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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.

Fall 2017 Schedule of Readings

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Solmaz Sharif
Wednesday, September 20

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Noy Holland
(Spectacle of the BodyI Was Trying to Describe What It Feels Like)
Wednesday, September 27

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Kaitlyn Greenidge
Fall 2017 Visiting Writer
(We Love You, Charlie Freeman)
Wednesday, October 11

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Carl Phillips
Leonard and Elise Elman Visiting Writer
(Reconaissance, The Rest of Love, Pastoral)
Wednesday, October 25

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Reginald Dwayne Betts
(Bastards of the Reagan EraA Question of Freedom, Shahid Reads His Own Palm)
Wednesday, November 8

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Angela Flournoy
The Jane and Daniel Present Lecturer
(The Turner House)
Wednesday, December 6

Presented by the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences. 

The Raymond Carver Reading Series is supported by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Syracuse University Library Associates, Stephen King, the Dr. Scholl Foundation, the Lynn and David Pleet ’53 Fund for Creative Writing, the Richard Elman Visiting Writer Fund, The Friends of Creative Writing, Chris Tennyson, Jerome Cohen, the Interdisciplinary Fund for the Humanities from Leonard and Elise Elman, and Jane and Daniel Present.