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The Writers Forum at SUNY Brockport

Fall 2010 Season

All Writers Forum events begin at 8:00pm, and are held in the New York Room, Cooper Hall unless otherwise noted. Call 395-5713 for further information.

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Kimiko Hahn

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Poetry

Kimiko Hahn is the author of eight books of poems, including: Earshot, which was awarded the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize and an Association of Asian American Studies Literature Award; The Unbearable Heart, which received an American Book Award; The Narrow Road to the Interior, a collection that takes its title from Basho’s famous poetic journal; and, most recently, Toxic Flora, poems inspired by science.  Hahn has also written text for the  1995 MTV special, Ain't Nuthin' But a She-Thing; and Everywhere at Once, Holly Fisher’s film based on Peter Lindbergh’s photographs.  Hahn is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the PEN/Voelcker Award, the Shelley Memorial Prize and a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award, as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts.  She is a distinguished professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College, The City University of New York.


Kirk Nesset

Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Fiction Writer & Poet

Kirk Nesset is author of two books of stories, Mr. Agreeable and Paradise Road, as well as a nonfiction study, The Stories of Raymond Carver, a book of poems, Saint X (forthcoming), and a book of translations, Alphabet of the World: Selected Works of Eugenio Montejo (also forthcoming). He was awarded the Drue Heinz literature prize in 2007 and has received a Pushcart Prize and grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His stories, poems, translations and essays have appeared in numerous journals, including The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, American Poetry Review, Gettysburg Review, Iowa Review, Ploughshares, and Prairie Schooner, among others. Nesset grew up in northern California, close to the coast, and studied at UC Santa Cruz and UC Santa Barbara. Currently he is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania.


Charles Bowden

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Essayist

Charles Bowden is the author of eleven books of essays, memoir and journalism, including A Shadow in the City: Confessions of an Undercover Dog; Blue Desert; Blood Orchid: An Unnatural History of America; and Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing. His most recent book is Dreamland: The Way Out of Juárez, a collaboration with the artist Alice Leora Briggs. Bowden is a contributing editor for GQ and Mother Jones, and also writes for Harper’s, The New York Times Book Review, and Aperture. Winner of a 1996 Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction, he lives in Tucson, AZ.


C.K. Williams

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Poetry
- (This reading, supported by a grant from M&T Bank, will be held at SUNY Brockport’s Metro Center, 55 St. Paul Street, 7:30 pm.)

C. K. Williams was born and grew up in and around Newark, New Jersey. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in philosophy and English. He has published many books of poetry, including Repair, which was awarded the 2000 Pulitzer Prize, The Singing which won the National Book Award for 2003, and Flesh and Blood, the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Prize in 1987. He has also been awarded the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the PEN Voelker Career Achievement Award in Poetry for 1998; a Guggeheim Fellowship, two NEA grants, the Berlin Prize of the American Academy in Berlin, a Lila Wallace Fellowship, and prizes from PEN and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His memoir, Misgivings, was awarded the PEN Albrand Memoir Award in 2000. He has published translations of Sophocles’ Women of Trachis, Euripides’ Bacchae, and poems of Francis Ponge, among others. His newest publications are Wait, a collection of poems and On Whitman, a work of nonfiction. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University, and is currently a chancellor of the American Academy of Poets.


Jennifer Grotz

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Poet & Translator

Jennifer Grotz’s second book of poems, The Needle, is forthcoming in Spring 2011. Her first book of poems, Cusp, was chosen by Yusef Komunyakaa for the Bakeless Prize and also received the Natalie Ornish Best First Book Award from the Texas Institute of Letters. Her poems, essays, and translations from both the French and Polish appear widely in journals such as New England Review, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and American Poetry Review, and in anthologies such as Best American Poetry and Legitimate Dangers. She teaches poetry and translation at the University of Rochester and also serves as the assistant director of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.


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Ralph Black/Anne Panning, Writers Forum
350 New Campus Drive
Brockport, NY 14420
Phone: (585) 395-5713

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