TED Fellow Mitchell S. Jackson and poets Zingonia Zingone and David Baker are the guest authors for the 2019 spring semester’s Great Writers, Great Readings Series.
Great Writers, Great Readings, now in its 15th year, brings writers from all genres to campus to meet with creative writing students for workshops and question/answer sessions. The authors also conduct a reading and book signing that is open to the public. Often the authors use this forum as an opportunity to introduce new, unpublished works.
Great Writers, Great Readings is sponsored by the English Department, the MFA in Creative Writing Program and the Hofstra Cultural Center. Events are free and open to the public. For more information call the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.
Mitchell S. Jackson’s debut novel The Residue Years received wide critical praise. Jackson is the winner of a Whiting Award. His novel also won The Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence and was a finalist for The Center for Fiction Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the PEN / Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction, and the Hurston / Wright Legacy Award. Jackson’s honors include fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Ford Foundation, PEN America, TED, NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts), and The Center for Fiction. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Yorker, Harpers, The New York Times Book Review, The Paris Review, The Guardian, Tin House, and elsewhere. His nonfiction bookSurvival Math: Notes on an All-American Family is forthcoming from Scribner. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of writing in Liberal Studies at New York University.
Jackson is also a well-regarded speaker who has delivered lectures and keynote addresses at events including the annual TED Conference, the Ubud (Bali) Writers and Readers Festival, and the Sydney Writers’ Festival, as well as institutions including Yale University, Brown University, Cornell University, and Columbia University. A formerly incarcerated person, Jackson is also a social and criminal justice advocate who, as part of his efforts, visits prisons and youth facilities in the United States and abroad.
Monday, February 25, at 6:30 p.m. ; Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus
Zingonia Zingone is a multilingual poet, a novelist and a translator whose work has been published in Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Italy, France and India. Her most recent publications are: Los naufragios del desierto (Vaso Roto, 2013) and las tentaciones de la Luz (anamá, 2018). In English she published Acrobat of Oblivion (Poetrywala, 2011) and Light, the Temptation (Poetrywala, 2016) in India. Her translations include Virus Alert by Marathi poet Hemant Divate (Alarma de Virus – Ediciones Espiral, 2012) and two works by Nicaraguan poet Claribel Alegría – the award-winning Voces/Voci (Samuele Editore, 2016) and Amore senza fine (Edizioni Fili d’Aquilone, 2018). She writes a monthly review of international poetry for the Italian digital magazine Minerva.
Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m. ; Lowenfeld Conference and Exhibition Hall, Axinn Library, 10th Floor, South Campus
David Baker is one of contemporary poetry’s most gifted lyric poets. In Swift: New and Selected Poems (forthcoming in April 2019) hegathers poems from eight collections, including his masterful latest volume, Scavenger Loop (2015), and the intimate travelogues of Never-Ending Birds (2009), winner of the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize. Swift opens with fifteen new poems that continue Baker’s growth in form and voice as he investigates the death of parents, the loss of homeland, and a widening natural history, not only of his beloved Midwest but of the tropical flora and fauna of a Caribbean island. Together, these poems showcase the evolution of his distinct eco-poetic conscience, his mastery of forms both erotic and elegiac, and his keen eye for the shifting landscapes of passion, heartbreak, and renewal. Baker is also the author of six critical books, most recently Seek After: On Seven Modern Lyric Poets (2018). He teaches at Denison University, where he holds the Thomas B. Fordham Chair of Creative Writing, and is the poetry editor of the Kenyon Review. He has received fellowships and awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Society of America, and the Society of Midland Authors.
Wednesday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. ; Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus. Photo by Katherine Baker