Reading Series: 2013-14
The President's Reading Series: Literature of Social Import: Isabel Wilkerson
Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Mudd Hall
Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson is author of The Warmth of Other Suns, the New York Times’ bestseller that brings to life one of the epic stories of the 20th Century through three unforgettable protagonists who made the decision of their lives during what came to be known as the Great Migration. She has won the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the 2011 Heartland Prize for Nonfiction, the 2011 Lynton History Prize from Harvard and Columbia universities, the 2011 Anisfield-Wolf Award for Nonfiction, the 2011 Hillman Book Prize, the Stephen Ambrose Oral History Prize, the Independent Literary Award for Nonfiction, the Horace Mann Bond Book Award from Harvard University, the New England Book Award for Nonfiction, the Hurston Wright Legacy Award for Nonfiction, the NAACP Image Award for best literary debut and was shortlisted for the 2011 Pen-Galbraith Literary Award for Nonfiction and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.
The President's Reading Series: Literature of Social Import: Colum McCann
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 6:30pm - 8:00pm, Hodson 110Colum McCann was born in Ireland in 1965. He is the author of six novels and two collections of stories. His novel, Let the Great World Spin, won worldwide acclaim, including The 2009 National Book Award in the U.S, the 2010 Best Foreign Novel Award in China, the International Impac Award 2011, a literary award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and several other major literary prizes. Let the Great World Spin became a best-seller on four continents. His work has been published in over 35 languages. He lives in New York with his wife, Allison, and their three children. He teaches at the MFA program in Hunter College. His newest novel is TransAtlantic.
The Writing Seminars Presents: Chaffee Visiting Writer Andrew Motion
Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 6:30pm - 8:00pm, Location TBAAndrew Motion was born in 1952. He read English at University College, Oxford and subsequently spent two years writing about the poetry of Edward Thomas for an M. Litt. From 1976 to 1980 he taught English at the University of Hull; from 1980 to 1982 he edited the Poetry Review and from 1982 to 1989 he was Editorial Director and Poetry Editor at Chatto & Windus. He is now Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in London. He was knighted for his services to literature in 2009. Sir Andrew is a council member of the Advertising Standards Authority and, since last July, Chairman of the Museums, Libraries & Archives Council. Andrew Motion was Poet Laureate from 1999 until 2009.
His new collection of poems is The Cinder Path (Faber) and Ways of Life: Places, Painters and Poets (Faber) is his latest collection of essays.
In addition to our deparmental reading series, our MFA graduates host the weekly Tudor & Stuart Reading Series, featuring one poet and one fiction writer currently working toward their MFA degree.
The Writing Seminars Presents: A Turnbull Lecture by Paul Mariani
Thursday, October 10, 2013, 6:30pm - 8:00pm in Gilman 132
Paul Mariani has published over 200 essays and reviews and is the author of sixteen books, including five biographies and six volumes of poetry: Timing Devices, Crossing Cocytus, Prime Mover, Salvage Operations: New and Selected, The Great Wheel, and Death & Transfigurations: Poems. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts, and two National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships. In 2009 he received the John Ciardi Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry. He has lectured and read from his own work across the United States, Canada, and Europe. He also served as poetry editor of America: The Jesuit Weekly from 2000-2006. His poems, which have been widely anthologized, have appeared in, among other journals and quarterlies, Image, Poetry, America, Doubletake, The Kenyon Review, The Agni Review, New England Review, The Hudson Review, Sundog, Tri-Quarterly, The New Criterion, Tampa Review, Quarterly Review, The Gettysburg Review, Pleiades, Crazy Horse, Boston College Magazine, and The North Dakota Quarterly.
The Writing Seminars Presents: A Reading by Brad Leithauser and Alice McDermott
Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 6:30pm - 8:00pm in Hodson 110
Brad Leithauser, the Director of Graduate Studies in the Writing Seminars, is the author of The Oldest Word for Dawn: New and Selected Poems, five previous collections of poetry, six novels, a novel in verse, two collections of light verse, and a book of essays. Among the many awards and honors he has received are a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Ingram Merrill grant, and a MacArthur Fellowship. He served for a year as Time magazine's theater critic. In 2005, Leithauser was inducted into the Order of the Falcon by the president of Iceland for his writings about Nordic literature.
