Fr. John Cavanaugh Series
Readings in the Humanities

Fisher’s English department is proud to honor our friend and former colleague Fr. John R. Cavanaugh by giving his name to this series. At the time of his death in 2007, Fr. Cavanaugh had been associated with St. John Fisher College for more than fifty years, including more than thirty as one of the stalwarts of the English department. He retired from active teaching in 1994, but never from his service to the College. Devoted to English Renaissance literature, Irish studies of all kinds, and good conversation, generous with his time and his good humor, Fr. Cavanaugh was an exacting and encouraging teacher whom students admired and remembered.


Fall 2010  

Savannah “Van” Leone has loved Peter since the day they met. The problem is, Peter has loved Van’s best friend, Janie, since the moment they met. And now they’re walking down the aisle, with Van standing nearby in a Halloween orange bridesmaid dress, her smile as hollow as a jack-o-lantern. After the wedding, Van drowns her sorrows in Kool Aid-vodka cocktails and reruns of Rin-Tin-Tin, and does what any woman in her situation would do: She buys a German Shepherd over the internet.

The pocket-sized puppy Van is expecting turns out to be a clumsy, hundred-pound beast that only responds to Slovakian. Van is at the end of her rope—until she realizes that this quirky giant may be the only living being who will always be loyal to her, no matter what. And thus begins a friendship that will alter Van’s life in ways she never imagined....Warm and witty, poignant and funny, Stay marks the arrival of an irresistible new voice.

Spring 2010  

Sonja Livingston’s writing has been honored with a NYFA Fellowship, an Iowa Review Award, Pushcart Prize nomination, and grants from Vermont Studio Center and The Deming Fund for Women. Her work has appeared in some of the country's finest literary journals, including the Iowa Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Southeast Review, AGNI, the Spoon River Poetry Review, BREVITY, Gulf Coast, and is anthologized in several texts on writing, including SHORT TAKES, THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER, and THE CURIOUS WRITER. Sonja holds an MFA from the University of New Orleans and an M.S. Ed. from SUNY Brockport. She runs writing workshops locally and teaches in UCLA Extension's Writing Program.

Sonja Livingston reads from AWP Prize winner for non-fiction Ghostbread on March 18, Thursday, 7:30, in the Gateway.

Fall 2009  

Robert Bernard Hass is the author of Going by Contraries: Robert Frost's Conflict
with Science
(University of Virginia Press, 2002), which was selected by Choice
as an Outstanding Academic Title in 2004. He has won an Academy of American
Poets Prize, an Associated Writing Programs Intro Journals Award, and a
fellowship to Bread Loaf. He is currently Associate Professor of English at
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches courses in American
literature, classical literature, and Shakespeare. On October 1, at 7:30 pm, Hass will read from his recent book of poetry, Counting Thunder.

See the Poster

Spring 2009  
Megan Abbot read from her 2008 Edgar Award winning novel Queenpin as well as recent work on Thursday April 2, 7pm
Fall 2008  

Sarah Freligh read from her book of poetry Sort of Gone on Tuesday Tuesday Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. 

Spring 2008

Anne Panning, author of Super America: Stories, which won the 2006 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction will be visiting on Tuesday, April 8th. That evening, she will be giving a public reading.

Fall 2007

Richard Wakefield, the visiting poet, will read at 8 pm on Tuesday October 30 (in Wilson Formal Lounge).  He'll read new poems as well as those from East of Early Winters, his first published volume.

Spring 2007

Ben Fountain, winner of the 2007 PEN/ Hemingway Award, read from his book of short stories Brief Encounters with Che Guevara on March 28.

The late Mary Hemingway, a member of PEN, founded the award in 1976 both to honor the memory of her husband, Ernest Hemingway, and to recognize distinguished first books of fiction. The award is funded by the Ernest Hemingway Foundation, which has been administered by the Hemingway Society since 1987, and PEN New England.


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