Visiting Writer Carol Tyx

Mount Mercy Professor Emerita Carol Tyx returns to the Hill to share her latest poetry.

November 5
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Carol Tyx Shares Poetry Collection

English Professor Emerita Carol Tyx will read on tyx-carol.jpgNovember 5 to share her latest poetry collection, Remaking Achilles: Slicing into Angola's History.

Remaking Achilles presents a series of poems about a controversial 1951 prison protest at the Louisiana State Penitentiary (Angola) were 31 men cut their Achilles tendons.

Tyx's collection is written mostly as persona poems in the voices of several people involved in the Heel-String Incident, including the inmates, officials responsible for their brutal treatment, and the nurse and journalists who worked with the inmates to create much-needed reform.

The collection is inspired by Tyx's work with the Mount Mercy book club at the Anamosa State Penitentiary and her own visit to Angola.

To read more about her book and research, visit Tyx's personal website containing one of her poems about Angola.

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About the Visiting Writer Series

Mount Mercy University has proudly hosted poet laureates, best-selling novelists, and writers who have won the National Book Award, the Booker Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Nobel Prize.

Fiction Writers

Sandra Benitez, Chris Bohjalian, Charles Baxter, Ethan Canin, Ana Castillo, Lan Samantha Chang, K. L. Cook, Stuart Dybek, Larry Heinemann, Khaled Hosseini, Bharati Mukherjee, Thisbe Nissen, ZZ Packer, Josef Skvorecky, Barry Unsworth, Mary Helen Stefaniak, Benjamin Percy, Samrat Upadhyay, Daniel Orozco, Karen Russell, Cristina Henriquez, Keith Lesmeister, Patricia Park

Creative Nonfiction Writers and Journalists

Amy Butcher, Anne-Marie Cusac, Joy Castro, Matt Freedman, Patricia Hampl, Alex Kotlowitz, John T. Price, Scott Russell Sanders, Patricia Foster, Tim Wise


Jorie Graham, Joy Harjo, Robert Haas, Ted Kooser, Li-Young Lee, Heather McHugh, Czeslaw Milosz, Naomi Shihab Nye, Susan Power, Gary Soto, William Stafford, Camille Dungy, Michael Sowder, Frank X Walker, Jennifer Perrine, Drew Dellinger, James McKean, Aaron A. Abeyta

"The visiting author event was a wonderful opportunity to connect with an author whose book we had read in class." —Katie Goetz ’23

"Visiting writers let you see and know the process of a professional." —Casey Birkecht '13 

"The joy of the Visiting Writer Series is about connecting with a kindred soul. Aspiring writers are able to discuss their own fears and doubts with someone who has experienced the journey." —Kim Flugga-Ciha ’11