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.
 

Fall 2017


Poet SAEED JONES
PUBLIC READING
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 5:30 PM
KLINGENSTEIN LOUNGE, CAMPUS CENTER

Saeed Jones was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and grew up in Lewisville, Texas. He received a BA from Western Kentucky University and an MFA in creative writing from Rutgers University–Newark. His debut poetry collection, Prelude to Bruise (Coffee House Press, 2014), which Flavorwire called “perhaps the readiest, most painfully assured debut of the decade,” was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and was awarded the 2015 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry. Jones has received a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from Cave Canem and Queer Art Mentorship. The executive editor of culture at BuzzFeed, Jones lives in New York City.

Essayist JOHN D'AGATA
PUBLIC READING
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 5:30 PM
KLINGENSTEIN LOUNGE, CAMPUS CENTER

John D’Agata is the author of Halls of FameAbout a Mountain, and The Lifespan of a Fact, as well as the editor of the 3-volume series A New History of the Essay, which includes the anthologies The Next American EssayThe Making of the American Essay, and The Lost Origins of the Essay. His work has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, an NEA Literature Fellowship, and a Lannan Foundation Fellowship. He holds a B.A. from Hobart College and two M.F.A.s from the University of Iowa, and recently his essays have appeared in The BelieverHarper'sGulf Coast, and Conjunctions. John D’Agata lives in Iowa City with a dog named Boeing, and he teaches creative writing at the University of Iowa where he directs the graduate Nonfiction Writing Program.

Fiction Writer T. GERONIMO JOHNSON
PUBLIC READING
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 6:00 PM
HANDWERKER GALLERY

Born and raised in New Orleans, T. Geronimo Johnson is the bestselling author of Welcome to Braggsville, which was longlisted for the 2015 National Book Award, and Hold It ’Til It Hurts, a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. He received his M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and his M.A. in language, literacy, and culture from UC Berkeley. He has taught writing and held fellowships—including a Stegner Fellowship and an Iowa Arts Fellowship—at Arizona State University, Iowa, Berkeley, Western Michigan University, and Stanford. He is the recipient of the Ernest J. Gaines Award and the Simpson Family Literary Prize. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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