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The Southampton Review Summer/Fall 2019 Issue Is Here

TSR Summer Fall 2019The Southampton Review (TSR) publishes its 25th issue — Summer/Fall 2019 — on July 13, and inside readers will find an updated look and work by authors such as Rick Moody ("Hotels of North America"), Lisa Locascio ("Open Me"), Aliki Barnstone (Poet Laureate of Missouri), Katherine Faw ("Ultraluminous"), Scott Cheshire ("High as the Horses' Bridles"), and Rachel Lyon ("Self-Portrait with Boy").

The cover of this issue of TSR features "Primary Fan – Red," a painting by Christopher Stott, who is represented by the George Billis Gallery in New York City. Mr. Stott's work will be shown at this year's Market Art + Design running July 5 to 7 in Bridgehampton.

Emily Smith Gilbert, TSR's editor-in-chief, says, “I just knew the painting was going to be the cover. Christopher gives the fan a personality, somehow. The clean lines complement the journal's new design.”

Among the poertry in this edition is Alicia Mountain's “The Owl in the Forest in My Mouth.” In June, Ms. Mountain (first published in TSR in 2015) moved from Colorado to the East End to work at Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett.

“When I found out Alicia would be in the area I was so excited—it feels like an extension of the community of authors and artists we're building with TSR,” Ms. Gilbert says.

The winning essays of the fourth Frank McCourt Memoir Prize contest are also published in this issue. Isabel Seabeck placed first for “Baab,” which Ms. Gilbert describes as “a fever dream of being an outsider in a place that is strangely familiar.” Journalist Massoud Hayoun took second place with “Urumqi mon amour,” an essay about searching for a Uyghur ex-boyfriend in Xianjing province. Mr. Hayoun's debut memoir, "When We Were Arabs: A Jewish Family's Forgotten History," will be published June 25 by The New Press.

Copies of the Summer/Fall 2019 issue are $15 and can be purchased at thesouthamptonreview.com. A one-year subscription of two issues is $25. A two-year subscription (four issues) is $45. Issues of TSR, including Summer/Fall 2019, can also be found in public libraries throughout the East End.

The Southampton Review (TSR) is the literary journal of the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literature at Stony Brook Southampton. TSR was founded in 2007 by Lou Ann Walker. The goal is to create a literary journal filled with debut, emerging, and established authors, a literary journal that is inclusive of marginalized voices, and one in which readers will find themselves represented.

Young Artists and Writers Project (YAWP) Hosts 11th Annual Middle School Playwrights Festival May 11
yawp playwriting festival Ross School actors Kely Archambault and Alex DeLeva flank "Candy Catastrophe" playwright Will Edwards at the 2018 YAWP Middle School Playwrights Festival. - Pamela Greinke photo

Six short plays written and performed by local middle school students will be presented at Stony Brook Southampton's Avram Theater on Saturday, May 11, at 7 p.m. as the culminating event of the 2019 Young Artists and Writers Project (YAWP) Middle School Playwriting program.

The six plays in this year's festival were written by playwrights in YAWP classes at Bridgehampton, Ross School, and Shelter Island, along with one student from Hampton Bays who took part in the 2018 YAWP Summer Scriptwriting Workshop.

Tickets to the performance are free. For reservations and more information, email william.chandler@stonybrook.edu.

The Middle School Playwrights Festival represents a collaboration between student playwrights, actors and designers who have been taught and mentored by theater and writing professionals affiliated with Stony Brook Southampton's MFA in Creative Writing and Literature, which created and sponsors the YAWP programs. Professional directors stage the plays, which encompass an array of genres—from comedies to dramas—with subject matter drawn from the students' own lives.

The Young Artists and Writers Project is dedicated to mentoring middle and high school students in the development of creative expression and critical thinking through writing, and is an integral part of Stony Brook Southampton's commitment to the community and to the next generation of readers and writers. The YAWP programs send professional writers and teaching artists into classrooms to lead workshops in a wide array of writing disciplines, including Playwriting, Screenwriting, Poetry, Personal Essay and Fiction.

More than 100 students participated in the YAWP Middle School Playwriting Residency this spring. Over the course of two months, students explored the basic elements of dramatic writing: how to develop ideas, characters, themes, dialogue and scenes. One play from each participating class was then selected for production in the Festival.

The Young Artists and Writers Project is helmed by Executive Director Emma Walton Hamilton and Program Director Will Chandler.

Hamilton is a bestselling children's book author, editor and arts educator and serves as director of the Southampton Children's Literature Fellows program. A co-founder of Bay Street Theatre, she was the theatre's co-artistic director and subsequently director of education and programming for young audiences for 17 years.

Chandler, an American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Nicholl Fellowship screenwriter, also served as education director and as a teaching artist for Bay Street Theatre. He has written a number of screenplays for clients ranging from Sony Pictures to actor Russell Crowe and has been a story analyst/script doctor for ABC, CBS, NBC, Viacom and HBO, among others.

"Dramatic writing and production skills give young people unparalleled lessons in communication and collaboration," Hamilton says. "They build confidence, and have a direct impact on young people's abilities to become engaged and compassionate citizens in later life. This project represents a wonderful synergy between all the creative disciplines and values about which we are passionate."

