Canisius College's Contemporary Writers Series has received a boost from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The agency awarded the series a $10,000 grant for 2017-18. The series over the years has brought to campus some of the biggest names in contemporary literature: Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney and Pulitzer Prize winners Richard Russo, Tracy Kidder, Tracy K. Smith, Paul Muldoon and Junot Diaz, to name a few.
The writers meet informally with students and community members, share their work and discuss the writing process.
The series was started by writer Mick Cochrane, a Canisius English professor who has written four published novels and numerous short stories that have appeared in a variety of literary journals.
Visiting writers for the 2017-18 series have not been announced yet.