Critically acclaimed author Stephen Kuusisto ’78 recently had a book of poetry published titled “Letters to Borges.” The series of poems are addressed to Jorge Luis Borges, a blind 20th century poet. Kuusisto, who was born legally blind, uses themes of travel, religion, music and art to explore the relationship between blindness, sight and life.
Kuusisto is no stranger to the literary world and has published dozens of books, articles and poems over the course of his career. One of his previous works includes the best-selling memoir “Planet of the Blind” (1998), which The New York Times labeled a “Notable Book of the Year.”
The New York Times also has called Kuusisto a “powerful writer with a musical ear for language and a gift for emotional candor.” His critical acclaim has earned him appearances on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Dateline NBC,” National Public Radio and other reputable media outlets. Kuusisto also has had numerous essays, articles and poems featured in various publications, such as The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Harper’s, and many others.
A Fulbright Scholar, Kuusisto graduated from Hobart with a B.A. in English, and then went on to receive his M.F.A. in English from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. Currently, he is a professor in the Center on Human Policy at Syracuse University. Kuusisto, along with his wife, also co-founded Kaleidoscope Connections, LLC, which allows him to speak publicly about diversity, disability, education and public policy.
His book, “Letters to Borges,” is now available for purchase in the HWS College Store.