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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.

 

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Acclaimed Central New York Author to Speak at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Jennifer PashleyShort story author Jennifer Pashley will visit SUNY Canton this month as part of the popular spring Living Writers Series.

She will speak at 6:30 p.m., March 26 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Pashley, who resides in Clinton, is the author of two collections of short stories: “The Conjurer” (2013) and “States” (2007).

The stories in “The Conjurer” have been described as unflinching in their portrayal of humans in love and the side effects of passion, and are hailed as “walking the edge between bravado and poetry, creating their own weird magic.”

She is the recipient of the Mississippi Review Prize for Fiction and the Carve Magazine Esoteric Award for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Fiction.

Her stories have appeared in journals such as PANK, SmokeLong Quarterly and Salt Hill.

Now in its second year, the Living Writers Series was created by SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche to correspond with his Living Writers Course. Students enrolled in the class read the books by the authors scheduled to visit the College.

The final guest speaker will be New York Times bestselling author George Saunders April 23. For more information on past and upcoming speakers, 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 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.

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Author Chris Fink to Speak at SUNY Canton

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Chris FinkSUNY Canton will host writer Chris Fink as the final installment of the College’s Fall 2013 Living Writers Series.

Fink will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

He will discuss his 2013 debut novel, “Farmer’s Almanac: A Work of Fiction,” which is set in a rural Midwestern county. Fink drew inspiration for the book from his upbringing on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and his work as an agricultural journalist.

The book is described as a new Midwestern Gothic and is a dark imaginary handbook for rural living. According to the publisher, American’s rural core is cracked open to reveal moments of stark beauty and cruelty.

Fink is a professor at Beloit College in Wisconsin, where he teaches literature, writing and journalism. He is also the editor of the Beloit Fiction Journal.

Now in its second year, the Living Writers Series was created by Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche to correspond with his Living Writers Course. Students enrolled in the class read the books by the authors scheduled to visit the College. For more information, 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 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.

 

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Critically Acclaimed Writer to Visit SUNY Canton

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Melissa FebosAuthor Melissa Febos will discuss her memoir “Whip Smart” as part of SUNY Canton’s popular Living Writers Series.

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

Since publishing her memoir, Febos has appeared on NPR’s “Fresh Air,” CNN’s “Dr. Drew” and “Anderson Cooper Live.” Her writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Salon.com, Marie Claire and others. She has taught at SUNY Purchase, the Gotham Writers’ Workshop, The New School, Sarah Lawrence College, New York University and Utica College.

“On one level, “Whip Smart” is a page-turning romp through the gritty world of professional S&M and drug addiction, while on another it is a much more universal tale of a young woman’s search for identity, comfort and power,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche.  “Written with striking honesty, impressive prose and intense emotional acuity, this book not only sheds light on some of the darker corners of our world, but on hidden parts of ourselves that so often go unexplored.”

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.

Febos’ visit is the second of a three-part series this fall. The final guest, writer Chris Fink, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. For more information, visit http://www.canton.edu/writers/.

 

About SUNY Canton

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

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

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.

For additional information go to: http://www.canton.edu/writers/

 

About SUNY Canton

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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SUNY Canton Living Writers Series Brings Award-Winning Poet

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Iain PollockA noted poet will share his vivid memories of the complicated issues surrounding identity and race as part of SUNY Canton’s Spring 2013 Living Writers Series.

Iain Haley Pollock will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Pollock’s collection of poetry, “Spit Back a Boy,” won the prestigious Cave Canem Poetry Prize, which recognizes exceptional first books by African-American poets.

His childhood experiences of growing up the son of an African-American mother and white father influenced his work, and the title of his book.

Pollock’s work has also appeared in the Poetry Society of America’s “In Their Own Words” feature and publications, including AGNI, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Callaloo, Drunken Boat and Indiana Review. He will discuss his personal connection to the larger world of poetry as well as read some of his own works.

