February 29: Keith Wilson

Keith Wilson

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Craft Talk: 3:30-4:45 p.m.
Beacon Heights, Room 417 Plemmons Student Union 

Reading: 6 p.m.
Beacon Heights, Room 417 Plemmons Student Union

About Keith Wilson

Keith S. Wilson is a game designer, an Affrilachian Poet, and a Cave Canem fellow. He is a recipient of an NEA Fellowship, an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, and an Illinois Arts Council Agency Award, and has received both a Kenyon Review Fellowship and a Stegner Fellowship. Additionally, he has received fellowships or grants from Bread Loaf, Tin House, the MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center, UCross, the Millay Colony, and James Merrill House, among others. Keith was a Gregory Djanikian Scholar, and his poetry has won the Rumi Prize and been anthologized in Best New Poets and Best of the Net. His book, Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love (Copper Canyon), was recognized by The New York Times as a best new book of poetry.

Keith’s nonfiction has won an Indiana Review Nonfiction Prize and the Redivider Blurred Line Prize, and has been anthologized in the award-winning collection Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy. His poetry and prose have appeared in Elle, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, and Crab Orchard Review, among others.

Keith’s work in game design includes “Once Upon a Tale,” a storytelling card game designed for Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago in collaboration with The Field Museum of Chicago, and alternate reality games (ARGs) for the University of Chicago. He has worked with or taught new media with Kenyon College, the Field Museum, the Adler Planetarium, and the University of Chicago.

Visit his website: keithswilson.com

Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love Book Cover

Praise for Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love:

“A strong debut collection in which the romanticism you expect (and want) from a younger writer is held in check by a considerable, self-questioning intelligence.” — The New York Times

“Wilson’s collection is romantic yet world-weary, bereaved yet fortified―a kindred reflection of the heart in the modern world.” — Publishers Weekly