Series and Events

The Department of English hosts visiting scholars and visiting writers throughout the year. Events are open to faculty, students and the public.

The Visiting Writers Series

The UWF Department of English Visiting Writers Series hosts a wide range of nationally and internationally acclaimed authors.  Writers in this series present new works of fiction, poetry and nonfiction in a comfortable, intimate setting that fosters dialogue and good conversation.  All events in the series are free and open to the public.

During the 2015-2016 academic year, the department welcomed Jeff Newberry and Matthew Olzmann

2017-2018 Visiting Writer Series Schedule 

Please revisit this page for updated series information. 

315x176 Jeff Newberry Visiting Author 2016 - Photo c/o Michael Spooneybarger, CREO
Author Jeff Newberry lectures during the Visiting Writers Series. Photo courtesy of Jeff Spooneybarger, CREO.

Past Featured Writers

Author Jeff Newberry Entertains Audience with Reading of His Work

By   FEB 15, 2016, UWF's Center for Research and Economic Opportunity and WUWF

For poet Jeff Newberry, a recent presentation for the University of West Florida’s Visiting Writers and Scholars Series was a homecoming, of sorts.  The writer and college professor earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UWF. Between readings, Newberry chatted with the crowd, which included former peers and instructors from his graduate and undergraduate days... Read More. 

The Visiting Scholars Series

The UWF Department of English and First Year Composition hosts the Visiting Scholar Series. The series brings notable scholars to campus to share their current work with students, faculty, staff, and members of the broader Pensacola community.  Speakers present engaging new ideas on topics of literary, historical, and cultural significance.  All events in the series are free of charge and open to the public.  

During the 2015-2016 academic year, the department welcomed Lisa Siraganian and Eric Lyle, author of Streetopia.   

2016-2017 Visiting Scholar Series Schedule 

September 15, 2016

  • "Shakespeare and Derivatives" with David Hawkes
  • Dr. Hawkes' lecture looks back to a time before the ‘economy’ had been conceptually separated from other forms of representation. Hawkes examines Shakespeare's forward-looking attack on abstract financial instruments.
  • 6pm 
  • UWF Campus, Building 58A, Room 101
  • Lecture is free and open to the public. 

October 13 and 14

  • "UWF Romanticism Symposium" with Tim Fulford and Julia Carson
  • Time and Location TBA
  • Lecture is free and open to the public. 

Please re-visit this page for additional information regarding the 2016-2017 series schedule.