Writers Speak Wednesdays

Fall 2015 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.

September 30
Jane Hamilton and Ann Packer

Jane Hamilton's novels have won literary prizes, been made into films, have been international best-sellers, and two of them, The Book of Ruth and A Map of The World, were selections of Oprah's Book Club. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, Allure, Oprah Magazine, Elle, and various anthologies. Her seventh novel, The Excellent Lombards, will be published in May 2016.

Ann Packer is the author, most recently, of The Children's Crusade.  Her previous books are two collections of short fiction, Swim Back to Me and Mendocino and Other Stories, and two novels, Songs Without Words and The Dive from Clausen's Pier, which won the Kate Chopin Literary Award among many other prizes and honors. 

October 14
David Lynn in conversation with Roger Rosenblatt

David Lynn has been the editor of The Kenyon Review since 1994. His latest collection of short stories, Year of Fire, was published by Harcourt. David Lynn lives in Gambier, Ohio where he is also Professor of English at Kenyon College. 

Roger Rosenblatt is the author of Making Toast, Kayak Morning, and most recently, The Book of Love. He is the winner of the 2015 Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement.

October 21
Bob Holman

Equal parts spoken word performer, professor, impresario, activist, proprietor of the Bowery Poetry Club, filmmaker and host of "Language Matters," a two-hour PBS special on Endangered Languages, to Bob Holman it's all just part of the job. He's a poet. From Slam to Hip-Hop, from performance to spoken word, Bob's been a central figure in redefining poetry in the US as existing on, off, and beyond the page.

November 18
Arlene Alda

Arlene Alda graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hunter College, received a Fulbright Scholarship, and realized her dream of becoming a professional clarinetist, playing in the Houston Symphony under the baton of Leopold Stokowski. She switched careers when her children were young and became an award-winning photographer and author who has written 19 books, including Just Kids from the Bronx. She is the mother of three daughters and the grandmother of eight. She and her husband, actor Alan Alda, live in New York City and Long Island.

December 2
Willie Perdomo

Willie Perdomo is the author of The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and winner of the International Latino Book Award in Poetry; Smoking Lovely, winner of the PEN Beyond Margins Award, and Where a Nickel Costs a Dime, a finalist for the Poetry Society of America Norma Farber First Book Award.  He is currently a member of the VONA/Voices faculty and is an Instructor in English at Phillips Exeter Academy.

December 9
MFA Reading

Come hear the literary stars of tomorrow!

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