Sarah Lawrence’s annual Fall Reading Series will run from October through December as the College presents three prominent authors—Jonathan Lethem, Alicia Ostriker, and Mary Karr—and four alumnae/i poets sharing their work in events that are free and open to the public. Each of the four readings, hosted by the College’s Graduate Writing Program, will be held in the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Film Theatre in the Heimbold Visual Arts Center and will begin at 6:30 p.m. For additional information, please call 914-395-2411.
Alicia Ostriker, the first of the authors to participate in the Fall Reading Series, presented her work on Wednesday, October 19. Ostriker has published eleven volumes of poetry, including The Imaginary Lover and The Crack in Everything, and works of prose such as Stealing the Language: The Emergence of Women’s Poetry in America and Dancing at the Devil’s Party: Essays on Poetry, Politics and the Erotic. She has been a recipient of the William Carlos Williams Award as well as a finalist for the National Book Award.
On Wednesday, October 26 Mary Karr, author of the bestselling memoir The Liars’ Club and winner of the PEN Martha Albrand Award for best first nonfiction, will visit the College to read selections from her work. A literature professor at Syracuse University as well as a published poet, Karr has received the Whiting Writers’ Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
For the next reading in the series, on Wednesday, November 9, Jonathan Lethem will present his work. Lethem is the author of six novels including The Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn as well as two collections of short stories. Most recently, Lethem authored The Disappointment Artist, a book of essays.
On Wednesday, November 30, Bill Knott, poet and associate professor at Emerson College, will share his poetry. He is the author of ten books of poetry, among them Auto-necrophilia, Love Poems To Myself, Rome in Rome, Laugh at the End of the World: Collected Comic Poems 1969-1999, and most recently The Unsubscriber.
Finally, on Wednesday, December 7, four Sarah Lawrence Alumnae/i will return to the College to read selections from their collections of poetry. Eve Grubin MFA ’98, programs director at the Poetry Society of America and a poetry instructor at New School University, brings out her first book, Morning Prayer, this fall. The first full-length book of poems by Joshua Mehigan MFA ’94, The Optimist, was a finalist for a 2004 Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a nominee for the 2005 PEN Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry. The first collection from Tessa Rumsey ’92, Assembling the Shepherd, won the 1998 Contemporary Poetry Series Competition while her second, The Return Message, received the 2004 Barnard Women Poets Prize. Finally, Pimone Triplett ’87 has published the collections The Price of Light and Ruining the Picture and been a recipient of the Larry Levis Poetry Prize in recognition of her work.