Two Acclaimed Authors To Visit Manhattan College Before End of Semester

The fourth semester of the popular Major Author Reading Series (M.A.R.S.) resumes on April 2 and April 19 with noted authors Emma Straub and Claudia Emerson.

The fourth semester of the popular Major Author Reading Series (M.A.R.S.) resumes on April 2 and April 19 with noted authors Emma Straub and Claudia Emerson. Straub, author of Other People We Married and the forthcoming Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, will present in Hayden Hall, room 100 at 4:30 p.m. on April 2.

A New York native, Straub’s fiction and nonfiction have been published by Tin House, The Paris Review Daily, Slate, Cousin Corinne’s Reminder and many other journals. She is currently a staff writer for Rookie magazine, and lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Lorrie Moore, author of Birds of America and A Gate at the Stairs, described Straub’s work, saying, “In these stories of grief, love, loss and transplantation, Emma Straub demonstrates her brilliance, her humor, her sharp observational powers, as well as her lyrical gifts and affection for the world. She is a terrific new talent.”

After Straub visits Manhattan, Emerson, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and author of Late Wife, will wrap up the spring semester’s M.A.R.S. series on April 19 at 4:30 p.m. in Hayden Hall, room 100.

In addition to receiving the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for her book Late Wife, she has written several poetry collections, including Secure the Shadow; Figure Studies; Pharaoh, Pharaoh; and Pinion: An Elegy, all in the Southern Messenger Poets series from LSU Press. Emerson was the Poet Laureate of Virginia from 2008-2010, and is a recipient of a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress. She is currently a professor of English and Arrington Distinguished Chair in poetry at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va.

Mark Jarman discussed her work, saying, “[Emerson’s] poetry explores the way we attach meaning to things without us and connect them with our inner lives. In her hands, heartbreak and healing turn as tangible as the material world she observes with such love and such precision.”

Designed to engage and expose students to modern literature, M.A.R.S. has brought a variety of writers to campus for readings and book signings, including Junot Diaz, author of Drown; Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad; Rick Moody, award-winning novelist; and Tina Chang, the poet laureate of Brooklyn.

For more information about the M.A.R.S. series at Manhattan College, contact Adam Koehler, assistant professor of English, by email at adam.koehler@manhattan.edu or phone (718) 862-7546, or David Eye, visiting assistant professor of creative writing, by email at david.eye@manhattan.edu or phone (718) 862-7921.