Posts Tagged ‘Living Writers Series’

Celebrated Native American Author to Speak at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

David Treuer

A professor and Ojibwe tribal member who has written extensively about the Native American experience will speak at SUNY Canton in November as part of the college’s Living Writers Series.

David Treuer, whose work has been published in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Esquire and The Washington Post, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

In his nonfiction book, “Rez Life,” published in 2012, Treuer examines Native American reservation life, past and present through research into issues like sovereignty, treaty rights and natural-resource conservation.

“David Treuer’s words in ‘Rez Life’ provide a beacon of light much like the North Star that references a navigational point for native and non-native people to traverse the perils that exist in Indian country today,” said Professor William T. Jones, SUNY Canton’s co-chief diversity officer.

The son of Robert Treuer, a holocaust survivor, and Margaret Seely Treuer, an Ojibwe tribal court judge, David is a 1992 graduate of Princeton University, where his thesis advisor was Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison. He has appeared on NPR’s “Fresh Air with Terry Gross” and PBS’s “The Tavis Smiley Show.”

“David Treuer is an internationally acclaimed voice in Native American literature and we are grateful to host him on the SUNY Canton campus,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English and Living Writers Series creator Phil K. LaMarche. “Please join us for the event to commemorate Native American Heritage Month.”

Treuer’s visit is co-sponsored by SUNY Canton’s Center of Diversity and Inclusion and made possible thanks to grant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

“The Living Writers Series has proven to be a valuable asset to SUNY Canton and the community,” LaMarche said. “The NEA grant will help continue our mission of bringing a diverse group of creative artists and intellectual minds to our campus.”

The next Living Writers Series speaker will be Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy K. Smith, who will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1.

For more information about the Living Writers Series, visit www.canton.edu/writers.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Honors National Poetry Month With Guest Erica Dawson

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Erica DawsonSUNY Canton will celebrate the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month in April by hosting a rising poetry star as part of the Living Writers Series.

Erica Dawson will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Her most recent book, “The Small Blades Hurt,” has earned critical praise, and fellow poet Richie Hofmann described it as “Rhythmic, musical, unforgettable … a wild and exhilarating testament of self-love against the backdrop of America — its history, its literature, its popular culture and its bizarre dramatis personae.”

According to the publisher, “The Small Blades Hurt” picks up where her debut poetry collection, “Big-Eyed Afraid,” leaves off. She explores themes such as lust and love, past and present, accidents, and self-reflection.

“Big-Eyed Afraid” won the 2006 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize and her poems have appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Unsplendid, Blackbird, Barrow Street and others. Dawson is currently an assistant professor at The University of Tampa, where she teaches for the undergraduate English and Writing program and the Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing.

“With a sharp wit and flashes of humor, Erica Dawson explores the complexities of contemporary American life,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English and Living Writers Series creator Phil K. LaMarche. “We invite the community to help us celebrate National Poetry Month with a performance from a talented literary voice.”

Founded in 1996, National Poetry Month was created to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. It is organized by the Academy of American Poets and has become the largest literary celebration in the world.

Dawson is the final guest of the spring installment of the Living Writers Series. For more information about her work or past speakers, visit www.canton.edu/writers.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

New York Times Columnist and Bestselling Author Theresa Brown to Speak at SUNY Canton

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Theresa BrownTheresa Brown, RN, author of the book “The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives,” will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, at SUNY Canton’s Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

The event is part of the spring installment of the college’s Living Writers Series and is cosponsored by Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center and Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley. It is free and open to the public.

The publisher describes “The Shift” as an eye-opening and riveting account of Brown’s day as a nurse in a busy teaching hospital’s oncology ward. The reader is offered an unprecedented look into the individual struggles of patients and medical professionals, which reveals larger truths about medicine in the United States.

“The Shift” is a New York Times bestseller, and Brown has been a guest on NPR’s “Fresh Air with Terry Gross,” “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and ABC’s “20/20.” Her column “Bedside” was published in the New York Times op-ed page, as well as on the Times’ blog “Opinionator.” In 2009 she attended a White House press conference where President Obama quoted her New York Times article about health care reform.

“We are thrilled to partner with Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center and Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley to bring such a timely and compelling literary voice from the field of medicine,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English and series creator Phil K. LaMarche. “Theresa Brown’s stories from the cancer floor of her hospital are fraught with personal drama and the difficult medical issues of our time.”

Dr. Danielle Ofri, author of “What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine,” described Brown’s book as a “compelling and compassionate human drama. If you want to understand how modern medicine ticks, fasten your seat belt and spend a day in the hospital with Theresa Brown on ‘The Shift.’”

Brown received a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate in English from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree from Columbia University. She has also taught writing and literature at Harvard, MIT and Tufts. Her first book, “Critical Care: A new Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between,” is used by many schools as a nursing textbook. She currently works as a clinical nurse in Pittsburgh.

For more information about Brown and the Living Writers Series, visit www.canton.edu/writers.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Living Writing Series Kicks Off Spring Semester with Author Jeff Parker

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Jeff ParkerWidely acclaimed author Jeff Parker will be the first guest to visit SUNY Canton for the spring installment of the popular Living Writing Series.

