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Pulitzer Prize Winner Headlines Fall 2017 Writers Forum Lineup

Edward P. Jones among the prolific authors to visit Brockport this fall

BROCKPORT, NY—The College at Brockport’s prolific author series returns for its 51st season this fall. The Writers Forum’s fall lineup features fiction writers, poets and a lexicographer. It’s headlined by Edward P. Jones, who will deliver the Writer’s Voice lecture on Nov. 1 at Rochester’s Temple B’rith Kodesh. Jones is most notably the author of The Known World, which won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

The entire Fall 2017 Writers Forum lineup is as follows:

Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis
8 pm, Sept. 13
New York Room, Cooper Hall

Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis's first collection of poems, Intaglio, won the Stan and Tom Wick poetry prize in 2006. Her second, The Rub, won the 2014 Elixir Press Poetry Award. Her chapbooks include Aloha, Vaudeville Doll; EMUseum; and By Some Miracle, a Year Lousy with Miracles (written with Cynthia Arrieu-King). She is an associate professor at Columbus College of Art and Design, where she serves as faculty advisor for Botticelli Magazine.

Julia Elliott
8 pm, Sept. 27
New York Room, Cooper Hall

The New York Times wrote that Julia Elliot's first novel, The New and Improved Romie Futch, "is imbued equally with the loopy lyricism of Barry Hannah and the whacked out paranoia of Philip K. Dick, the joyous farce of John Kennedy Toole, and the digital dystopia of William Gibson." Her stories have appeared in the Pushcart and Best American Short Stories anthologies, and her collection The Wilds was a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice.

William Heyen
8 pm, Oct. 11
New York Room, Cooper Hall

William Heyen's many books include Depth of Field (1970), Crazy Horse in Stillness (1996), Shoah Train (a finalist for the 2004 National Book Award for Poetry), and his latest, The Candle: Poems of Our 20th Century Holocausts. His work has appeared in hundreds of magazines; he is an Emeritus Professor of English / Poet in Residence at the College at Brockport.

Writer’s Voice Edward P. Jones
7:30 pm, Nov. 1
Temple B’rith Kodesh, Rochester

Edward P. Jones's novel The Known World won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His short stories have appeared in Essence, Callaloo, and The New Yorker, and he has published two acclaimed story collections: Lost in the City (winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award) and All Aunt Hagar's Children. He lives in Washington, DC and teaches fiction writing at George Washington University.

Kory Stamper
8 pm, Nov. 29
New York Room, Cooper Hall

Kory Stamper is a lexicographer for Merriam-Webster and the author of Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, published by Pantheon in March 2017. The book is part memoir, part history of dictionaries; The New Yorker called it "an unlikely page-turner," and Publisher's Weekly called it "occasionally profane." Her blog, "Harmless Drudgery," is at

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