Rank #1: An evening with Michael Silverblatt
For over two decades, Michael Silverblatt has interviewed writers on his radio show, Bookworm, on KCRW. He spoke at Cornell Oct. 26, 2010 as part of the Cornell Creative Writing Program Fall 2010 Reading Series.
Feb 02 2011
Rank #2: Carl Phillips, poet
Poet Carl Phillips read from his work Oct. 14, 2010 as part of the Cornell Creative Writing Program Fall 2010 Reading Series. Phillips has published eleven books of poetry, most recently Speak Low (2009), a finalist for a National Book Award, and Quiver of Arrows: Selected Poems 1986-2006 (2007). He is a professor of English and African & African-American studies at Washington University in St. Louis.
Feb 02 2011
Rank #3: Lydia Davis, fiction writer
Fiction writer Lydia Davis read from her work Oct. 28, 2010 as part of the Cornell Creative Writing Program Fall 2010 Reading Series. Davis, an English professor at SUNY Albany, is a master of very short stories, some no longer than a sentence. Her collections include "Break it Down" (1986), winner of the Whiting Writer's Award, "Samuel Johnson is Indignant" (2001), and "The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis" (2009).
Feb 02 2011
Rank #4: M.H. Abrams: The Fourth Dimension of a Poem
M.H. Abrams, a leading authority on 18th- and 19th- century literature, literary criticism and European Romanticism, reintroduced his audience to the pleasures of poetry, Nov. 18 in Goldwin Smith Hall. He discussed the four dimensions of six poems by poets ranging from Emily Dickinson to A.R. Ammons, a late Cornell professor. Abrams, who has been a Cornell professor for 65 years, was the founding editor of "The Norton Anthology of English Literature" and general editor for 40 years. His many publications include "The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition" (1953), ranked 25th on the Modern Library's list of "The 100 Best Nonfiction Books Written in English during the 20th Century."
Feb 02 2011
Rank #5: Hélène Cixous: Volleys of Humanities
Influential French writer, theorist and feminist scholar Hélène Cixous spoke at Cornell on Sept. 21 as part of her first visit as an A.D. White Professor-at-Large.
Oct 04 2010
Rank #6: MFA Graduation Reading by poet Christopher Lirette
Graduating MFA candidate Christopher Lirette read from his work on May 9, 2010 at Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium.
Sep 14 2010
Rank #7: Robert Morgan on James McConkey
Robert Morgan discusses the work of Goldwin Smith Professor of English Emeritus James McConkey. The event was part of the Cornell Writers on Cornell Writers reading series.
Sep 14 2010
Rank #8: Charles Simic, 2007 Poet Laureate
Charles Simic, the fifteenth Poet Laureate of the United States (2007-2008), was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in 1938, and immigrated to the United States in 1953, at the age of 15. A poet, essayist and translator, he has been honored with Wallace Stevens Award, a Pulitzer Prize, two PEN Awards for his work as a translator, and a MacArthur Fellowship. Simic read from his work on October 2, 2008 in Cornell's Goldwin Smith Hall. The event is part of the Creative Writing Program's fall 2008 Reading Series, which features established and emerging artists.
Dec 09 2008
Rank #9: Patrick Somerville, fiction writer
Patrick Somerville is the author of Trouble, a collection of short stories named by Time Out Chicago as 2006's Best Book. His work has appeared in One Story, Epoch, GQ, Esquire, and Best American Nonrequired Reading His first novel, The Cradle (Little, Brown), will be published by in March of 2009, when he will also be serving as the Blattner Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Northwestern University. Somerville read from his work on Sept. 18, 2008, in Cornell's Goldwin Smith Hall. The event is part of the Creative Writing Program's fall 2008 Reading Series, which features established and emerging artists.
Nov 07 2008
Rank #10: Shauna Seliy, fiction writer
Shauna Seliy is the author of the novel When We Get There (Bloomsbury 2007). She has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her work has appeared inOther Voices,Meridian, theNew Orleans Review, and theAlaska Quarterly Review. She teaches creative writing at Northwestern University. Seliy read from her work on September 11, 2008 in Cornell's Goldwin Smith Hall. The event was part of the Creative Writing Program's fall 2008 Reading Series, which features established and emerging artists.
Oct 14 2008