Lauren Holmes kicks off new season of Northeastern’s Visiting Writers Series

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Lauren Holmes will read from and sign her newest book of short stories, “Barbara the Slut and Other People,” on Sept. 15 as part of Northeastern Illinois University’s Visiting Writers Series.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, will take place a 3 p.m. in the Recital Hall, 3701 N. Bryn Mawr Ave.

From upstate New York, Holmes earned a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.F.A. from Hunter College, where she was a Hertog Fellow. Her writing has appeared in literary magazines Granta and Guernica.

The Visiting Writers Series is curated by Associate Professor of English Alicia Erian. Erian first met Holmes at Wellesley, where Erian was a professor and Holmes a student. It was there that Holmes discovered she wanted to be a writer.

“Professor Erian sat me down, asked me if I wanted to be a writer, and told me I could be if I wanted to be and if I was willing to work really hard,” Holmes said in an interview with Wellesley Magazine. “I definitely wouldn’t be doing this today if she hadn’t given me that permission.”

Now in its fourth year, the Visiting Writers Series brings nationally and internationally renowned writers to Northeastern to read and engage with students and the community.