Binghamton Center for Writers

Creative Writing Events

Fall 2022

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English Graduate Orientation
Friday, August 19 at 1:00pm | LN 2401
CW breakout session at 2:30pm | LN 2207

All first-year creative writing graduate students are invited to attend an in-depth Q&A following the English Department's Graduate student orientation. Join us for food, social activities, and a welcome from Director of Creative Writing, Tina Chang.

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Decoding the Diversity Statement
Wednesday, September 14 at 7:00pm ET

More and more institutions are requiring diversity statements for academic job applications. But how does a diversity statement differ from a teaching statement, and why is it so important? Join Associate Director of Creative Writing, María Álvarez, for an hour-long discussion and Q&A on the process of writing a successful diversity statement.

Lisa Ko

Distinguished Writers Series
A Reading & Conversation with Lisa Ko
Tuesday, September 20 at 7:00pm ET

Lisa Ko is the author of The Leavers, which was a 2017 National Book Award for Fiction finalist, won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, and was a finalist for the 2018 PEN/Hemingway Award. 

Jamey

Pedagogy Talks
Thursday, September 22 at 10:00am | CW 109

Open to graduate students and instructors, the meetings will be held in person and will be a space for both new and experienced instructors to discuss pedagogy as it pertains to creative writing. These talks will be facilitated by Ph.D. student, Jamey McDermott.

Tina

Coffee & Conversation
Wednesday, September 28 at 10:00am | LN 1128

Join Director of Creative Writing, Tina Chang, for a casual meetup. All creative writing students are welcome as we discuss student writing life, upcoming events, programs, student support, classes, and finding connections to our writing community.

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Common Ground Reading Series
Monday, October 3 at 6:30pm | Location TBD

Join the Common Ground reading series and experience live readings from three graduate and three undergraduate writers.

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Ruth

Literary Legacies: A Two-Day Film Screening Honoring John Gardner and Ruth Stone
Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15

In honor and celebration of two of American literature's most prolific figures, the Binghamton Center for Writers is hosting a two-day film screening on the life and legacy of poet Ruth Stone and author John Gardner. Join us for films, readings, and conversations on two of our nation's most distinguished writers with ties to Binghamton University.

Jamey

Pedagogy Talks
Tuesday, October 18 at 10:00am | CW 109

Open to graduate students and instructors, the meetings will be held in person and will be a space for both new and experienced instructors to discuss pedagogy as it pertains to creative writing. These talks will be facilitated by Ph.D. student, Jamey McDermott.

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Common Ground Reading Series
Thursday, November 3 at 6:30pm | Location TBD

Join the Common Ground reading series and experience live readings from three graduate and three undergraduate writers.

Kaveh Akbar

Distinguished Writers Series
A Reading & Conversation with Kaveh Akbar
Thursday, November 10 at 7:00pm ET

Kaveh Akbar is an award-winning Iranian-American poet and scholar. He is the author of poetry collections, Pilgrim Bell, and, Calling a Wolf a Wolf.

Jamey

Pedagogy Talks
Tuesday, November 15 at 10:00am | CW 109

Open to graduate students and instructors, the meetings will be held in person and will be a space for both new and experienced instructors to discuss pedagogy as it pertains to creative writing. These talks will be facilitated by Ph.D. student, Jamey McDermott.

Jane and Jen 

Career Paths for Creative Minds
Thursday, November 17 at 7:00pm via Zoom

There are many career paths to explore with undergraduate and graduate degrees in English literature. Binghamton University alumni will explore their career choices in academia, editing, and law. Panelists will include Jane Alberdeston, current lecturer and tenure track professor at the University of Puerto Rico (PhD, 2007) and Jen DeGregorio, Associate Editor, Poets & Writers (PhD, 2021), among others. They will discuss their choices, how they pursued their current careers, improved their employability, and maintained their writing lives while actively working.

