Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Apply to the NYS Summer Writers Institute!

The New York State Summer Writers Institute will begin its 28th season at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs.  A few spaces remain for workshop participants.

To apply:  https://www.skidmore.edu/summerwriters/workshops.php

Students may enroll for two weeks (June 29 - July 10 or July 13-24) or for the entire four-week session (June 29-July 24).

Since its inaugural season in 1987, the New York State Summer Writers Institute has drawn students from across the United States as well as from Australia, Brazil, France, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, South Korea and Singapore. Students have ranged from 20 to 99 years of age. The Institute is intended principally for students who have had at least one or two previous workshop experiences. It is definitely not for high school students or for freshman college students. The Institute offers courses for undergraduate and graduate credit, as well as noncredit courses. Approximately 50 percent of the program participants are undergraduate or graduate students.

For questions and concerns, please call, fax, mail, or email:

Program Coordinator, Office of the Dean of Special Programs
Christine R. Merrill
518-580-5593 phone

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2015 NYS Summer Writers Institute Reading Series

The Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore in Saratoga will run from July 29 through July 24.

All readings are at 8PM in Davis Auditorium, Palamountain Hall, Skidmore College, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

For more information:   518-580-5000, info@skidmore.edu

Picture:  Claire Messud
JUNE 29: Non-fiction reading by Phillip Lopate and fiction reading by Linda Spalding.
JUNE 30: Fiction reading by Francine Prose and fiction reading by Caryl Phillips.
JULY 1: Fiction reading by Michael Ondaajte and poetry reading by Campbell McGrath.
JULY 2: Poetry reading by Charles Simic and fiction reading by Howard Norman.
JULY 3: Fiction reading by Claire Messud and fiction reading by Elizabeth Benedict.
JULY 6: Poetry reading by Carolyn Forche and fiction reading by Victoria Redel.
JULY 7: Poetry reading by Frank Bidart and fiction reading by Rivka Galchen.
JULY 8: Fiction reading by Mary Gaitskill and non-fiction reading by Honor Moore.
JULY 9: Fiction reading by Joseph O'Neill and fiction reading by Joanna Scott.
JULY 10: Fiction reading by Joyce Carol Oates.
JULY 13: Fiction reading by Amy Hempel and fiction reading by William Kennedy.
JULY 14: Fiction reading by Ann Beattie and poetry reading by Tom Healy.
JULY 15: Fiction reading by Rick Moody and poetry reading by Lloyd Schwartz.
JULY 16: Non-fiction reading by Nick Flynn and fiction reading by Adam Braver.
JULY 17: Poetry reading by Robert Pinsky poetry reading by Peg Boyers.
JULY 20: Fiction reading by Cristina Garcia and poetry reading by Wayne Koestenbaum.
JULY 21:Fiction reading by Russell Banks and poetry reading by Chase Twichell.
JULY 22: Non-fiction reading by Laura Kipnis and non-fiction reading by Jim Miller.
JULY 23: Fiction reading by Jamaica Kincaid and poetry reading by Henri Cole.
JULY 24: Fiction reading by Paul Harding and fiction reading by Binnie Kirshenbaum.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

UAlbany launched Pulitzer drama winner Stephen Adly Guirgis

Paul Grondahl interviews Stephen Adly Guirgis in the Times Union:

Guirgis, 50, and his unlikely career trajectory could be viewed as a kind of patron saint for late bloomers, slackers and second chances.

"I wasn't a great student, but it took me more than six years because I kept changing my major," Guirgis said Tuesday by phone from his apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side. "In my last two years, I became a theater major and things really started to click. At the time, Albany was known as a business school and we were kind of like a weird group, but we were always doing something, creating shows, and we stuck together."

More in the Times Union:  http://www.timesunion.com/tuplus-local/article/UAlbany-launched-Pulitzer-drama-winner-Stephen-6215221.php

More about Guirgis's 2010 visit to the Writers Institute: http://www.albany.edu/writers-inst/webpages4/archives/guirgis_stephen10.html

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

UAlbany Grad Stephen Guirgis Wins Pulitzer

Stephen Adly Guirgis, who graduated from the University at Albany in 1990 with a major in Theatre, is the 2015 winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for his new play "Between Riverside and Crazy."

The Pulitzer jury called the work, "a nuanced, beautifully written play about a retired police officer faced with eviction that uses dark comedy to confront questions of life and death."

Guirgis visited the New York State Writers Institute on April 12, 2010.

More about his visit here:

An interview with Guirgis posted on the Institute's YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFR2iMDmcFE

Guirgis studied theatre with NYS Writers Institute Fellow and UAlbany Professor W. Langdon Brown and with the late Jarka Burian of the Theatre Department who-- together with his wife Grayce Burian-- established and endowed the Institute's annual Burian Lecture on the art of the theatre.

More on the Burian Lecture here:  http://www.albany.edu/writers-inst/webpages4/archives/burian_lectures.html

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Joan Murray in the Times Union

Poet Joan Murray discusses her friendship with poet Alicia Ostriker in the Times Union. The two poets will visit together on Thursday, April 23rd:

"I've known Alicia since we were both young poets in the second wave feminist movement in the '70s. We were attracted to each other's work, because we were both young moms writing about motherhood and war. We've kept up a literary friendship since then, staying in touch and seeing each other now and then. Alicia is fun, but she's also famous and brilliant in a down-to-earth way."

"While our poems are different, we're both dramatic, and we can riff like the old masters when we want to. We both deal with serious social and political issues. We also write about God, though we're not believers. (Alicia has a whole book talking with him.) And we're both risk-takers: I have that book in the voice of the Niagara woman, and Alicia's new book is in the voices of an old woman, a tulip and a dog."

More in the Times Union interview with Elizabeth Floyd Mair:  http://www.timesunion.com/tuplus-features/article/Writing-from-experiences-6204800.php

More about the upcoming visit:  http://www.albany.edu/writers-inst/webpages4/archives/ostriker_murray15.html

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Mary Norris, Queen of Proofreaders, in the New York Times

Mary Norris, who visits us on Thursday, April 9, is reviewed in the New York Times:  

Ms. Norris looks not only for errors that have slipped through the many layers of security, but also for subtle dissonances in sense and style — words that are slightly off, imprecise or muddy phrases, anachronistic colloquialisms, technically correct commas that might make a sentence sound better if omitted, or vice versa.
“It’s like those mechanics that only work on cars that go 200 miles an hour,” said David Remnick, The New Yorker’s editor. “They can see every little precise thing that can go wrong that might get you killed.”

More:  http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/04/01/books/mary-norris-muses-on-a-lifetime-of-literary-vigilance-in-between-you-me.html?referrer&_r=0

More about her upcoming visit:  http://www.albany.edu/writers-inst/webpages4/archives/norris_mary15.html

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Writer Richard Russo on Public Funding for Education

“I’m a product of public education, government-backed student loans, and publicly funded institutions like the Gloversville Free Library. If you’ve lost faith in them, you’ve lost faith in basic democratic principles.”

--Richard Russo, Gloversville novelist, quoted in the New York Times in an article by Steven Greenhouse about a campaign to renovate the Gloversville Library, March 24, 2105

More about Richard Russo:  http://www.albany.edu/writers-inst/webpages4/archives/moore_russo09.html

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