Writers Series

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Sweet Briar College has hosted a Writers Series for more than thirty years, welcoming distinguished authors from across the country — and throughout the world — to our campus. Students interact with these writers at readings, in small group discussions, and at informal dinners.

Among the writers who have visited the SBC campus through the years are Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners, including Maya Angelou, Salman Rushdie, Natasha Trethewey, Ha Jin, Derek Walcott, Alice Walker, Naomi Shihab Nye, Nuruddin Farah, Rebecca Skloot, Hanna al-Shaykh, Philip Levine, Donald Justice, and Yiyiun Li.

Q & A session with Amanda Petrusich, staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of three books. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction and has been nominated for a Grammy Award. Her criticism and features have appeared in the New York Times, the Oxford American, Spin, Pitchfork, GQ, Esquire, The Atlantic, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. Her most recent book, Do Not Sell at Any Price, explores the obsessive world of 78-r.p.m.-record collectors. She is the writer-in-residence at New York University’s Gallatin School.

Illustration image: The New Yorker

New Yorker staff writer Amanda Petrusich: Reading and Discussion

Amanda Petrusich is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of three books. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction and has been nominated for a Grammy Award. Her criticism and features have appeared in the New York Times, the Oxford American, Spin, Pitchfork, GQ, Esquire, The Atlantic, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. Her most recent book, Do Not Sell at Any Price, explores the obsessive world of 78-r.p.m.-record collectors. She is the writer-in-residence at New York University’s Gallatin School.

 Illustrated image: The New Yorker 

Amherst Glebe Arts Response (AGAR) and the SBC Writers Series present Yaa Gyasi, author of the Big Read novel Homegoing.