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Raymond Carver Reading Series

The Raymond Carver Reading Series features twelve to fourteen prominent writers yearly as part of a large undergraduate class taught by TAs from the Creative Writing Program. The readings have an extended Question and Answer session along with a reading. The public is welcome to attend. Recent authors include Gary Lutz, Sam Lipsyte, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Terrance Hayes, C.K. Williams, Lydia Davis, Joy Williams, and Colum McCann.

Due to the generous support of Leonard and Elise Elman two distinguished authors each year spend two-day residencies at SU: the Richard Elman Visiting Writer and the Leonard and Elise Elman Visting Writer. Learn more about Leonard in his interview with Rob Enslin.

The readings have been recorded and are in the process of being made available online by Bird Library at SUrface.


All readings begin at 5:30 p.m. in Gifford Auditorium, HBC Building (Huntington Beard Crouse), Syracuse University and are preceded by a question and answer session from 3:45-4:30. The public is welcome.

Spring 2018 Schedule of Readings

Ada Limon
(Bright Dead things)
January 31

Mira Jacob
(The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing: A Novel)
February 14

Tarfia Faizullah
(Seam)
February 28

TJ Jarrett
(Zio, Ain't No Grave)
March 21

Yiyun Li
(Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life)
April 4

Julie Otsuka
(When the Emperor Was Divine, The Buddha in the Attic)
April 25