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Baruch College Announces 2012-2013 Sidney Harman Writers-in-Residence

KatherineVaz       HiltonAls

                                  Katherine Vaz                                               Hilton Als


NEW YORK, NY - July 23, 2012 The Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College welcomes two distinguished writers as the Sidney Harman Writers-in-Residence for 2012-2013.

Katherine Vaz and Hilton Als will be teaching in the fall and spring semesters, respectively. Vaz will be teaching a semester-long fiction workshop, and Als will be teaching a class in reviewing and criticism.

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.

In addition to teaching, Vaz and Als will present college-wide readings in The Asriel and Marie Rackow Conference Room, Room 750, 151 E. 25th St., Baruch College. Vaz’s reading will be held on Tuesday, October 23rd at 5:45 PM and Als’s on Tuesday, March 19th at 5:45 PM. Both talks are free and open to the public.

Katherine Vaz is an award-winning Portuguese-American fiction writer and a nonfiction writer for The New York Times. She is the author of Saudade (St. Martin’s Press), which received critical acclaim as the first contemporary novel from a major New York publisher about Portuguese-Americans. Mariana (HarperCollins) was selected by The Library of Congress as one of the Top 30 International Books of 1998, and published in seven editions in six languages and distributed in more than 100 countries. She has also published book collections of Portuguese-American stories, which won literature and book prizes, and her children’s stories were included in anthologies published by Simon & Schuster, Penguin, and Viking Press. She is the first Portuguese-American to have her work recorded for the Library of Congress.

Hilton Als is a staff writer and theater critic for The New Yorker. Prior to The New Yorker, Als wrote for the Village Voice and The Nation and was editor-at-large at Vibe. His first book, The Women, a meditation on gender, race, and personal identity, was published in 1996. In 1997, the New York Association of Black Journalists awarded him first prize for both Magazine/Critique/Review and Magazine Arts and Entertainment. He was awarded a Guggenheim for Creative Writing in 2000 and the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for 2002-2003. Als published Justin Bond/Jackie Curtis in 2010, and his novel White Girls will appear in early 2013.

For more information about the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program visit


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. 3 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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