Mount Mercy welcomes acclaimed author Stephen Kuusisto

Mount Mercy College will welcome acclaimed Planet of the Blind author, poet and essayist Stephen Kuusisto during a special Q&A and reading titled “The Secret Lives of Eavesdroppers: A Nonfiction and Poetry Reading,” on Thursday, February 11. The Q&A starts at 3:30 p.m. and the reading starts at 7:30 p.m. Both events take place in Flaherty Community Room, Basile Hall, and are free and open to the public.

Kuusisto’s memoir, Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening, is said to “show sighted people, who overlook sound, the richness of our world,” by The Seattle Times. Described as “a luminous memoir of a darkened world” by The Boston Globe, Kuusisto’s Planet of the Blind is a beautiful and inspiring look into a world of shadows and color.

Join us as Kuusisto describes his journey through seeing the world like a kaleidoscope, “both beautiful and useless.”

Blind since birth, author Stephen Kuusisto speaks widely on diversity, disability, education, and public policy. He has made numerous appearances on programs including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dateline NBC, National Public Radio and the BBC. Kuusisto is a graduate of the prestigious Iowa Writer’s Workshop and a Fulbright scholar.  He has taught at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and his work has appeared in The Antioch Review, Partisan Review andHarper’s Magazine among others.

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