The Purchase Writers Center (PWC) is a focus for the college’s many activities involving writers and writing. Each year, the center hosts a group of fellows, local writers who have offices and access to the resources of the library and the college. Fellows conduct workshops at the college and in the community, lead writing groups, and, along with other Purchase writers, give readings.
This year, the Writers Center has a new interim director, Ross Daly, chair of the School of Humanities. It also welcomes two fellows: Maurizio Calbi and Sun Xin. Calbi is a professor of English and Anglophone Literature at the University of Salerno, and joins us as an affiliated international scholar. He is pursuing research on Shakespeare and film. Sun Xin, who teaches contemporary art history at Capital Normal University in Beijing, comes to the U.S. on a fellowship that offers Chinese scholars and university professors the opportunity to study with experts in their field. She selected Michael Lobel, professor of art history and director of the MA program in modern and contemporary art, criticism and theory, as her American mentor.
October 7, PepsiCo Theater, 4:30 - 6 p.m.
Junot Diaz, acclaimed writer and recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and the National Book Award for Fiction. He is the author of two collections of stories, This is How you Lose Her (2013) and Drown (1997), and the best-selling novel The brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2008).
November 5, Recital Hall, Music Building, 4:30 - 6 p.m.
Masha Gessen, An award-winning Journalist, author, and activist, Gessen was born in Russia and emigrated to the U.S. She is noted for her opposition to Russian president Vladimir Putin. Gessen has written extensively on LGBT rights. She has written several books, most recently Word Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot (2014) _____________________________________________________________________