St. Francis College welcomed Chad Harbach (The Art of Fielding, MFA vs NYC) on November 10, 2016 as the latest author to speak for the Walt Whitman Writers Series in a conversation with English Professor and Director of the College's Writing Program Theo Gangi.
Harbach talked about the slow-motion process that made his first novel, The Art of Fielding, a huge success as well as the pros and cons of MFA writing programs.
Harbach is the 15th writer to visit St. Francis for the Walt Whitman Series which continues to bring top contemporary authors to Brooklyn Heights to share their work and writing experiences with students, faculty and the entire Brooklyn community. Previous authors include Booker Prize winners Marlon James and Paul Beatty as well as Junot Díaz, Charles Baxter, George Saunders, James Salter, Colum McCann, Ben Marcus, Dinaw Mengestu, Kate Christensen, Julie Orringer, Jonathan Lethem, Darcey Steinke, and Rick Moody.
The Walt Whitman Series is a continuation of St. Francis College's commitment to supporting Brooklyn's literary community. In addition to visits by these authors, the College also offers the biennial $50,000 St. Francis College Literary Prize and helps sponsor and host events for the Brooklyn Book Festival; giving students, faculty and the entire Brooklyn community a front row seat to some of the best and most diverse professional writers at work today.