Living Writers

During my third year in Syracuse University’s M.F.A. Program, I taught a class for undergraduates called “Living Writers.”  The course is quite unique, in that it’s designed entirely around Syracuse’s esteemed Raymond Carver Reading Series; students in the course read work by each visiting author, participate in a Q & A with that writer, and then attend their reading.  It’s a popular course at S.U., with several sections offered every semester.

When my novel was published last summer, I was fortunate to receive an invitation to read in the Raymond Carver Reading Series; I returned to campus yesterday to speak to students in the afternoon and then read from my work.  This was a very special event for me – having seen some of my favorite writers read in the Gifford Auditorium in Huntington Beard Crouse Hall, I was honored to stand at the podium and talk about my work.

The event also gave me the chance to convey my gratitude to the faculty of the M.F.A. Program.  My three years in Syracuse were some of the best of my life – I studied with some amazing writers and made some great friends.  It was here, too, that I began writing my novel, an early version of which I submitted as my thesis.  I’m indebted to the faculty at Syracuse for all of their support – both while I was a student, and in the years since.


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