Barbara & David Zalaznick Creative Writing Reading Series

February 9, 2017 – April 27, 2017

Klarman Hall
Cornell University, NY 14853

United States


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Each semester, the Creative Writing Program announces a schedule of readings featuring both established and emerging writers. Sponsored in large part by a generous endowment from Cornell alumni Barbara and David Zalaznick, the series often also includes the Robert Chasen Memorial Poetry Reading, The Richard Cleaveland Memorial Reading and the Eamon McEneaney Memorial Reading.

Past writers have included Cornell alumna and Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison, former US poets laureate Billy Collins and Charles Simic, Irish poets Eavan Boland and Seamus Heaney, and novelist Salman Rushdie. The program has also included former Cornell MFA graduates such as best-selling author Melissa Bank (MFA ’88), McArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Diaz (MFA ’95), National Book Award finalist and Orange Prize-winner Téa Obreht (MFA ’09) and NoViolet Bulawayo (MFA ’10), Man-Booker Prize finalist.

Because of the generous endowment provided by Barbara and David Zalaznick, the Creative Writing Program invites several writers each semester, ranging from debut poets and novelists to nationally and internationally renowned writers. In the selection, we consider how writers would impact our curriculum, faculty and our graduate and undergraduate literature and writing students. Consequently, the reading series has become an integrated and valuable part of our students' education as well as of the artistic community at large since the readings are free and open to the public.

A book signing and reception follow each reading, giving the audience the opportunity to meet the visiting writer. To be added to the email list for announcements of upcoming readings, please send an email to
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