Native American Poet Kicks Off SUNY Canton’s Fall Living Writers Series

A nationally-known poet will discuss the complexity of Native American life in Cherokee country as part of SUNY Canton’s Fall 2013 Living Writers Series.

Santee Frazier will speak at 6:30 p.mSantee Frazier. Wednesday, Sept. 25, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Frazier will read from his collection of poetry “Dark Thirty,” which is loosely based on his experiences, offering a portrait of Native people surviving in contemporary America.

“Frazier’s work captures the lives and voices of those we so often tend to (or try to) overlook: ‘huffers and drankers and plank-floor seductresses, car-part rippers, cane choppers, and root-juice healers,’” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche. “He tells us the stories of their lives as they are, without romance, pity or judgment, showing us in the process that they are just as worthy of poetry as anyone.”

Now in its second year, the 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.

“By bringing professional, award-winning writers to our campus, it is my hope that the Living Writers Series exposes our students and community to a diverse chorus of voices who reinvigorate our relationship to literature, while also encouraging us to increase the depth and complexity of our understanding of the world in which we live,” LaMarche added.

Frazier’s visit is the first of a three-part series this fall. Melissa Febos, author of the memoir “Whip Smart,” will appear at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, and writer Chris Fink will discuss his debut book, “Farmer’s Almanac: A Work of Fiction,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. All guest writers will be available for book signings at the events.

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SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

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