Distinguished Visiting Writers Series

 

The series brings distinguished writers to the Ithaca College campus to offer a public reading and participate in the DVW Writer's Workshop/Master Class. The workshop offers advanced classes and allows IC students a unique opportunity to learn from some of America's foremost writers.

 

Fall 2014: Kevin Young, D.T. Max, and Victor LaValle
 

Poet KEVIN YOUNG
Public Reading
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Clark Lounge, Campus Center
7:30 p.m.

Kevin Young is the author of the poetry collections Book of Hours; Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad RebelsDear Darkness; For the Confederate Dead; Black Maria; Jelly Roll: A Blues, a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award; and To Repel Ghosts: Five Sides in B Minor, a finalist for the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets. Young was a National Poetry Series winner for Most Way Home, which also received the John C. Zacharis First Book Award of Ploughshares magazine.

Young is also the author of The Grey Album, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and the PEN Open Book Award and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. He is currently Atticus Haygood Professor of Creative Writing and English at Emory University in Georgia.
 

Nonfiction Writer D.T. MAX
Public Reading
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Klingenstein Lounge, Campus Center
7:30 p.m.

D.T. Max is a graduate of Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker. He is the author of the best-selling Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, which the New York Times named one of the ten best books of the year and of The Family That Couldn't Sleep: Unravelling A Venetian Medical Mystery, which Natalie Angier, writing in the New York Times Book Review, called "gripping, cleanly written, cannily plotted and elegantly educational…The book brims with great tales." He is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and at work on a book about Mark Twain. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, their two young children, and a rescued beagle who came to them named Max.
 

Fiction Writer VICTOR LAVALLE
Public Reading
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Clark Lounge, Campus Center
7:30 p.m.

Victor LaValle is the author of the short story collection Slapboxing with Jesus, which won the PEN Open Book Award; three novels, The Ecstatic, Big Machine, and The Devil in Silver; and an ebook only novella, Lucretia and the Kroons. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Whiting Writers’ Award, a United States Artists Ford Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the key to Southeast Queens. He graduated with a degree in English from Cornell and an M.F.A. from Columbia. Raised in Queens, LaValle now lives in Washington Heights. He is an Assistant Professor and the Acting Fiction Director at the Columbia University School of the Arts in New York City.

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