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MFA Reading Series

Terrance Hayes reading on Boise State's campus in April 2019.
Terrance Hayes reading on Boise State’s campus in April 2018.

Free and open to the public, the MFA Reading Series brings renowned writers to the Boise State Campus. A number of past readings are available on Penn Sound. Access the Penn Sound Boise State archives online.

Readings for 2021-22

September 9th at 7:30pm Maria Baranda at the Hemingway Gallery at Boise State University.

September 10th at 7:30pm Forrest Gander at the Lookout Room in the Student Union Building at Boise State University.


Reading with Douglas Kearney, Department of Theatre, Film and Creative Writing, Allison Corona photo 2019

Past Readers include:

Terrance Hayes, Rick Bass, Alice Notley, Emily Ruskovich, Julie Carr, Kerri Webster, Joy Williams, Norma Cole, Kazim Ali, Allison Cobb, Robin Coste-Lewis, John Beer, Vincent Toro, Habib Tengour, Pierre Joris, Osama Alomar, Faiza Sultan, Jerome Rothenberg, Peter Manson, Farid Matuk, Susan Briante, Harold Ackerman, Denis Johnson, Rajia Hassib, Anne Boyer, Lance Phillips, Cole Swensen, Laura Moriarity, Jessica Anthony, Alan Halsey, Geraldine Monk, Kent Nelson, Pierre Joris, Robert Boswell, Jena Osman, Leslie Jamison,  John Godfrey, Ben Percy, Clark Coolidge, Jacqueline Mitchard, Susan Schultz, Alyson Hagy, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Mathias Svalina, Ben and Sandra Doller, Charles Baxter, Julie Doxsee, Abraham Smith, Charles Bernstein, Forrest Gander, Juliana Spahr, Brian Henry, and Ales Steger, Michael Palmer, Fanny Howe, William Giraldi, Joy Williams, Tyler McMahon, Jennifer Moxley, Dan Beachy-Quick, Cathy Park Hong, Graham Foust, Brad Watson, Michael Earl Craig, Ben Lerner, Daphne Gottlieb, Bhanu Kapil, and Amy De’Ath, Bernadette Mayer, Gabriel Gudding, Myung Mi Kim, Renee Gladman, and Cathy Wagner, Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Lyn Hejinian, Leslie Scalapino, D.A. Powell, Rebecca Woolf, Peter Gizzi, Liz Waldner, Elizabeth Willis, Peter Riley, Keston Sutherland, J.H. Prynne, Trevor Joyce, Robin Blaser, Tom Raworth, Clayton Eshelman, Timothy Donnelly, Karen Volkman, C.S. Giscombe, G.G. O’Brien, Andrew Joron, Nathaniel Mackay, Rae Armantrout, Donald Revell, Claudia Keelan, G.E. Patterson, Hoa Nguyen, Dale Smith, Julie Doxsee, India Radfar, Maggie Nelson, Lee Ann Brown, Carol Snow, Lisa Robertson, Erin Moure, Oana Avasilichioaei, Maxine Chernoff, Paul Hoover, Joshua Beckman, Sasha Steensen, Bin Ramke, amongst others.
Podcasts of many of the Series readings are available at PennSound (These files may not be fully accessible to all users. For accessible files please contact our department at



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