Hofstra’s annual Great Writers, Great Readings Series began its 2016-2017 by welcoming former faculty member Phillip Lopate back to campus on September 28 at the Guthart Theater. His reading was broadcast by Hofstra Pride Productions.
Lopate has written four personal essay collections—Bachelorhood, Against Joie de Vivre, Portrait of My Body and Portrait Inside My Head; two novels, Confessions of Summer and The Rug Merchant; two poetry collections, The Eyes Don’t Always Want to Stay Open and The Daily Round; a memoir of his teaching experiences, Being With Children; a collection of his movie criticism, Totally Tenderly Tragically; an urbanist meditation, Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan; and a biographical monograph, Rudy Burckhardt: Photographer and Filmmaker. His most recent books are Two Marriages, Notes on Sontag, At the End of the Day: Selected Poems, and To Show and To Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction.
Great Writers, Great Readings is sponsored by the English Department, the MFA in Creative Writing Program and the Hofstra Cultural Center. The next event in the series is Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri on Monday, October 10.