Past Events

Spring 2022

Adrian Matejka

Distinguished Writers Series
A Reading & Conversation with Adrian Matejka
Thursday, February 17 at 7:00pm ET

Adrian Matejka's most recent collection of poetry is Somebody Else Sold the World. His other books are Map to the Stars, The Big Smoke, Mixology, and The Devil's Garden. He served as Poet Laureate of the state of Indiana in 2018-19 and lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Melissa Febos

Distinguished Writers Series
A Reading & Conversation with Melissa Febos
Tuesday, March 29 at 7:00pm ET

Melissa Febos is the author of the essay collections Girlhood and Abandon Me, as well as the critically acclaimed memoir, Whip Smart. A craft book, Body Work, will be published by Catapult in March 2022.​

Jamiee

Submitting Your Book-length Manuscript for Publication
Thursday, March 31 at 7:00pm ET

This talk will examine the process of submitting a book-length manuscript to a commercial press, to a small, literary or university press, or a nonprofit independent press. Join Distinguished Professor of English, Jaimee Wriston Colbert, in a discussion on the process of preparing a manuscript for submission to agents, book contests, and more.

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Common Ground Reading Series
Friday, April 1 at 7:00pm in LH 010
Join the Common Ground reading series and experience live readings from three graduate and three undergraduate writers

Word of Mouth

Word of Mouth: New Words, Voices, and Music
Saturday, April 9 at 3:00pm and 4:15pm
Binghamton University Art Museum

In collaboration with the Binghamton University Music Department, the Creative Writing Program will present a semester-long project celebrating poetry, music, and the singing voice. Enjoy live musical performances and poetry readings by all-star teams of graduate/undergraduate students. 

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Common Ground Reading Series
Thursday, April 21 at 7:00pm in AM 189

Join the Common Ground reading series and experience live readings from three graduate and three undergraduate writers.

Fall 2021

Tina Chang

Coffee & Conversation
Wednesday, September 22 at 11:00am in LN 2207

Join Director of Creative Writing, Tina Chang, each month for a casual meetup. All creative writing students are welcome as we discuss student writing life, upcoming events, programs, student support, classes, and finding connections to our writing community.

Edgar Kunz

A Reading & Class Visit with Edgar Kunz
Wednesday, September 29 at 1:30pm EDT

*This event is exclusive to Binghamton-enrolled CW undergrad and grad students.

Edgar Kunz is the author of the poetry collection Tap Out, a New York Times New & Noteworthy book. He has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), MacDowell, Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow.

Andre Dubus III

Distinguished Writers Series
A Reading with Andre Dubus III
Thursday, October 7 at 7:00pm EDT

Andre Dubus III is the author of the novels Gone So Long, Dirty Love, The Garden of Last Days, House of Sand and Fog, and the memoir, Townie. He lives with his family north of Boston.

Common Ground

Wednesday, October 13 at 7:00pm EDT
Location: University Union (UU) 209

Join the Common Ground reading series and experience live readings from three graduate and three undergraduate writers.

Alexi Zentner

How to Query an Agent and Other Publishing Questions with Alexi Zentner
Thursday, November 4 at 7:00pm EDT

*This event is exclusive to Binghamton-enrolled CW graduate students

Join Professor Zentner for an hour long Q&A on the process of querying agents and submitting for publication, as well as other publishing topics. While this event is geared toward students writing prose, all creative writing graduate students are welcome to attend.

Ada Limón

Distinguished Writers Series
A Reading & Conversation with Ada Limón
Thursday, November 11 at 7:00pm EST

Ada Limón is the author of six books of poetry, including The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. Limón is also the host of the critically-acclaimed poetry podcast, The Slowdown.

Maria Alvarez

Demystifying the Academic Cover Letter
Tuesday, November 16 at 7:00pm EST

*This event is exclusive to Binghamton-enrolled CW graduate students

Learn how to write your way into your next academic position. Join Associate Director of Creative Writing María Álvarez for an hour long discussion and Q&A on the process of writing a successful academic cover letter. All creative writing graduate students are welcome to attend.

Jake Skeets

A Reading & Class Visit with Jake Skeets
Wednesday, November 17 at 1:30pm EST

*This event is exclusive to Binghamton-enrolled CW undergrad and grad students

Jake Skeets is the author of Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers, winner of the National Poetry Series. He is the recipient of a 92Y Discovery Prize, a Mellon Projecting All Voices Fellowship, an American Book Award, and a Whiting Award. He is from the Navajo Nation and teaches at Diné College.

