Great Writers, Great Readings

Great Writers, Great Readings is presented by Hofstra University's Department of English in collaboration with the Hofstra Cultural Center.

Launched by Hofstra University in recognition of the importance of writing and literature in a liberal arts education, Great Writers, Great Readings events bring notable authors to campus to meet with creative writing students for a short workshop and question/answer session. Authors may also conduct 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 Sometimes the authors use this forum as an opportunity to introduce new unpublished works.

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Spring 2024
20th Annual Great Writers, Great Readings Series

The following events take place at the Guthart Cultural Center Theater, first floor, Axinn Library, South Campus.

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


We are pleased to welcome the community, including family members, local schoolchildren, alumni and friends, to athletic and cultural events on campus. All events are free and open to the public. Please register in advance at

Wednesday, March 27, 4:30 p.m.

Elizabeth Schmermund

Schmermund is a poet, essayist, and professor. Her work has appeared in The Independent, Mantis, and Gyroscope Review, among other venues. Her first poetry chapbook, Alexander the Great, is published by Finishing Line Press. She lives in New York with her family and is currently an assistant professor of English at SUNY Old Westbury.

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

Sigrid Nunez

Sigrid Nunez has published nine novels, including A Feather on the Breath of God, The Last of Her Kind, The Friend, What Are You Going Through, and, most recently, The Vulnerables. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. The Friend, a New York Times bestseller, won the 2018 National Book Award and was a finalist for the 2020 International Dublin Literary Award. Nunez’s other honors include a Whiting Award, a Berlin Prize Fellowship, the Rome Prize in Literature, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her work has been translated into more than 30 languages. Photo by Marion Ettlinger.