Ersi Sotiropoulos, the famous award-winning Greek poet and novelist, has been named writer-in-residence at the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College, part of the City University of New York.
Taking up her post this spring, Sotiropoulos will be the first Harman writer-in-residence to work in Modern Greek in the program’s 24-year history. One of Greece’s best-known and best-loved authors, she will be teaching a Creative Fiction course at Baruch during the Spring ’21 semester.
She will teach and mentor students in CUNY’s acclaimed Harman Writer-in-Residence program, which has hosted MacArthur Fellows, Pulitzer Laureates, and other acclaimed writers ranging from playwright Tony Kushner to novelist Jhumpa Lahiri.
Ersi Sotiropoulos first modern Greek writer to be Harman Writer in Residence
Announcing the Sotiropoulos Writer-in-Residence on Wednesday, Harman Program Director Professor Esther Allen, who is at the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, said: “It is a pleasure to welcome Ersi Sotiropoulos and her potent blend poetry and fiction for Baruch.
“His work has been translated from his native Greek into a dozen or more languages because of his unique ability to infuse intense emotion into depictions of everyday life. put to good use are brilliant, and I’m thrilled for the students in the class, who are all brimming with talent. One of them, Emanuela Gallo, won first, second or third place in three competitions. writing for 2021 students, each judged by a different famous writer – really impressive!
An internationally acclaimed author, Sotiropoulos has published nearly 20 works of fiction and poetry and has won numerous awards, including the Greek National Book Prize, the Greek Literary Critics Prize, and the Athens Academy Prize. His Harman course is titled “The Writer’s Journey Between Doubt and Trust.”
Sotiropoulos’ novel “What’s Left of the Night” won the Prix Méditerranée Étranger 2017 in France and its English translation by Karen Emmerich won the National Translation Prize 2019. The book follows Constantine Cavafy, one of the most more esteemed, as he comes to terms with his sexuality and defines his voice as an artist in a time of political upheaval and social unrest.
Novelist Edmund White described What’s Left of the Night simply as “A perfect book”.
As a Harman Writer-in-Residence, Sotiropoulos’ course will focus on the historical triggers of great literary innovation, as well as how writers are able to overcome periods of writer’s block.
The Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program at CUNY
The Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program, endowed at Baruch College’s Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, brings a distinguished writer to campus each semester.
Past participants have been Pulitzer Prize winners, MacArthur Fellows, National Book Winners and Poet Laureates, including acclaimed playwrights Tony Kushner and Stew Stewart, novelist Xialou Guo and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri.
Sotiropoulos is the 48th Harman Writer-in-Residence, as the program enters its 24th year.
Endowed by former student of Dr. Sidney Harman (’39), the Harman Residence reflects his belief that “good writing is revelatory. It is not simply a transfer of fully formed material from brain to paper. Writing is an act of magical creation; writing is a discovery.
The Harman program is based on an intense workshop design, where guest writers teach small classes and conduct one-on-one lectures. Students are encouraged to refine their personal styles and find their own creative voice.
In addition, the Harman Program sponsors student creative writing competitions, literary internships, individual readings, and other programs. In November 2021, the program presented “And Then There Was Us,” Baruch’s first student-written show developed with Spring ’21 Harman Writer and acclaimed artist, Stew.