Off the Page: Conversations with Writers

Off the Page: Conversations with Writers is a literary series that brings esteemed and emerging writers to campus for readings and dynamic conversations about literature, culture, and the pressing issues of our time.

This Queens College series is produced by Kupferberg Center for the Arts, the Department of English, the Provost’s Office, and the Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities. Curated by QC professor and author Vanessa Pérez-Rosario.

For ticket information and upcoming events, please visit Kupferberg Center for the Arts.


Novelist Dolores Reyes and literary translator Julia Sanches in conversation

March 1, 2022
Debut novelist Dolores Reyes joins us from Argentina to discuss her work Cometierra (2019) translated into English by Julia Sanches as Eartheater (2020). Writer and translator join us for a conversation with Mariana Zinni, associate professor of Hispanic Languages and Literatures and Vanessa Pérez-Rosario, professor of English, both at Queens College.


Maria Hinojosa in conversation

October 12, 2021
Award winning journalist and founder of Futuro Media Group, Maria Hinojosa joins us for a reading and conversation about her newest memoir Once I Was You (2020) with Vanessa Pérez-Rosario, professor of English at Queens College.


Nicole Dennis-Benn and Rajiv Mohabir in conversation

September 28, 2021
Two-time Lambda Literary Award-Winning novelist, Nicole Dennis-Benn, author of Here Comes the Sun (2016), and Patsy (2019) and Rajiv Mohabir, author of three collections of poetry:  Cutlish (2021), The Cowherd’s Son (2017), and The Taxidermist’s Cut (2016) and the memoir Antiman (2021) join us for a conversation with Vanessa Pérez-Rosario, professor of English at Queens College.


Julia Alvarez in conversation

April 20, 2021
Distinguished writer Julia Alvarez, author of How the García Girls Lost Their Accents (1991), In the Time of the Butterflies (1994), ¡Yo! (1998), In the Name of Salomé (2001), Saving the World (2007), as well as collections of poems, works of non-fiction, and numerous books for young readers, joins us for a conversation about her newest novel Afterlife (2020) with Vanessa Pérez-Rosario, professor of English at Queens College.


Claudia Rankine in conversation

March 17, 2021
Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric (2014) and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely (2004) ; two plays including The White Card (2019), and Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue (2009); as well as numerous video collaborations. She joins us for a reading and a conversation about her newest publication, Just Us: An American Conversation (2020), with Maaza Mengiste, assistant professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College.


Cherríe Moraga in conversation

December 8, 2020
Internationally recognized poet, essayist and playwright Cherríe Moraga, co-editor of the groundbreaking feminist anthology, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (1981), joins us for a conversation about her newest memoir Native Country of the Heart (2019) with Vanessa Pérez-Rosario, professor of English at Queens College.


Maaza Mengiste and Kimiko Hahn in conversation

November 10, 2020
We inaugurate this new series with two Queens College faculty and two alumnae of our MFA program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation. Maaza Mengiste, author of The Shadow King (2019) and Beneath the Lion’s Gaze (2010), joins us for a conversation with distinguished professor Kimiko Hahn, author of ten collections of poems including Foreign Bodies (W. W. Norton, 2020); Brain Fever (WWN, 2014), and Toxic Flora (WWN, 2010), both collections prompted by science; and The Narrow Road to the Interior (WWN, 2006).

This conversation is moderated by Mary Catherine Ford and Julia Tolo, two alumnae of our MFA program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation.


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