Southampton Arts Summer Draws Hundreds to Work in Writing, Theater, Film

andersonThis July, the creative writing, digital filmmaking, and international theatre workshops that comprise Southampton Arts Summer are once again drawing scores of the most accomplished and celebrated practitioners of their craft to teach, and hundreds of artists working across all disciplines to study under them at the Stony Brook Southampton campus.

Creative synergy abounds at Southampton Arts Summer (July 10-28), with composer/musician/performance artist Laurie Anderson (at right) in conversation with author Frederic Tuten one night and best-selling author and Distinguished Professor Roger Rosenblatt talking to PBS Newshour anchor and writer Jim Lehrer and his wife, the writer Kate Lehrer on another.

In addition to teaching, two-time U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins will read with Rosenblatt on July 26 to launch the Summer Issue of TSR: The Southampton Review.

Other writers who are part of the Southampton Arts Summer team include: Jules Feiffer, Meg Wolitzer, Patricia Marx, Daniel Menaker, Susan Cheever, Melissa Banks, Téa Obreht, Matthew Klam, Joe Pintauro, Mary Karr, Patricia McCormick, Zachary Lazar and poets Grace Schulman, Bob Holman, Julie Sheehan, and Mark Doty, to name only a few.

vachonFrom the world of theatre and film, Christine Vachon (at left) and Pamela Koffler of Killer Films, Jon Robin Baitz, Mercedes Ruehl, Annie Baker, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Ed Burns, and Bill Collage will be among the artists guiding the students at this year’s Southampton Arts Summer.

Southampton Arts Summer events open to the public include:

Saturday, July 13, 3:45 pm:
Dedication of the campus windmill — one-time summer residence of Tennessee Williams — as a Literary Landmark, with a reading of Frederic Tuten’s one-act satire, "At Stanley’s Place."

Saturday, July 20, 7:30 pm:
Frederic Tuten in conversation with Laurie Anderson.

Friday, July 26, 7:30 pm:
Readings by Billy Collins and Roger Rosenblatt to launch the Summer Issue of TSR: The Southampton Review.

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Roger Rosenblatt and Julie Sheehan Robert Reeves, Alan Alda and Billy Collins
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Billy Collins and Robert Reeves James Salter