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Philip K. LaMarche, who created the Living Writers Series, said “Pollock’s poetry nimbly weaves between the worlds of blues and jazz, love and loss, black and white, all with a stunning dexterity, sincerity and beauty.”

This is the second semester of the Living Writers Series. LaMarche said he arranges guest lectures to correspond with his Living Writers Course curriculum so that students enrolled in the class can read the books by authors scheduled to visit the College.

The last installment of this semester’s series will be Siobhan Fallon, author of the much-heralded book “You Know When the Men Are Gone,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in the Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

 

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Acclaimed Sports Columnist, Author to Kick off SUNY Canton Spring Living Writers Series

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

SUNY Canton will continue its popular Living Writers Series next month with New York Times sports columnist and bestselling author William C. Rhoden.

Rhoden will be discussing his work at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center nicknamed Roos House. The event is free and open to the public.

William Rhoden

William Rhoden, author of “Forty Million Dollar Slaves,” will answer questions about his writing at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Roos House.

“Focusing on the juggernaut of professional sports, Rhoden forces us to examine and question some of the fundamental ideas our culture has to offer about race, power, and history,” said Assistant Professor of English Phil LaMarche, who created the series to allow students enrolled in his Living Writers Course to meet and hear from the authors whose books they are required to read in class.

Rhoden is perhaps best known for his book “Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete,” which deals with the challenging issue of the status of the black athlete in contemporary America. Using the pervasive metaphor of the plantation, Rhoden describes a modern sports industry defined by white ownership and black labor.

During a journalism career that has spanned more than three decades, Rhoden has tackled complex issues in the sports world. He has written “The Sports of the Times” column since 1990, and his work has been included in a number of anthologies including “The Best American Sports Writing 2007.” Rhoden is also a frequent guest on ESPN’s long-running Sunday morning show, “The Sports Reporters.”

Rhoden’s accolades include a Peabody Award for his writing on the HBO documentary “Journey of the African American Athlete.” Most recently, he wrote the HBO documentary “Breaking the Huddle,” about the integration of College Football, which won a 2009 Emmy for outstanding Documentary Film. He is also author of the critically acclaimed book, “Third and A Mile: The Trials and Triumphs of The Black Quarterback.”

Rhoden will answer questions and be available for book signings after the event. Copies of “Forty Million Dollar Slaves” will be available for purchase.

Upcoming presenters will include Iain Haley Pollock, author of “Spit Back a Boy,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, and Siobhan Fallon, author of “You Know When the Men Are Gone,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24. Both events will be held in the College’s Kingston Theater and are free and open to the public.

 

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

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Author Adam Levin to Speak at SUNY Canton Nov. 14

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Adam Levin, author of the critically acclaimed novel “The Instructions,” will speak at SUNY Canton Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theatre. He will be presenting the final installment of the fall semester’s Living Writers Series. The event is free and open to the public.

Adam Levin

SUNY Canton visiting author Adam Levin will be the final speaker in this semester’s Living Writers Series (photo courtesy of Renee Feldman). Levin will be reading from his most recent collection of short stories, “Hot Pink.”

Levin will be reading from his latest work “Hot Pink,” which is a collection of short stories that was published earlier this year. He will also answer questions and be available for book signings.

“SUNY Canton students have been fortunate to be able to meet and learn from some of the most talented writers today—like Adam Levin—thanks to the Living Writers Course that was created by Assistant Professor Phil LaMarche,” said School of Business and Liberal Arts Interim Dean Maureen P. Maiocco.Hot Pink

Levin is most noted for his dark and witty short work. Some reviewers have compared his writing to that of late literary great David Foster Wallace.

“Levin’s stories feel like crazed impersonations of bullies, sadists, and Chicagoland tough guys,” LaMarche said. “His prose rings true to their voices, gallivanting across the page with genius, bravery, and utter hilarity.”

Levin resides in Chicago, where he teaches writing at Columbia College and The School of the Art Institute.

