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UAlbany's New York State Writers Institute: a Unique Literary Enterprise

ALBANY, N.Y. (January 4, 2012) -- The New York State Writers Institute at UAlbany is a unique creative enterprise, one which has brought to the University more than 1,000 writers -- in all genres, and winners of every major literary award in the United States and abroad -- to share their work with both student and community audiences.

In 2012, the Institute will once again sponsor author visits, film screenings, symposia, staged readings, and writing workshops. Among the highlights include visits from Pulitzer-winning nonfiction author Douglas Blackmon on February 3, novelist and street photographer Teju Cole on February 10, Pulizer-winning biographer John Matteson on March 22, Pulizer-winning journalist Joseph Lelyveld on April 3, and Booker-winning Irish fiction writer Anne Enright on April 18.

Led by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and UAlbany Professor of English William Kennedy, the Writers Institute was formally established on August 6, 1984, when Governor Mario Cuomo signed into law the legislation giving the Institute a mandate to provide "a milieu for established and aspiring writers to work together . . . to increase the artistic imagination."

For a full list of Writers Institute activities, visit UAlbany's Events Calendar.

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