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Contemporary Writers Series

Founded with a grant from the John R. Oishei Foundation and continued through the Peter Canisius Distinguished Teaching Professorship Program, the writer series is generously supported today by the Hassett, Scoma, and Lowery Endowments, and by The William H. Fitzpatrick Institute of Public Affairs and Leadership and with the cooperation of The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Just Buffalo Literary Center, and Talking Leaves Books.

FALL 2016

Emma DonoghueEmma Donoghue

Tuesday, October 4
7 pm, Montante Cultural Center
14th Annual Hassett Reading

Emma Donoghue was born in Dublin. She earned an undergraduate degree from University College Dublin and a Ph.D. in 18th-century literature from Cambridge. She has written for the screen, stage, and radio, as well as writing historical and contemporary novels and short stories. Her novel Room was an international bestseller, published in 39 countries, a New York Times Best Book of 2010, and a finalist for the Man Booker, Commonwealth, and Orange Prizes. Her film adaptation won Best First Screenplay at the Independent Spirit Awards and an Oscar Nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Her most recent book is The Wonder, to be published in September by Little Brown. She lives in London, Ontario, with her partner, son, and daughter.

Web Resources

Emma Donoghue's Homepage
Excerpt From The Wonder
Emma Donoghue reads from "A Short Story"
Stylist Interview
"Emma Donoghue: The How I Write Interview"


SPRING 2017

Diana GoetschDiana Goetsch

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
7 pm, Grupp Fireside Lounge

Diana Goetsch (formerly Douglas Goetsch) was born in Brooklyn, grew up in North Point, Long Island, and earned degrees from Wesleyan University and New York University. She is the author of Nameless Boy, The Job of Being Everybody, and several other volumes of poems. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, The American Scholar, Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize and numerous other journals and anthologies. Among her honors are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Donald Murray Prize. She’s taught English and creative writing in New York City public schools and to incarcerated teens in the Bronx. She is the founder of Jane Street Press. Currently Goetsch writes a column entitled “Life in Transition” for The American Scholar, lives in New York, and works as a freelance teacher of writing.

Web Resources

Diana Goetsch's Homepage
The American Scholar "Between People"
fayobserver "Diana Goetsch: Moving beyond 'tolerance'"
Vermont Studio Center "Resident Profile: Diana Goetsch"
Cuppa Pulp & CILK119 Interview "No Such Think as a Nice Little Old Lady"