Monday, January 9, 2017, 7pm in the Haybarn  (Reading, Q &A, Book signing and Reception).
Dinaw ​Mengestu came to the United States with his family from Ethiopia at the age of two. Since earning his M.F.A. at Columbia University in 2005, he has published three novels, all of them New York Times Notable Books, including The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (Riverhead, 2007), How To Read the Air (Riverhead, 2010), and his most recent, All Our Names (Knopf, 2014). A 2012 MacArthur Foundation Fellow, Mengestu also earned a 2007 National Book Foundation Under 35 Award and was included on The New Yorker “20 Under 40” list in 2010. He is the recipient of a Lannan Fiction Fellowship, Guardian First Book Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize, among numerous other awards. His work has been translated into more than 15 languages. Mengestu is also a freelance journalist who has reported from sub-Saharan Africa about life in Darfur, northern Uganda, and eastern Congo, and has had his work published in Harper’sGrantaRolling StoneThe New Yorker, and the New York Times. He is a professor of written arts and the Director of the Written Arts Program at Bard College, New York.

Important Announcement

The Board of Directors for Goddard College have made the difficult decision to close the college at the end of the 2024 Spring term.  


Current Goddard students will have the opportunity to complete their degrees at the same tuition rate through a teach-out with like-minded institution, Prescott College. Updates and scholarship funds will be available in the coming weeks and months. Information will be posted to

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