The Writers Project at SUNY Adirondack was developed to give students and Warren and Washington County residents the chance to listen and to speak with nationally renowned and emerging writers.
The Writers Project was funded, initially, by a grant for the National Endowment for the Arts and from Poets & Writers, Inc, with Public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Faculty-Student Association of SUNY ADK.
This Monday, Feb 14, at 12:30, join us in Scoville 206 for a Zoomed conversation with author Chloe Shaw about her memoir WHAT IS A DOG? John Irving says, "This book is for anyone who has ever loved a dog," and it's much, much more.
Our first event of 2022 will be memoirist Chloe Shaw, whose book WHAT IS A DOG appeared to great acclaim in 2021. Shaw will join us February 14 at 12:30—via Zoom, to protect the health of our community and allow maximum participation! Email [email protected] (Nancy) for information and to register. More deatils soon.
Our next event is October 4, a Monday, at 12:30 in the Visual Art Gallery of SUNY Adirondack. John Kane, Indigenous activist, advocate, blogger, and radio show host will talk about the issues he is working on now and the ways we use words to create change. Join us!
Please enjoy these marvelous readings, recorded for SUNY Adirondack by Paul Lisicky, distinguished novelist and memoirist. An active member of the LGBTQ community Lisicky writes of coming of age, friendship, and the emerging self in its many incarnations. A meeting with students for Q&A takes place Sept. 30 at 12:30.
https://youtu.be/2lBgGlks4hk : An excerpt from LATER
https://youtu.be/z8u3sKN6wcc : Two stories, "The Longest Life in the World" and "The Boy and His Mother Are Stuck!"
https://youtu.be/igxAQzcopbA : An excerpt from THE NARROW DOOR
How we miss our live meetings, the people in the room and the chance to ask the authors questions after we've heard them share their work. We'll be posting some links to YouTube recordings from this spring's readers, so stay tuned!
Don’t forget that Wednesday, February 12, in the Visual Arts Gallery we have two amazing poets coming to read their gritty, wise, funny poems about life in rural America. George Drew and Bruce Bennett will read at 12:30 and you won’t want to miss it!
This Wednesday, October 9, Jon Knowles will share his work *How S*x Got Screwed Up*. A monumental work of over 2000 pages, Knowles’s 20-year study of the cultural twisting of human sexuality (around the globe and throughout history!) is written for the lay-person, and thoroughly researched as well. Join us at 12:30 in the Visual Arts Gallery in Dearlove Hall, 12:30.
October 9, Jon Knowles will talk about and share passages from his 2000+-page anthropology study, *How S*x Got Screwed Up*. This pan-historical, global study of the relationship between culture and human sexuality, written for the lay-person, will startle and fascinate. Join us at 12:30 in the Visual Arts Gallery in Dearlove Hall.
Wednesday, Sept 25! Come hear David Graham read from his latest collection, *Honey of the Earth.* Strong imagery, a sharp mind, and a funny bone: this poet has it all! He’ll read starting at 12:30, and take questions until 2 PM or till the cookies run out...
Wednesday! September 25! You will love the poems of David Graham, 12:30 to 2 PM in the Visual Arts Gallery in Dearlove Hall. Bay Road will bring you there and we’ll meet you by the cookie tray. This poem is from Graham’s latest collection, *Honey of the Earth.*
Our first reading of the semester will be the great, the inimitable David Graham! In poems both funny and fresh, exaggerated and understated, Graham will make your think about reality in ways you never dreamed of before. Join us on September 25 in the Visual Arts Gallery of SUNY Adirondack on Bay Road, Queensbury, at 12:30 PM. Snacks! Books! Brilliance! All will be provided.
Our final FINAL reading every year now is a reading by our students. We invite all our graduating creative writing majors (oh, the talent!) and also the winners of this year’s Editors’ Choice Awards from our literary magazine *Expressions.* They were, truly, amazing. How grateful are we that there is a whole new generation of talent rising up? Beyond words...
