Binghamton Center for Writers

Creative Writing Events

Fall 2021

Edgar Kunz

Wednesday, September 29 1:30pm, reading and class visit with Edgar Kunz, the author of the poetry collection Tap Out  (Mariner / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019), 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. Edgar Kunz's full bio.

Photo by Marion Ettlinger

Thursday, October 7 7pm, Distinguished Writers Series Reading with Andre Dubus III.

Andre Dubus III’s seven books include the New York Times’ bestsellers House of Sand and Fog, The Garden of Last Days, and his memoir, Townie. His most recent novel, Gone So Long, has received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Library Journal and has been named on many “Best Books” lists, including selection for The Boston Globe’s “Twenty Best Books of 2018” and “The Best Books of 2018”, “Top 100”, Amazon. Mr. Dubus has been a finalist for the National Book Award, and has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for Fiction, two Pushcart Prizes, and is a recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. Andre Dubus III's full bio.

 

Wednesday, October 13 7pm, Common Ground is a reading of poetry and prose featuring 3 graduate and 3 undergraduate writers. Readers TBA.

Hala Alyan

Wednesday, October 27 1:30pm, reading and class visit with Hala Alyan. 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 forthcoming novel The Arsonists’ City, and four award-winning collections of poetry, most recently The Twenty-Ninth Year. Her work has been published by the New Yorker, the Academy of American Poets, Lit Hub, The New York Times Book Review, and Guernica. Hala Alyan's full bio.

Photo credit: Quanah Yazzie

Wednesday, November 17 1:30pm, reading and class visit with Jake Skeets, 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. Jake Skeets's full bio.

 

Wednesday, November 17 7pm, Common Ground is a reading of poetry and prose featuring 3 graduate and 3 undergraduate writers. Readers TBA.

PAST EVENTS

 

Spring 2021

March

 
  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.

April

 
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.

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.

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

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.