Friday, May 30, 2014
Congratulations to Writers Institute Grad Assistant Josh Bartlett for winning the Spring 2014 Eugene K. Garber Prize for Short Fiction for his story, "French Twist."
Photo: Josh with Alex Trebek during his appearance on Jeopardy! in 2012 (the show aired on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22nd).
The prize is endowed by Professor Emeritus Gene Garber of the UAlbany English Department: http://www.albany.edu/writers-inst/webpages4/archives/garber_eugene_k.html
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
From UAlbany's Facebook page:
We were fortunate to have her on the UAlbany campus in April 1998 where she spoke about her extraordinary life and read from her numerous works.
Share your favorite Maya Angelou quote in the comments. #RIP #MayaAngelou
More at: https://www.facebook.com/universityatalbany
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Jamaica Kincaid! Joyce Carol Oates! William Kennedy! Robert Pinsky! Marilynne Robinson! Russell Banks! And many more….
You are invited to attend the NYS Summer Writers Institute’s free public readings at Skidmore in Saratoga this summer, every weekday from June 30th to July 25th, cosponsored by Skidmore College and the New York State Writers Institute.
SUMMER PUBLIC READING LIST 2014
All Readings are at 8:00 p.m. in Davis Auditorium, Palamountain Hall
815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Free and open to the public
Fiction reading by Elizabeth Benedict and poetry reading by Campbell McGrath.
Fiction reading by Francine Prose and non-fiction reading by Nicholas Delbanco.
Poetry reading by Frank Bidart and fiction reading by Jim Shepard.
Fiction reading by Russell Banks and poetry reading by Chase Twichell.
Fiction reading by Howard Norman and poetry reading by Jane Shore.
Poetry reading by Rosanna Warren and fiction reading by Cristina Garcia.
Non-Fiction reading by Phillip Lopate and fiction reading by Victoria Redel.
Poetry reading by James Longenbach and fiction reading by Joanna Scott.
Poetry reading by Louise Gluck and fiction reading by Caryl Phillips.
Fiction reading by Joyce Carol Oates.
Poetry reading by Carolyn Forche and fiction reading by Amy Hempel.
Fiction reading by Marilynne Robinson and poetry reading by Peg Boyers.
Fiction reading by Danzy Senna and nonfiction reading by Honor Moore.
Fiction reading by William Kennedy.
Poetry reading by Robert Pinsky.
Poetry reading by Mark Strand and fiction reading by Binnie Kirshenbaum.
Poetry reading by Charles Simic and fiction reading by Adam Braver.
Fiction reading by Rick Moody and poetry reading by Tom Healy.
Fiction reading by Jamaica Kincaid and poetry reading by Henri Cole.
Fiction reading by Paul Harding and poetry reading by Carl Dennis.
Office of the Dean of Special Programs
NYS Summer Writers Institute
Office of the Dean of Special Programs
815 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Times Union editor-at-large Harry Rosenfeld has won a 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award, or IPPY, for his book, "From Kristallnacht to Watergate: Memoirs of a Newspaperman."
It is the latest in a recent string of honors for Rosenfeld, 84, of Albany, the son of a Polish-born Jewish furrier. Rosenfeld grew up in Berlin and escaped Nazi Germany as a young boy along with his parents and older sister, and emigrated to America in 1939.
The book details Rosenfeld's formative years in the Bronx as a German refugee, his drive to learn English and landing his first job in newspapers as a teenaged shipping clerk at the New York Herald Tribune, where he eventually rose up the editing ranks.
Rosenfeld also describes in depth his role as Metro Editor of the Washington Post during its Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Watergate scandal led by the dogged work of Rosenfeld's reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.
More from Paul Grondahl in the Times Union: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Newspaperman-s-memoir-wins-award-5504423.php
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Robert Patton was 12 years old in 1970 as he sat beside his father in a Times Square theater and watched the newly released film "Patton," starring George C. Scott.
"I couldn't understand why my dad was sobbing during the movie," he recalled. "I guess that's the first time I realized I was the grandson of the famous general I was watching depicted on the big screen."
Before seeing "Patton," the adolescent boy only vaguely grasped the historical importance of the famous World World II commander and knew him as a long-dead grandfather seen in faded photographs and heard about in stories at family gatherings.
More from Paul Grondahl in yesterday's Times Union: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Grandson-of-Gen-Patton-examines-war-5458306.php
Robert Patton visited the Writers Institute on April 29th: http://www.albany.edu/writers-inst/webpages4/archives/patton_Robert14.html
Friday, May 2, 2014
Thursday, May 1, 2014
A. O. Scott reviews the 2013 film Kill Your Darlings, co-written by Austin Bunn, who visits Albany
More about the visit: http://www.albany.edu/writers-inst/webpages4/archives/bunn_austin14.html
From the NY Times: Long before Allen Ginsberg became the benevolent, bearded Buddha of the counterculture — and one of the most beloved American poets — he was a skinny, anxious Columbia freshman who fell in with a group of literary rebels. John Krokidas’s debut feature, “Kill Your Darlings,” is intent on studying these not-yet-Beats in their fledgling state, as they write the first drafts of their own legends.
More in the Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/16/movies/kill-your-darlings-stars-daniel-radcliffe.html?_r=0
Austin Bunn, screenwriter of the 2013 hit film Kill Your Darlings starring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) as Allen Ginsberg, visits the Writers Institute this Friday.
Here's an interview with Bunn, who teaches screenwriting at Cornell, in the Cornell Daily Sun:
The Sun: Tell me a little bit about your movie.
Prof. Austin Bunn: So, Kill Your Darlings is the story of the origins of the beat generation, so it’s about Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Bill Boroughs when they were young men, long before they became the people that you know them to be. So if most biopics are about like great men at the peak of their lives, this is about them at point zero of their lives when they’re just kids and they’re still figuring out who they are and trying to become artists. One critics who reviewed the movie called it Beat Generation: First Class — these are these major American literary figures when they’re just punks, bad students, you know, dorm roommates, when they’re kids.
More in The Sun: http://cornellsun.com/blog/2013/02/01/sex-drugs-and-beats-an-interview-with-prof-austin-bunn/