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Wednesday, November 17 at 7:00pm EST
Location: Lecture Hall 003

Join the Common Ground reading series and experience live readings from 3 graduate and 3 undergraduate writers.

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A Reading & Class Visit with Hala Alyan
Wednesday, December 8 at 1:30pm EST

*This event is exclusive to Binghamton-enrolled CW undergrad and grad students

Hala Alyan is the author of the novel Salt Houses, winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Arab American Book Award and a finalist for the Chautauqua Prize, as well as the novel The Arsonists’ City, and four award-winning collections of poetry, most recently The Twenty-Ninth Year.

Spring 2021

  Friday, March 5th 11am, Coffee & Conversation with the Director is a casual meetup of Creative Writing students to discuss the program, events, and to connect.
Alexi Zentner

Thursday, March 11th 7pm, Faculty Reading with Alexi Zentner, Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing and creative writing student Heather Humphrey. Introduction by Jaimee Wriston Colbert. Zentner is the author of seven novels: Copperhead, The Lobster Kings, and Touch, and under the pseudonym Ezekiel Boone, he is the author of the internationally bestselling The Hatching trilogy (The Hatching, Skitter, and Zero Day), and The Mansion. Alexi Zentner's full bio.

A recording of this event is available to view on the Binghamton Center for Writers Facebook page.

  Monday, March 15 5:30pm, Social Drop-In is an informal social gathering of Creative Writing graduate students to talk openly and grow a vibrant writing community.
Ross Gay

Thursday, March 18th 7pm, Distinguished Writers Series, Ross Gay is the author of four books of poetry: Against Which, Bringing the Shovel Down, and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and Be Holding, (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020). He is also the author of a collection of essays, The Book of Delights (Algonquin Books, 2019). Ross Gay's full bio.

A recording of this event is available to view on the Binghamton Center for Writers Facebook page.

  Thursday, March 25th 7pm, Common Ground is a virtual reading of poetry and prose featuring 3 graduate and 3 undergraduate writers, readers TBA.
Cathy Park Hong

Tuesday, April 6th 7pm, Distinguished Writers Series, Cathy Park Hong is the author of a book of creative nonfiction, Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning (One World/Random House), the poetry collections Engine Empire, Dance Dance Revolution (both from W.W. Norton), and Translating Mo’um (Hanging Loose Press). Hong is the recipient of the Windham-Campbell prize, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Cathy Park Hong's full bio.

A recording of this event is available to view on the Binghamton Center for Writers Facebook page.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies

  Monday, April 19th 11am, Coffee & Conversation with the Director is a casual meetup of Creative Writing students to discuss the program, events, and to connect.
 Joe Jimenez

Tuesday, April 20th 7pm, 2020 Binghamton Book Awards Winners Reading with Monique Truong and Joe Jiménez:

Joe Jiménez recieved the 2020 Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award for his collection Rattlesnake Allegory. He is also the author of the poetry collection The Possibilities of Mud and Bloodline, a young adult novel. Jiménez is the recipient of the 2016 Letras Latinas/Red Hen Press Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared on the PBS NewsHour and Lambda Literary sites. Jiménez was recently awarded a Lucas Artists Literary Artists Fellowship from 2017-2020. More about Joe Jiménez.

Based in Brooklyn, NY, Monique Truong is a Vietnamese American novelist, essayist, librettist, and intellectual property attorney. Truong received the 2020 John Gardner Fiction Book Award for her novel The Sweetest Fruits (Viking Books, 2019). She is also the author of the novels Bitter in the Mouth (Random House, 2010) and The Book of Salt (Houghton Mifflin, 2003). Monique Truong's full bio.

A recording of this event is available to view on the Binghamton Center for Writers' Facebook page.

