NYS Writers Institute visiting writers fall 2017

rapper comedian actress Awkwafina

Rapper, comedian, actress -- and UAlbany alum -- Awkwafina opens the new season August 31.

The fall lineup for the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series is out. And holy moly, is it packed with events featuring high-profile authors, writers, filmmakers, and journalists.

Here's a quick overview of the schedule...

Check the full schedule at the NYSWI page for times and locations, which vary. Events are free unless otherwise noted.

August 31: Awkwafina, rap artist and actress

September 7: James Hart, writer, poet, and activist

September 8: Screening of Backpack Full of Cash, with commentary by director/producer Sarah Mondale and producer/editor Vera Aronow

September 14: Tyehimba Jess, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet

October 3: Madeleine Thien and Peter Ho Davies, award-winning novelists

October 6: Matteo Farinella, neuroscientist, illustrator, and author

October 12: Kurt Andersen, award-winning author and journalist, and radio host ($30, includes book)

October 13-14: Symposium: Telling the Truth in a Post-truth World, with appearances by Bob Schieffer, Douglas Brinkley, Amy Goodman, Harry Rosenfeld, Glenn Thrush, Gilbert King, Bill Keller, Lydia Polgreen and many others.

October 17: Claire Messud, novelist

October 26: Ryan Smithson, Iraq war veteran and memoirist

October 30: Doug Wright, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright

November 1: Griffin Theatre Company performance of Ghosts of War, with post-show discussion with author Ryan Smithson

November 3: Screening of Bringing Out The Dead, with commentary by former paramedic Joe Connelly, on whose novel the film is based, and members of UAlbany's Five Quad Volunteer Ambulance Service

November 9: Roz Chast, The New Yorker cartoonist, and Robert Mankoff, The New Yorker cartoon editor

November 10: Lois Lowry, award-winning children's author

November 13: Russell Shorto, author and journalist

November 16: John Freeman Gill, journalist and novelist
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See also the classic film series slate for the fall.

photo via Awkwafina Facebook

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