Oh readers and students of writing everywhere! Tomorrow, April 24th, a treat is in store. The legendary poet David Baker will read, free of charge and open to the public, at 12:40 in Miller Auditorium in Dearlove Hall. Join us to celebrate Baker’s hot-off-the-presses *Swift: New and Selected Poems* (Norton) and to soak up the inspiration that this ever-evolving voice has to offer. (640 Bay Road, use the northern parking lot for easiest walking.)
Next week! April 24 at 12:30 David Baker will read from his home-off-the-presses New and Selected, so save the date! More details to follow.
Queensbury, Glens Falls, Saratoga folk! Come hear Alissa Quart talk about her NYT reviewed book _Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America_, and how her “docupoetry” weaves throughout her journalism career. April 3, today! 12:30 in Dearlove Hall’s art gallery on the SUNY Adirondack campus.
What a great presentation on Wednesday this past week, Phil Memmer and Steve Huff talking about careers in writing. The take-away, if you couldn't make it, was this: keep your eyes open, your assumptions flexible, go for that internship or volunteer opportunity--you never know where it will lead. And how can we prepare? Read, read, read.
An early experience from each that turned out to be beneficial: Huff says working in a bookstore, and Memmer says his work in events management for one organization lead to being able to do that work--and more--for writers at the YMCA of Greater Syracuse. While some students bemoaned the advice "Don't quit your day job" if their goal is to publish their writing, the practicing writers in the audience were nodding along. It can take a while to get started, and in that period, you are going to need socks, paper, lettuce, and the occasional tank of gas. As always, the overarching message was: persevere.
Happy holidays to all, and keep your eye peeled next spring for visiting children's book illustrator Doug Salati, nonfiction author Alissa Quart, memoirist and poet Amy King, and poet David Baker.
Today at the Writers Project! Naomi Huffman, writer and editor, will read from her work and talk about careers in the wide world of words. 12:30 in the Visual Arts Gallery, as always.
Our next visiting author will be David Eye, Wednesday, November 8 at 12:30 in the Visual Arts Gallery of Dearlove Hall. Eye will read from his recently published poetry collection, SEED, and if we're lucky he'll sing a few lines.
Eye began his career as an Army Captain, then spent 18 years acting and singing in NYC, including a stint in "Cats." He went on to earn his graduate degree at Syracuse University. Eye has promoted recognition for LGBTQ writers through reviews and volunteering with Lambda Literary. Come on in for what promises to be a wild ride!
Join us this Wednesday October 11 in the Visual Arts Gallery to hear Lisa Selin Davis read from her novel LOST STARS and discuss how her NY Times essay evolved into fiction! 12:30, Dearlove Hall, 640 Bay Road, Queensbury. Snacks, talk, and getting to know this Saratoga native and how her career took off!
This Wednesday October 11 at 12:30 in the Visual Arts Gallery!!! Lisa Selin Davis reads from her novel LOST STARS and discusses its evolution from her NY Times essay into fiction. Join us for art, talk with the Saratoga native, and snacks in Dearlove Hall, 640 Bay Road Queensbury.
Today (Weds Sept 27) David Ebenbach reads from his novel *Miss Portland* and his poetry collection *We Were the People Who Moved.* 12:30 in the Visual Arts Gallery (Dearlove Hall) at SUNY Adirondack!
Welcome Back: a sampler reading with excerpts from the work of many of our publishing faculty. This Wednesday, September 13, at 12:30-1:30 in the Visual Arts Gallery of SUNY Adirondack, authors who teach in our English and Creative Writing programs will share what they've been working on lately. Join us to kick off the year right!
I'm gearing up to start sharing good info at the Writers Project page...so if you are local to Queensbury, Saratoga, the Adirondacks, and any upstate NY counties, it's time to start checking in! Please like/follow so that you don't miss any upcoming treats.
We are looking forward to the October visit from David Ebenbach! Poet, novelist, short story writer, and also he gives a darn good interview.
A Tale of Two Stories: An Interview with David Ebenbach Envy is a regular part of my life, and it’s a question of what to do with it.
