The Binghamton Center for Writers

2019-2020 ACADEMIC YEAR
CENTER FOR WRITERS EVENTS

Events are free and open to all.

SEPTEMBER

  • Friday, September 13, 7:00-9:00 pm at the Broome County Arts Council at 95 Court Street in downtown Binghamton.  Featured reader Claudia Cortese is a poet, essayist, and fiction writer whose debut full-length collection, Wasp Queen (Black Lawrence Press, 2017), won Southern Illinois University’s Devil’s Kitchen Award for Emerging Poetry. Her work has appeared in Blackbird, Black Warrior Review, Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast Online, and The Offing, among others, and she writes reviews for Muzzle Magazine, and is an associate editor for Tupelo Quarterly.  Grad Reader Mercia Kandukira is a second year Master's student in Binghamton University's creative writing program, with a concentration in fiction. She's a Fulbright Scholar from Namibia, and her writing mainly sheds light on human rights issues. She has read at Binghamton's Writing by Degrees conference and is working on her first book.  Questions: contact Jen Degregorio or Jamey Mcdermott.

OCTOBER

  • Wednesday, October 16, 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. LN 2207  A Writing Life: Conversations with Writer/Editors with Fox Frazier-Foley of Agape Editions, publishers of literary work in both print and digital formats "that enact, embrace, or otherwise engage with some aspect(s) of the mystical, the ecstatic, or the Numinous." The Writing Life series features an informal Q & A on publishing, craft and the writing life. 
  • Thursday, October 17, 7:00-9:00 pm at the Broome County Arts Council at 95 Court Street in downtown Binghamton. Featured reader T Kira Madden, is a lesbian APIA writer, photographer, and amateur magician living in New York City. She is the founding Editor-in-chief of No Tokens, a magazine of literature and art; she facilitates writing workshops for homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals and currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College. Grad Reader Mark Fabiano's fiction has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Saturday Evening Post, Confrontations, Westerly, The Green Hills Literary Lantern, The Long Story and others. His novel was a finalist in contests including Black Lawrence Press and others.  He served in the United States Peace Corps in Sri Lanka. and has taught creative writing, literature, and other courses at various colleges for over 11 years.  Questions: contact Jen Degregorio or Jamey Mcdermott.

NOVEMBER

  • Friday, November 15, 7:00-9:00 pm at the Broome County Arts Council at 95 Court Street in downtown Binghamton. Featured reader Kem Joy Ukwu, author of the debut short fiction collection Locked Gray / Linked Blue, which was selected as a finalist for the 2016 New American Fiction Prize.  Grad Reader Shin Watanabe.  Questions: contact Jen Degregorio or Jamey Mcdermott

                                          Semester Break 

FEBRUARY

  • Tuesday, February 4, time and location TBA. 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, time and location TBA. 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).

MARCH

  • Tuesday, March 17, time and location TBA. 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, time and location TBA. 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.

APRIL

  • Tuesday, April 14, time and location TBA. A Readers' Series Event with Bob Hicok, winner of the BU Milt Kessler Book Award for Hold. Other books include The Legend of Light, winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry; Animal Soul, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; This Clumsy Living, which received the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress; and Elegy Owed, also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
  • 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 cwpro@binghamton.edu 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.