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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.

Nationally Known Poet to Speak at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Patrick LawlerA writer known for his award-winning poetry collections will cap off the fall semester installment of SUNY Canton’s Living Writers Series.

Patrick Lawler will speak at 3:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5, in the Richard W. Miller Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

He has published three collections of poetry: “A Drowning Man is Never Tall Enough,” “reading a burning book” and “Feeding the Fear of the Earth,” winner of the Many Mountains Moving poetry book competition in 2006. He has received a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, two grants from the New York State Foundation for the Arts and an award from the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts.

“Lawler’s fiction always falls in that sweet spot between poetry and prose with an eye for the quirky details that make the most interesting characters and families come alive on the page,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche. “His performances are inspiring and hilarious, and I encourage everyone to come out for a great night of storytelling.”

His latest work, “The Meaning of If,” is a short-story collection that was published earlier this year.

An associate professor at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Lawler is the former director of the ESF Writing Program where he teaches environmental writing and nature literature courses. He is also a writer in residence at LeMoyne College.

LaMarche created the Living Writers Series in 2012 to correspond with his Living Writers Course. Students enrolled in the class read the books by the authors scheduled to visit the college. The series will continue in the spring with author Ellen Litman Feb. 25. For more information, 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 eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Pioneering Author Jennifer Finney Boylan to Speak at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Jennifer Finney BoylanBestselling novelist and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activist Jennifer Finney Boylan will discuss her groundbreaking memoir about transitioning from male to female as part of SUNY Canton’s Living Writers Series.

Boylan will speak at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Richard W. Miller Kingston Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

Her memoir, “She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders,” is one of the first bestselling works by a transgender American. Until 2001 she published under the name James Boylan. Today, she is an activist for LGBT people through her writing and her involvement on the Board of Directors of GLAAD and the Board of Trustees of the Kinsey Institute for Research on Sex, Gender, and Reproduction.

Boylan has been a frequent guest on a number of national television and radio programs, including “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and “The Today Show,” and is a regular contributor to the op-ed page of the New York Times. She has been a member of the English Department at Colby College for 25 years.

“SUNY Canton is honored to host Jennifer Finney Boylan, one of the most esteemed civil rights activists of our time,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of Humanities and LGBTQA student club adviser Melissa E. Lee. “Her visit constitutes a nod to our area’s diversity, and as such, acts as another step in the evolution of Northern New York into a place more openly accepting of differences.”

Boylan is the author of thirteen books. Her latest published work is “Stuck in the Middle with You: Parenthood in Three Genders,” a memoir about the differences between fatherhood and motherhood.

“Having a father who became a mother has helped my sons, in turn, become better men,” Boylan said about the book.

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche created the Living Writers Series in 2012 correspond with his Living Writers Course. Students enrolled in the class read the books by the authors scheduled to visit the College. Short-story author Patrick Lawler will speak Nov. 19.

 

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 eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

 

Writer, Performance Poet Arthur Flowers to Kick off SUNY Canton Fall Living Writers Series

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Arthur FlowersSUNY Canton will begin the fall semester installment of the popular Living Writers Series when African-American author Arthur Flowers performs at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24 in the Richard W. Miller Kingston Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

A native of Memphis, Tenn., Flowers utilizes African instruments in his unique style of storytelling. He considers himself a modern-day “griot,” a person who maintains a tradition of oral history, most notably in West Africa.

“There are those of us in African-American literature who feel that we are heirs to two literary traditions: the western written tradition and the African oral one, and try in the fusion to contribute something to the evolution of both,” Flowers said.

He is the author of the books “I See the Promised Land: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.,” “Mojo Rising: Confessions of a 21st Century Conjureman,” “Another Good Loving Blues” and “De Mojo Blues.”

“Flowers is a novelist and a bluesman, a storyteller and a sage,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche. “His performances defy literary convention, incorporating song, prayer, humor and heart. He is a man of wisdom and power and he is not to be missed.”

LaMarche created the series to in 2012 correspond with his Living Writers Course. Students enrolled in the class read the books by the authors scheduled to visit the College. Upcoming presenters this semester are acclaimed author Jennifer Finney Boylan Oct. 16 and novelist and short-story writer Patrick Lawler Nov. 19.

 

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 eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

 

New York Times Bestselling Author to Cap Off SUNY Canton Living Writers Series

Monday, April 21st, 2014

An American writer who has been hailed by Time magazine as one the most influential people in the world will visit SUNY Canton for the final installment of the College’s spring Living Writers Series.

George Saunders, author of the New York Times bestselling book “Tenth of December,” will speak at 6:30 p.m. May 1 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

George Saunders

“George Saunders is a national treasure, one of our best living storytellers,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche. “While his satire gnaws at our contemporary culture, the heart of his work always embraces the humanity of his characters, holding them close and dear.”

A creative writing professor at Syracuse University, Saunders has earned fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2006 he was awarded the Pen/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. His writing has been featured in The New Yorker and GQ, among others.

“Tenth of December” has earned praise from the New York Times, Washington Post, Time magazine and Harper’s Magazine. The Chicago Tribune named Saunders “the best short story writer in America.”

 

 

He has appeared on “The Charlie Rose Show,” “Late Night with David Letterman” and “The Colbert Report.”

Saunders is also the author of two screenplays and three other short story collections: “Pastoralia,” “CivilWarLand in Bad Decline” and “In Persuasion Nation.” His children’s book, “The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip,” was also a New York Times bestseller.

Now in its second year, the Living Writers Series was created by LaMarche to correspond with his Living Writers Course. Students enrolled in the class read the books by the authors scheduled to visit the College. Past guests have included New York Times bestselling author Mary Carr and sports columnist William Rhoden.

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 to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.