Established in 1999 by a gift from Richard and Sheila Schlesinger in honor of their son, a talented young writer who was dedicated to the pursuit of his craft, The John Christophe Schlesinger Visiting Writer Series provides a crucial and generative forum for the rich intellectual life of Yale’s Department of English. Each year, acclaimed authors of distinctive energy and imagination—from poets to screenwriters, from novelists to journalists—are brought to campus through the auspices of this series in order to give a public reading and to meet with student writers in a variety of settings. Through these events, students can experience firsthand the fact that literature is not a tradition of the past, but is an active, living practice by which to explore and discover the possibilities of the world.
Terry Tempest Williams
Tracy K. Smith