Manhattan College Reading Series Concludes with Acclaimed Writer Honor Moore

Award-winning memoirist will read on April 24

Honor Moore, an award-winning poet, memoirist and nonfiction writer, will speak at Manhattan College on Wednesday, April 24, as part of the English department’s Major Author Reading Series (M.A.R.S.). Moore’s 2008 memoir, The Bishop’s Daughter, was named “Editors’ Choice” by the New York Times Sunday Book Review and was selected as a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

The event will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Hayden Hall, Room 100. It is free and open to the public.

A former Times theater critic, Moore is also the author of three poetry collections and editor of several additional works, including the Library of America’s Amy Lowell: Selected Poems and The New Women’s Theatre: Ten Plays by Contemporary American Women, which includes Moore’s own Broadway play Mourning Pictures. She has received awards in poetry and playwriting from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts.

The Bishop’s Daughter is a chronicle of Moore’s turbulent relationship with her father, Paul Moore Jr., an Episcopal priest and activist who would become Bishop of New York, touching on issues of war, race, family, sexuality and faith. Praising “the power of the book’s raw emotional honesty,” the Times Book Review said of Moore’s relationship with her father: “This brave book is a testament to her own love for him.”

Designed to engage and expose students to modern literature, M.A.R.S. has brought several notable writers to campus for readings and book signings since its 2010 launch. They include Pulitzer Prize winners Junot Diaz, Jennifer Egan and Claudia Emerson; National Book Award finalist Joshua Ferris; essayist Phillip Lopate; and Marie Howe, the current Poet Laureate of New York state.

For more information on M.A.R.S., contact David Eye, visiting assistant professor of creative writing, at (718) 862-7921 or, or Adam Koehler, assistant professor of English, at (718) 862-7546 or

Media interested in attending the event should contact John Tucker at (718) 862-7232 or


Photo credit: Marion Ettlinger

MC Staff