 5

Mitchell S. Jackson’s debut novel The Residue Years was praised by critics writing for The New York Times, The Paris Review, and The Times of London. Jackson is the winner of a Whiting Award; his novel also won The Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence. He is also an advocate for criminal justice reform who has visited prisons and youth facilities in the United States and abroad.

Emari DiGiorgio’s debut collection of poems is called The Things a Body Might Become.  She is the host of A World Above, a monthly reading series in Atlantic City, NJ; she also teaches at Stockton University, is a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Poet, and is an active member of the South Jersey Poets Collective.

Lauren Schmidt is the author of three collections of poetry: Two Black Eyes and a Patch of Hair Missing, The Voodoo Doll Parade, and Psalms of The Dining Room. Her awards include the So to Speak Poetry Prize, the Neil Postman Prize for Metaphor, The Janet B. McCabe Prize for Poetry, and the Bellevue Literary Review’s Vilcek Prize for Poetry.

Patricia Smith is the author of six critically-acknowledged volumes of poetry, including Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, which was awarded the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress. She was the winner of the 2013 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy American Poets, and was a finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. Smith also edited the crime fiction anthology Staten Island Noir. Her contribution to the that anthology, the story “When They Are Done With Us,” won an award from Mystery Writers of America.

Visiting Writers Series guest lectures are free and open to all, and take place at 7 PM on the dates indicated, in Navesink III of the Warner Student Life Center.

For more information, please contact Associate Professor Suzanne Parker at or 732-224-2650.