Purchase College-SUNY will host Carmen Maria Machado: A Reading and Conversation on Oct. 11, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. The program, which is free and open to the public, will take place at Purchase College in the Humanities Theatre (735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY). It is a presentation of the Durst Distinguished Lecture Series, which brings some of literary world’s most exciting and admired voices to the Westchester community.
Carmen Maria Machado’s debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was published in 2017 by Graywolf Press. It won the Bard Fiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, and the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize. It was also a finalist for the National Book Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, the Kirkus Prize, the LA Times Book Prize Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, the Dylan Thomas Prize, and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Machado currently serves as the Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania.
“The world needs voices like Carmen Maria Machado, especially at its current political state. I am thrilled for her appearance as a literature student and as a young bisexual woman,” said Purchase College student Julia Reeder. “The themes and representation within her writing not only resonate with my soul, but I am sure do so too with the community here at Purchase College and beyond.”
According to Elise Lemire, professor of literature at Purchase College, “Carmen Maria Machado’s masterful fiction offers our students a powerful means of exploring the relative nature of truth in a rigidly gendered world. The title of her critically acclaimed 2017 short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, seems ripped from recent headlines, while the tales she expertly spins reach back to the most ancient of fairy tales in order to show us how far we haven’t come.”
The Durst Distinguished Lecture Series and the Roy and Shirley Durst Distinguished Chair in Literature are funded by the Roy and Shirley Durst Distinguished Chair in Literature Endowment. The mission of the Durst programs is to infuse the experience and intellect of leading writers into the Purchase community, while providing diverse opportunities for these writers to interact with students and influence campus life. As a small public college, Purchase is proud to introduce students to the level of expertise provided by this program.
This year, the esteemed poet and author Kevin Young was named Purchase College’s 2018-19 Roy and Shirley Durst Distinguished Chair in Literature. During November 2018, the college will host Mr. Young on Nov. 7 and novelist Dinaw Mengestu on Nov. 13.
For more information, please visit: https://www.purchase.edu/academics/school-of-humanities/lectures/durst-distinguished-lectures/ or call 914.251.6550.