Nobel-Prize Winning Author Comes to Campus
BUFFALO, NY ― Canisius College presents Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney, who will read from his works on Tuesday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center for the college’s 10th anniversary Hassett Reading. Heaney’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.
Seamus Heaney was born in Northern Ireland. Death of a Naturalist, his first collection, was published in 1966. Since then he has published poetry, criticism and translations that have established him as one of the leading poets of his generation. Heaney has twice won the Whitbread Book of the Year award for The Spirit Level (1996) and Beowulf (1999). In 1995 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Between 1989 and 1994 Heaney was professor of poetry at Oxford, and from 1996-2006, he was the Ralph Waldo Emerson Writer-in-Residence at Harvard University. His most recent collection is Human Chain.
Heaney’s visit to Buffalo marks the 10th anniversary of the Hassett Reading that have brought many leading Irish and Irish-American writers to Western New York, including Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, and acclaimed novelists Colm Toíbín, Sebastian Barry and Alice McDermott. The Hassett Reading is supported by the distinguished Buffalo family that includes attorneys Joseph M. Hassett ’64, PhD and Paul M. Hassett Jr. ’62.
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 and 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.
One of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation, Canisius is the premier private university in Western New York.