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Living Writers Series
Beginning in Fall 2012 in conjunction with the ENGL 264 course, The Living Writers Series brings guest authors to the College to discuss their latest works. Students enrolled in the class read the books by the scheduled authors and then get to meet and engage these authors in a question and answer session followed by a public reading. The campus and the local communities are all invited to attend these extraordinary discussions.
The Living Writers Series is made possible with the generous support of the following organizations at SUNY Canton:
- Student Government Association
- Canton College Foundation
- Office of the President
- Office of the Provost
- School of Business and Liberal Arts
- Department of English and Humanities
Wednesday, September 23, 6:30 p.m.
Christopher Kennedy is the author of three poetry collections: Encouragement for a Man Falling to His Death, which received the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award in 2007; Trouble with the Machine; and Nietzsche's Horse. A fourth collection, Ennui Prophet, was published by BOA Editions in 2011.
Wednesday, October 21, 6:30 p.m.
Rahul Mehta’s debut short story collection, Quarantine, 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, Elle India, and elsewhere. An Out magazine “Out 100” honoree, Mehta lives in Philadelphia and teaches at the University of the Arts. His debut novel is forthcoming from HarperCollins in 2016.
Thursday, November 19, 6:30 p.m.
Jennifer Elise Foerster, the author of Leaving Tulsa, received her MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts (July 2007) and her BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico (2003). She has received fellowships to attend Soul Mountain Retreat, the Naropa Summer Writing Program, the Idyllwild Summer Poetry Program, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, and the Vermont Studio Center. From 2008-2010, Jennifer was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. Of German, Dutch, and Muscogee descent, she is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma. Jennifer grew up living internationally and now lives in San Francisco.
Mary 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.
Daniel 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. The Sensualist, winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Awards' Goldberg Prize for Outstanding Debut Fiction, 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.
Siobhan Fallon is the author of You Know When the Men Are Gone, which was listed as a Best Book of 2011 by The San Francisco Chronicle, Self Magazine, Los Angeles Public Library, Janet Maslin of The New York Times, and won a 2012 Indies Choice Honor Award, the Texas Institute of Letters Award for First Fiction, and the 2012 Pen Center USA Literary Award in Fiction.
Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press, 2010). Her work has been widely anthologized and appeared in publications including Glamour, Salon, Dissent, New York Times, Bitch Magazine, The Rumpus, Drunken Boat, Hunger Mountain, The Portland Review, and The Chronicle of Higher Education Review.
In Chris Fink’s debut work of fiction, America’s rural
core is cracked open to reveal moments of stark beauty and
cruelty. Farmer’s Almanac—a new Midwestern Gothic—is an
imaginary handbook for rural living, as timeless and essential
as its namesake. But this is no American pastoral. Fink’s vision
is more Orwell than Rockwell.
Poet Tyrone Williams was born in Detroit, Michigan and earned his BA, MA, and PhD at Wayne State University. He is the author of a number of chapbooks, including Convalescence (1987); Futures, Elections (2004); Musique Noir (2006); and Pink Tie (2011), among others. His full-length collections of poetry include c.c. (2002), On Spec (2008), The Hero Project (2009), Adventures of Pi (2011), and Howell (2011).
Jennifer Pashley is the author of two collections of stories: States was called "an inviting and well carved debut" by Aimee Bender. About The Conjurer, Tina May Hall says, "Pashley is a hard luck oracle, tracing portents in a world heavy with the weight of not-quite babies, truck-stop infidelities, the ghosts of June Carter and Raymond Carver and Flannery O'Connor."
George Saunders is the author of six previous books, including the story collections CivilWarLand in Bad Decline Pastoralia, and In Persuasion Nation. He has received 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 and was included in Time’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Syracuse University.
Arthur Flowers is a novelist, essayist, and performance poet. A native of Memphis Tennessee, he is the author of novels, Another Good Loving Blues and De Mojo Blues; a children’s book, Cleveland Lee’s Beale Street Band, and a memoir/manifesto, Mojo Rising: Confessions of a 21st Century Conjureman and a graphic nonfiction, I See The Promise Land. He has published shorts and articles and is a bluesbased performance poet.
Jennifer Finney Boylan is the author of the memoir She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders, the winning, utterly surprising story of a person changing genders, and 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, and transgender men and women in particular, 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.
Patrick Lawler has published three collections of poetry: A Drowning Man is Never Tall Enough (University of Georgia Press, 1990); reading a burning book (Basfal Books, 1994); and Feeding the Fear of the Earth, winner of the Many Mountains Moving poetry book competition (2006). In addition, 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.
Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist. His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages. He is founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement. The Boston Globe said he was "probably America's most important environmentalist."