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Great Writers, Great Readings

Great Writers, Great Readings Series
Past Events

Past Guest Authors

Fall 2017-Spring 2018: Author Lily King and Grove Atlantic Vice President and Editorial Director Elisabeth Schmitz; Poet and MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient Claudia Rankine; longtime New Yorker staff writer and Pulitzer Prize winning author John McPheeThis Is the Place contributors and editor Sonya Chung, Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas, and Kelly McMasters; literary translators Giovanna Calvino, Ann Goldstein and Jenny McPhee and poet and spoken word/performance artist Tara Betts.

Fall 2016-Spring 2017: Essayist, memoirist, poet and novelist Phillip Lopate, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri, poet Miguel-Angel Zapata, novelist Álvaro Enrigue, and poet and essayist Lia Purpura, poet A. Van Jordan, and bestselling author Susan Orlean.

Fall 2015-Spring 2016: Poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips; author and short story writer Karen Russell, whose debut novel, Swamplandia, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; novelist/biographer Julia Markus; novelist Emily St. John Mandel, poet Laurie Sheck, playwright Amy Herzog, and novelist and memoirist Dani Shapiro.

Fall 2014-Spring 2015: Former poet laureate of Maryland Michael Collier; Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jeffrey K. Eugenides; Kirkus Outstanding Debut Book Award winner Belinda McKeon; author and New Yorker staff writer D.T. Max; Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes; and poet and children's book author Elizabeth Spires

Fall 2013-Spring 2014: former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner Philip Levine (September 25), Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan (November 4); National Book Critics' Circle Award-winner Anne Fadiman (February 26); playwright Annie Baker (April 2); award-winning poet Phillis Levin (April 23). Additionally, a special reading of works by students in Hofstra's M.F.A. in Creative Writing (May 7).

Fall 2012-Spring 2013: Mark Strand, Colum McCann, Vivian GornickErik Brogger and Marilyn Nelson.

Fall 2011-Spring 2012: John Edgar Wideman, Gerald Stern, Alice McDermott, Tom Sleigh, and David Lindsay-Abaire

Fall 2010 to Spring 2011: Tomaž Šalamun, Stephen Dunn, Thomas Lynch, Amy Hempel, Martha McPhee, Christopher Durang


Fall 2009 to Spring 2010: Patricia Hampl, Frank Bidart, Craig Lucas, Mona Simpson and Rosanna Warren


Fall 2008 to Spring 2009: Ann Beattie, Molly Peacock, Deborah Eisenberg, Paul Muldoon and Sarah Ruhl

Fall 2007 to Spring 2008: Eavan Boland, Antonio Cisneros, Kiran Desai, Edmund White, Jonathan Letham and Lynn Nottage


Fall 2006 to Spring 2007: John McPhee, Sharon Olds, Terrance Hayes, Richard Greenberg and Lorrie Moore.

Fall 2005 to Spring 2006: Charles Simic, Haruki Murakami, Donald Margulies, Jean Valentine, Edward P. Jones and Jonathan Franzen.

Fall 2004 to Spring 2005: Jamaica Kincaid, Louise Glück, Cynthia Ozick, Kenneth Lonergan, Vivian Gornick and William S. Merwin.

Lily King: Photo by Laura Lewis
Elisabeth Schmitz: Photo by Nina Subin
Claudia Rankine: Photo courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
John McPhee: Photo by Yolanda Whitman