January 14, 2020

30 Years of the Mackey Writers’ Program

For the 30th consecutive academic year, Beloit students enrolled in the Mackey Workshop will have a chance to study with a writer of distinction as they work toward improving their craft.

Poet Marilyn Chin will be the 30th writer of distinction to hold the Mackey Chair. Poet Marilyn Chin will be the 30th writer of distinction to hold the Mackey Chair. Credit: AvakyanUnfolding in 1989, with Tess Gallagher serving as the first writer-in-residence, The Lois and Willard Mackey Chair in Creative Writing has become one of the college’s premier academic residencies, established by Willard Mackey’47 to honor his late wife, Lois Mackey’45.

The Mackey professors teach an advanced course in creative writing and deliver a public reading that’s among the year’s best-attended events at the college.

The roster of Mackey Professors forms a who’s who of writers. Among them are Billy Collins, Amy Hempel, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Kevin Young. In November, novelist Susan Choi, Beloit’s 2014-15 Mackey chair holder, received the 2019 National Book Award for her novel Trust Exercise. In 2018, novelist and short story writer Rebecca Makkai, Beloit’s 2017-18 Mackey professor, was shortlisted for the National Book Award.

Marilyn Chin will hold the Mackey chair in 2020. Chin is a poet, translator, educator, and novelist whose awards include five Pushcart Prizes and the 2019 Arts and Letters Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her latest collection of poems is titled A Portrait of the Self As Nation: New and Selected Poems.

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