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 National Endowment for the Arts, 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, Western New York Writing Project, and Talking Leaves Books.

FALL 2015

Theo DorganTheo Dorgan

Thursday, October 29
7 pm, Montante Cultural Center
12th Annual Hassett Reading

Theo Dorgan was born in Cork and completed a BA in English and Philosophy and an MA in English at University College Cork. He is the author of two works of nonfiction, Sailing for Home: A Voyage from Antigua to Ireland and Time on the Ocean: A Voyage from Cape Horn to Cape Town; a novel, Making Way; and several collections of poetry, most recently, Nine Bright Shiners, named 2015 winner of the Irish Times-Poetry Now award. He is a former director of Poetry Ireland and a member of Aosdána, Ireland’s academy of the arts.

Web Resources

Theo Dorgan’s Homepage
Theo Dorgan reads selections from Nine Bright Shiners
Philip Coleman in Dublin Review of Books on Nine Bright Shiners
“This Much I Know”: Essay
A Climate Change Poem for Today: “The Question” by Theo Dorgan

Kevin KlingKevin Kling

Thursday, November 19 2015
7 pm, Montante Cultural Center

Kevin Kling was born in Osseo, Minnesota, and graduated from Gustavas Adolphus College. He is a playwright, storyteller, regular contributor to NPR’s All Things Considered, and the author of two story collections. He performs his stories across the county and around the world, works with theaters including The Guthrie and the Interact Ensemble of Artists with Disabilities, and plays the tuba in the trio Bad Jazz.

Web Resources

“The Losses and Laughter We Grow Into”: A Conversation with Krista Tippett
Kevin Kling’s Homepage
“Minnesota Original,” Video Profile
“Minnesota Bus Ride”: NPR Commentary
“The Evolution of One Person’s Prayer”


Cristina HenríquezCristina Henríquez

Thursday, March 3 2016
7 pm, Grupp Fireside Lounge

Cristina Henríquez earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is the author of a story collection, Come Together, Fall Apart, and two novels: The World in Half and The Book of Unknown Americans, a New York Times and Washington Post Notable Book, an NPR Great Read, and named one of the best books of the year by and School Library Journal.

Web Resources

Cristina Henríquez’s Home Page
The Rumpus Interview
“How I Became a Writer”: New Yorker Essay
Miami Book Fair Interview
Michiko Kakutani’s New York Times Review of The Book of Unknown Americans
The Dinner Party Download: A Reading from The Book of Unknown Americans

Anne EnrightAnne Enright

Thursday, April 7 2016
7 pm, Montante Cultural Center
13th Annual Hassett Reading

Anne Enright was born in Dublin. She is the author of a memoir of motherhood, three short story collections, and six novels, most recently The Green Road. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, The Paris Review, and The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction, and her novel The Gathering won the 2007 Man Booker Prize. In January, 2015, she was named the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction.

Web Resources

Wikipedia Biography
James Woods’s Review of The Green Road, The New Yorker
“The Unknowability Of One Human Being To Another Is An Endless Subject For Novelists,” The Believer Interview
Ten Rules for Writing
“Anne Enright on The Green Road, Short Stories and What Men Ask her at Dinner Parties”: Video Interview