MFA Creative Writing
Fiction | Creative Nonfiction | Poetry

  HUNTER COLLEGE
  THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK
  Dept. of English
  695 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065
  T: 212 772 5164  F: 212 772 5411
  mfa@hunter.cuny.edu


 

Distinguished Writers Series, Spring 2020

 

Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020, Time 7.30pm
Location:  Faculty Dining Room, Hunter College, West Building, 8th floor (Southwest corner of Lexington Avenue and East 68th Street)
RSVP: All readings are free and open to the public. No RSVP required.

Lisa Brennan-Jobs' debut memoir Small Fry -- describing her life growing up as the daughter of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs -- attracted widespread critical acclaim, including in The San Francisco Chronicle, Vogue, The Wall St Journal and The New York Times, which wrote that Brennan-Jobs'’ "inner landscape is depicted in such exquisitely granular detail that it feels as if no one else could have possibly written it... it has that defining aspect of a literary work… Beautiful, literary, and devastating.”

 

Mary Ruefle

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Time 7.30pm
Location:  Faculty Dining Room, Hunter College, West Building, 8th floor (Southwest corner of Lexington Avenue and East 68th Street)
RSVP: All readings are free and open to the public. No RSVP required.

Poet and essayist Mary Ruefle is the author of books including Dunce, which was long-listed for the National Book Award in Poetry, The Most Of It, Madness, Rack, Honey and A Little White Shadow. She was Bedell Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa and in 2019 was named poet laureate of Vermont. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Great American Prose Poems, The Next American Essay and elsewhere.

 

 

Jia Tolentino

Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Time 7.30pm
Location: Faculty Dining Room, Hunter College, West Building, 8th floor (Southwest corner of Lexington Avenue and East 68th Street)
RSVP: All readings are free and open to the public. No RSVP required.

Jia Tolentino is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of the essay collection Trick Mirror. Formerly, she was the deputy editor at Jezebel and a contributing editor at the Hairpin. She grew up in Texas, went to University of Virginia and got her MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine and Pitchfork, among other places. She lives in Brooklyn.

 

Laila Lalami

Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2020, Time 7.30pm
Location:  Faculty Dining Room, Hunter College, West Building, 8th floor (Southwest corner of Lexington Avenue and East 68th Street)
RSVP: All readings are free and open to the public. No RSVP required.

Laila Lalami is the author of four novels including The Moor’s Account, which won the American Book Award, the Arab-American Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and The Other Americans, which was a Los Angeles Times bestseller, a best-of-2019 selection from a dozen outlets and a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times, The NY Times and elsewhere. Her new book, a work of nonfiction, is Conditional Citizens (Pantheon, April 2020).



Tea Obreht

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Location: Faculty Dining Room, Hunter College, West Building, 8th floor (Southwest corner of Lexington Avenue and East 68th Street)
RSVP: All readings are free and open to the public. No RSVP required.

Téa Obreht’s debut novel, The Tiger’s Wife, won the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction, and was a 2011 National Book Award finalist and an international bestseller. Her second novel, Inland, also received widespread critical acclaim, including in The NY Times and The New Yorker. Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Non-Required Reading and has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, The Atlantic and elsewhere.

 

Bruce Smith

Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Time: 7:30pm
Location:  Faculty Dining Room, Hunter College, West Building, 8th floor (Southwest corner of Lexington Avenue and East 68th Street)
RSVP: All readings are free and open to the public. No RSVP required.


Bruce Smith is the author of six volumes of poetry including The Other Lover -- which was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize -- and Devotions, which was named a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award and won the William Carlos Williams Award from the American Academy of Poets. In 2010 he received an award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.