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Writers Speak Wednesdays

Fall 2016 Schedule

spring writers speak seriesReception is at 6:30 p.m., readings begin at 7 p.m. in the Radio Lounge on the second floor of Chancellors Hall at Stony Brook Southampton. Click here for directions to the campus.

October 5
Kim Addonizio
Kim Addonizio’s newest books are Mortal Trash: Poems (Norton) and Bukowski in a Sundress, a memoir-in-essays, (Viking/Penguin). Among her honors arefellowships from the NEA and Guggenheim Foundations and two Pushcart Prizes.

October 19
Dani Shapiro
Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion, as well as five novels that include Black & White and Family History. The co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, she has taught in the writing programs at Columbia, NYU, The New School, and Wesleyan. Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage will be published in 2017 by Knopf.

November 2
John Knight Chats with Emily Gilbert
John Knight is an editor at Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Previously he worked for McSweeney’s and The New York Times. He founded and edited the long-form journalism magazine Once. Emily Gilbert, a creative writing instructor at Stony Brook, is managing editor of TSR: The Southampton Review.

November 16
Lia Purpura
Lia Purpura is the author of eight collections of essays, poems, and translations, most recently a collection of poems, It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful. Writer in Residence at The University of Maryland, her awards include Guggenheim, NEA, and Fulbright Fellowships.

November 30
Ruth Franklin & Susan Scarf Merrell
Ruth Franklin is a book critic and frequent contributor to The New Yorker, Harper’s, and many other publications. She has received a New York Public Library Cullman fellowship, a fellowship at the Leon Levy Center for Biography, and a Guggenheim. Susan Scarf Merrell is director of the Southampton Writers Conference and teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing & Literature program at Stony Brook Southampton.

December 7
MFA Reading
Showcasing our talented MFA program writers.


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