Visiting Writers Series
Fall 1998

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Ernesto Cardenal
Nicaraguan revolutionary and Roman Catholic priest, considered by many to be the world's greatest living poet in the Spanish language, and served in Nicaragua's Ministry of Culture from 1979-88.
September 16
D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus
Documentary filmmakers, will present commentary and Q&A following the screening of their films, Town Bloody Hall & Don't Look Back (Wed) and Moon Over Broadway (1995). Other collaborations include The Music Tells You (1992), Keine Zeit (1996), and The War Room (1993) which was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Documentary.
September 25
Mars Hill
Albany playwright, author of his first novel published at the age of 75. The Moaner's Bench is the story about a black boy in Depression-era Arkansas.
October 6
Derek Walcott
Poet, playwright and artist, won the 1992 Noble Prize for Literature. He has published over 17 volumes of poetry including In a Green Night (1962), Collected Poems 1948-1984 (1986) and Omeros (1990). (In conjunction with a University Art Museum exhibit)
October 8
Andrea Barrett
Novelist and short story writer, is the author of Ship Fever and Other Stories, which won the National Book Award in 1996. Her novels include The Forms of Water, The Middle Kingdom, Secret Harmonies and Lucid Stars.
October 13
Charles Stein
Poet and critic, is the author of 10 books of poetry including The Hat Rack Tree (1994), Parts and Other Parts (1982), Horse Sacrifice (1980), and Poems and Glyphs (1973).
October 20
Poems for the Millenium: A Celebration
A celebration of the publication of Poems for the Millennium, a two-part synthesizing and global anthology of poetry from fin-de-siecle to the present, edited by Pierre Joris and Jerome Rothenberg, featuring readings by them, Charles Stein, Don Byrd, Robert Kelly, Ed Sanders, and Cecilia Vicuna.
October 22
Margaret Atwood
Canadian award-winning author whose highly acclaimed works include poetry, short fiction, novels, children's books, nonfiction, and radio and television scripts. Her works include Circle Game (1966), Cat's Eye (1988), The Robber Bride (1993) and Alias Grace (1996).
October 28
Douglas Brinkley & Hunter S. Thompson: Conversations on Politics and Literature
Historian and nonfiction writer, is the author of The Unfinished Presidency: Jimmy Carter's Journey Beyond the White House (1998), books on Dean Acheson, James Forrestal, and Franklin Roosevelt, and Rise to Globalism: American Foreign Policy Since 1938.
November 4
Jules Feiffer
Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and award-winning playwright, is one of America's best known social satirists. His cartoon collections include Feiffer on Nixon: The Cartoon Presidency (1974) and Ronald Reagan in Movie America (1988). He received an Obie award for the play Little Murders (1967) and an Academy Award for the animated feature Munro (1961).
November 11
Stephen Sondheim
Composer/lyricist, is regarded as one of the best Broadway lyricists in the history of the musical theatre. He has written the lyrics and music to such classic musicals as Company (1970), A Little Night Music (1973), Sweeney Todd (1979), Into the Woods (1987), and Passion (1994), and wrote the lyrics for West Side Story (1957) and Gypsy (1959).
November 18
John Mulligan
Author of the autobiographical novel Shopping Cart Soldiers (1997), based on his experience as a Vietnam Veteran. In addition to his reading there will be a staged reading of this story about a Vietnam Veterans struggle with addiction and hopelessness which plagued many vets following the war.
December 1
Karen Swenson
Poet and journalist, author of four poetry volumes, An Attic of Ideals (1974), East-West (1980), A Sense of Direction (1989), and The Landlady in Bangkok (1994), which won a National Poetry Series prize. Her new and selected volume, A Daughter's Latitude, will be released in February 1999.

December 2
Kaye Gibbons
Novelist, author of six novels predominantly set in rural Southern communities which include: Ellen Foster, A Virtuous Woman, A Cure for Dreams, Charms for the Easy Life, and Sights Unseen and the forthcoming On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon.
December 8
Scott Christianson
Author of With Liberty for Some: 500 Years of Imprisonment in America (1998). Christianson is a local journalist who worked for the Knickerbocker News and was considered a muck raker during the 60's and 70's.
December 10