The Department of English in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the Fall 2015 Raymond Carver Reading Series.
The series, which brings 12-14 prominent writers to campus each year, is presented by the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing, in conjunction with the “Living Writers” undergraduate course (ETS 107). The series takes place on Wednesdays in Gifford Auditorium of Huntington Beard Crouse Hall, starting with a Q&A at 3:45 p.m., followed by an author reading at 5:30 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Sarah Harwell G’05, associate director of the M.F.A. program, at email@example.com.
The fall lineup is as follows: poet and memoirist Stephen Kuusisto, Sept. 16; poet Tom Sleigh, Sept. 30; novelist Daniel Torday G’07, Oct. 14; poet and memoirist Mary Karr H’15, Nov. 4; novelist Dinaw Mengestu, Nov. 18; and novelist Elissa Schappell, Dec. 9.
“The fall series has something for everybody—readings by two highly distinguished Syracuse professors, a successful alumnus, and three other luminaries in the field,” Harwell says. “Having the opportunity to hear from and interact with them, particularly in such an intimate setting, is not to be missed.”
The Carver Series is named for the legendary poet and short-story writer who taught in the M.F.A. program, prior to his death in 1988.
Wednesday, Sept. 16
Kuusisto holds multiple appointments at Syracuse, including director of The Renée Crown University Honors Program and professor of disability studies in the Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies in the School of Education. He is an accomplished speaker and writer, as evidenced by his appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dateline, and National Public Radio, and his publications in The New York Times and Harper’s magazines. Blind since birth, Kuusisto is the author of Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening (W.W. Norton & Co., 2006); the poetry collection Only Bread, Only Light (Copper Canyon Press, 2000); and Planet of the Blind (Delta, 1998), a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year.” He is currently working on another poetry collection, titled Morning with Borges.
Mary Karr H’15
Wednesday, Nov. 4
Karr is the Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of Literature at Syracuse, where she delivered the 2015 Commencement Address in May. She is the author of three best-selling memoirs, Lit (Harper, 2009), Cherry (Viking, 2000), and The Liars’ Club (Viking, 1995), and four critically acclaimed volumes of poetry, including Sinners Welcome (Harper, 2006). Her latest book is The Art of Memoir (Harper, 2015). Karr has served as the weekly poetry editor of The Washington Post’s “Book World,” and has released Kin: Songs by Mary Karr and Rodney Crowell (Vanguard, 2012).