Major Author Reading Series Features High Profile Writers for Eighth Straight Year

Robert Greens, Meghan Kenny and David Eye will come to campus this fall.

Robert Greens, Meghan Kenny and David Eye will be part of Manhattan College’s Major Author Reading Series (M.A.R.S.) this fall.

Now in its eighth year, M.A.R.S. is designed to engage and expose students to contemporary literature. Since the series launched in 2010, it has brought several notable writers to campus for readings and book signings, including Pulitzer Prize winners Junot Díaz, Jennifer Egan, Claudia Emerson and Adam Johnson.

All events are free and open to the public. Each event will take place in room 100 of Hayden Hall on campus.

Robert GreensRobert Greens: Thursday, September 14, 6:30 p.m.

Greens is an award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter and playwright. His second play, Overcast, was commissioned in March 2017 and performed at The Vaults theatre in London, England. He made his full-length play debut in August, working with The Pensive Federation theatre company. In December 2016, Greens was commissioned to write his first short play, Aroma, for the Pensive Federation, which was performed at The Tristan Bates Theatre in London.

Meghan KennyMeghan Kenny: Thursday, October 19, 6:30 p.m.

Kenny is the author of the short story collection Love Is No Small Thing, and her debut novel, The Driest Season, will be released by W.W. Norton in February 2018. She has been awarded the Iowa Review Award, and has been a Tickner Writing Fellow, a scholar at the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers Conferences, and an emerging writer at Franklin & Marshall’s Emerging Writers Festival.

David EyeDavid Eye: Thursday, November 9, 6:30 p.m.

Eye is the author of Seed, chosen by award-winning poet Eduardo C. Corral for The Word Works. His chapbook, Rain Leaping Up When a Cab Goes Past, was published in 2013 in the Editor’s Series at Seven Kitchens Press, and his poems and prose have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies. Eye received a 2017 Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Poetry and a 2014 Tennessee Williams Scholarship in Poetry from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Before moving to New York to perform in television and theater, he spent four years in Texas in the United States Army. Eye was a visiting assistant professor of creative writing at Manhattan College from 2010-13 and was part of the faculty team that developed the Major Author Reading Series.

M.A.R.S. is co-sponsored by the College’s English department and the School of Liberal Arts.

For more information about M.A.R.S., please contact Dominika Wrozynski, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, at (718) 862-7921 or or Adam Koehler, Ph.D., associate professor of English, at (718) 862-7546 or

By Pete McHugh