Binghamton Center for Writers

Creative Writing Calendar of 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 11, 7 pm, 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 18, 7 pm, 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 25, 7 pm, 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 6, 7 pm, 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.
  Tuesday, April 20, 7 pm, 2020 Binghamton Book Awards Winners Reading with Monique Truong and Joe Jiménez. 

Joe Jiménez is the author of Rattlesnake Allegory (Red Hen 2019), for which he received the 2020 Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award. His essays and poems have appeared in The Adroit Journal, Iron Horse, RHINO, Aster(ix), and Waxwing, and on the PBS NewsHour and Lambda Literary sites. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, and is a member of the Macondo Writing Workshops. 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.

 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. Zoom link.
  Thursday, April 29, 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 4, 7 pm, Faculty Book Launch. Introduction by Alexi Zentner. 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 6, 5:30pm, Social Drop-In is an informal social gathering of Creative Writing graduate students to talk openly and grow a vibrant writing community.
All readings will be online for the Spring 2021 semester.
 

PAST EVENTS

 

SEPTEMBER  
Rachel Eliza Griffiths  Wednesday, Sept. 23rd, 1:30 pm, 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. 
OCTOBER  
  Thursday, Oct. 8th, 7 pm, Common Ground is a virtual reading of poetry and prose featuring 3 graduate and 3 undergraduate writers, readers TBA. 
Joe Weil Thursday, Oct. 15th, 7 pm, 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, Oct. 22nd, 7 pm, 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, Oct. 28, 1:30 pm, 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, Nov. 5th, 7 pm, Common Ground is a virtual reading of poetry and prose featuring 3 graduate and 3 undergraduate writers, readers TBA.
Carolyn Forché

Thursday, Nov. 12, 6:30 pm, 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, Nov. 16, 7 pm, The Global Imaginary is an international reading series focusing on translation and the exchange of language and ideas.
Nick Flynn

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1:30 pm, reading and class visit with writer Nick Flynn. He will be reading from Stay (ZE Books), his new collaborative book, and his new memoir, This is the Night Our House Will Catch Fire (W.W. Norton). Nick Flynn’s full bio.