Lois and Willard Mackey Chair in Creative Writing
Established in the late 1980s by Willard Mackey’47 in honor of his wife, Lois’45, this program brings an author of distinction to the Beloit College campus for all or part of one semester to teach an advanced course in creative writing. “Mackeys,” as these professors are called, also give public readings, which are among the most anticipated and best attended events on campus.
Novelist, short fiction writer, and a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow.
Chinese American poet Marilyn Chin is the winner of the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Prize for lifetime achievement.
Editor-in-chief of the Chicago Reader, author and winner of many best book awards.
Chicago-based author and winner of the Chicago Writers Association award, and The Borrower, a Booklist Top Ten Debut which has been translated into eight languages.
Recipient of the Kingsley Tufts Award, The Poets’ Prize, the San Francisco Poetry Center Book Award, and a Pacific Northwest Book Award, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Idaho Commission on the Arts.
Created the global storytelling organization The Moth in 1997 and is the author of three highly acclaimed novels: The Caveman’s Valentine, The Juror and Ravens.
A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation
Author of 20 books of fiction and nonfiction, and distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Indiana University, where he taught from 1971 to 2009.
author Author of seven books of poetry and finalist for the National Book Award and won the Paterson Poetry Prize.
Best known for his award-winning novel, The Last King of Scotland and won a Whitbread First Novel Award and the Somerset Maugham Prize.
A novelist, poet, and a winner of the Peter Lisagor Award for sports journalism.
A 2007 National Book Award finalist, and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, three Pushcart Prizes, and a Kingsley Tufts Award.
Author of more than 20 books, a range of novels, collections of stories, and works of personal nonfiction and Pulitzer Prize-nominated.
Fiction writer who is the author of over 17 novels and short story collections and in 2004, he won the PEN/Malamud Award for excellence.
Called one of the best of the post-Vietnam fiction writers, won the National Book Award for Dog Soldiers (1974) and the PEN Faulkner prize for A Flag for Sunrise (1981).
One of America’s preeminent travelogists whose Blue Highways (1982) spent 42 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.
Appointed as the 2001-2003 Library of Congress Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry and was a Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize finalist.
Award-wining author whose stories have been selected for the Best American Short Stories Collections, the O. Henry Awards, the Pushcart Prize, and the Best American Short Stories of the Century.
Regents Professor and McKnight Distinguished Professor at the University of Minnesota where she teaches in the master of fine arts program of the English department.
Prominent Chinese dissident poet who has been repeatedly nominated for the Nobel Prize.
Novelist and writer of short stories who currently teaches at the University of California-Irvine.
Highly acclaimed Asian-American poet and winner of many awards for his riveting autobiographical verse. He won won the 2002 William Carlos Williams Award and he Delmore Schwartz Memorial Poetry Award.
One of the most prominent of the new American “minimalist” writers. She won the Rea Award for the Short Story in 2008, and she received the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction in 2009.
Wrote and published 20 books of poetry and was perhaps the most influential woman poet in the United States since the 1940s.
Author best known for his nature and travel writing. His nonfiction has been widely praised and he is the recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships.
One of the most prolific American writers since World War II. He is co-founder of The Paris Review, and received a National Book Award.
Author of eight books of poetry and Pulitzer Prize winner.
Author of 26 books who’s nature-writing fiction has been called one of “tomorrow’s classics” by critic George Plimpton.
One of the most celebrated writers of speculative fiction in the United States who won the Hugo and Nebula awards in 1970.
One of the best-loved poets in the United States who received a 1962 National Book Award was appointed the twentieth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1970.
A noted writer of both poetry and short fiction, and one of the few writers equally acclaimed in both genres.
One of the most influential American writers of short fiction since 1975.