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The Writers Forum at SUNY Brockport

Spring 2012 - 47th Season

All Writers Forum events are free and open to the public.

Unless otherwise noted, readings begin at 8:00pm in the
New York Room, Cooper Hall, on the Brockport campus.

Follow directions to campus.

Names & Dates:

Ayun Halliday

Michael Martone

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Ayun Halliday is the author of No Touch Monkey! And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late; The Big Rumpus; Dirty Sugar Cookies: Culinary Observations, Questionable Taste; and Job Hopper.

She also works as a columnist for BUST magazine, and edits her own zine, East Village Inky

She lives in Greenwich Village with her husband and two children.

Steve Fellner

Jessica Abel

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


SUNY Brockport professor Steve Fellner has published a memoir, All Screwed Up (Benu Press), and two books of poetry, The Weary World Rejoices (Marsh Hawk Press) and Blind Date with Cavafy (Marsh Hawk Press).

Blind Date with Cavafy won the Thom Gunn Gay Male Poetry Award.

With his husband, Phil E. Young, Dr. Fellner is currently co-editing a poetry anthology Love Rise Up.

M.J. Iuppa

Jennifer Perrine


M.J. Iuppa is Writer-in-Residence at St. John Fisher College, and teaches creative writing and poetry at Writers & Books.

Her chapbooks include Sometimes Simply, (Foreseeable Future Press, 1996), Temptations, (Foothill Publishing, 2001) Greatest Hits 1986-2001 (Pudding House, 2002) and As the Crow Flies (Foothills, 2008).

Her works also include her poetry collection Night Traveler (Foothills Publishing, 2003) and Within Reach (Cherry Grove Collections, 2010).

Allison Joseph

Pinckney Benedict

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Allison Joseph directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Southern Illinois University.

She serves as poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review and director of the Young Writers Workshop.

Her books include My Father's Kites, What Keeps Us Here (winner of the Ampersand Press Women Poets Series Prize and the John C. Zacharis Prize), Soul Train (Carnegie Mellon), In Every Seam (Pittsburgh), Imitation of Life (Carnegie Mellon), Worldly Pleasures (winner of the Word Press Poetry Prize) and Voice: Poems (Mayapple Press).

She lives in Carbondale, Illinois.

Jo Ann Beard

Pinckney Benedict

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Jo Ann Beard is the author of The Boys of My Youth, a collection of autobiographical essays, and the novel, In Zanesville.

Her work has appeared in Tin House, The New Yorker, and Best American Essays.

She has received awards and fellowships for nonfiction from the Whiting Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

Augusten Burroughs

*Art of Fact Award*

Ruth Reichl

Wednesday. April 25, 2012 - 7:30 pm, Temple B'rith Kodesh


Augusten Burroughs is the bestselling author of Running with Scissors, Dry, Magical Thinking, Possible Side Effects, A Wolf at the Table, and You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas.

His writing has appeared in The New York Times, House and Garden, New York Magazine, and The Times.

In 2006 his memoir, Running with Scissors, was made into a film starring Annette Bening and Alec Baldwin.


For further information:

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