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Writers Speak Wednesdays

Spring 2016 Schedule

spring writers speak seriesReceptions begin 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.

January 27
April Gornik in conversation with Andrea Grover

April Gornik's art has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1998); East Hampton's Guild Hall Museum (1994); the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art (1993); and the Parrish Art Museum (1988). She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Guild Hall Museum in 2003.

Andrea Grover is the Century Arts Foundation Curator of Special Projects at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill. In 2014, Grover received the prestigious Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award for the forthcoming exhibition, "Radical Seafaring," at the Parrish Art Museum in 2016.

February 10
Lorin Stein in conversation with Daniel Menaker

Paris Review editor Lorin Stein is an editor-at-large at Farrar, Straus and Giroux. His criticism has appeared in the London Review of Books and The New York Review of Books. In 2014 he was named
a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters for his service to French literature.

Daniel Menaker was an editor at The New Yorker for twenty years and wrote frequently for the magazine. Formerly Editor-in-Chief at Random House, he is now a consultant for Barnes & Noble.

March 2
Gregory Pardlo

Pardlo's collection Digest won the 2015 Poetry Pulitzer. His poems have appeared in The Nation, Ploughshares, Tin House, The Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, and Best American Poetry.

March 9
MFA in Creative Writing faculty members

Featuring Ursula Hegi, Susan Scarf Merrell, Roger Rosenblatt, Julie Sheehan and Lou Ann Walker.

March 23
Iris Smyles

Iris Smyles has published two books of fiction: her semi-autobiographical debut novel Iris Has Free Time and the forthcoming Dating Tips for the Unemployed.

April 6
Robert MacNeil in conversation with Roger Rosenblatt

MacNeil worked at Reuters, NBC, and the BBC before becoming Executive Editor of PBS’ MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour. The author of four novels, including Burden of Desire and three memoirs, he is coauthor of The Story of English and its sequel, Do You Speak American?

Roger Rosenblatt is a Distinguished Professor of English and Writing for the MFA Program at Stony Brook since 2008. He is also an essayist and novelist.

April 27
Erica Jong

Jong’s newest novel is Fear of Dying, a riff on the title of her most popular novel, Fear of Flying. Her accolades include Italy’s Sigmund Freud Award, France’s Deauville Literary Award, the UN Award for Excellence in Literature, and Poetry Magazine’s Bess Hokin Prize.

May 4
The Stars of Tomorrow

MFA in Creative Writing students


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