Contemporary Writers Series

February 22, 2019


One of Northern Ireland’s foremost contemporary poets, Michael Longley, will present the sixteenth annual Hassett Reading at Canisius College on Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m. in the college’s Montante Cultural Center.

Presented by the Canisius Contemporary Writers Series, the reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a question and answer period, reception and book signing. Books are available at Talking Leaves Books and will also be sold at the event. 

Longley was born in Belfast, educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institute, and studied Classics at Trinity College Dublin. He is the author of ten collections of poetry, most recently Angel Hill, and has been awarded the Whitbread Poetry Award, the Hawthornden Prize, the T.S. Eliot Prize, the International Griffin Poetry Prize, and the Irish Times Poetry Prize.

He served as Ireland Professor of Poetry from 2007 to 2010, and was honored with the title of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2010.

The Contemporary Writers Series brings nationally- and internationally-known writers to campus to share their work and to discuss their art with Canisius students in an informal setting. Past guests to Canisius include Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award winners, McArthur "genius" grant winners, and a Nobel Laureate.

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 with the cooperation of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Just Buffalo Literary Center, The Center for Urban Education, and Talking Leaves Books.