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Reuner Library Writers Series: 2016 - Sapphire

Library Writer Series

The SUNY Ulster Herbert H. & Sofia P. Reuner Library Writers Series is a special program begun in 1998, sponsored by The Ulster Community College Foundation, that brings renowned writers to campus every fall. This is a truly unique opportunity for SUNY Ulster students and community members to hear award winning authors read from their work.


November 17, 2016
10:15am - 11:30am
College Lounge, Vanderlyn Hall

SUNY Ulster's Prof. Nicholas Haines will moderate the discussion.

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Sapphire is the author of two bestselling novels, Push and The Kid.  Push was made into the Academy Award-winning major motion film, Precious. The film adaptation received the Academy Award for Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress.  Sapphire is also the author of two collections of poetry.

Sapphire’s poetry, fiction, and essays, have appeared in The Black Scholar, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Teacher’s Voice, The New Yorker, Spin, and Bomb. She has taught literature, fiction, and poetry, workshops at SUNY Purchase, Trinity College, and the Writer’s Voice in New York City and graduate writing workshops at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Brooklyn College, and at the New School University.

Sapphire’s presentation, poetry, novels, and the film Precious, all speak to issues of empowerment and overcoming adversity.

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Previous Authors

Previous Guest Writers include: Abigail Thomas and Kim Wozencraft, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Diane Ackerman, Jaimy Gordon, Da Chen, Michael Cunningham, David Rakoff, Francine Prose, Carolyn Forché, Billy Collins, Joyce Carol Oates, Gail Godwin, Tess Gallagher, Philip Levine, Gerald Stern, Gioia Timpanelli