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MorganFest: A Robert Morgan Celebration

October 3

MorganFest: A Robert Morgan Celebration
Thursday, October 3, 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
*Silver Birch Suite, Statler Hall (5th floor)
*unless otherwise noted

Cornell University’s Department of English is planning a major celebration to honor Robert Morgan. The event will include panels, a conversation, a reading, and other tributes to one of Cornell’s most beloved professors. An award-winning poet, fiction writer, novelist, historian and biographer and scholar, Morgan remains an inspiring teacher and beloved colleague. Please join us in celebrating his remarkable achievements and profound influence in American Letters.

8:30 a.m. – Coffee and Bagels
9:00 a.m. – Welcome Remarks

9:30 a.m. – On Morgan’s Poetry
Panel featuring:
Bhisham Bherwani (Independent scholar & writer)
Jesse Graves (East Tennessee State University)
John Lang (Emory & Henry College (emeritus))
Robert West (Mississippi State University)

11:00 a.m. – Coffee Break

11:30 a.m. – On Morgan’s Prose
Panel featuring:
Nicole Drewitz-Crockett (Emory & Henry College)
Martha Eads (Eastern Mennonite University)
Rebecca Godwin (Barton College)
Randall Wilhelm (Anderson University)

12:45 p.m. – Lunch Provided

1:45 p.m. – A Conversation with Robert Morgan
Alice Fulton (Cornell University)
Randall Kenan (UNC English & Comparative Literature)
Kenneth McClane (Cornell University)

4:30 p.m. – MorganFest Reading
*Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium, G70 Klarman Hall
The Fall 2019 Barbara & David Zalaznick Creative Writing Reading Series continues with this celebration in honor of poet, novelist, and professor Robert Morgan. Morgan and three of his former students will read from their own works:

Robert Morgan, Poet & Novelist
Robert Morgan was born on October 3, 1944 in Hendersonville, North Carolina, near the Blue Ridge Mountains. His early studies included music, science, and engineering, but writing proved to be his truest passion. His first published books were collections of poems, earthy in sensibility and grounded in the rhythms of work. Though he continues to write poetry, Morgan has devoted much of his creative energy to short stories and novels that draw on the rich history of Appalachia, including the bestseller Gap Creek (1999) and Chasing the North Star (2016). Most recently Morgan has turned to biography, on subjects ranging from Daniel Boone to Edgar Allan Poe. Since 1971 he has taught at Cornell University, where he is now the Kappa Alpha Professor of English and much loved as a writer, poet, colleague, and mentor.

Elizabeth Holmes MFA ’87, Poet
Elizabeth Holmes is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Passing Worlds: Tahiti in the Era of Captain Cook (LSU Press, 2018). She lives in Ithaca, New York, and works as a writer at Cornell University.

Lynn Powell MFA ’80, Poet & Nonfiction Writer
Lynn Powell has published three books of poetry, including Season of the Second Thought, and a nonfiction book, Framing Innocence. Her honors include an NEA Fellowship, the Brittingham and the Felix Pollak Prizes in poetry, and the Studs & Ida Terkel Award for nonfiction. She teaches at Oberlin College.

Robert Schultz MFA ’76, MA ’78, PhD ’81, Author & Artist
Robert Schultz’s work includes three poetry collections, a novel, a nonfiction work, and an art book. He has received an NEA Award, The Virginia Quarterly Review’s Balch Prize, and Cornell’s Corson Bishop Poetry Prize. Schultz’s artwork is held by the U.S. Library of Congress, the University of Virginia, and private collectors.
6:15 p.m. – Reception and Book Signing
*English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall

Free and open to the public

For more information, visit, email or call 607.255.7847.

The venues are wheelchair accessible and equipped with assistive listening technology. If you need accommodations to participate in these events, please contact us as soon as possible.

Worried about parking? TCAT bus route 10 Commons-Cornell loop leaves Seneca Street station every 12 minutes on Thursday afternoons until 6:16p.m. and stops outside Klarman/Goldwin Smith Halls. After 6:16p.m., Route 10 runs every 24 minutes. Last trip from campus to downtown is at 7:28p.m. The cash fare for a single ride is $1.50.

This event is presented by the Department of English / Creative Writing Program at Cornell University


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