Binghamton Center for Writers

Common Ground

Common Ground is a newly established reading series devoted to the creative work of graduate and undergraduate students. Our goal is to engage the widest spectrum of the Binghamton student writing community as we gather in solidarity and share poetry and prose in a safe and welcoming environment. Three undergraduates and three graduate readers will be featured at each event, followed by conversation and literary friendship. Common Ground welcomes writers of color, the LGBTQ community, and people of all abilities, and finds fellowship in celebrating Binghamton's creative writers.  If you are interested in reading your work at a Common Ground event or would like more information, please email Shin Watanabe at

Spring 2022 Reading Dates

Wednesday, March 9 at 7:00pm in AM 189
Thursday, April 21 at 7:00pm in AM 189

Common Ground Coordinators

Shin Watanabe

Shin Watanabe was born in Gainesville, Florida and has lived in New York, New Jersey, Minnesota, and Nevada. He studied philosophy at the University of Minnesota and received an MFA in poetry at the University of Las Vegas. Shin is currently a PhD candidate in English with a creative dissertation in poetry at Binghamton University.

Samantha Flatt

Samantha Flatt is passionate about all things creative, especially poetry. She is currently pursuing a BA in Creative Writing at SUNY Binghamton and will return in fall 2023 for her graduate studies. Currently, she is working on a creative thesis for the English Honors program, a collection of poetry and CNF that details her experiences with internalized misogyny.