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Authors Announced for Hofstra Reading Series

Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY … Hofstra University’s Department of English and the M.F.A. in Creative Writing present the ninth annual Great Writers, Great Readings Series at Hofstra.

“Great Writers, Great Readings” was launched by Hofstra University in recognition of the importance of writing and literature in a liberal arts education. In addition to a baccalaureate degree in English, Hofstra offers a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and an Master of Arts in English Literature. The program faculty includes playwright Erik Brogger, poet Phillis Levin and novelists Julia Markus and Martha McPhee.

Admission to all Great Writers, Great Readings events is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 516-463-5410 or visit 

Meet the 2012-2013 guest authors:

Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 7 p.m.
Mark Strand, whose latest book of poetry is Almost Invisible (2012), is recognized as one of the premier contemporary American poets as well as an accomplished editor, translator, and essayist. Mr. Strand’s career has spanned nearly four decades, and he has won numerous accolades from critics and garnered a loyal following among readers. He was named the U.S. poet laureate in 1990 and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1999 for his collection Blizzard of One. Other books of poetry include Man and Camel; New Selected Poems; Dark Harbor; The Continuous Life; Selected Poems; The Story of Our Lives; andReasons for Moving. His honors include the Wallace Stevens Award, the Bollingen Prize for Poetry, the Bobbit National Prize for Poetry, three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Edgar Allan Poe Prize, and a Rockefeller Foundation award, as well as fellowships from The Academy of American Poets, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. He won an American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal in 2009. He divides his time between Spain and New York, where he is a professor in the writing program at Columbia University School of the Arts.

Location: Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus

Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 7 p.m.
Colum McCann is the author of five novels and two collections of short stories. His most recent novel, Let the Great World Spin, became a best-seller on four continents and won worldwide acclaim, including the 2009 National Book Award in the United States, the 2010 Best Foreign Novel Award in China, the 2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary
Award, and a literary award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Mr. McCann’s fiction has been published in more than 30 languages and has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Paris Review, Granta, The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, Bomb and other places. Born in Ireland, he is a member of the Irish Academy and Aosdána, and was awarded a chevalier des arts et lettres by the French government in fall 2009. The film rights for Let the Great World Spin were bought by J.J Abrams, the highly acclaimed director and creator ofLost, and Mr. McCann is currently adapting the screenplay, along with Abrams. Mr. McCann’s short film Everything in This Country Must, directed by Gary McKendry, was nominated for an Academy Award in 2005. Colum McCann is a professor in the M.F.A. in Creative Writing program at Hunter College.

Location: Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus

Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 11:15 a.m.
Vivian Gornick is an acclaimed writer of nonfiction and a former Guggenheim Fellow whose books have been nominated for two National Book Critics Circle Awards and a National Book Award. Her body of work includes Fierce Attachments: A Memoir, dealing with her relationship with her mother; The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative; Approaching Eye Level; Emma Goldman: Revolution as a Way of Life; The Men in My Life: Critical Essay; The Solitude of Self: Thinking About Elizabeth Cady Stanton; and The End of the Novel of Love. A former staff writer on The Village Voice, her articles and reviews have appeared in The Nation, The New York Times Book Review and Magazine, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, Bookforum, and The Threepenny Review.

Location: Rochelle and Irwin A. Lowenfeld Conference and Exhibition Hall, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, 10th Floor, South Campus

Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 11:15 a.m.
Erik Brogger is a founding member of The Playwrights’ Center, a national organization devoted to developing new dramatic work. His plays, which have been produced off-Broadway and at major regional theaters throughout the country, include A Normal Life, Strangers’ Ground, and The Paranormal Review. His play Copperhead was commissioned and later produced by the Bush Theatre in London. His recent plays include Dreaming in the Crescent City (presented as a staged reading at The Ensemble Studio Theatre),River Road and We Started Without You. He is currently at work on a new play, set in Brooklyn, with the working title of Cobble Hill.

Location: Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater,  Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus

Monday, April 22, 2013, 7 p.m.
Marilyn Nelson is the author or translator of 15 books and five chapbooks. Her book The Homeplace won the 1992 Anisfield-Wolf Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. The Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems
won the Poets’ Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award, the PEN/Winship Award, and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Carver: A Life in Poems won the 2001 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and the Flora Stieglitz Straus
Award, was a Newbery Honor Book and a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, and was a finalist for the National Book Award.
Fortune’s Bones was a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and won the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry. Her young adult book A Wreath for Emmett Till won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and was a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Her newest collection is The Freedom Business (2008). Ms. Nelson is a professor emerita of English at the University of Connecticut. She was the poet laureate of the state of Connecticut from 2001 to 2006.

Location: Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus.

Hofstra University is a dynamic private institution of higher education where more than 11,000 full and part-time students choose from undergraduate and graduate offerings in liberal arts and sciences, business, engineering, applied science, communication, education, health sciences and human services, honors studies, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law and the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

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