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Baruch College Welcomes Gish Jen as Fall 2013 Harman Writer-in-Residence



NEW YORK, NY - July 2, 2013 - The Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College welcomes Gish Jen as the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence for the 2013 fall semester.

Gish Jen is a second generation Chinese American. Her parents emigrated from China in the 1940s, her mother from Shanghai and her father from Yixing. Born in Long Island, New York, she grew up in Queens, then Yonkers, then Scarsdale. Her birth name is Lillian, but during her high school years she acquired the nickname Gish, named for actress Lillian Gish. Jen graduated from Harvard University in 1977 with a BA in English, and later attended Stanford Business School (1979-1980), but dropped out in favor of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she earned her MFA in fiction in 1983.

Jen’s most recent novel is World and Town. The author of three previous novels, Typical American, Mona in the Promised Land and The Love Wife, as well as a collection of stories entitled Who’s Irish?, she has published short work in the New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Granta, and numerous anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories of the Century, edited by John Updike.

Named after American businessman and renowned alumnus Sidney Harman (’39) and funded through his generosity, the Harman Writers-in-Residence Program invites distinguished poets, novelists, journalists, playwrights, essayists and critics to the campus to teach small classes in which students are encouraged to hone their writing style and find a creative voice. The three-credit classes are open to students of all majors. Students are required to submit an online application that includes writing samples.



WHAT: A Reading and Conversation with Gish Jen

WHEN: 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, October 29, 2013

WHERE: Asriel and Marie Rackow Conference Room 750, Library Building


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About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to



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