| Now celebrating its fiftieth year, the Visiting Writers Series has brought outstanding renowned and emerging poets and writers to the university campus for public readings of new work. All are free and open to the public.
The Visiting Writers Series is sponsored by the MFA Program for Poets and Writers and the Juniper Initiative, and made possible by support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the University of Massachusetts Arts Council, the Vice Provost of Research & Engagement, the College of Humanities & Fine Arts, and the English Department.
January 30th: Joseph O'Neill (Memorial Hall)
March 28th: Valerie Martin (Top of the Campus)
March 29th: John Ashbery (Top of the Campus)
April 10th: Peter Gizzi (Memorial Hall)
April 24th: Charles Wright (TBD)
All readings will be held in Memorial Hall unless otherwise noted at 8 PM
Joseph O'Neill is the author of three novels and a work of non-fiction, most recently Netherland (2008), winner of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and one of The New York Times' "10 Best Books of 2008"; and Blood-Dark Track: A Family History (2001). His newest novel, The Dog, will be published in September. Netherland received wide acclaim, from President Barack Obama to the critic James Wood who called it, "one of the most remarkable post-colonial books I have ever read." Aside from batting and bowling in the Staten Island Cricket Club, O'Neill has also written for Harper's, The Atlantic, New York Magazine, The New York Times, and Granta. He is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Cullman Center, and was awarded the Kerry Fiction Prize in 2009. O'Neill teaches at Bard College.