Distinguished Voices in Literature

Distinguished Voices in Literature

The Distinguished Voices in Literature series brings poets, fiction writers, essayists and scholars to campus for readings and lectures. Featuring both established and emerging writers and speakers, the series showcases outstanding voices in contemporary literature. All events are free and open to the public.

Calendar of Events

Fall 2019

Dr. Roya Biggie

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Van Burd Memorial Lecture

Dr. Roya Biggie

"Race, Empire, and Plantlife on the Early Modern Stage"

Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 at 4:00 P.M.

Sperry Hall, Room 106

Roya Biggie is Assistant Professor of English at Knox College in Galesburg, IL. Her teaching and research interests include early modern drama, botanical and medical texts, and travel narratives. Her work has appeared in Early Theatre, Lesser Living Creatures of the Renaissance, and Early Modern Literary Studies (forthcoming). Her book project, Ecology of the Passions in Early Modern Tragedies, uses affect theory and ecocriticism to analyze early modern conceptions of sympathy. 

Emily Fridlund

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Reading by author Emily Fridlund

Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 at 5:00 P.M.

Brockway Hall, Jacobus Lounge

Emily Fridlund grew up in Minnesota. Her first novel, History of Wolves, was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and the International Dublin Literary Award. It was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction and the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award. Fridlund’s debut collection of stories, Catapult, won the Mary McCarthy Prize. Her fiction has appeared in a variety of journals, including Boston ReviewZYZZYVA, New Orleans ReviewSou’westerNew Delta ReviewPainted Bride Quarterly, and Southwest Review. She currently teaches writing at Cornell University.


This series is made possible by the generous support of: The President’s Office, the Haines Fund, the Provost’s Office, the Dean’s office, Campus Artist and Lectures Series, Cultural and Intellectual Climate Committee, ASC, Alumni Association, Cortland Writers Association, and the English Department.

For more information about the series, please contact Heather Bartlett (heather.bartlett@cortland.edu) or John Leffel (john.leffel@cortland.edu)