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Writers Speak Wednesdays

Fall 2017 Schedule

fall 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.

September 13
Meet new faculty members Amy Hempel
and Cornelius Eady
Amy Hempel is the author of four story collections. The New York Times named The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel one of the Ten Best Books of the Year. Her fiction has been widely anthologized, including appearances in
Best American Short Stories and The Norton Anthology of
Short Fiction.

Cornelius Eady is the author of several poetry collections, including The Gathering of My Name, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. His verse play, Brutal Imagination, won the Oppenheimer Prize for best first play by an
American playwright.

October 4
Katha Pollitt in conversation with Emily Gilbert
Katha Pollitt is a poet, essayist, and columnist for The Nation. Her most recent books are Learning to Drive and Other Life Stories (personal essays), The Mind-Body Problem (poetry) and Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, a
New York Times Notable Book of the year. Emily Gilbert is managing editor of TSR: The Southampton Review.

October 11
Jennifer Gilmore Reading
Jennifer Gilmore is the author of three novels for adults, including The Mothers, being adapted for a film starring Rachel Weisz; Something Red, a New York Times Notable Book; and Golden Country, as well as a novel for teens, We Were Never Here. Her YA novel, If Only, will be published next year by Harper.

October 18 (for our open house at 5:30, click here)
Catherine Burns in conversation with Tara Clancy
Catherine Burns is The Moth's long-time Artistic Director. She is a frequent host and producer of the Peabody Award-winning The Moth Radio Hour, and the editor of both Moth story collections. She is the director of Edgar
Oliver's solo show Helen & Edgar, as well as Adam Gopnik's The Gates.

Tara Clancy is the author of The Clancys of Queens, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review Daily, and The Nation. She is a Moth GrandSLAM
winner and her stories have been featured on The Moth Radio Hour, as well as NPR’s Snap Judgment and Risk.

November 8
Kimiko Hahn and Michelle Whittaker
Kimiko Hahn is the author of nine collections of poetry, most recently Brain Fever, W. W. Norton.

Michelle Whittaker received an MFA in writing & literature from Stony Brook Southampton and was awarded a Jody Donohue Poetry Prize, Cave Canem Fellowship for African American poetry, and Pushcart Special Mention. Her new collection, Surge, was released in July 2017 by Great Weather for Media.

December 6
MFA Reading
A sampler of our talented students!


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