Binghamton Center for Writers

Common Ground

Common Ground is a 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 Alycia Calvert at or Shannon Hearn at

Spring 2024

Common Ground Reading Series

Friday, February 23rd at 6pm| The Jay S. & Jeanne Benet Alumni Lounge.

This particular installment is an undergraduate CW focused reading.

Wednesday, April 17th at 6pm | Jay S. & Jeanne Benet Alumni Lounge

Join the Common Ground reading 

This installment is a dissertation focused reading for graduating creative writing students.



Fall 2023 Reading Dates

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Common Ground Coordinators

Alycia Calvert

Alycia Calvert is an emerging writer living in upstate New York. Her writing can be found in The Hunger Journal, the Boulder City Review, the late Hecate and elsewhere. She graduated in August 2023 with an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Currently she is working on finishing her first collection of flash fiction, and has begun a PhD in Fiction at Binghamton.

Shannon Hearn

Shannon Hearn is the author of the chapbook tracing circles in dirt (Bottlecap Press, 2022). Her writing has appeared in 3:AM Magazine, cream city review, Fugue, Voicemail Poems, and DIALOGIST. She is a PhD candidate in Poetry at Binghamton University, and lives in Brooklyn.