Binghamton Center for Writers

Distinguished Writers

The Distinguished Writers Series features nationally and internationally recognized writers. We're committed to finding dynamic pathways to bringing the world's most influential thinkers and writers to the Binghamton community.

SPRING 2021

Image: Ross Gay
Ross Gay Image Credit: Natasha Komoda.
Ross Gay

Thursday March 18th, 7pm. Ross Gay is the author of four books of poetry: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; Be Holding; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His new poem, Be Holding, will be released from the University of Pittsburgh Press in September of 2020. His collection of essays, The Book of Delights, was released by Algonquin Books in 2019.

Ross is also the co-author, with Aimee Nezhukumatathil, of the chapbook "Lace and Pyrite: Letters from Two Gardens," in addition to being co-author, with Rosechard Wehrenberg, of the chapbook, "River." He is a founding editor, with Karissa Chen and Patrick Rosal, of the online sports magazine Some Call it Ballin', in addition to being an editor with the chapbook presses Q Avenue and Ledge Mule Press. Ross is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a non-profit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project. He also works on The Tenderness Project with Shayla Lawson and Essence London. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Ross teaches at Indiana University. More about Ross Gay.

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

 
Image: Cathy Park Hong
Cathy Park Hong
Cathy Park Hong

Tuesday April 6th, 7pm. Cathy Park Hong’s book of creative nonfiction, Minor Feelings, was published in Spring 2020 by One World/Random House (US) and Profile Books (UK). She is also the author of poetry collections Engine Empire, published in 2012 by W.W. Norton, Dance Dance Revolution, chosen by Adrienne Rich for the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Translating Mo'um. Hong is the recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prize, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her prose and poetry have been published in the New York Times, New Republic, the Guardian, Paris Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. She is the poetry editor of the New Republic and is a full professor at Rutgers-Newark University. More about Cathy Park Hong.

Zoom link.

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

PAST EVENTS

FALL 2020 

Image: Jericho Brown
Jericho Brown Image Credit: © John Lucas.
Jericho Brown

Introduced by Professor Thomas Glave

Thursday October 22nd, 7pm, reading and conversation with Jericho Brown who's most recent poetry collection, The Tradition (2019), was a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award and the winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Brown’s first book, Please (2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront, and the Academy of American Poets.  His poems have appeared in Buzzfeed, The Nation, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Time, and The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and several volumes of The Best American Poetry anthologies. He is Winship Distinguished Research Professor in Creative Writing and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University in Atlanta. Jericho Brown's full bio.

Jericho Brown Reading Zoom Link
 
Image: Carolyn Forché
Carolyn Forché Image Credit: © Sean Mattison.
Carolyn Forché

Introduced by Professor Liz Rosenberg

Thursday, November 12th 6:30pm, a reading featuring the poet and memoirist Carolyn Forché. Her most recent collection is In the Lateness of the World (Penguin Press). She is also the author of the memoir What You Have Heard Is True (Penguin Random House, 2019), a devastating, lyrical, and visionary memoir about a young woman’s brave choice to engage with horror in order to help others, nominated for the 2019 National Book Awards. Carolyn Forché’s first volume, Gathering the Tribes, winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, was followed by The Country Between Us, The Angel of History, and Blue Hour.  

She has translated Mahmoud Darwish, Claribel Alegria, and Robert Desnos. Her famed international anthology, Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness, has been praised by Nelson Mandela as “itself a blow against tyranny, against prejudice, against injustice,” and is followed by the 2014 anthology The Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English, 1500-2001. In 1998 in Stockholm, she received the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation for Peace and Culture Award for her human rights advocacy and the preservation of memory and culture. Carolyn Forché’s full bio.

Carolyn Forché reading Zoom link.



All readings will be online for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters.