This year’s visiting authors for the 43rd Annual Writers’ Festival (March 27-28), the oldest continuous literary festival in Georgia, will be poet and memoirist Nick Flynn, poet Terrance Hayes and distinguished alumna playwright Louisa Hill ’09. The visiting writers will judge Agnes Scott's state-wide creative writing competition for Georgia college students (deadline for entry Dec. 4).

Nick Flynn is the author of three memoirs, The Reenactments (Norton, 2013), The Ticking is the Bomb: A Memoir of Bewilderment (2010) and Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (2004)—currently being published under title Being Flynn—which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir and has been translated into fifteen languages. Another Bullshit Night in Suck City has been made into a film, Being Flynn, starring Robert DeNiro as Flynn's father, Julianne Moore as his mother, and Paul Dano as Nick. He is also the author of three books of poetry, The Captain Asks For a Show of Hands (Graywolf, 2011); Some Ether (Graywolf, 2000), which won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award; and Blind Huber (Graywolf, 2002). 

One of the most compelling voices in American poetry, Terrance Hayes is the author of four books of poetry; Lighthead (2010), winner of the 2010 National Book Award in Poetry; Wind in a Box, winner of a Pushcart Prize; Hip Logic, winner of the National Poetry Series, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and runner-up for the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets; and Muscular Music, winner of both the Whiting Writers Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He has been a recipient of many other honors and awards, including two Pushcart selections, four Best American Poetry selections, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the Guggenheim Foundation. His poems have appeared in literary journals and magazines including The New Yorker, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Fence, The Kenyon Review, Jubilat, Harvard Review, and Poetry. His poetry has been featured on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

Louisa Hill ’09 received her MFA from the University of Iowa’s Playwrights’ Workshop in 2012, where she was the Iowa Arts Fellow. Her thesis play The Lord of the Underworld’s Home for Unwed Mothers received the Mark Twain Award for Comic Playwriting from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, was selected as the keynote for the KCACTF Region 5 Conference, and is slated for production in April ’14 at Muscatine Community College. Recently her play Annette Kellerman Forever! was selected for the Blueprint Series at the Brimmer Street Theatre Company in Los Angeles, where she now lives.  

To see the schedule of find out more about the Writers' Festival, visit the Writers' Festival webpage.