Literary Arts Series

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Michael Thomas

Michael Thomas is our 2017 Literary Arts keynote author. His forthcoming memoir, The Broken King is about four generations of men in his family.

His first book Man Gone Down (Grove/Atlantic, 2007) is a beautifully written, insightful, and devastating novel. It follows a 35-year-old African American man, broke and estranged from his white wife and three children, who has four days to keep his family afloat and reclaim his stake in the American Dream.

Man Gone Down was selected as one of the New York Times Book Review’s top five novels of the year, as well as a New York Times Notable Book, and was a San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book.

In June 2009, Thomas was awarded the prestigious IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, one of the most lucrative literary prizes in the world—his novel was selected from 145 books nominated by libraries around the globe, of which four were from the US.

Thomas received his BA from Hunter College and his MFA from Warren Wilson College. Currently, he is a full-time professor of English at Hunter College. He lives in Brooklyn with his family.


New York Times

Telegraph Review


Forthcoming memoir

Ocean Vuong

Ocean Vuong is the Poetry Arts Series poet. He will be speaking Nov. 22, 2016. The event is sponsored by the Literary Arts Series.

Vuong is the author of Night Sky With Exit Wounds, which won the 2016 Whiting Award. His poetry and fiction has been featured in the Kenyon Review, The Nation, The New Yorker, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. He was born in Saigon, Vietnam, and lives in New York City.


Biography in Poetry

NPR: Echoes of Ocean Vuong’s Past in Vietnam


Someday I’ll Love Ocean Vuong



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