The Philip Freund Prize for Creative Writing Alumni Reading

Recipients of the 2018 Philip Freund Prize in Creative Writing for excellence in publication will read from their works:

Catherine Chung MFA ‘06 Writer
Ezra Dan Feldman MFA ’08, PhD ‘17 Poet
Sara Eliza Johnson BA ‘06 Poet
Sarah Scoles MFA ‘10 Nonfiction Writer

Catherine Chung was born in Evanston, IL and studied mathematics at the University of Chicago before receiving her MFA from Cornell. She is the author of Forgotten Country, and the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, an Honorable Mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award, a Granta New Voice, and a fiction editor at Guernica Magazine. Her new novel, The Tenth Muse, is forthcoming from Ecco in 2019. Ezra Dan Feldman is the author of Habitat of Stones, which won the Patricia Bibby First Book Award. He has published in RHINO, Crazyhorse, DIAGRAM, The Los Angeles Review, Gertrude, and other journals.

Reading by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist & cultural critic Viet Thanh Nguyen will read from his work as the final part of the Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series, presented by the Cornell University English Department’s Creative Writing program. Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer is a New York Times best seller and won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His current book is the bestselling short story collection, The Refugees. Most recently he has been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations. He is a University Professor, the Aerol Arnold Chair of English, and a Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California.

The Eamon McEneaney Memorial Reading by Alice McDermott

Novelist Alice McDermott will read from her work as the second part of the Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series, presented by the Cornell University English Department’s Creative Writing program. Alice McDermott’s eighth novel, The Ninth Hour, was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2017 Kirkus Prize for Fiction. Her seventh novel, Someone, was a finalist for the Dublin IMPAC Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Patterson Prize for Fiction, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Three of her previous novels—After This, At Weddings and Wakes, and That Night—were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Charming Billy won the National Book Award for fiction in 1998.

Fresh Air’s Maureen Corrigan on Being a Book Critic

‘Fresh Air’ book critic Maureen Corrigan will be speaking at the 2018 Women’s Fund Breakfast hosted by the Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation for South Central New York. She joins us by phone to tell how she became book critic for ‘Fresh Air’, how many books land on her front porch every week, and what it is like to discover a great book by a previously unknown author.

Free ‘Little Women’ Webinar for Teachers & Librarians

FREE Webinar for Teachers & Librarians, Grades 6-12
Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 7pm EST

Loved by generations worldwide, LITTLE WOMEN is a universal coming-of-age story. In this webinar for educators, we use the new MASTERPIECE adaptation of LITTLE WOMEN and partner with the Great Books Foundation to explore why the classic novel’s themes still resonate with audiences 150 years after its publication. This webinar will support English teachers and librarians grades 6-12 and offers:

A tour of the media-based resources on PBS LearningMedia, featuring key scenes from the MASTERPIECE broadcast
A discussion of Great Books Foundation’s shared inquiry technique to help students think critically about the novel and reflect on its relevance today
Q&A with resource developers

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A Certificate of Participation will be sent to all who attend the live stream. A recording link will be available. Registration is limited so please sign up today.

Spring Writes Celebrates The Written Word – And The Writers Who Write Them

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The Spring Writes Literary Festival takes place April 28-May 1 at locations throughout Ithaca. More than 90 writers will present panels, workshops, readings, and more. The event is free and open to the public. Highlights from the weekend include:

Friday:

Reading and Workshop on Speculative Fiction, Poetry Open Mic, Literary Jeopardy

Saturday:

Beyond the Bechtel Test, Workshop: Comedy Writing, Reading: Jewish Noir

Sunday:

Discussion on Genre Publishing, Discussion on Developing Characters, Reading by Razi Rumi

 

Click here for the full schedule and festival details.