The Binghamton Center for Writers


SPRING 2020 

Events are free and open to all.


  • Tuesday, February 4, 8 pm FA 258. Shawn Goodman is the award- winning author of the YA novels Kindness for Weakness, and Something Like Hope, both of which were inspired by his experiences working in several New York State juvenile detention facilities. He is also the co-author of This Way Home, written with bestselling author, Wes Moore. When not writing books, he works as a school psychologist, teaches creative writing, and plays soccer.
  • Monday, February 17, 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. LN 2200 A Writing Life: Conversations with Writer/Editors with Perugia Press, publishers of first and second books of poetry by women. The Writing Life series features an informal Q & A on publishing, craft and the writing life.
  • Tuesday, February 18, 8 pm FA 258. BU alums Abby E. Murray and Jason Allen. Abby E. Murray is the poet laureate (2019-2021) for the city of Tacoma, Washington. Her first book, Hail and Farewell, won the 2019 Perugia Press Poetry Prize. Previous chapbooks include How to Be Married after Iraq, Quick Draw: Poems from a Soldier's Wife, and Me and Coyote. Jason Allen writes fiction, poetry, and memoir, and is the author of the novel The East End (Park Row Books/HarperCollins) and the poetry collection A Meditation on Fire (Southeast Missouri State University Press).


  • Tuesday, March 17, 8 pm FA 258. A Readers' Series Event with sam sax. sam sax is the author of the poetry collections bury it (Wesleyan University Press, 2018), winner of the James Laughlin Award, and madness (Penguin, 2017), winner of the National Poetry Series, selected by Terrance Hayes, and four chapbooks. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lambda Literary, the MacDowell Colony, a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and he is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.

  • Tuesday, March 24, 8 pm FA 258. A Readers' Series Event with Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi, winner of the BU John Gardner Fiction Book Award for Call Me Zebra, which also won The 2019 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.  Her work has appeared in The Paris Review,  GRANTA, Guernica, BOMB,  and the Los Angeles Review of Books among other places. She has lived in Iran, Spain, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, and currently teaches in the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at the University of Notre Dame.


  • Tuesday, April 14, 8 pm FA 258. A Readers' Series Event with M. Evelina Galang, author of the story collection Her Wild American Self, novels One Tribe (winner of the AWP Prize for the Novel) and Angel De La Luna and the Fifth Glorious Mystery, the nonfiction work Lolas’ House: Filipino Women Living With War, and the editor of Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images. Among her numerous other awards are Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Awards Advancing Human Rights and a Fulbright.
  • Wednesday, April 15, 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. LN 2200 A Writing Life: Conversations with Writer/Editors with Joseph Bednarik of Copper Canyon Press,  a premier independent press dedicated to publishing poetry. The Writing Life series features an informal Q & A on publishing, craft and the writing life.

Questions email or call (607) 777-2713.

Directions to FA 258:  The campus map is located here . The main entrance to the campus on Glen Bartle Drive is located at the top of the map. At the traffic circle, take the exit that keeps you on Glen Bartle Drive. Your first right after that will put you at the Parking Garage. Park on the upper level in the corner nearest to Fine Arts (FA). There will be steps up to an unpromising looking small back door to the building there. The directions from there are complicated but it will be well-marked with posters for the event. Stairs are involved. If you prefer to avoid stairs, the alternate route is to take the first right off of the traffic circle (West Drive) and follow West Drive around to the parking lot across the street from the library (LS). Part of that building is the Library Tower, the tallest building on campus so that should help to locate it. You will take the walkway across from the lot that goes between the library (LS, LT, LN) and the Lecture Hall (LH) and cut diagonally across in front of the Library Tower, over to Fine Arts (FA). The room is on the same floor and close to that entrance. Posters will also direct you from there.  The events are free but there will be a modest fee for parking.