Alice McDermott, the Richard A. Macksey Professor for Distinguished Teaching in the Humanities, is the author of Someone and six previous novels, including After This, Child of My Heart, Charming Billy, winner of the 1998 National Book Award, and At Weddings and Wakes, all published by FSG. That Night, At Weddings and Wakes, and After This were all finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. McDermott lives with her family outside of Washington, D.C.
The Writing Seminars Presents: Sullivan Elder Visiting Writer David Yezzi
Tuesday, February 26th 2013 6:30pm - 8:00pm in the Hodson Hall Auditorium (room #110)
David Yezzi’s poetry collections include Azores (2008) and The Hidden Model (2003), and his criticism and poetry have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, and Best American Poetry. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, Yezzi is Executive Editor of The New Criterion. He has also edited The Swallow Anthology of New American Poetry (2009). His libretto for a chamber opera by composer David Conte, Firebird Motel, premiered in 2003 and was released on CD by Arsis (2007). Poet-critic Adam Kirsch, who selected Azores as one of Slate’s Best Books of 2008, noted that Yezzi’s poetry “displays a civilized mastery reminiscent of Philip Larkin and Donald Justice, which no poet of his generation can match.” David Yezzi is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University and received his MFA from Columbia University.
The Writing Seminars Presents: A Reading by Stephen O'Connor
Monday, February 4th 2013 6:00pm - 8:00pm in the Tudor Stuart Room, at the southeast corner of the third floor of Gilman Hall (room #388)
Stephen O'Connor will be discussing "Ziggurat," his short story that appeared in The New Yorker in 2009. O’Connor is the author of the short story collections, Here Comes Another Lesson and Rescue. His nonfiction books include: Will My Name Be Shouted Out?, a memoir, and Orphan Trains, The Story of Charles Loring Brace and the Children He Saved and Failed, a narrative history. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Threepenny Review, Conjunctions, The Quarterly, Partisan Review, Electric Literature, TriQuarterly, and many other places. His poetry has been in Poetry Magazine, The Missouri Review, Agni, Knockout, and Green Mountains Review. His essays and journalism have appeared in The New York Times, Doubletake, Agni, The Nation, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe and elsewhere.
He is the recipient of the Cornell Woolrich Fellowship in Creative Writing from Columbia University, the Visiting Fellowship for Historical Research by Artists and Writers from the American Antiquarian Society, and the DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fellowship from the MacDowell Colony. Will My Name Be Shouted Out? was named 1996 "Book of the Year" by Kappa Delta Pi, an education honor society. Orphan Trains was designated 2001 best book on “the roots of juvenile crime” by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. He teaches in the writing MFA programs of Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence. For eight years he directed and taught in Teachers & Writers Collaborative’s flagship creative writing program at a public school in New York City. He has received a B.A. from Columbia University, and an M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, both in English literature.
The Writing Seminars Presents: A Reading by Heather O'Neill
Tuesday, Nov. 13th 2012 6:30pm - 8:00pm - Remsen Hall Auditorium (101)
Heather O’Neill is a writer who lives in Montreal. Her debut novel Lullabies for Little Criminals was published in 2006. It won the Canada Reads competition and the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and was nominated for, among others, the Orange Prize and the Governor General’s Award. She has also published a collection of poetry and has written a screenplay. She has twice been awarded the Gold Prize at the Canadian National Magazine Awards for her essays. Her new novel The Girl Who Was Saturday Night is forthcoming.
The Writing Seminars Presents: A Reading by Mark Strand
Wed. Nov 7 2012 6:30pm - 8:00pm - Shriver Hall
Mark Strand is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Almost Invisible (Knopf, 2012) Man and Camel (2006); Blizzard of One (1998), which won the Pulitzer Prize; Dark Harbor (1993); The Continuous Life (1990); The Story of Our Lives (1973); and Reasons for Moving (1968), as well as Selected Poems (1990) and New Selected Poems (2009). He has also published two books of prose, several volumes of translation, several monographs on contemporary artists, and three books for children.
His honors include the Bollingen Prize, three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a National Institute of Arts and Letters Award, the 1974 Edgar Allen Poe Prize from The Academy of American Poets, and a Rockefeller Foundation award, as well as fellowships from The Academy of American Poets, the MacArthur Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation.
He has served as Poet Laureate of the United States and is a former Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets. He currently teaches English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York.
All Writing Seminars readings are free and open to the public.
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