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National Book Award recipient to take part in Spring Readers’ Series

National Book Award winner Julia Glass is just one of the novelists, poets and editors who will be visiting Binghamton University during February, March and April as part of two Binghamton Center for Writers series: the Spring Readers’ Series and the Writing Life Dean’s Workshop series.

All of the Center for Writers events are free and open to the community.

Two types of events are being offered by the Center. The evening readings are scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the Engineering Building Auditorium, Room B-110. Books will be available for sale and a reception and book signing will follow.

The Readers’ Series schedule is:

Feb. 16: Susann Cokal
Binghamton University alumna Cokal is the author of two acclaimed historical novels: Mirabilus (set in 14th-century France) and her latest novel, Breath and Bones (set in the 19th-century American West).

March 16: Julia Glass
Winner of the 2009 Binghamton University John Gardner Fiction Book Award for her third novel, I See You Everywhere, Glass won the National Book Award for her debut novel, Three Junes.

March 23: Major Jackson
Winner of the Cave Canem Prize, Jackson is the author of two acclaimed volumes of poetry: Hoops and Leaving Saturn.

April 13: Marilyn Chin
Chin’s books have become Asian-American classics and are taught all over the world. Her books of poetry include Rhapsody in Plain Yellow, The Phoenix Gone, The Terrace Empty and Dwarf Bamboo. Her latest release is Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen.

April 20: Peter Thabit Jones
Newly returned from Romania, where his verse-drama The Boy and the Lion’s Head debuted, Welsh poet and playwright Jones will be coming to Binghamton as part of his third reading tour in America.

The second type of event offered by the Center for Writers will be the Writing Life series. These events feature an informal conversation with working writers/editors discussing craft, publishing and the writing life. It is an opportunity for students, faculty and community members to learn about publishing and to meet the editor.
Writing Life events will run from 1:30-3:30 p.m. and be held in LN-1104.

The three events scheduled for spring are:

Feb. 24: Thaddeus Rutkowski and Jeffrey Ethan Lee of Many Mountains Moving, a literary journal of diverse contemporary voices, and the Many Mountains Moving Press.

March 24: Allison Joseph of Crab Orchard Review, a literary magazine that publishes fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and interviews.  Joseph is also moderator of the Creative Writers’ Opportunities Listserv.

April 19: Bob Hershon of Hanging Loose literary magazine and press, publishers of poetry since 1966.

Directions to the various rooms, biographies, links to the journal web pages, work samples for the readers and other information may be found online at

The Center for Writers may be reached at 777-2713 or
These series are funded with support from the Office of the Dean of Harpur College and by Poets & Writers Inc. through a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08