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Binghamton University’s English Department will host six literary events this fall: three evening readings where the writers will be reading from their own work, and three afternoon events where editors of literary presses or journals will hold a conversation on publishing and the writing life. All of these events are free and open to the public.
The first event will be from “The Writing Life: Conversations with Editors” series. On Wednesday, Sept. 21, Anitra Budd, managing editor of Coffee House Press, an independent literary press that publishes fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, will meet with students, faculty, and community members for an informal Q&A session from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in UU-252, located on the second floor of the old Union building, near the Susquehanna Room.
The other two Writing Life events of the semester will also be held on their respective days from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in UU-252. On Monday, Oct. 17, Ben Furnish will represent BkMk PRESS, an award-winning literary press that publishes full-length collections of poetry, fiction, and essays. On Wednesday, Nov. 16, Richard Peabody will talk about Gargoyle Magazine and Paycock Press, publishers of poetry and fiction.
Details are still be finalized for the Sunday, Oct. 23, visit from prolific science fiction, fantasy, and mystery writer Jeff Ford. Ford, a Binghamton University alumnus, will read as the John Gardner Reader in this special event. Some of Ford’s books include The Well-Built City Trilogy (The Physiognomy, Memoranda, and The Beyond), The Girl in the Glass and The Shadow Year.
The second alumnus to be reading this season will be award-winning poet, editor and children’s book author Tony Medina, who will read from his newest poetry collection, My Old Man Was Always on the Lam, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in S1-149. Medina is the author of the popular picture book DeShawn Days, and co-editor of Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam.
The final reader for the semester will be Australian novelist Simone Lazaroo. Lazaroo will read from her latest novel, Sustenance, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, in FA-212. Lazaroo’s first three novels won the Western Australian Premier’s Prize for Fiction, while Sustenance follows the efforts of a hotel cook in Bali to defuse tensions during a terrorist takeover. Lazaroo teaches creative writing at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia.