Poetry-in-the-Round hosts acclaimed author Dinaw Mengestu on Tuesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge of the University Center.
Dinaw Mengestu, a recipient of the 2012 MacArthur Foundation Genius Award, was born in Ethiopia and raised in Illinois. His fiction and journalism have been published in The New Yorker, Granta, Harper's, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times. Mengestu was chosen as one of the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" honorees in 2007 and was named on The New Yorker's "20 under 40" list in 2010. He is also the recipient of a Lannan Fiction Fellowship, The Guardian First Book Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, among other awards. He is the author of three novels: All Our Names (Knopf, 2014), How to Read the Air (Riverhead, 2010), and The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (Riverhead, 2008). His work has been translated into more than fifteen languages.
Mengestu is a graduate of Georgetown University and holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Columbia University. He lives in New York and is a professor at Bard College, where he directs the Written Arts Program.
The event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.
About the Series:
Poetry-in-the-Round has brought some of the best contemporary writers from around the world to Seton Hall University for the past three decades. Some of those visitors have included Joyce Carol Oates, E.L. Doctorow, Nadine Gordimer, C.K. Williams, Jamaica Kincaid, Karen Russell, Ben Lerner, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Jonathan Franzen, John Ashbery, Russell Banks, Adrienne Rich, and many others. The series has worked to bring established and up-and-coming new writers to the attention of Seton Hall students and the community.