Binghamton Center for Writers

Creative Writing Events

 

Spring 2021

March

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

April

 
Cathy Park Hong

Thursday, 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.

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

  Thursday, April 15th 7pm, Common Ground is a virtual reading of poetry and prose featuring 3 graduate and 3 undergraduate writers, readers TBA.
 

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

Joe Jiménez is 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. Her novels are The Sweetest Fruits (Viking Books, 2019), Bitter in the Mouth (Random House, 2010), and The Book of Salt (Houghton Mifflin, 2003). Monique Truong's full bio.

 Joe Jimenez
Monique Truong
  Friday, April 23, 7 pm, 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.
  Monday, April 26th 7pm, The Global Imaginary is an international reading series focusing on translation and the exchange of language and ideas.

May

 
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.
 All readings will be online for the Spring 2021 semester.
 

PAST EVENTS

SEPTEMBER 

 
  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.

OCTOBER

 
  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.