Author Michael Gasparino

Three stories that have appeared in The Southampton Review were performed on two recent episodes of National Public Radio’s podcast, Selected Shorts. The January 4 episode, titled “Crossing the Line,” included two TSR stories that were also read at a Southampton Writers Conference event in Avram Theater in the summer of 2017. Douglas Lawson’s funny “Love in a Kitchen Garden” was read by actor Richard Kind. (It begins at minute 11:00 and ends at 32:30 of the podcast.) The next story up at 32:30, “Brand Values,” was written by MFA student Emily Buckler. The December 28, 2017 episode of Selected…

Beginning in August 2018, a new one-year Audio Podcast Fellows program will be launched at Stony Brook Southampton/Manhattan in association with producing partner WSHU Public Radio. The first of its kind in the U.S., the Audio Podcast program will offer students advanced training in all aspects of podcasting while they develop their own podcasts, from proposal to pilot to pitch. With the number of podcasts produced more than tripling in the past five years (to over 300,000) and the number of passionate listeners continuing to rise, there is significant demand for producers, editors, writers and other professionals with the requisite…

Film producer Simone Pero, a member of the MFA in Film program faculty and a Stony Brook University alumna, delivered the presidential welcome speech at the New York Women in Film and Television’s 38th annual Muse Awards gala on Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Hilton Midtown in New York. Pero, the president of the NYWIFT, spoke about the year for women in entertainment, one that has been seen a revolution against sexual harrassment in the industry. Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Hochul and Julie Menin, the commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment also addressed the gathering, both championing the…

When Danielle Meyers stepped onto the Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium stage before a crowd of 10,000 to deliver the student speech at Stony Brook University’s May 2016 Commencement Ceremony, it was the culmination of four years of inspiring her peers and mentors alike. A talented spoken word artist, Meyers addressed her fellow graduates in verse, asking them to “reflect on their freshman state of mind” and consider how far they have come, and have yet to go. “She hit it out of the park,” said Charles Robbins, vice provost for undergraduate education and dean of the undergraduate colleges and one…

There will be 9 million new STEM job openings between now and 2022, and Shane Ford ’17 wants one of them — preferably as a medical researcher, maybe even a doctor. The student from Riverhead, New York, concedes it’s an audacious ambition. After all, no one in his family was a physician. No one had even attended college — he was the first. But to say he is determined is an understatement. An overachiever at Riverhead High School, Ford didn’t have time to consider the possibility of failure. He was too busy checking the boxes for college: all AP classes,…

Each year, Stony Brook University students, faculty, staff and alumni share their time and talent through thousands of community service hours, and each year that effort is celebrated with ’31 Days of Giving Back.’ The blog, published by the Office of Community Relations, showcases the many ways Stony Brook University is making a difference in the community by highlighting an event or initiative from the past 12 months every day throughout the month of December. From organizing clothing drives to blood donations to bringing a smile to a veteran’s face, Stony Brook University is committed to sustained, lifelong community engagement,…

Three projects with producer credits for Stony Brook MFA in Film faculty will have their world premieres at the Sundance Film Festival, to be held January 18 to 28, 2018, in Park City, Utah. The narrative feature Colette and television series This Close, both produced by Killer Films’ Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler, and The Tale, with For Impact Productions’ Simone Pero as a producer, were all selected for screening at the upcoming festival in Utah. “Christine Vachon and Simone Pero have been integral to our program’s original vision and continuing growth,” said MFA in Film Program Director Magdalene Brandeis.…

The MFA program in Creative Writing and Literature and the MFA program in Film will be hosting three separate open houses and information sessions this month at the Stony Brook Southampton campus and at the Southampton Arts Manhattan location on Eighth Avenue. MFA in Creative Writing director Julie Sheehan and Manhattan Coordinator Alison Fairbrother will host an information session about the MFA in Creative Writing program on Monday, October 16, at 6 p.m. at the Manhattan location, located on the 5th floor of 535 Eighth Avenue, between 36th and 37th Streets. An open house and information session will also be…

With a new base of operations at 535 Eighth Avenue in Manhattan and the hiring of Alan Kingsberg as a full-time professor for the new TV Writing curriculum, the MFA in Film offered by Stony Brook Southampton in association with Killer Films is fast joining the ranks of top film schools in the U.S. “Creativity in all its forms is becoming more important in the world and our growth reflects that,” Stony Brook Southampton Associate Provost Robert Reeves said. “We are adding faculty, increasing enrollment, and designing innovative new curricula.” “Our new Manhattan space is more like a suite of…

“Selected Shorts,” one of the premier reading series in New York City and a popular Public Radio International program, will return to the Avram Theater at Stony Brook Southampton on Friday, July 14 to help celebrate the 10th anniversary issue of TSR: The Southampton Review. Actors Betty Buckley, Blythe Danner, Richard Kind, and Maulik Pancholy will perform magical short stories by authors featured over the years in the literary and art journal of the Southampton MFA in Creative Writing program. It promises to be an evening of funny, moving, romantic, and surreal tales filled with unexpected twists and turns. For…

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