PURCHASE WRITERS CENTER
Writers Center

The Purchase Writers Center (PWC) is a focus for the college’s many activities involving writers and writing. Each year, the center hosts a group of fellows, local writers who have offices and access to the resources of the library and the college. Fellows conduct workshops at the college and in the community, lead writing groups, and, along with other Purchase writers, give readings. 

This year, the Writers Center has a new interim director, Ross Daly, chair of the School of Humanities. It also welcomes two fellows: Maurizio Calbi and Sun Xin. Calbi is a professor of English and Anglophone Literature at the University of Salerno, and joins us as an affiliated international scholar. He is pursuing research on Shakespeare and film. We’ll hear about his work when he gives a talk on Caesar Must Die, a film about a production of Julius Caesar in a prison outside Rome (October 16, Neuberger Museum Study, 4:30). Sun Xin, who teaches contemporary art history at Capital Normal University in Beijing, comes to the U.S. on a fellowship that offers Chinese scholars and university professors the opportunity to study with experts in their field. She selected Michael Lobel, professor of art history and director of the MA program in modern and contemporary art, criticism and theory, as her American mentor.

For information about the Writers Center, contact Ross Daly at ross.daly@purchase.edu. And follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Maurizio CalbiSun Xin


Past Fellows

Fall 2013 Events:

September 19, Neuberger Museum Study, 4:30-6 p.m.

James Wood, New Yorker book critic and professor of the practice of literary criticism at Harvard University. Burt Sachs Memorial Lecture:

Why: Fiction and the Biggest Question

This lecture is supported by the family and friends of the late Burt Sachs, long-time chair of the Friends of Humanities.


October 9, PAC Recital Hall, 4:30-6 p.m.

Tim O’Brien, 2013 Royal and Shirley Durst Distinguished Lecture:

How to Tell a True War Story

O’Brien is the author of The Things They Carried and Going After Cacciato, among many other books, and the recipient of the 2013 Pritzker Prize, given for a lifetime’s work in writing about war.


October 16, Neuberger Museum Study, 4:30-6 p.m.

Maurizio Calbi, associate professor of English and postcolonial literature, University of Salerno, Italy

Talk: "States Unborn and Accents Yet Unknown" in Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s Cesare deve morire (Caesar Must Die).

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