Garrison Keillor Completes 2015-2016 Presidential Lecture Series

May 17 2016
Category: Events

Garrison Keillor, one of the most prolific American storytellers of all time, will complete the 2015-2016 Presidential Lecture Series this Thursday, May 19, when he presents “An Evening of Storytelling,” at 7:00 p.m., at the Clemens Center in Elmira.

A master storyteller, Keillor is a writer and humorist best known for his popular live radio variety show, A Prairie Home Companion, which attracts more than 4 million listeners on more than 600 public radio stations each week.

Keillor is also the host of the daily radio and online program, The Writers Almanac, and the editor of several anthologies of poetry, most recently, Good Poems: American Places. A best-selling author, he has published more than two-dozen books, including Lake Wobegon Days, The Book of Guys, Pilgrims, Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny, and Homegrown Democrat. In 2006, Keillor played himself alongside a cast that included Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin and Kevin Kline, in the critically acclaimed film adaptation of A Prairie Home Companion, directed by Robert Altman.

With Grammy, ACE, and George Foster Peabody awards, Keillor has also been honored with the National Humanities Medal, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Tickets for Thursday’s performance are available online at or by visiting the Clemens Center/Downtown Elmira Box Office, Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Discounted tickets are available for Elmira College students, faculty, and staff, with College ID, by visiting the Clemens Center Box Office, 207 Clemens Center Parkway, Elmira.

About the Presidential Lecture Series

The Presidential Lecture Series focuses on distinguished speakers and topics relevant to the Elmira College mission as well as the global society in the fields of science, religion, media, technology, politics, business, culture, and the arts. The series aims to cultivate academic discourse outside of the classroom and foster a sense of community dedicated to academic excellence and social responsibility.  Additional information can be found online at

About the Clemens Center

Located in the central Southern Tier of New York, the Clemens Center in Downtown Elmira is the region’s premiere performing arts center.  The Clemens Center presents a vast spectrum of performance experiences:  blockbuster Broadway shows, an eclectic mix of music, dance, theatre and feel-good family entertainment.