PAL is proud to announce Writing Is Thinking IV

Co-sponsored by the English Department and the Graduate School

Our biannual writing event for academic writers is happening again! As usual, all graduate students are particularly welcome!


Patricia Hampl

will speak on

“First Person Singular: Voice as an Aspect of Thinking”

Venue: Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, Smith Warehouse (Bay 4)

Friday 31 March 10 a.m.

Courtesy of the Graduate School, lunch will be served after the lecture

This year’s Writing Is Thinking event asks what academic writers can learn from writers of non-fiction. Patricia Hampl will address the powers–and pitfalls–of the personal voice in contemporary writing.  The “me” of memoir is now a familiar presence, but what does the individual voice offer other forms of writing across the range from the essay to research nonfiction?    — This session will include a reading from Ms. Hampl’s new book, The Art of the Wasted Day (a meditation on Montaigne and the descriptive habits of the essay).  There will be plenty of time for questions.


Patricia Hampl is Regents Professor and McKnight Distinguished Professor at the University of Minnesota. Her most recent books, The Florist’s Daughter and Blue Arabesque, were both among the New York Times “100 Notable Books of the Year.”  She is the author of four other prose works, and two collections of poetry. Her essays, poems, short fiction, travel pieces and reviews have appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays and others.  Her new book, The Art of the Wasted Day, will be published by Viking Penguin in late 2017.  She is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts (in poetry an din prose).  She is a MacArthur Fellow, and is Regents Professor at the University of Minnesota, and a member of the permanent faculty of the Prague Summer Writing Program, and Visiting Professor at Kingston University-London where she has worked on human rights writing.