Syracuse University's MFA in Creative Writing Reading Series features poet and photographer Kate Greenstreet (Sept. 16); poet Joel Brouwer G'93 (Sept. 30); Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat (Oct. 14); short-story writer Julie Orringer (Oct. 28); Bangalee-American poet Raza Ali Hasan G'07 (Nov. 11); novelist Dana Spiotta (Nov. 18); and poet, essayist and memoirist Mary Karr (Dec. 9).
The series each year brings six fiction writers and six poets to campus to read their works and to interact with students. Each event begins with a Q&A session at 3:45 p.m. and is followed by an author reading and book signing at 5:30 p.m. All activities take place in Gifford Auditorium in Huntington Beard Crouse Hall and are free and open to the public. Parking is available in SU pay lots. For more information, call 443-2174.
"The Raymond Carver Reading Series is one of the crown jewels of The College of Arts and Sciences," says Christopher Kennedy G'88, director of the Creative Writing Program. "Each year, we host a dozen major writers and poets who engage students and the campus community. This kind of interaction is indicative of the personalized instruction in the Creative Writing Program."
Greenstreet is the author of "The Last 4 Things" and "case sensitive," both published by Ahsahta Press in 2009 and 2006, respectively. (The former comes with a DVD of her two movies.) She also is the author of three chapbooks, including "This Is Why I Hurt You" (Lame House Press, 2008). Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including jubilat, Fence, VOLT, the Denver Quarterly and Court Green. "Greenstreet is nothing [but] challenging, electric and crisp," writes Publishers Weekly.
Brouwer is author of four collections of poetry, including "Centuries" (Four Way Books, 2003), named "Notable Book" by the National Book Critics Circle, and "Exactly What Happened" (Purdue University Press, 1999), winner of the Larry Levis Prize from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is the author of five chapbooks; more than 30 poems that have been published worldwide; and dozens of essays and book reviews in The New York Times Book Review, Boston Review, Harvard Review, The Progressive, and Poetry, as well as in various literary journals. He is associate professor of English at the University of Alabama.