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This course offered by the English Department features ten acclaimed writers who come to campus to meet with students and to offer public readings.

2009 Living Writers (Audio) Colgate University

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This course offered by the English Department features ten acclaimed writers who come to campus to meet with students and to offer public readings.

    Junot Diaz

    Junot Diaz

    Junot Diaz was born in Santo Domingo, Domincan Republic, and is the author of Drown and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. He is the fiction editor at the Boston Review, and the Rugde (1948) and Nancy Allen professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Carrie and John Brown

    Carrie and John Brown

    Carrie Brown is the author of five novels and a collection of short stories. She has won many awards for her work, including a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, the Barnes and Noble Discover Award, and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. She lives in Virginia with her husband, the novelist John Gregory Brown, and their three children. She teaches at Sweet Briar College.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Ladette Randolph

    Ladette Randolph

    Ladette Randolph is editor-in-chief of Ploughshares magazine and a professor at Emerson College. She is the author of the novel A Sandhills Ballad and the award-winning short story collection This Is Not the Tropics, as well as the editor of two anthologies: The Big Empty and A Different Plain. She has been the recipient of a grant from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, as well as a Pushcart Prize, a Virginian Faulkner Award, and three Nebraska Book Awards. Her work has been reprinted in Best New American Voices.

    • 50 min
    Elizabeth Strout Reading

    Elizabeth Strout Reading

    Elizabeth Strouts most recent work, Olive Kitteridge, a novel in stories, won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize, was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was a New York Times Bestseller. She is the author of two previous novels, Abide With Me, a national bestseller, and Amy and Isabelle, also a New York Times Bestseller, which won the L.A. Times Award for First Fiction, The Chicago Tribunes Heartland Prize, and was short-listed for The PEN/Faulkner Award, as well as The Orange Prize in England. Her stories have appeared in a number of magazines, including The New Yorker ,O, and also in Best American Mystery Stories. She is on the faculty of the low-residency MFA Program at Queens College in Charlotte, N.C., and makes her home in New York City.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Elizabeth Strout Interview

    Elizabeth Strout Interview

    Elizabeth Strout is joined by Professor's Jane Pinchin and Jennifer Brice, along with graduate students Jessica Vander Meulen and Jarrod Williams.

    Elizabeth Strouts most recent work, Olive Kitteridge, a novel in stories, won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize, was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was a New York Times Bestseller. She is the author of two previous novels, Abide With Me, a national bestseller, and Amy and Isabelle, also a New York Times Bestseller, which won the L.A. Times Award for First Fiction, The Chicago Tribunes Heartland Prize, and was short-listed for The PEN/Faulkner Award, as well as The Orange Prize in England. Her stories have appeared in a number of magazines, including The New Yorker ,O, and also in Best American Mystery Stories. She is on the faculty of the low-residency MFA Program at Queens College in Charlotte, N.C., and makes her home in New York City.

    • 54 min
    Yiyun Li

    Yiyun Li

    Yiyun Li grew up in Beijing, China and moved to the United States in 1996. Her stories and essays have been published in The New Yorker, Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere. She has received a Whiting Writers' Award and was awarded a Lannan Foundation residency. Her debut collection, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, PEN/Hemingway Award, and Guardian First Book Award. She was selected as one of Granta's 21 Best of Young American Novelists. Her novel, The Vagrants, was published in February 2009.

    • 1 hr 6 min

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