INSIDE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
Alumni take part in creative writing series
Poet Shara McCallum, Ph.D. ’98, will open the series with a poetry workshop for writers from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 15, in UU-133 and a reading of her own work at 8 p.m. Feb. 16, in FA-258. A reception and book signing will follow the reading.
McCallum was born in Jamaica and moved to the United States when she was 9 years old. She earned a doctoral degree in poetry and African American and Caribbean literature from Binghamton and now teaches at Bucknell University, where she also serves as director of the Stadler Center for Poetry.
Her first collection of poetry, The Water Between Us, won the prestigious Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press in 1998 and served as her doctoral dissertation. In addition to her workshop and reading, McCallum will discuss the center and its programs at a Writing Life event at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 16, in PSPC-C.
Binghamton alumnus Stephen Corey ’70, M.A. ’71, will also take part in this spring’s program. Corey is the author of 10 collections of poetry and editor for Georgia Review. He will read from his own work at 8 p.m. Mar. 8, in FA-258; he will also offer a workshop from 3-5 p.m. Mar. 9, in UU-133 and discuss his own writing life and work with Georgia Review during a Writing Life event at 1:30 p.m. Mar. 10, in PSPC-C. Other writers scheduled for this semester include:
February 22: John E. Smelcer, who won the 2004 Binghamton University Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award for Without Reservation. Smelcer will offer a workshop from 2-4 p.m. in UU-133 and will read from his own work at 8 p.m. in FA-258.
March 15: Marilyn Chin. Her latest book of poetry is Rhapsody in Plain Yellow (Norton, 2002). Chin will offer a work-shop from 2-4 p.m. in UU-133 and will read from her own work at 8 p.m. in FA-258.
March 15: Joan Cusack Handler. Handler is the editor of CavanKerry Press, a literary press that publishes collections of poetry, essays and anthologies. Handler will discuss her own writing life and her work with CavanKerry Press from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Reinhardt Room.
April 5: Helena Maria Viramontes. Viramontes is the author of two collections of short stories and two novels: At the Feet of Jesus and the forthcoming Their Dogs Came with Them. Viramontes will offer a work-shop from 2-4 p.m. in UU-133 and will read from her own work at 8 p.m. in FA-258.
April 7: Robert Stewart. Stewart is a poet and editor of New Letters Literary Review and its PBS radio companion, New Letters on the Air. Stewart will discuss his own writing life and his work with New Letters, both on the page and on the air from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in PSPC-C.
April 12: Carole Maso. Maso is the author of six novels, a study of the artist Frida Kahlo, a journal of pregnancy and birth called Room Lit by Roses and a book of essays on craft called Break Every Rule. Maso will offer a workshop from 2-4 p.m. in UU-133 and will read from her own work at 8 p.m. in FA-258.
April 14: Fiona McCrae. McCrae is the editor of Graywolf Press, a literary press that publishes novels, short stories, poetry, cultural criticism, literary criticism and translations. McCrae will offer a Writing Life event from 35 p.m. in the Reinhardt Room.
For more information on the programs, call 777-2713 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The Readers’ Series is funded in part by the Binghamton Alumni Association and by Poets and Writers, Inc., through a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.