Contemporary Writers Series

FALL 2011

Stewart O’Nan

Stewart O'Nan headshot

Thursday, October 6, 2011; 7:30 p.m.
Grupp Fireside Lounge

Stewart O’Nan was born and raised in Pittsburgh. He earned his B.S. from Boston University and worked for several years as an engineer before returning to school and earning an MFA in fiction from Cornell. He is the author of twelve novels, including Snow Angels, A Prayer for the Dying, Songs for the Missing, Last Night at the Lobster, and, most recently, Emily, Alone. He’s also written two works of nonfiction, The Circus Fire and Faithful (with Stephen King). Granta named him one of the twenty Best Young American Novelists. He lives with his family in Pittsburgh.

Web Resources

Home Page
NPR Interview
New York Times on O’Nan and Last Night at the Lobster
Random House Interview with O’Nan
O’Nan reading, Last Night at the Lobster, video
New York Times Review Last Night at the Lobster
B&N Review Last Night at the Lobster
Review of Faithful

Joyce Carol Oates

Carol Joyce Oates headshot

NEW DATE -- Monday, November 28, 2011; 8 p.m.
Montante Cultural Center

Joyce Carol Oates is a native of Lockport, New York, and one of our country’s most prolific and versatile contemporary writers. She is the author of more than 70 books including novels, short story collections, poetry volumes, plays, literary criticism, and essays. Last March, President Obama presented her a National Humanities Medal in honor of her lifetime of literary achievement. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University. 

Web Resources

Home Page
Video on Writing Characters
Review and excerpt from “A Widow’s Story.”
Video of Oates on “A Widow’s Story” and being a widow, PBS.
Article by Oates on writing
Video Interview of Oates on writing
Video reading of “A Widow’s Story”


Aryn KyleAryn Kyle headshot

Wednesday, February 29, 2012; 7:30 p.m.
Grupp Fireside Lounge

Aryn Kyle was born in Peoria, Illinois and grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado. She is a graduate of the University of Montana Writing Program. She is the author of the bestselling novel The God of Animalsand Boys and Girls Like You and Me, a collection of stories.  Her fiction has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere.  She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Award and a National Magazine Award in fiction, and her work has been translated in 17 languages.  She lives in New York City.

Web Resources

Home Page
Aryn Kyle Blog
Aryn Kyle Facebook
Aryn Kyle Twitter
NPR audio interview, short article and “The Gods of Animals” excerpt
Bio and interview, Barnes and Noble
Video, Aryn Kyle on “The Gods of Animals”
Aryn Kyle Reading

Bernard O’Donoghue

Bernard O'Donoghue headshot

Thursday, April 19, 2012; 7 p.m.
Montante Cultural Center
Ninth Annual Hassett Reading

Bernard O’Donoghue was born in Cullen, Co. Cork. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Lincoln College, Oxford, and is currently a Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford, where he teaches Medieval literature. He has published Seamus Heaney and the Language of Poetry, a verse translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and five collections of poetry, including Gunpowder, winner of the Whitbread Award for Poetry. His Selected Poems were published in 2008. His most recent collection of poems is Farmers Cross.

Web Resources

General Info
Review of Selected Poems
Video Reading
Review of “Gunpowder”
Wadham College Page on O’Donoghue