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 2016: Vijay Seshadri, Abigail Thomas, and Percival Everett

 

Poet VIJAY SESHADRI
PUBLIC READING
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11th
CLARK LOUNGE, CAMPUS CENTER
7:30 PM

Vijay Seshadri is the author of three collections of poetry: 3 Sections (Graywolf), which was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; The Long Meadow, which won the James Laughlin Award, and Wild Kingdom. Seshadri has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and has been awarded the Paris Review’s Bernard F. Conners Long Poem Prize and the MacDowell Colony’s Fellowship for Distinguished Poetic Achievement. The New Yorker has called him “a son of Frost by way of Ashbery.” Born in Bangalore, India, Seshadri currently teaches prose and nonfiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn.
 

Nonfiction Writer ABIGAIL THOMAS
PUBLIC READING
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2nd
CLARK LOUNGE, CAMPUS CENTER
7:30 PM

Abigail Thomas is the author of three books of fiction—Getting Over Tom, An Actual Life, and Herb’s Pajamas—and three memoirs—Safekeeping: Some True Stories from a Life, A Three Dog Life, and most recently What Comes Next And How to Like It (Scribner, 2015). A national best-seller, A Three Dog Life was named one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post and won the 2006 Inspirational Memoir Award given by Books for A Better Life. About What Comes Next and How to Like It, Anne Lamott said, “This may be the most honest book I’ve ever read, by one of the most beautiful writers I know–dizzyingly truthful, often funny, lyrical, wise.” Thomas lives, writes, and paints in Woodstock, New York.
 

Fiction Writer PERCIVAL EVERETT
PUBLIC READING
THURSDAY, APRIL 7th
CLARK LOUNGE, CAMPUS CENTER

Percival Everett is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California and the author of nearly thirty books, including Percival Everett by Virgil Russell, Assumption, Erasure, I Am Not Sidney Poitier, Glyph, and most recently the short story collection Half an Inch of Water (Graywolf, 2015). He is the recipient of the Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, the Believer Book Award, and the 2006 PEN USA Center Award for Fiction. NPR has called him “one of the most gifted and versatile of contemporary writers.” He lives in Los Angeles.

 

 

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