Pulitzer Prize Winner to speak at Knox College

Knox College has been celebrating their 50th year of their Creative Writing Program.  In honor of the program’s anniversary, the Caxton Club reading series will conclude with a visit from author Marilynne Robinson. 

Through the Caxton Club, novelists, poets, and essayists visit Knox every term to read their work and hold discussions.

Robinson is a 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction, a 2012 National Humanities Medal winner, and a 2016 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction winner.

Associate professor of English at Knox, Nicholas Regiacorte, a former student of Robinson’s, tells WGIL it’s a significant visit. “She’s very interested in the abolitionist principles that formed this college,” Regiacorte said. ”

The fact that it’s a working college, a labor college – those are the things she writes about. (She) kind of weaves together matters of faith with making a living…making art.  That’s to say, I think, Knox was right up her alley. She didn’t take alot of convincing.”

The event is fitting – Robinson mentions Knox College in an article for Harper’s Magazine in 2008, as well as in a recent essay she wrote, “The Givenness of Things.”

Free and open to the public, the event will be held Monday, October 23rd at 4:00pm in the Muelder Room of the Seymour Library on the Knox College campus.