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Lending Voice to the Written Word: Noted Authors to Give Free Readings as Part of the Annual “Voices of the Rainbow: Celebrating the Oral Tradition” Series at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus

Participating authors to include Susan Choi, Merle Collins, Sandra Maria Esteves, Colum McCann, Michael Thomas and Patrick Rosal

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Fatima Kafele,Deputy Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University
718-488-1014

Brooklyn, N.Y. – A group of critically acclaimed writers of diverse racial, ethnic, linguistic and cultural backgrounds will read from their works during the annual “Voices of the Rainbow: Celebrating the Oral Tradition” series at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus from February 11 through April 19.

The program will feature dynamic presentations of poetry and fiction from authors Susan Choi, Merle Collins, Sandra Maria Esteves, Colum McCann, Michael Thomas and Patrick Rosal. Started in 1993, the series is funded by the Office of the Provost and is free and open to the public.

Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus is located at 1 University Plaza at the intersection of Flatbush and Dekalb Avenues. For more information, call (718) 488-1050 or visit www.liu.edu/brooklyn/english.

Thursday, February 11, Noon Health Services Building, Room 119
Michael Thomas
Brooklyn-based writer Michael Thomas won the 2009 prestigious International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for “Man Gone Down,” a novel that focuses on four increasingly desperate days in the life of an unnamed African-American narrator living in Brooklyn. The Boston native teaches literature and creative writing at Hunter College. The reading is cosponsored by the Africana Studies Department.

Monday, February 22, 11:00 a.m. Health Services Building, Room 121
Merle Collins & Sandra Maria Esteves
Born in Grenada, Merle Collins is a poet and fiction writer whose works include the novel “Angel” and the poetry collection “Lady in a Boat.” Sandra Maria Esteves, known as the “Godmother of Nuyorican Poetry,” is a celebrated poet and visual artist. The reading is cosponsored by the Gender Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies Programs.

Tuesday, March 2, 6:30 p.m. Health Services Building, Room 121
Colum McCann
Winner of the 2009 National Book Award for “Let the Great World Spin,” Colum McCann has published two short story collections and five novels. Among his international best sellers are “This Side of Brightness,” “Dancer” and “Zoli.”

Monday, April 19, Noon Humanities Building, 2nd Floor LG
Susan Choi & Patrick Rosal
Susan Choi is the critically acclaimed author of three novels, including “The Foreign Student”; “American Woman” (a Pulitzer finalist); and most recently, “A Person of Interest,” whose protagonist is an Asian-American mathematician accused of murdering a colleague. A writer of Filipino heritage, Patrick Rosal wrote the award-winning poetry collections “Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive” and “My American Kundiman.” A Fulbright grant winner, he has been honored with the Allen Ginsberg Award, the James Hearst Poetry Prize and the Arts and Letters Prize.

Posted 01/26/2010

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