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Goran's Gifts: A Tribute to Creative Writing Professor Lester Goran

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Goran's Gifts: A Tribute to Creative Writing Professor Lester Goran

By UM News
A memorial celebration of Professor Lester Goran’s Creative Writing Legacy at the University of Miami. Lester Goran began developing creative writing courses for undergraduates in 1961. He founded the MFA in Creative Writing Program and taught over 20,000 students in his 53 years at the University. Professor Goran published eight novels and three collections of short stories. His legacy includes scores of well-published writers. We are grateful for the gifts that Lester gave to his students.

WHAT: Two days of celebrating Goran’s Gifts.
Thursday 23, October Recent Alumni Reading at 6:30 p.m.; Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables
Featuring Daisy Hernandez,  A Cup of Water Under My Bed
                    Jason McCall,  Dear Hero
                    Kristine Snodgrass, War on Pants
                    Natalia Sylvester, Chasing the Sun
Friday 24, October An evening of readings, memories and a celebration of Lester Goran’s life and legacy 6 p.m.
                CAS Gallery at the Wesley Foundation House, 1210 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables
Featuring former students reading dedicated stories to Lester Goran:
      Chrissa-Jean Chappell,  More than Good Enough
      Terrence Cheng, Sons of Heaven
      Paul Perry, Gunpowder Valentin: New and Selected Poems
      Michelle Richmond, The Year of the Fog
And special remarks by
      Professor Eugene Clasby
      Matthew Aspery Gear
      Chauncey Mabe
Reception to follow.
The Mangrove Literary Journal is producing a special tribute edition in honor of Lester Goran.       
Goran’s Gifts: Recent Alumni Reading Thursday October 23 at Books & Books, 265 Aragon, Coral Gables, is free and open to the public.
Goran’s Gifts: Memorial Celebration, Friday October 24, sponsored by the University of Miami’s College of Arts and Sciences, the English Department’s Creative Writing Program, the MALS program, and the Mangrove Literary Journal, is free and open to the public. Please RSVP at
For more information, contact University of Miami Creative Writing Director M. Evelina Galang at or Creative Writing Community Outreach and Events Coordinator Melissa Burley at For information about parking, please see UM Parking Information.

October 13, 2014