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Readings at Ramapo brings authors of national and international note to campus to read, teach, and discuss their work. This series fosters a sense of community among students and faculty and maintains a connection between the College and literary culture in the United States and abroad. Visitors include recipients of some of the most prestigious awards and honors in letters today, including the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, National Humanities Medals, various PEN awards, and MacArthur Fellowships. Funded by the Salameno School of Humanities and Global Studies, the Schomburg Program, and the Office of the Provost, Readings at Ramapo is an embodiment of the College’s commitment to bringing the world to its students.

Spring 2017

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Fall 2016

  • Early September: Fiction Writers David Hollander. Jonathan Callahan
  • Mid October: Pultizer Prize Winning Poet Peter Balakian co-sponsored with Gross center.
  • November 2: Acclaimed Novelist Jim Shepard
  • December: student reading showcasing some of our best creative writing students.

Spring 2017

  • Feb 2 Pulitzer Prize winning poet Gregory Pardlo
    co-sponsored by the Schomburg Fund
  • Feb 23 Acclaimed Poet Li-Young Lee
  • co-sponsored by the Schomburg Fund
  • Early April Fiction Writer Amber Sparks
  • May: student reading showcasing some of our best creative writing students.

In addition, we will be offering a few craft classes and student readings throughout the year.

Past Readings @ Ramapo


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  • November 10, 2015 Poet and Memoirist Mark Doty
  • October 5, 2015 Poet Cate Marvin and Fiction Writer David Means
  • April 22, 2014 Poet Nick Samaras
  • April 3, 2014 Claire Vaye Watkins
  • Feb 27, 2014 Anthony Grooms
  • Nov 4, 2013 Poet Yusef Komunyakaa
  • Feb 18 2013 Poet Nick Norwood
  • Sept 24 2013 Poet Beth Ann Fennelly and Fiction Writer Tom Franklin
  • Nov 12. 2012 Joyce Carol Oates
  • Feb. 14 2012 Poet Terrance Hayes, Winner of the National Book Award
  • Oct. 29 2009 Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky
  • Natasha Trethewey
  • Nick Flynn
  • Michael Harper
  • Major Jackson
  • Camille Dungy
  • C. Dell Young
  • Patrick Phillips
  • Phil Klay
  • Tayari Jones
  • Kevin Clark
  • Charles Baxter
  • Rigaberto Gonzalez
  • Paisley Rekdal
  • Victoria Redel
  • Joel Brouwer
  • Wendy Rawlings
  • Adrienne Rich
  • Alex Lemon
  • Beth Bachman
  • Jess Row
  • Jeffrey McDaniel
  • Anne Panning
  • B.J. Ward
  • Dana Levin