* "We are proud and excited to announce one of our most diverse, ambitious and dynamic lineups of authors," said Paul Grondahl, director of the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany.

"These acclaimed writers, filmmakers and newsmakers represent some of the most original, authentic and brilliant voices on the scene today. Our events span a multitude of genres and topics, from social justice to physical and mental health, spirituality and sports, poetry and playwriting, literary fiction and humor. There is something here for everyone." View the Spring 2020 events page.

The season's events begin with a tribute to the late Toni Morrison on Friday, January 24, followed by a special "Creative Life" event with Pulitzer Prize-winner author Jhumpa Lahiri on Thursday, January 30.  

"Toni Morrison, the late Nobel Prize-winning author, spent five years as a faculty member at the University at Albany in the 1980s, where she forged a special connection to the NYS Writers Institute," Grondahl said. Morrison shared office space with Writers Institute founder William Kennedy and was the Institute's second guest speaker in its history, following Saul Bellow.

More upcoming events:

Sandeep Jauhar, author of Heart: A History, on Monday, February 3.

Ryan Russell, a poet and the first openly gay player in the NFL, on Tuesday, February 4.  

Journalist and essayist Wesley Yang, author of The Souls of Yellow Folk, on Thursday, February 6.  

The Classic Film Series kicks off with the 2018 film adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s "The Seagull" on Friday, February 7. 

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Here's how the NYS Writers Institute gets all those great authors to visit

NYS Writers Institute

Science Library 320

University at Albany

1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222

(518) 442-5620

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