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Visiting Writers Series

Our Required Reading for Visiting Writer Jacqueline Woodson

Our Required Reading for Visiting Writer Jacqueline Woodson

  Jacqueline Woodson is the author of more than thirty books for young readers. In 2015, her memoir-in-verse, Brown Girl Dreaming, won the National Book Award and secured Woodson recognition by the Poetry Foundation as Young People’s Poet Laureate. Her work has won multiple accolades, including […]

Visiting Writer’s Series: Alexander Chee

Visiting Writer’s Series: Alexander Chee

  Alexander Chee is the author of two novels, the critically acclaimed Edinburgh, which received the Whiting Award and was described by the by the Washington Post as a “lovely, nuanced, never predictable portrait of a creative soul in the throes of becoming,” and his […]

Visiting Writer’s Series: Claudia Rankine

Visiting Writer’s Series: Claudia Rankine

  “There are billions of souls in the world and some of us are almost to be touching the depths of how it is and what it is to be human. On the surface we exist but just beyond is existence. I write to articulate […]

Visiting Writer’s Series: Abigail Thomas

Visiting Writer’s Series: Abigail Thomas

  Abigail Thomas is the author of three form-shattering memoirs: Safekeeping: Some True Stories from a Life; A Three-Dog Life; and, most recently, What Comes Next and How to Like It. A national best seller, A Three-Dog Life was named one of the best books of 2006 by […]

Visiting Writers Series: Ravi Howard

Visiting Writers Series: Ravi Howard

  Ravi Howard won the 2008 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence for his novel Like Trees, Walking. He was also a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction in 2008. Howard has received awards and fellowships from the National […]

An Interview with Rigoberto González

An Interview with Rigoberto González

  Rigoberto González is the recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, winner of the American Book Award, The Poetry Center Book Award, The Shelley Memorial Award of The Poetry Society of America, a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Barnes […]

An Interview with Jenny Offill

An Interview with Jenny Offill

Jenny Offill’s first novel, Last Things, was a New York Times Notable book and a finalist for the L.A. Times First Book Award. She is also the author of four children’s books: While you Were Napping, 11 Experiments That Failed, 17 Things I’m Not Allowed […]

The Memoir-in-Verse: An Interview with Patricia Smith

The Memoir-in-Verse: An Interview with Patricia Smith

  Patricia Smith was born and grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and currently lives in New Jersey. She is a Cave Canem faculty member at CUNY/College of Staten Island, and a faculty member of the Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Sierra Nevada College. […]

Darling: An Interview with Richard Rodriguez

Darling: An Interview with Richard Rodriguez

Richard Rodriguez was born the son of Mexican immigrants and grew up in Sacramento, California. He attended Stanford University as an undergraduate, Columbia as a religious studies graduate student. Rodriguez also studied English Renaissance literature at the Warburg Institute in London, and was a doctoral […]

The Unfixed Narrative of America: An Interview with Dinaw Mengestu

The Unfixed Narrative of America: An Interview with Dinaw Mengestu

Dinaw Mengestu is a name you should know, if you don’t already. His brilliant new novel All Our Names, published this year to critical acclaim, is his third in seven years, following How to Read the Air (2010) and The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (2007). His first […]