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LW Online 2013

Kay Ryan’s poetry reading finished out the 2013 LW Online season. And what a season it’s been—beginning way back in September, when George Saunders was with us in the studio.

We’re hugely grateful to our friends and colleagues—Kezia Page, Nimanthi Rajasingham, and Jules Gibbs—for sharing their insights about prose and poetry.
Living Writers 2013
What were the high points of 2013 for us? Zadie Smith’s preview reading of “Man v. Corpse,” an essay that just came out in the New York Review of Books; George Saunders’ reading (in many voices!) of “Victory Lap”; Kate Boo’s intimate conversation with alumni and parents in the Fager Lounge; Richard Rodriguez’s talk on the value of a liberal arts education; Kay Ryan’s cackling delight in her own poems.

It seems worth saying that this isn’t the absolute end of things. On Thursday 5 December, the Nigerian writer Chinelo Okparanta will read at 4:30 p.m., and you’re welcome to join us in person or via Livestream. Nel was an O’Connor fellow in Creative Writing at Colgate last year, and she has just published her first collection of stories, Happiness Like Water. The New York Times describes it as “the distillation of experience into something crystalline, stark but lustrous. Nel’s career got a big boost a couple of weeks ago, when The New Yorker ran her short story, “Benji.”

Plans are under way already for the 2014 Living Writers season. We’d be delighted to hear any and all of your suggestions. You can write to us on the blog or e-mail us directly: jpinchin@colgate.edu or jbrice@colgate.edu. Thank you a hundred times over for the comments and questions that have made the LW Online blog the richest one so far. And thank you also for your smart, engaged presence during our Wednesday evening discussions. We have so enjoyed being in conversation with you!

Past Events

George Saunders, September 9-10
Recently named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine, Saunders is a bestselling writer of short stories, novellas, essays, and children's books. 

His writing has appeared in Harper's, The New Yorker, and GQ. He was named a MacArthur fellow in 2006. Saunders is currently a Professor of English at Syracuse University.
Zadie Smith, October 2-3
NW is Zadie Smith’s fourth novel. Among her many awards are the Guardian First Book Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction, and the Orange Prize for Fiction. She was born in Willesden, London, and now lives in New York City and Queen’s Park, London.
Katherine Boo
Behind the Beautiful Forevers is Katherine Boo’s first book, and it is a result of a decade of research in India. She is a staff writer at The New Yorker and a former reporter and editor for The Washington Post. She has won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and a MacArthur “genius” grant. She grew up near Washington, D.C.
Richard Rodriguez, November 6-7
BiographyRichard Rodriguez’s Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography will be released this October. Among the many awards that he has received for his nonfiction are a Fulbright fellowship, an Anisfield-Wolf Award for Race Relations, and a George Foster Peabody Award. He grew up in Sacramento and now lives in San Francisco.
Kay Ryan, November 13-14
BiographyKay Ryan’s The Best of It: New and Selected Poems, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011. In 2008, she was appointed the Library of Congress's sixteenth Poet Laureate. A recipient of a MacArthur “genius” grant, she lives in Marin County, California.