The Smith Visiting Lecturer program was established in 2007 in memory of Graham Wood Smith '48 to celebrate and promote writing at Nichols. On March 5, 2018, Dr. Julie Iromuanya visited Nichols. Her debut novel, Mr. and Mrs. Doctor (Coffee House Press, 2015), was a finalist for the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award, the 2016 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, the 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature, the 2015 National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize for Debut Fiction, and a San Francisco Chronicle "Best of 2015," a Star Tribune Critics Choice, and a "Best Minnesota Books 2015."
Born and raised in the American Midwest, she is the daughter of Igbo Nigerian immigrants. Her creative writing has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Passages North, Cream City Review, and the Tampa Review, among other journals.
Dr. Iromuanya earned her B.A. at the University of Central Florida and her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she was a Presidential Fellow and award-winning teacher. Julie is an assistant professor of English and Africana literature, teaching in the University of Arizona creative writing MFA program. In the past, she has served on the faculty at the University of Dayton, the University of Tampa, Northeastern Illinois University (Chicago), and she taught for seven summers at the Johns Hopkins University-Center for Talented Youth, both in the U.S. and in Hong Kong.