Monique Truong
  Friday, April 23rd 7pm, The Spring Showcase is an annual gathering and celebration of Binghamton University's artistic talent and will feature readings by the Creative Writing program's poets, novelists, and memoirists along with musical accompaniment. Zoom link.
  Thursday, April 29th 7pm, Common Ground is a virtual reading of poetry and prose featuring 3 graduate and 3 undergraduate writers. readers TBA. Zoom link.
Jaimee Wriston Colbert

Tuesday, May 4th 7pm, Faculty Book Launch. Introduction by Alexi Zenter. Professor Jaimee Wriston Colbert is the author of the novel Vanishing Acts (Fomite) among two others. She is also the author of three short story collections, including Wild Things (BkMk Press). Originally from Hawaii, she has won the 2019 Chancellors Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. Her fourth novel, How Not to Drown is forthcoming in May 2021 by Crooked Lane Books/Alcove Press. More about Jaimee Wriston Colbert.

A recording of this event is available to view on the Binghamton Center for Writers' Facebook page.

  Thursday, May 6th 5:30pm, Social Drop-In is an informal social gathering of Creative Writing graduate students to talk openly and grow a vibrant writing community.

Fall 2020

  Thursday, September 3rd 11am, Coffee & Conversation with the Director is a casual meetup of Creative Writing students to discuss the program, events, and to connect. 
  Tuesday, September 8th 1pm, Social Drop-In is an informal social gathering of Creative Writing graduate students to talk openly and grow a vibrant writing community.
Rachel Eliza Griffiths Wednesday, September 23rd 1:30pm, reading and class visit with artist, poet, and writer Rachel Eliza Griffiths. Her most recent collection is Seeing the Body (W.W. Norton). Griffiths was selected as the 2020 Stella Adler Poet-in-Residence. Rachel Eliza Griffiths’ full bio.
  Tuesday September 29th 1pm, Social Drop-In is an informal social gathering of Creative Writing graduate students to talk openly and grow a vibrant writing community.
  Thursday, October 8th 11am, Coffee & Conversation with the Director is a casual meetup of Creative Writing students to discuss the program, events, and to connect.
  Thursday, October 8th 7pm, Common Ground is a virtual reading of poetry and prose featuring 3 graduate and 3 undergraduate writers, readers TBA.
 

Tuesday October 13th, 1pm, Social Drop-In is an informal social gathering of Creative Writing graduate students to talk openly and grow a vibrant writing community.

Joe Weil Thursday, October 15th 7pm, Faculty reading featuring Joe Weil and creative writing student Mercia Kandukira. Joe Weil’s latest books, published in 2020, are Helping the Village Idiot Feed the Chickens (Iniquity press/Vendetta books) and his new collection of poetry is called The Backwards Year (NYQ books). Joe Weil’s full bio.
Jericho Brown Thursday, October 22nd 7pm, Distinguished Writers Series, reading and conversation with poet Jericho Brown, author of The Tradition (Copper Canyon) which won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Jericho Brown’s full bio.
Kimiko Hahn Wednesday, October 28th 1:30pm, reading and class visit with poet Kimiko Hahn, author of Foreign Bodies (W.W. Norton) and nine other books of poems. Hahn has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and many other honors. Kimiko Hahn’s full bio.

NOVEMBER 

 
 

Thursday November 5th 11am, Coffee & Conversation with the Director is a casual meetup of Creative Writing students to discuss the program, events, and to connect. 

  Thursday, November 5th 7pm, Common Ground is a virtual reading of poetry and prose featuring 3 graduate and 3 undergraduate writers, readers TBA.
Carolyn Forché

Thursday, November 12th 6:30pm, Distinguished Writers Series, a reading featuring the poet and memoirist Carolyn Forché. Her most recent publications are the poetry collection, In the Lateness of the World (Penguin Press), and her memoir What You Have Heard Is True (Penguin Books). Carolyn Forché’s full bio.

  Monday, November 16th 7pm, The Global Imaginary is an international reading series focusing on translation and the exchange of language and ideas.
  Tuesday November 17th 1pm, Social Drop-In is an informal social gathering of Creative Writing graduate students to talk openly and grow a vibrant writing community.
Nick Flynn

Wednesday, November 18th 1:30pm, reading and class visit with writer Nick Flynn. He will be reading from Stay (ZE Books), his new collaborative book, and from his new memoir, This is the Night Our House Will Catch Fire (W.W. Norton). Nick Flynn’s full bio.