Visiting Writers Series

2013 - 2014 Events

  • Sandra Beasley Reading Friday Nov. 15, 7 PM in the Van Etten Lacey House

    During  Block 3, Sandra Beasley is on campus to teach an advanced creative writing course, Stranger Than Fiction: Creative Writing about the Sciences. The course is focusing on contemporary nonfiction writing that incorporates the natural sciences—particularly medicine, chemistry, biology, and ecology

    Beasley is the author of three books, including the memoir “Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales From an Allergic Life.” Her second collection of poetry, “I Was the Jukebox,” was selected by Joy Harjo as winner of the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize. Her debut collection, “Theories of Falling,” won the 2007 New Issues Poetry Prize judged by Marie Howe. Her poetry has also appeared in such magazines as Poetry and The Believer, as well as The Best American Poetry 2010.

    Beasley lives in Washington, D.C., freelancing for such publications as the Washington Post Magazine and leading workshops at the Writer’s Center. She holds an MFA in creative writing  from The American University, and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Virginia.

  • Curtis Bauer Reading Wednesday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m. in the Van Etten Lacey House
    Iowa native Curtis Bauer is the author of three poetry collections: "Fence Line" (2004), which won the John Ciardi Poetry Prize; "Spanish Sketchbook" (2012),a bilingual English/Spanish collection published in Spain; and "The Real Cause for Your Absence" (2013). Bauer is also a translator of poetry and prose from the Spanish. He teaches creative writing and comparative literature at Texas Tech University.

About the Visiting Writers Series

Each year the Visiting Writers Series brings about six writers to visit Cornell classes, have meals with students and faculty, and give a public reading and/or lecture. Recent highlights include:

  • National Book Award winner Mark Doty
  • Global Filipino Literary Award winner Patrick Rosal
  • Environmental writer Scott Russell Sanders
  • NEA Fellows Tim Seibles and Camille Dungy
  • Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, one of the New Yorker's top "20 Under 40" fiction writers 

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