Writer-in-Residence Ben Lerner to read from recent works, February 1, 2017

Acclaimed novelist, critic, and poet Ben Lerner will read from his work on Wednesday, February 1, 6:00pm in the Sanders Classroom Building, Spitzer Auditorium (room 212). This event is free and open to the public.

Lerner was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 2015, an honor commonly referred to as the “genius award.” He is the author of three books of poetry (The Lichtenberg FiguresAngle of Yaw, and Mean Free Path) and two novels (Leaving the Atocha Station and 10:04). His most recent book is the monograph, The Hatred of Poetry.

A professor in the Department of English at Brooklyn College, Lerner holds degrees from Brown University. He has published numerous essays in Art in America, Frieze, Harper’s, and the London Review of Books, among many others. He is the 2016-17 Writer-in-Residence at Vassar, a distinction previously held by Teju Cole, Lydia Davis, Colson Whitehead, Francine Prose, and Jhumpa Lahiri. In addition to giving a public reading, the college’s Writer-in-Residence visits classes during their time on campus.

This reading is sponsored by the Department of English.

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Posted by Office of Communications Friday, January 20, 2017