Esteemed Writer and Poet to visit Canisius

BUFFALO, NY ― Canisius College presents acclaimed writer and poet Stephen Kuusisto who will read from his works on Thursday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. Kuusisto’s visit, which is part of the Canisius College Contemporary Writers Series, is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Kuusisto, who has been blind since birth, is the author of Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening and the acclaimed memoir Planet of the Blind, a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year.” He has also published two collections of poetry: Only Bread, Only Light and Letters to Borges.  Kuusisto’s essays and poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and literary magazines including Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, Poetry and Partisan Review.

Recognized by the New York Times as a “powerful writer with a musical ear for language and a gift for emotional candor,” Kuusisto has made numerous appearances in the national media including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dateline NBC, National Public Radio and the BBC. He currently serves as director of the Renée Crown University Honors Program at Syracuse University, where he holds a University Professorship in the Center on Human Policy, Law and Disability Studies.

The Contemporary Writers Series was developed by Mick Cochrane, PhD, professor of English and Lowery Writer-in-Residence at Canisius.  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 by the Office of Academic Affairs, the Hassett and Scoma Endowments, and with the cooperation of The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Just Buffalo Literary Center, Western New York Writing Project and Talking Leaves Books.

For more information on the Contemporary Writers Series, contact Cochrane at 716-888-2662.