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Readers’ Series brings authors, poets to Binghamton
February 11, 2014Tweet
Karen Brown and Nahid Rachlin are two of the authors who will be featured in the Binghamton Center for Writers’ Spring Readers’ Series.
The Binghamton Center for Writers annually sponsors two series of interest to readers and writers of literature, both of which are free and open to all. The Spring Readers’ Series brings well-known and emerging writers to campus to read from their work, while the Writing Life Series brings working editors here for an informal Q&A about craft, publishing, and the challenges and rewards of the writing life.
The Readers’ Series events will be held on various Tuesdays at 8 p.m. in S1-149. The season will open on Feb. 18 with a reading by Iranian-born novelist Nahid Rachlin, who is best known for her memoir Persian Girls about her girlhood in Iran. Rachlin has published four novels: Jumping Over Fire; Foreigner; Married to a Stranger; and The Heart’s Desire, as well as a collection of short stories, Veils. Her individual short stories have appeared in more than 50 magazines, and have been included on NPR’s “Selected Shorts.”
Author Karen Brown, winner of the Binghamton University John Gardner Fiction Book Award for her collection of short stories, Little Sinners, will read on March 4. In addition to the Binghamton Book Award, Little Sinners won the Prairie Schooner Prize, and was named a Best Book of 2012 by Publishers Weekly. This past summer, Brown published two new books: the novel, The Longings of Wayward Girls, and the short story collection, Pins and Needles.
On March 18, the Readers’ Series will feature Binghamton University alumni Heather McNaugher and Jacob White. Poet McNaugher is the author of System of Hideouts, and fiction writer White is the author of the story collection Being Dead in South Carolina. McNaugher is poetry editor for the literary journal Fourth River, while White is fiction editor for Green Mountains Review.
On March 25, the Center for Writers will welcome poet January Gill O’Neil. O’Neil is the author of the poetry collection Underlife and a forthcoming collection, Misery Islands. She is the executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and an assistant professor of English at Salem State University.
The final reader in the Spring Readers’ Series will be poet Daniel Donaghy on April 29. Donaghy’s books include Start With the Trouble, which won the 2010 Paterson Award and was named a finalist for the BU Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award and the Connecticut Book Award, and Streetfighting, which was a finalist for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize.
In addition to the Readers’ Series, the Center for Writers will also be offering three The Writing Life Series events:
* Monday, March 24, 1:30-3:30 p.m. in LN-1104, with Jen Grow and Laura Shovan of Little Pawtuxent Review, publishers of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and artwork from writers in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond.
* Wednesday, April 7, 1:30-3:30 p.m. in LN-1104, with John Gallagher, poetry editor of The Laurel Review, a literary journal that publishes poetry, short fiction, essays and reviews with an emphasis on the poem or story or essay that presents a real investigation of the art and what it is to be human.
* Wednesday, April 30, 1:30-3:30 p.m., LN-1104, with Tim Green, editor of Rattle, a magazine that describes its mission as promoting the practice of poetry and a community of poets.