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Hunter College, NYC Distinguished Writers Series (2/23)

And it’s true – we’re all quite distinguished, particularly my grey hair.

Apparently you have to RSVP (see details beneath) to see Alex Ross and I on 2/23

– details are beneath.

Excuse the formatting

– it would have taken too much fiddling to make it look perfect so I leave it as it is.

best wishes to all.

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Announcing the SPRING 2011 DISTINGUISHED WRITERS SERIES.

Presented by: The Hunter College Creative Writing MFA Program & President Jennifer J. Raab.
~Wesley Stace & Alex Ross ~ Peter Balakian ~ Billy Collins ~ Darin Strauss ~ Nicole Krauss~

Wesley Stace and Alex Ross- Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Part of the Hunter College Distinguished Writers Series, Spring 2011.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Faculty Dining Room, Hunter College, West Building, 8th floor. Lexington Ave at 68th St. Take the 6-train to the 68th St. stop. Or take the N R W 4 5 to the 59th St. stop or the F to the 63rd St. stop.
RSVP: to spevents@hunter.cuny.edu or 212-772-4007. Reading is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required.
Wesley Stace’s first novel, Misfortune, published in 2004, became an international bestseller, and was nominated for The Guardian First Book Award, The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, The James Tiptree, Jr. Award, listed as one of the books of the year in The Washington Post and The Boston Phoenix, and was one of Amazon’s Top Ten Novels of the Year. His second novel, By George, was published to great acclaim in August 2007. The Washington Post called the book “glorious”; “a well-nigh effortless portrait of alienation and sublimated affection” (The Daily Telegraph). He recently published an essay Listerine: The Life And Opinions Of Laurence Sterne, nominated for a Pushcart Prize, in Post Road 5. Under the name John Wesley Harding he has released 15 albums, ranging from traditional folk to full-on rock music. His latest novel is Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer is released in February 2011 by Picador.

Alex Ross has been the music critic of The New Yorker since 1996. From 1992 to 1996 he wrote for the New York Times. His first book, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, a national bestseller, won a National Book Critics Circle Award and the Guardian First Book Award, and was a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. Ross has served as a McGraw Professor in Writing at Princeton University and received honorary doctorates from the New England Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music. In 2008 he was named a MacArthur Fellow. His second book, Listen to This, was released in the U.S. in September 2010.

Peter Balakian- Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Part of the Hunter College Distinguished Writers Series, Spring 2011.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Faculty Dining Room, Hunter College, West Building, 8th floor. Lexington Ave at 68th St. Take the 6-train to the 68th St. stop. Or take the N R W 4 5 to the 59th St. stop or the F to the 63rd St. stop.
RSVP: to spevents@hunter.cuny.edu or 212-772-4007. Reading is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required.

Peter Balakian is the author of five books of poems, including, most recently,

June-tree: New and Selected Poems 1974-2000. His other books are Father Fisheye (1979), Sad Days of Light (1983), Reply From Wilderness Island (1988), Dyer’s Thistle (1996), and several fine limited editions. Balakian’s memoir Black Dog of Fate (1997) was winner of the PEN/Albrand Prize for memoir, and was a New York Times Notable Book. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1999 and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 2004. Balakian has taught at Colgate University since 1980.

Billy Collins- Monday, April 11, 2011
Part of the Hunter College Distinguised Writers Series, Spring 2011.
Time: 7:30 p.m
Location: Cecile Insdorf Foreign Language Screening Room, Hunter College, West Building, B1 Level. Lexington Ave. at 68th St. Take the 6-train to the 68th St. stop. Or take the N R W 4 5 to the 59th St. stop or the F to the 63rd St. stop.
RSVP: to spevents@hunter.cuny.edu or 212-772-4007. Reading is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required.

Former U.S. Poet Laureatte, Billy Collins is the author of several books of poetry, including Ballistics (2008); She Was Just Seventeen (2006); The Trouble with Poetry (2005); Nine Horses (2002); Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems (2001); Picnic, Lightning (1998); The Art of Drowning (1995); which was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; Questions About Angels (1991); which was selected by Edward Hirsch for the National Poetry Series; The Apple That Astonished Paris (1988); Video Poems (1980); and Pokerface (1977). In 2001, Collins was named U.S. Poet Laureate. He is a Distinguished Professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York and is the Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Winter Park Institute, Florida. Collins was recognized as a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library (1992) and selected as the New York State Poet for 2004-2006.

Darin Strauss- Monday, May 9, 2011
Part of the Hunter College Distinguished Writers Series, Spring 2011.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Faculty Dining Room, Hunter College, West Building, 8th floor. Lexington Ave at 68th St. Take the 6-train to the 68th St. stop. Or take the N R W 4 5 to the 59th St. stop or the F to the 63rd St. stop.
RSVP: to spevents@hunter.cuny.edu or 212-772-4007. Reading is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required.

Darin Strauss is the international bestselling author of the New York Times Notable books Chang and Eng and The Real McCoy, and the national bestseller More Than It Hurts You. His memoir Half a Life, published in 2010 by McSweeney’s, was excerpted in GQ magazine in July 2010, and This American Life in September-and was named an Entertainment Weekly Must Read and a New York Times Editor’s Pick. The recipient of a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction writing, he is a Clinical Associate Professor at NYU’s creative writing program.

Nicole Krauss- Monday, May 16, 2011

Part of the Hunter College Distinguished Writers Series, Spring 2011.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Faculty Dining Room, Hunter College, West Building, 8th floor. Lexington Ave at 68th St. Take the 6-train to the 68th St. stop. Or take the N R W 4 5 to the 59th St. stop or the F to the 63rd St. stop.
RSVP: to spevents@hunter.cuny.edu or 212-772-4007. Reading is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required.

Nicole Krauss is the author of the international bestseller The History of Love, winner of the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, France’s Prix du Meilleur Livre Ėtranger. It was named #1 book of the year by Amazon.com, and was short-listed for the Orange, Médicis, and Femina prizes. Her first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award for First Fiction. In 2007, she was selected as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists, and in 2010 The New Yorker named her one of the 20 best writers under 40. Her new novel, Great House, was published in October 2010 and was shortlisted for the 2010 National Book Award.

Professors and teachers: Bring your students to Hunter readings
Professors and teachers, you are welcome to bring your students to Hunter readings. Please contact the Special Events Department at spevents@hunter.cuny.edu, stating how many people you’d like to bring.
Directions

Hunter College: Take the 6-train to the 68th St/Hunter College stop, the F-train to the Lexington Ave/63rd St stop, or the N/R/W-train to the Lexington Ave/59th St stop. Exit on Lexington Ave. Hunter is on Lexington Ave at 68th St.

Faculty Dining Room: Enter the Hunter West Building, on the south-west corner of Lexington Ave & 68th St. Go up two flights of escalators, to the 3rd floor, and take the elevator to the 8th floor. The Faculty Dining Room is right there. To avoid the escalators, ask at the security desk on the ground floor to be directed to the ground-floor elevator.

Cecile Insdorf Foreign Language Screening Room: Enter the Hunter West Building, on the south-west corner of Lexington Ave & 68th St. Take the elevator or escalator down one flight to the B1 level.

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