Distinguished Visiting Writers Series

The series brings distinguished writers to the Ithaca College campus to offer a public reading and participate in the Visiting Writers' Workshop, an advanced class that allows IC students a unique opportunity to learn from some of America's foremost writers.
 

Spring 2017


Poet BRUCE SMITH
PUBLIC READING
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 7:30 PM
KLINGENSTEIN LOUNGE, CAMPUS CENTER

Bruce Smith was born and raised in Philadelphia. He is the author of six books of poems: The Common Wages; Silver and Information; Mercy Seat; The Other Lover, which was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; Songs for Two Voices; and Devotions, which was named a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. His other awards include a Fine Arts Work Center fellowship, the Discovery/The Nation prize, a Guggenheim fellowship, two fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, and an award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches in the MFA program at Syracuse University.


Fiction Writer YIYUN LI
PUBLIC READING
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 7:30 PM
CLARK LOUNGE, CAMPUS CENTER

Yiyun Li grew up in Beijing and came to the United States in 1996. She is the author of the short story collections A Thousand Years of Good Prayers and Gold Boy, Emerald Girl and the novels The Vagrants and Kinder Than Solitude. Her many awards include the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the PEN/Hemingway Award, the California Book Award, the Whiting Award, a Lannan Foundation Residency fellowship, and a MacArthur Foundation fellowship. She was selected by Granta as one of the 21 Best Young American Novelists under 35, and was named by The New Yorker as one of the top 20 writers under 40. Her first memoir, Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life, will be published in February 2017. She lives in Oakland, California, and teaches at University of California, Davis.


Nonfiction Writer STEPHEN BURT
PUBLIC READING
TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 8:00 PM
KLINGENSTEIN LOUNGE, CAMPUS CENTER

Stephen Burt is a poet, essayist, and literary critic with eight published books, including two critical books on poetry and three poetry collections. Burt’s most recent essay collection is The Poem is You: 50 or So Contemporary Poems and How to Read Them (Harvard University Press, 2016); the essay collection Close Calls with Nonsense was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Burt’s other works include Belmont; The Art of the Sonnet; Something Understood: Essays and Poetry for Helen Vendler; The Forms of Youth: Adolescence and 20th Century Poetry; Parallel Play: Poems; Randall Jarrell on W. H. Auden; Randall Jarrell and His Age; and Popular Music. Advice from the Lights, a book of poems, will be published by Graywolf in 2017. A recipient of a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship, Burt is a professor of English at Harvard University.
 

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