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Next Walt Whitman Writer Series brings acclaimed novelist to St. Francis College

March 22, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Author Tanwi Nandini Islam, and book cover. Photo courtesy of SFC
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St. Francis College is proud to welcome bright, Brooklyn-based rising star Tanwi Nandini Islam as the next speaker for the Walt Whitman Writers Series on April 20 at 4:30 p.m. in the college’s Maroney Forum for Arts, Culture and Education.

Islam is the author of “Bright Lines” (Penguin 2015), a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. She is the founder of Hi Wildflower Botanica, a small-batch niche perfume, candle and skincare line. Her writing has appeared on,, Open City, Women 2.0, and Gawker. A graduate of Brooklyn College MFA and Vassar College, she lives in the borough.

Islam is the 16th writer to visit St. Francis for the Walt Whitman Series, which continues to bring top contemporary authors to Brooklyn Heights to share their work and writing experiences with students, faculty and the entire Brooklyn community.

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Previous authors include Chad Harbach, Marlon, James, Paul Beatty, Junot Díaz, Charles Baxter, George Saunders, James Salter, Colum McCann, Ben Marcus, Dinaw Mengestu, Kate Christensen, Julie Orringer, Jonathan Lethem, Darcey Steinke and Rick Moody.

The Walt Whitman Series is a continuation of St. Francis College’s commitment to supporting Brooklyn’s literary community. In addition to visits by these authors, the college also offers the biennial $50,000 St. Francis College Literary Prize for mid-career authors. Submission for the 2017 Literary Prize close May 15.

St. Francis also helps sponsor and host events for the Brooklyn Book Festival. These efforts combine to give students, faculty and the entire Brooklyn community a front row seat to some of the best and most diverse professional writers at work today.


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