Fall 2012 is the first semester that the Living Writers Course has been offered. Students enrolled in the class read the books by authors scheduled to visit the College. Authors Mary Karr and Daniel Torday were previous guest speakers.

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Author Daniel Torday to Speak at SUNY Canton Oct. 17

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Daniel TordaySUNY Canton will host author and Director of Creative Writing at Bryn Mawr College Daniel Torday as part of its Living Writers Series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the College’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Torday will be reading from his latest novella, “The Sensualist,” which was published this spring. He will also answer questions about his writing and be available for book signings.

“We are thrilled to welcome Daniel Torday to SUNY Canton as part of our ongoing Living Writers Course created by Assistant Professor Phil LaMarche,” said School of Business and Liberal Arts Interim Dean Maureen P. Maiocco. “These events allow our students to meet and hear from some of the most talented writers today.”

Torday’s fiction and nonfiction works have appeared in Esquire Magazine, Glimmer Train, Harper Perennial’s Fifty-Two Stories, the Harvard Review and the Kenyon Review.

LaMarche described Torday’s writing as “A window into the world of his characters, but also a mirror, reflecting our own lives and the culture we inhabit.”

The Sensualist: A Novella by Daniel Torday“The Sensualist” tells the tale of 17-year-old Samuel Gerson, who is ready to rid himself of the tight-knit Jewish community in which he’s spent his whole life. But when he befriends enigmatic Dmitri Zilber, a recent Russian Jewish immigrant who is obsessed with the works of Dostoevsky, Samuel’s world begins to shift. As his life increasingly entangles with that of Dmitri and his beautiful sister Yelizaveta, it sets in motion a series of events that culminates in a disturbing act of violence.

Fall 2012 is the first semester that the Living Writers Course has been offered. Students enrolled in the class read the books by authors scheduled to visit the College. Best-selling author Mary Karr visited the College in September, and the next presenter will be Adam Levin, author of “The Instructions,” on Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

 

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Best-Selling Author Coming to SUNY Canton

Monday, September 17th, 2012
Mary Karr

Mary Karr will be reading from "Lit: A Memoir" and answering questions about her writing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center¹s Kingston Theater.

SUNY Canton will be hosting New York Times Best Sellers List author Mary Karr to open its Fall 2012 Living Writers Series.

Karr, who has won multiple awards for her non-fiction work, will be reading from her book “Lit: A Memoir” and answering questions about her writing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public. Karr will be available for book signings at the end of her presentation.

“We are able to bring award-winning authors to SUNY Canton through our brand-new Living Writers (ENGL264) Course created within our humanities department,” said School of Business and Liberal Arts Interim Dean Maureen P. Maiocco. “Assistant Professor Phil LaMarche created the class, and invited authors to enhance our culturally rich programming.”

LaMarche described Karr as a writing rock star with relatable cathartic prose that modern students can easily identify with and learn from.

“Mary Karr’s ‘Lit’ includes a cast of characters that make modern reality-shows look like a pack of rank amateurs,” LaMarche said. “Her work is harrowing, hilarious and full of heart. Her story is no mere carnival ride, but a genuine tale of love, forgiveness and salvation.”

Karr is most widely known for her best-selling memoirs, but regards herself primarily as a poet. She’s a 2004 Guggenheim Fellow in poetry, and has written four volumes of verse, including “Sinners Welcome.” Her most popular book to date is “The Liar’s Club,” which remained on the New York Times Best Seller’s List for more than a year. Her most recent book “Lit: A Memoir,” presents readers with the story of her alcoholism, recovery and conversion to Catholicism.

Future presenters include Daniel Torday, author of “The Sensualist” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17, and Adam Levin, author of “The Instructions” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14. Both events are scheduled to take place in the College’s Kingston Theater and are free and open to the public.

Fall 2012 is the first semester that the ENGL264 course has been offered. Students enrolled in the class read the books by authors scheduled to visit the College. LaMarche plans to offer the Living Writers course, and the related Living Writers Series, again during the spring semester with several different authors.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

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