Rolling Reading Series Presents Jennifer Vanderbes on March 14

Award-winning novelist and non-fiction writer Jennifer Vanderbes will give a reading on Thursday, March 14, as part of the Mary E. Rolling Reading Series. The event will be held at 7:30 pm in Paterno Library’s Foster Auditorium.

A former Guggenheim fellow, Jennifer Vanderbes is the author of three novels: The Secret of Raven Point (2014), Strangers at the Feast (2010), and Easter Island (2003). Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Granta and The Atlantic. Her forthcoming nonfiction book, The Gatekeeper, about the thalidomide scandal of the 1960s, has been awarded a grant by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and will be published by Random House and HarperCollins UK. Vanderbes’ work has been translated into 16 languages.

Vanderbes’ first novel, Easter Island, was named a “Best Book of 2003” by The Washington Post and The Christian Science Monitor. Of her most recent novel, The Secret of Raven Point, Kirkus Reviews writes: “Part mystery, part coming-of-age tale, part World War II novel, Vanderbes’…moving latest novel…is an empathetic, oblique take on the layers of damage done during war…unusual and affecting.”

Jennifer Vanderbes received her B.A. in English Literature from Yale and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She currently lives in New York City.





Poet Kimiko Hahn to Read as Fisher Family Writer-in-Residence

Kimiko Hahn, this year’s Fisher Family Writer-in-Residence, will read from her work on Wednesday, February 27, in Paterno Library’s Foster Auditorium at 7:30 pm.

Kimiko Hahn is the author of nine books of poems, including: Brain Fever (2014) and Toxic Flora (2010), both collections prompted by science; The Narrow Road to the Interior (2006) a collection that takes its title from Basho’s famous poetic journal; The Unbearable Heart (1996), which received an American Book Award; and the award-winning Earshot (1992). Since initiating the annual NYU/CUNY Chapbook Festival, now in its seventh year, Hahn has added chapbooks to her publication list. Chicago Review of Books characterizes Hahn’s most recent chapbook, Brood (2018), as “poetry that reflects on the feelings of loss, uncomfortable silences, and the hidden stories buried in our everyday objects…poetry that cuts to the raw emotionality of familial life–the melancholia of emotionally austere families, fathers who seem too distant, and daughters who don’t see or talk to you as much as they should.”

The Fisher Family Writer-in-Residence is primarily funded through the generosity of Steven Fisher, ’70. Each year for more than a decade, a well-known poet, fiction writer, or nonfiction writer has visited campus for a week to work with students in the graduate creative writing program and undergraduate creative writing classes.

The Fisher Family Writer-in-Residence is also sponsored by the Joseph L. Grucci Poetry Endowment, University Libraries, the Department of English, and the College of Liberal Arts. The reading is free and open to the public.


Author photo: © Beowulf Sheehan

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