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Author Anne Fadiman Launches Spring Great Writers Great Readings Events

Top photo: Anne Fadiman by Joanna-Eldredge-Morrissey.

Author, essayist and editor Anne Fadiman will be the first guest speaker for the spring 2014 Great Writers, Great Readings series. Her reading and book signing will take place on Wednesday, February 26, at 7 p.m. at the Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, first floor, South Campus. Hofstra’s Great Writers, Great Readings series is currently in its 10th year of bringing authors from a variety of genres to campus to discuss their craft with creative writing students, as well as participate in readings that are open to the community. The program is presented by the MFA in Creative Writing Program.

Ms. Fadiman’s first book, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, won a National Book Critics’ Circle Award for its sensitive, incisive treatment of the cross-cultural conflicts between a Hmong family and the American medical system. Her most recent essay collection is At Large and At Small: Familiar Essays. As Yale University’s Francis Writer in Residence, Ms. Fadiman teaches nonfiction writing and mentors students considering careers in writing or editing.

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

Also this spring:

Wednesday, April 2, 11:15 a.m.

Annie Baker
Annie Baker

Playwright Annie Baker – whose full-length plays include The Flick (Playwrights Horizons, winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Award and an Obie Award for Excellence in Playwriting, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel nominations for Best Play), Circle Mirror Transformation (Playwrights Horizons, Obie Award for Best New American Play, Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), The Aliens (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Obie Award for Best New American Play), Body Awareness (Atlantic Theater Company, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play/Emerging Playwright), and an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, for which she also designed the costumes (Soho Rep, Drama Desk nomination for Best Revival). Her plays have been produced throughout the U.S. and in England, Australia, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, Mexico, Latvia, Sweden and Russia.


Wednesday, April 23, 7 p.m.

Phillis Levin
Phillis Levin

Phillis Levin is a core faculty member of Hofstra University’s Creative Writing program. She is the author of four books of poetry – Temples and Fields, The Afterimage, Mercury, and May Day – and is the editor of The Penguin Book of the Sonnet. Her honors include the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award, an Ingram Merrill Foundation grant, a Fulbright Scholar Award to Slovenia, The Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is currently serving on the executive council of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers (ALSCW).

Wednesday, May 7, 11:15 a.m.

Select readings by MFA students in Hofstra University’s Creative Writing program

Hear excerpts of works by Hofstra graduate students – our own up and coming “Great Writers”!

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