The Chet Raymo Literary Series was established in 2001. The annual event brings significant writers of poetry, fiction or non-fiction to Stonehill to share their work and to speak about the art of writing. Past speakers have included Junot Díaz, best-selling author and NPR contributor Sarah Vowell, then-U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, Jennifer Egan, and poet Claudia Rankine, Irish poet Seamus Heaney. The Raymo Lecture Series is named in honor of one of the College’s most celebrated faculty members, Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy Chet Raymo who has written 18 books on science and nature, including four novels, one of which was made into a major film, Frankie Starlight.