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Wednesday, February 8, 2023
6:00 PM


Logan Center, Seminar Terrace 801




About the Series: This series brings emerging writers to campus to read with a University of Chicago student. The faculty chooses visiting writers who have published one or two books. We have separate events for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. These events are particularly special for our Program because they provide opportunities for our students to showcase their work alongside emerging writers.

Hasanthika Sirisena work has been anthologized in This is the Place (Seal Press, 2017), in Every Day People: The Color of Life (Atria Books, 2018), and has been named notable by Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays. They have received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo and is a Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award recipient. They are currently faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and Susquehanna University and a member of the editorial board at Great Circle Books an imprint of University of North Carolina Press. Their short story collection, The Other One, (The University Massachusetts Press) won the Juniper Prize ane was released in 2016. Their essay collection Dark Tourist (Mad Creek Books, 2022) won the Gournay Prize and is a finalist for a 2022 Lambda Literary Award.