Parker will appear at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

His latest book, “Where Bears Roam the Streets,” has earned high critical praise, and Maclean’s magazine drew comparisons between his writing and that of the late Kurt Vonnegut.

“Jeff Parker is one of the most prolific and promising writers of his generation,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche. “His stories have a mind of their own and always take the reader into the humorous and sometimes uncomfortable realm of the unexpected.”

“Where Bears Roam the Streets” is a memoir of Parker’s unlikely friendship with a Perestroika-generation Russian bartender, Igor, while studying in St. Petersburg. The author tells the story of contemporary Russia though his friendship with Igor and their travels together across the country.

He is also the author of “The Taste of Penny,” a collection of short stories, and “Ovenman,” a comedic coming-of-age story.

Parker served as the director of creative writing at the University of Tampa and is a faculty member with the University of Massachusetts Amherst Master of Fine Arts program.

LaMarche created the Living Writers Series in 2012 to coincide with his Living Writers Course. Students enrolled in the class read the books by the authors scheduled to visit the college.

The next guest speaker will be author Theresa Brown at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, which is cosponsored by Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center and Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley. Poet Erica Dawson will appear at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27.

For more information about the Living Writers Series, visit www.canton.edu/writers.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant for Living Writers Series

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

SUNY Canton Lecture SeriesThe National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced it will award SUNY Canton $10,000 to support the college’s popular Living Writers Series.

The series, which began in 2012, has hosted 15 prominent literary guest speakers from across the country. All events are free and open to the public. According to SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche, the award funding will be used specifically to bring globally recognized authors to campus in conjunction with African American and Native American History months.

“I’d like to thank the National Endowment for the Arts for supporting the Living Writers Series,” said LaMarche, who created and directs the series. “This award will help foster discussions of diversity on campus at a time when they are greatly needed across our country.”

Throughout the past several years, the series has grown in popularity and guests have included renowned writers such as bestselling authors Mary Karr, William Rhoden and George Saunders. This year leading environmental activist and climate change pioneer Bill McKibben drew a crowd of more than 700 attendees from throughout the North Country region.

McKibben, Saunders, Karr

“The Living Writers Series has proven to be a valuable asset to SUNY Canton and the community,” LaMarche said. “We have brought a diverse list of creative artists and intellectual minds to our campus to engage with our students and the greater community.”

The award is part of the NEA’s “Challenge America” program, which aims to support projects that benefit populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disability.

Phil A. LaMarche poses for a photo with Award-winning New York Times columnist and bestselling author William Rhoden.

Phil K. LaMarche poses for a photo with Award-winning New York Times columnist and bestselling author William Rhoden.

“The arts are part of our everyday lives – no matter who you are or where you live – they have the power to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Supporting projects like SUNY Canton’s Living Writers Series offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Honors Native American Heritage Month with Guest Author Jennifer Foerster

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Jennifer FoersterThe final guest of SUNY Canton’s 2015 Living Writers Series challenges perceptions of what it means to be a Native American woman in her first poetry collection.

Jennifer Foerster will appear at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

She is the author of “Leaving Tulsa,” which was described by NPR’s News Poet Tess Taylor as “sensuous, generous, full of beginnings and endings …” The book also received praise from The Huffington Post’s Cultural Critic Dean Rader and was a finalist for the PEN Open Book Award.

“Foerster’s poetry weaves striking stories of the Native American past with present-day characters and settings. Her work is both haunting and beautiful,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche. “Please help us celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a reading and discussion of her work.”

Foerster is of German, Dutch and Muscogee descent and is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma. Her poems have appeared in “Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas,” “New California Writing 2011” and “Turtle Island to Abya Yala.” She resides in San Francisco and is pursuing a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing at the University of Denver.

LaMarche created the Living Writers Series in 2012 to coincide with his Living Writers Course. Students enrolled in the class read the books by the authors scheduled to visit the college. The series will resume in 2016.

For more information about Foerster and the Living Writers Series, visit www.canton.edu/writers.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton’s Living Writers Series Hosts Author Rahul Mehta Oct. 21

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Rahul MehtaAn author who explores the complexities of being gay and Indian-American will visit SUNY Canton as part of the popular Living Writers Series.

Rahul Mehta will appear at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Mehta will discuss his debut short-story collection, “Quarantine,” which won
a Lambda Literary Award and the Asian American Literary Award for fiction. His stories and essays have appeared in the Kenyon Review, the Sun, New Stories from the South, the New York Times Magazine, the International Herald Tribune and Elle India. Mehta lives in Philadelphia and teaches at the University of the Arts.

“Mehta’s stories are beautiful, insightful and timely,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche. “His work traverses the themes of cultural, sexual and gender identity, while providing insight on the experience of immigration and the challenges of living between two worlds. I welcome the community to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month by joining us for this event.”

LaMarche created the Living Writers Series in 2012 to coincide with his Living Writers Course. Students enrolled in the class read the books by the authors scheduled to visit the college.

