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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 2019 Schedule of Readings

January 30, 2019
Christopher Kennedy

kennedy-christopher-250x250.jpgChristopher Kennedy is the author of five poetry collections, Clues from the Animal Kingdom (BOA Editions, Ltd.), Ennui Prophet (BOA Editions, Ltd.), Encouragement for a Man Falling to His Death (BOA Editions, Ltd.), which received the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award in 2007, Trouble with the Machine (Low Fidelity Press), and Nietzsche's Horse (Mitki/Mitki Press). He is also one of the translators of Light and Heavy Things: Selected Poems of Zeeshan Sahil (BOA Editions, Ltd.), published in 2013 as part of The Lannan Translation Series. His work has appeared in numerous print and on-line journals and magazines, including Ploughshares, The Threepenny Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Mississippi Review, Ninth Letter, and New York Tyrant. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and a grant from the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. He is a professor of English at Syracuse University where he directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

February 13, 2019
Sigrid Nunez
Spring Visiting Writer

Sigrid NunezSigrid Nunez has published seven novels, including A Feather on the Breath of God, The Last of Her Kind, Salvation City, and, most recently, The Friend. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. Among the journals to which she has contributed are The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Paris Review, Threepenny Review, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, Tin House, The Believer and newyorker.com. Her work has also appeared in several anthologies, including four Pushcart Prize volumes and four anthologies of Asian-American literature.

Sigrid’s honors and awards include a Whiting Writer’s Award, a Berlin Prize Fellowship, and two awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters: the Rosenthal Foundation Award and the Rome Prize in Literature. The Friend won the 2018 National Book Award. She has taught at Columbia, Princeton, Boston University, and the New School, and has been a visiting writer or writer in residence at Amherst, Smith, Baruch, Vassar, and the University of California, Irvine, among others. In spring, 2019, she will be visiting writer at Syracuse University. Sigrid has also been on the faculty of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and of several other writers’ conferences across the country. She lives in New York City.

February 27, 2019
Jonathan Dee

jonathan deeJonathan Dee is the author of seven novels, most recently The Locals. His novel The Privileges was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize and winner of the 2011 Prix Fitzgerald and the St. Francis College Literary Prize. A former contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, a senior editor of The Paris Review, and a National Magazine Award–nominated literary critic for Harper’s, he has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. He lives in Syracuse, New York.

March 20, 2019
Terrance Hayes
terrance hayesThe Richard Elman Visiting Writer

Terrance Hayes is the author of American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassins, a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry; To Float In The Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight; How to Be Drawn; Lighthead, which won the 2010 National Book Award for poetry; Muscular Music, which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award; Hip Logic, winner of the 2001 National Poetry Series, and Wind in a Box. Artist-in-residence at New York University, Hayes currently resides in New York City.

April 3, 2019
Layli Long Soldier

Layli Long Soldier.jpgLayli Long Soldier earned a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an MFA with honors from Bard College. She is the author of the chapbook Chromosomory (2010) and the full-length collection Whereas (2017), which won the National Books Critics Circle award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. She has been a contributing editor to Drunken Boat and poetry editor at Kore Press; in 2012, her participatory installation, Whereas We Respond, was featured on the Pine Ridge Reservation. In 2015, Long Soldier was awarded a National Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation and a Lannan Literary Fellowship for Poetry. She was awarded a Whiting Writer’s Award in 2016.

Long Soldier is a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

April 24, 2019
Karan Mahajan
The Don MacNaughton Reader

Karan MahajanKaran grew up in New Delhi, India and moved to the US for college. His first novel, “Family Planning” (2008), was a finalist for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. It was published in nine countries. His second novel, “The Association of Small Bombs” (2016), was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Awards and was named one of the "10 Best Books of 2016" by The New York Times.

Karan's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker Online, The New Republic and other venues.

From 2018-2019 he will be a fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.