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The Richard Cleaveland Memorial Reading by J. Robert Lennon & Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 4:30pm

Klarman Hall, Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium (G70 Klarman Hall)
232 East Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853

The Richard Cleaveland Memorial Reading, delivered by creative writing faculty in the Department of English, will feature fiction writer J. Robert Lennon & poet Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon. This reading is also the second installment of the Spring 2018 Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series.

Professor J. Robert Lennon is the author of two story collections, Pieces For The Left Hand and See You in Paradise, and eight novels, including Mailman, Familiar, and Broken River. His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, The Paris Review, and Harper’s, and his criticism in The London Review of Books, The Guardian, and The New York Times Book Review.

Associate Professor Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon is the author of Open Interval, a 2009 National Book Award finalist, and Black Swan, winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, as well as Poems in Conversation and a Conversation, a chapbook collaboration with Elizabeth Alexander. She is currently at work on The Coal Tar Colors, her third poetry collection, and Purchase, a collection of essays. She has written plays and lyrics for The Cherry, an Ithaca arts collective. She was one of ten celebrated poets commissioned to write poems inspired by Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series in conjunction with the 2015 exhibit One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Works for MoMA.

The Richard Cleaveland Memorial Reading was created in 2002 by family and friends of Richard Cleaveland, Cornell Class of '74, to honor his memory.

Books by Lennon and Van Clief-Stefanon will be available for purchase at the reading thanks to Ithaca's cooperative bookstore, Buffalo Street Books.

Book signing and free, catered reception in the English Lounge (258 Goldwin Smith Hall) will follow the reading.

Next up in the Zalaznick Reading Series:
Reading by writer Julie Schumacher, March 15, 4:30 pm, Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium (G70 Klarman Hall).

This event is sponsored by the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English

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