The final guest of the Living Writers Series’ fall installment will be poet Jennifer Foerster, who will appear at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

For more information about the Living Writers Series, visit www.canton.edu/writers.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

Award-Winning Poet to Kick Off SUNY Canton Fall Living Writers Series

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Christopher KennedyA Central New York native who has received the prestigious Isabella Gardner Poetry Award will be the first speaker for the fall semester installment of SUNY Canton’s popular Living Writers Series.

Christopher Kennedy will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Kennedy will read from his latest poetry collection, “Ennui Prophet,” which explores topics ranging from personal relationships with family and friends to examinations of the political climate in the first decade of the millennium.

Kennedy is also the author of “Encouragement for a Man Falling to His Death,” which earned him the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award; “Trouble with the Machine;” and “Nietzsche’s Horse.” He has received a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a grant from the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts.

His work has appeared in journals and magazines, such as Ploughshares, New York Tyrant, Ninth Letter, The Threepenny Review, Slope, Mississippi Review and McSweeney’s. He is an associate professor of English at Syracuse University where he is also the director of the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing.

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche created the Living Writers Series in 2012 to coincide with his Living Writers Course. Students enrolled in the class read the books by the authors scheduled to visit the college.

“The Living Writers Series has proven to be a valuable asset to SUNY Canton and the broader North Country region,” LaMarche said. “We have brought some of the most creative artists in the literary community to our campus through this program.”

Kennedy’s visit is the first of a three-part series this fall. Rahul Mehta, author of the short story “Quarantine,” will appear at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, and poet Jennifer Foerster, author of “Leaving Tulsa,” will appear at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19.

For more information about the series and guest speakers, visit www.canton.edu/writers.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Living Writers Series to Host Widely Acclaimed 
Author Daniel Torday April 30

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Daniel TordayAn author who is generating literary buzz with his recently published book will visit SUNY Canton for the final installment of the spring semester’s Living Writers Series.

Daniel Torday will read excerpts from “The Last Flight of Poxl West” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

“The Last Flight of Poxl West” quickly garnered critical acclaim upon its release in March, and Torday recently appeared on NPR’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross. The book continues to earn glowing reviews, including Amazon’s designation as one of the 10 best books of March, as well as a prestigious spot on the cover of The New York Times Sunday Book Review.

The novel tells the story of Poxl West, a supposed World War II hero, and his nephew, Eli Goldstein. When Eli begins to delve into his uncle’s memoires, he discovers Poxl may not be the man he once thought him to be.

Torday’s literary peers have praised the novel, including award-winning author George Saunders, who called it “a wonderful accomplishment of storytelling verve: tender, lyrical, surprising, full of beautifully rendered details.”

“‘The Last Flight of Poxl West’ beautifully explores Jewish identity of past and present, the pitfalls of contemporary heroism and celebrity, and the nature of storytelling,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English and series creator Phil K. LaMarche. “We are lucky to have Mr. Torday on our campus, and this event is not to be missed.”

This is Torday’s second Living Writers Series appearance. He previously visited the college in 2012 after his novella, “The Sensualist,” was published. His stories and essays have appeared in Esquire Magazine, Glimmer Train, Harper Perennial’s Fifty-Two Stories, the Harvard Review and the Kenyon Review. Torday is currently the director of creative writing at Bryn Mawr College.

For more information about the Living Writers Series, visit www.canton.edu/writers.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Leading Environmental Activist Bill McKibben to Speak at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Bestselling author and climate change pioneer Bill McKibben will discuss the consequences of global warming at 6:30 p.m., April 1, in SUNY Canton’s Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. The event is free and open to the public.

McKibben has been on the forefront of environmental activism since the 1980s when his book “The End of Nature” brought the issue of global warming to the forefront of America’s consciousness. Since then, the book has been translated into 24 languages and has earned McKibben a place as a foremost authority on climate change.

Bill McKibben

The event is cosponsored by the SUNY Canton Sustainability Lecture Series and the SUNY Canton Living Writers Series.

“Bill McKibben is one of the most persistent voices regarding greenhouse gases and climate change; his efforts at raising social awareness and political action go back thirty years,” said SUNY Canton Associate Professor Matthew J. Burnett, who created the Sustainability Lecture Series. “His dedication to international well-being is a model for us all.”

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Phil K. LaMarche, who created the Living Writers Series, added, “We are pleased to welcome Bill McKibben to SUNY Canton. His message on the pressing issue of climate change is one we all need to hear.”

Hailed by the Boston Globe as “probably the nation’s most important environmentalist,” McKibben is the founder of a massive grassroots climate change initiative, 350.org, which most notably led the charge against the Keystone XL oil pipeline. This campaign culminated in one of the largest U.S. acts of civil disobedience in thirty years with a protest against the pipeline in front of the White House.

McKibben is a recipient of the Gandhi Prize and Thomas Merton Award and holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities. He has appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Real Time with Bill Maher” and “The Colbert Report.”

He has authored more than a dozen books and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Orion Magazine, Mother Jones and Rolling Stone, among others.

McKibben resides in Vermont and is a Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College. His most recent book, “Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist,” is a memoir about his personal crusade to build and preserve a sustainable planet.

For more information about the event, visit http://www.canton.edu/writers/.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.