Very excited about the fall 2017 line-up! Our first annual faculty sampler, then Lisa Selin Davis, David Ebenbach, and Annik Adey-Babinski.
Join us for the last Writers Project Event of Fall 2015
Wednesday November 18th 12:40 Dearlove Visual Arts Gallery
James Schlett is an award-winning journalist whose feature and business writing has been recognized by the New York Newspaper Publishers Association and the New York State Associated Press Association. He is the author of A NOT TOO GREATLY CHANGED EDEN: THE STORY OF THE PHILOSOPHERS' CAMP IN THE ADIRONDACKS (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2015). His prose pieces have been published in Songs of Innocence, New York Archives and the Mid-Atlantic Almanack. His poetry has been published in Nomad’s Choir, The Literary Gazette, The Heron’s Nest, Acorn, and Bottle Rockets. He has spoken at, among other places, the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Albany Institute of History and Art.
The Writers Project is sponsored by SUNY Adirondack, the Faculty-Student Association of SUNY ADK, and the English Division.
Wed. October 28th Dearlove Visual Arts Gallery 12:40
Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie is the author of Dear Continuum: Letters to a Poet Crafting Liberation (Grand Concourse Press) and Karma’s Footsteps (Flipped Eye Publishing). She is the Poetry Editor of the literary magazine African Voices. Her work focuses on women, race, ancestry, violence and the healing power of art and has been published in North American Review, WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, Black Renaissance Noire, VIDA, Crab Orchard Review, BOMB, Paris/Atlantic, and Listen Up! (One World Ballantine).Tallie’s work has been the subject of a short film “I Leave My Colors Everywhere.” She is the recipient of a 2010 Queens Council on the Arts grant for her research on herbalists of the African Diaspora. She has taught literature and composition at York College and Medgar Evers College in New York City. Her work “Strut,” a collaboration with her husband, photographer Dominique Sindayiganza, deals with body-image, self-acceptance, and the role of capitalism in women’s issues about their appearances.
Join us on Wed. Oct. 14th
Dearlove Visual Arts Gallery 12:40
Bernadette McBride is the author of two full-length poetry collections: Food, Wine, and Other Essential Considerations—an Alphabet (Aldrich Press, 2014) and Waiting for the Light to Change (WordTech Press, 2013). She is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, was second-place winner of the International Ray Bradbury Writing Award for poetry (2006), and both a runner-up and finalist for the Robert Fraser Poetry Competition. Her work has been published in the UK and in numerous journals at home, and has been featured on NPRs The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor (2013). In addition, she has read her work and been interviewed on Public Television station QPTV in New York, serves as poetry co-editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal and directs the monthly Poets Reading series at Farley’s Bookshop in New Hope, PA. She has taught poetry and fiction writing at Temple University and currently teaches writing and Literature at Bucks County Community College, as well as creative writing in community workshops. She was selected poet laureate of Bucks County, PA in 2009. You can visit her at bernadettemcbrideblog.wordpress.com
Fall 2015 Writers Project Series begins at SUNY Adirondack
Thursday Sept 24 4:00 Miller Auditorium, Dearlove Hall
CURT STAGER is an ecologist, educator, and science journalist whose research focuses on climate change and the environmental histories of lakes in Africa, Peru, and the Adirondacks. He has published numerous peer-reviewed papers in major journals including Science and PlosOne, and has written extensively for the general public in periodicals such as National Geographic, Fast Company, Huffington Post, and Adirondack Life. He has co-hosted Natural Selections, a weekly science program on North Country Public Radio, since 1989, and was named New York State Science Professor of the Year by the Carnegie-Case Foundation in 2013. Curt holds the Lussi Endowed Chair in Lake Ecology and Paleo-Ecology at Paul Smith’s College, and has taken dozens of students on research expeditions to Africa, Peru, and remote corners of the Adirondacks. When he is not too busy with research or teaching, he has been known to subject people to his banjo and guitar-playing.
Join us! Free and open to the public. Refreshments, thanks to the Faculty-Student Association.
The Writers Project is sponsored by SUNY ADK, the FSA, and the English Division.
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