Great Writers, Great Readings

Great Writers, Great Readings was launched by Hofstra University in recognition of the importance of writing and literature in a liberal arts education. 

Each Great Writers, Great Readings event brings a notable author to campus to meet with creative writing students for a short workshop and question/answer session. The author also conducts a reading and book signing that is open to the public. Sometimes the authors use this forum as an opportunity to introduce new unpublished works.

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Fall 2021-Spring 2022
18th Annual Great Writers, Great Readings Series

Events are free and open to the public. Call the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669 for more information.

ALL GUESTS who attend a Hofstra University-sponsored indoor event should be vaccinated and be prepared to show proof of vaccination and an ID. Masks must be worn at ALL indoor events on campus.

Wednesday, March 2, 2022, 6:30 p.m.

Edwidge Danticat

The Helene Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center

Edwidge Danticat is the author of numerous books, including Claire of the Sea Light, a New York Times notable book; Brother, I’m Dying, a National Book Critics Circle Award winner and National Book Award finalist; Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist; The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner; The Dew Breaker, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and winner of the inaugural Story Prize; and Everything Inside, a Reese’s Book Club pick and winner of the Story Prize. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and elsewhere. She lives in Miami.

Watch Our Fall Readings

Wednesday, September 15, 6:30 p.m.

Larissa Pham

Larissa Pham's essays and criticism have appeared in The Paris Review Daily, Bookforum, Guernica, The Nation, and elsewhere. She is the author of Fantasian (2016). Her essay collection, Pop Song, published in 2021 is about love and about falling in love - with a place, or a painting, or a person - and the joy and terror inherent in the experience of that love. She was a 2017 Yi Dae Up Fellow at the Jack Jones Literary Arts Retreat, and she has taught creative writing at Kundiman, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and the New School.

Monday, November 1, 6:30 p.m.

Joshua Henkin

Joshua Henkin's most recent novel, Morningside Heights (2021) was selected by the American Booksellers Association as the #1 Indie Next Pick and was named an Editors' Choice Book by The New York Times. He is the author of Swimming Across the Hudson, a Los Angeles Times Notable Book; Matrimony, a New York Times Notable Book; and The World Without You, which was named an Editors' Choice Book by The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune, the winner of the 2012 Edward Lewis Wallant Award for Jewish American Fiction and a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. Henkins directs and teaches in the MFA program in Fiction Writing at Brooklyn College.

Wednesday, November 17, 6:30 p.m.

Connie Roberts

Hofstra Adjunct Assistant Professor of English Connie Roberts emigrated from Ireland to the United States in 1983. She is a 2010 recipient of the Patrick Kavanagh Award for her manuscript Not the Delft School. Her poetry collection, Little Witness (Arlen House, 2015), was inspired by her experiences growing up in an industrial school (orphanage) in the Irish midlands. Professor Roberts' collaboration with Irish glass artist Alison Lowry for the exhibition (A)Dressing Our Hidden Truths led to the National Museum of Ireland acquiring a selection of her work in 2020 for its permanent collection.

Co-sponsored by the Department of English, in collaboration with the Hofstra Cultural Center.

Past Guest Authors