Major Author Reading Series Returns for Spring Semester

Alvaro Enrigue, Laura Sims and Erika Meitner will speak on campus.

The Major Author Reading Series will return to Manhattan College during the 2019 spring semester. This will be its ninth year of bringing some of the top novelists, nonfiction writers and poets to campus.

Alvaro Enrigue black and white photoAlvaro Enrigue: Thursday, February 21, 6:30 p.m., Hayden Hall, room 100

Alvaro Enrigue was a Cullman Center Fellow and a Fellow at the Princeton University Program in Latin American Studies. He has taught at New York University, Princeton University, the University of Maryland, and Columbia University. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Believer, The White Review, n+1, London Review of Books, and El País, among others. Sudden Death, his first work translated into English, was awarded the prestigious Herralde Prize in Spain, the Elena Poniatowska International Novel Award in Mexico, and the Barcelona Prize for Fiction. Enrigue was born in Mexico and lives in New York City.

Laura Sims photo looking to the leftLaura Sims: Tuesday, March 12, 6:30 p.m., Hayden Hall, room 100

Laura Sims is the author of Looker, her debut novel, which was released in January 2019. Library Journal describes Looker as “[a] gripping and intense debut … This twisted and tightly coiled tale will define obsession on a new level.” Sims also has authored four books of poetry, most recently Staying Alive. Her poems have been published in The New Republic, Conjunctions, Aster(ix), Gulf Coast, Omniverse and Brooklyn Poets. She is the editor of Fare Forward: Letters from David Markson. Sims lives outside of New York City with her family.

Erika Meitner profile photoErika Meitner: Wednesday, April 10, 6:30 p.m., O’Malley Library, room 100

Erika Meitner was born and raised in Queens and Long Island. She attended Dartmouth College, Hebrew University and the University of Virginia, where she received her MFA in creative writing as a Henry Hoyns Fellow, and her MA in religious studies as a Morgenstern Fellow in Jewish studies. Meitner is a first-generation American: her father is from Haifa, Israel; her mother was born in a refugee camp in Stuttgart, Germany, which is where her maternal grandparents settled after surviving Auschwitz, Ravensbruck, and Mauthausen concentration camps. Meitner is the author of five books of poems. Her first book, Inventory at the All-Night Drugstore, won the 2002 Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry. Her fourth collection of poems, Copia, was published by BOA Editions in 2014 as part of their American Poets Continuum Series, and her newest collection, Holy Moly Carry Me, was released in September 2018. Meitner is currently an associate professor of English and the director of the MFA program in creative writing and the undergraduate creative writing program at Virginia Tech.

The Major Author Reading Series 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. For more information, contact Dominika Wrozysnki, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, at or Adam Koehler, Ph.D., associate professor of English, at

By Pete McHugh