LW Online 2013 Kay Ryan’s poetry reading finished out the 2013 LW Online season. And what a season it’s been—beginning way back in September, when George Saunders was with us in the studio.
We’re hugely grateful to our friends and colleagues—Kezia Page
, Nimanthi Rajasingham
, and Jules Gibbs—for sharing their insights about prose and poetry.
What were the high points of 2013 for us? Zadie Smith’s preview reading of “Man v. Corpse,” an essay that just came out in the New York Review of Books; George Saunders’ reading (in many voices!) of “Victory Lap”; Kate Boo’s intimate conversation with alumni and parents in the Fager Lounge; Richard Rodriguez’s talk on the value of a liberal arts education; Kay Ryan’s cackling delight in her own poems.
It seems worth saying that this isn’t the absolute end of things. On Thursday 5 December, the Nigerian writer Chinelo Okparanta will read at 4:30 p.m., and you’re welcome to join us in person
or via Livestream
. Nel was an O’Connor fellow in Creative Writing at Colgate last year, and she has just published her first collection of stories, Happiness Like Water. The New York Times describes it as “the distillation of experience into something crystalline, stark but lustrous. Nel’s career got a big boost a couple of weeks ago, when The New Yorker ran her short story, “Benji.”
Plans are under way already for the 2014 Living Writers season. We’d be delighted to hear any and all of your suggestions. You can write to us on the blog or e-mail us directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
. Thank you a hundred times over for the comments and questions that have made the LW Online blog the richest one so far. And thank you also for your smart, engaged presence during our Wednesday evening discussions. We have so enjoyed being in conversation with you!