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Author Lineup Announced for Fall 2014 Carver Reading Series

First Up: Fiction Writer Anthony Marra on September 17

Sep 5, 2014 | Article by: Renée K. Gadoua

Fiction writer Anthony Marra first to present at Carver Reading Series


Syracuse University’s Creative Writing Program will once again present six writers in its Fall 2014 Raymond Carver Reading Series.

Named for the great short story writer and poet who taught at Syracuse in the 1980s and died in 1988, the Raymond Carver Reading Series is a vital part of the university’s literary life. The series is presented by the Creative Writing Program in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences. The Carver Reading Series is presented as part of the popular undergraduate course Living Writers. The series each year brings 12 to 14 prominent writers to campus to read their works and interact with students. Students read an author’s book, write about it, and discuss it before the author visits campus.

Fall 2014 Series Schedule
All readings begin at 5:30 p.m. in Gifford Auditorium, in Huntington Beard Crouse Hall. Question-and-answer sessions are from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 315-443-2174. This semester’s series includes the following authors.

Wednesday, September 17: Anthony Marra, whose first novel, “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena” (Hogarth, 2013), won several literary prizes, including the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize and a Whiting Writer’s Award. Marra’s 2010 short story, “Chechnya,” won a 2010 Pushcart Prize and the 2010 Narrative Prize. Marra is the Jones Lecturer in Fiction at Stanford University. Anthony Marra has been named the Peter Horvitz Distinguished Author.

Wednesday, September 24: Edan Lepucki, whose debut novel, “California” (Little, Brown & Co.) was released in July. She is also the author of a novella “If You’re Not Yet Like Me” (Nouvella Press, 2013) and other short fiction. Lepucki is a staff writer for the online literary magazine The Millions and teaches creative writing at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and for Writing Workshops Los Angeles, which she founded.

Wednesday, October 8: Will Schutt, whose poetry collection “Westerly” (Yale University Press, 2013), won the 2012 Yale Series of Younger Poets award. He also received the Jeannette Haien Ballard Writers' Prize, a $25,000 annual prize given to young writers for excellence in poetry or prose. Will Schutt is the Lola Goldring Distinguished Author.

Wednesday, October 22: Mary Ruefle, a poet and essayist whose latest collection is “Trances of the Blast” (Wave Books, 2014). Her 1989 “The Adamant” (University of Iowa) won the Iowa Poetry Prize. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Mary Ruefle has been named the Dopulos-Larsen Distinguished Poet.

Wednesday, November 5: Daisy Fried, a poet whose “Women's Poetry: Poems and Advice” (University of Pittsburgh, 2013) Library Journal named one of the five best poetry books of 2013. Recent poems have been published in the London Review of Books, The Nation, The New Republic, Poetry, The Threepenny Review and in the Best American Poetry 2013. 

Wednesday, December 3: Ruth Ozeki, is a novelist whose most recent work, “A Tale for the Time-Being” (Viking/Canongate, 2013), was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Her first two novels are  “My Year of Meats” (Viking Adult, 1998) and “All Over Creation” (Viking Adult, 2003). Ozeki is also a filmmaker and a Zen Buddhist priest. Ruth Ozeki is the David Edelstein and Jennie Berkson Distinguished Author.

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315-443-8085
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