D E A R S U B S C R I B E R A N D
A U D I E N C E M E M B E R,
For a number of complicated reasons, I have decided not to
continue as Director of Queens College Evening Readings.
Instead, I’ve decided to teach full time, starting in the fall of 2017.
This means that I will no longer be involved with the series.
I want to take this opportunity, though, to thank all of you for coming
here to the Evening Readings, and for all the wonderful evenings
we shared together over the past forty-one years.
I loved those evenings we had here together.
When I started the Evening Readings in the spring of 1976,
I had no idea it would become the kind of series it became,
with appearances by writers and speakers such as
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Edward Albee, Jeffery Renard Allen, Martin Amis,
Kwame Anthony Appiah, John Ashbery, Margaret Atwood, Russell Banks,
John Barth, Janis Bellow, Saul Bellow, Evan Boland, Joseph Brodsky,
Geraldine Brooks, Gwendolyn Brooks, Rosellen Brown, Anthony Burgess,
William Burroughs, Ian Buruma, Frederick Busch, A.S. Byatt, Peter Carey,
Anne Carson, Clare Cavanagh, John Cheever, Teju Cole, Stanley Crouch,
Michael Cunningham, Edwidge Danticat, Junot Díaz, James Dickey, Joan Didion,
E.L. Doctorow, Umberto Eco, Ralph Ellison, Fang Lizhi, Lawrence Ferlinghetti,
Jonathan Safran Foer, Jonathan Franzen, Mary Gaitskill, Jonathan Galassi,
John Gardner, Allen Ginsberg, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Nadine Gordimer,
Mary Gordon, Gunter Grass, David Grossman, Marilyn Hacker, Robert Hass,
Seamus Heaney, Joseph Heller, Aleksandar Hemon, Edward Hirsch,
Richard Howard, John Irving, Susan Jacoby, Ha Jin, Edward P. Jones,
William Kennedy, Ken Kesey, Jamaica Kincaid, Galway Kinnell,
Thomas Kinsella, Nicole Krauss, Stanley Kunitz, Jhumpa Lahiri, Ursula LeGuin,
Doris Lessing, Meridel LeSueur, Denise Levertov, Liu Binyan, Penelope Lively,
Phillip Lopate, Norman Mailer, Bernard Malamud, Emily St. John Mandel,
Norman Manea, Louis Menand, Peter Matthiessen, Glyn Maxwell,
Colum McCann, Frank McCourt, Ian McEwan, Claire Messud, Arthur Miller,
Sue Miller, Czeslaw Milosz, Jessica Mitford, Toni Morrison, Les Murray,
V.S. Naipaul, Joyce Carol Oates, Edna O’Brien, Tillie Olsen, Amoz Oz,
Cynthia Ozick, Grace Paley, Orhan Pamuk, Caryl Phillips, Jayne Anne Phillips,
Claudia Roth Pierpont, Manuel Puig, James Purdy, Alice Quinn, Philip Roth,
Muriel Rukeyser, Norman Rush, Salman Rushdie, Oliver Sacks, Sapphire,
Sydney Schanberg, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Lynne Sharon Schwartz,
W.G. Sebald, Gary Shteyngart, Mona Simpson, Isaac Bashevis Singer,
Jane Smiley, Zadie Smith, Stephen Sondheim, Susan Sontag, Stephen Spender,
Tom Stoppard, William Styron, Gay Talese, Barbara W. Tuchman, John Updike,
Mario Vargas Llosa, Kurt Vonnegut, Derek Walcott, Tom Wolfe, Meg Wolitzer,
James Wood, Adam Zagajewski,
and, of course, Leonard Lopate,
as well as Marie Ponsot,
the first writer ever to read in the Evening Readings series,
some forty-one years ago.
I also want to thank all of the writers and speakers
for the many brilliant evenings they gave us over the past four decades.
It was a wonderful time in my life.
Joseph Cuomo, Founding Director
Queens College Evening Readings