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Reading by Desiree Cooper

Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 4:30pm to 6:30pm

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

The Fall 2019 Barbara & David Zalaznick Creative Writing Reading Series comes to a close with a reading by Pulitzer Prize-nominated Journalist & Women's Rights Activist Desiree Cooper.

Desiree Cooper is a 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, former attorney and Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist. Her debut collection of flash fiction, Know the Mother, has won numerous awards including 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award. Cooper’s fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in The Best Small Fictions 2018CallalooMichigan Quarterly ReviewHypertext Review, and Best African American Fiction 2010, among other publications. In 2018, she wrote, produced and co-directed “The Choice,” a short film about reproductive rights and recipient of the 2019 Berlin Flash Film Festival’s Outstanding Achievement Award, and an Award of Merit from the Los Angeles Best Short Film Festival. Cooper was a founding board member of Cave Canem, a national residency for black poets.

Reception and book signing to follow in the English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall

Free and open to the public

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided for this reading.

This event is presented by the Department of English / Creative Writing Program at Cornell University

Upcoming Creative Writing Event:
The Philip Freund Prize in Creative Writing Alumni Reading featuring Dorothy Chan, Nicholas Friedman, Ruth Joffre, & Daniel Peña on November 14, 2019

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The venue is wheelchair accessible. If you need additional accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us as soon as possible.

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