"When we go into schools, we work closely with classroom teachers as we convey the basic elements of dramatic writing," Chandler added. "Learning dramatic writing is a great way to improve overall writing skills, but what we're really teaching them is that each student has a ‘voice,' and we want to hear it."

For ongoing curriculum development and program design, the YAWP administrators draw on the substantial strengths of the Stony Brook Southampton MFA faculty, including novelist and Associate Provost Robert Reeves; Whiting Award-winning poet Julie Sheehan; best-selling memoirist and MFA in Creative Writing Director Lou Ann Walker; and screenwriter and Emmy Award-winning producer Annette Handley Chandler.

"The YAWP programs are a wonderful way for us to reach—and to help shape—the next generation of American writers," said Reeves," as well as an ideal way to offer training and teaching experience to our very talented graduates and graduate students."

The Avram Theater is located in the Fine Arts Building on the campus of Stony Brook Southampton, 39 Tuckahoe Road, Southampton.

Poet Sharon Dolin Coming to Spring Writers Speak on April 24

sharon dolinPoet Sharon Dolin will be the final guest author in the 2019 spring Writers Speak Wednesdays series of free author talks and readings open to the public at Stony Brook Southampton. Dolin will read from and talk about her work at 7 p.m. on April 24 in Duke Lecture Hall on the ground floor of Chancellors Hall.

Sharon Dolin is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Manual for Living (2016), Whirlwind (2012),  and Burn and Dodge (2008), winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, all three published by the University of Pittsburgh Press, as well as five poetry chapbooks.

Other awards include: a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress; Fulbright scholarship; Pushcart Prize; Drisha Arts Fellowship; PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant; and a Gordon Barber Award from the Poetry Society of America.

She teaches poetry workshops at the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y and Poets House and directs the Center for Book Arts Annual Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition in New York City. She also directs and teaches in the international workshop, "Writing About Art in Barcelona."

The final program scheduled for the spring Writers Speak series will be a showcase reading by MFA students on Wednesday, May 1.

Writers Speak Wednesdays programs are free and open to the public. The evenings begin with a brief reception at 6:30 p.m.; readings begin at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A and book signing. Until completion of renovations in the Radio Lounge, all programs will be held in Duke Lecture Hall on the first floor of Chancellors Hall at Stony Brook Southampton, 39 Tuckahoe Road, Southampton, NY 11968.

For more information, call 631-632-5030 or visit the website . On Facebook, visit Writers Speak Wednesdays; to follow on Twitter, @ WritersSpeakWed.

Kyla Marshell and Shane McCrae Up Next In Spring Writers Speak on April 10

Writers Kyla Marshell and Shane McCrae will be the next guests in the 2019 Spring Writers Speak Wednesdays series of free author talks and readings at Stony Brook Southampton. Marshell and McCrae will read from and talk about their work on Wednesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in Duke Lecture Hall, located on the ground floor of Chancellors Hall at the Southampton campus.

kyla marshellKyla Marshell is currently at work on a memoir about a chance encounter with a distant relative that leads her to seek out other lost and hidden members of her family. Her poems, essays, articles and interviews have appeared in Bookforum, BuzzFeed, Calyx, Ebony.com, ESPNw, Gawker, The Guardian, Hannah Magazine, Kinfolk Magazine, O, the Oprah Magazine, PEN America, The Poetry Foundation, REVIVE Music , and elsewhere. She has earned an Academy of American Poets College Prize, a Jacob K. Javits fellowship, and is a Cave Canem and MacDowell Colony fellow. In 2013, Ebony.com named her one of " 7 Young Black Writers You Should Know ."

Marshell is a graduate of Spelman College with a BA in English, and Sarah Lawrence College with an MFA in Creative Writing. Originally from Boston, she grew up in Silver Spring, MD, Morehead, KY, and Portland, ME, and now lives in New York.

Shane McCrae's newest collection, The Gilded Auction Block , will be released in February 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.He is the author of five previous books of poetry: In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan University Press, 2017), shortlisted for the National Book Award; The Animal Too Big to Kill (Persea Books, 2015), winner of the 2014 Lexi Rudnitsky Editor's Choice Award; Forgiveness Forgiveness (Factory Hollow Press, 2014); Blood (Noemi Press, 2013); and Mule (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011).

shane mccraeFor a profile published in the November-December 2018 edition of Harvard Magazine, Lydialyle Gibson wrote: "The velocity of his output is matched by a propulsive intensity. His poems hurtle down the page, in fragments and echoes and dislocations, communicating amazement or horror or hunger or vulnerability with brutal precision. His syntax doubles back on itself; words are fractured, lines interrupted; sometimes the whole enterprise races to a halt." 

Critic Jonathan Farmer wrote in a 2015 Slate review that "McCrae writes as though he's trying to stitch the world back together."

McCrae is the recipient of a Whiting Award, an NEA fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. He teaches at Columbia University.

The talk was originally slated in February, but rescheduled due to inclement weather. Other programs scheduled for the spring Writers Speak series include: April 24, poet Sharon Dolin and writer Chloe Caldwell; and May 1, a showcase reading by MFA students.

Writers Speak Wednesdays programs are free and open to the public. The evenings begin with a brief reception at 6:30 p.m.; readings begin at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A and book signing. Until completion of renovations in the Radio Lounge, all programs will be held in Duke Lecture Hall on the first floor of Chancellors Hall at Stony Brook Southampton, 39 Tuckahoe Road, Southampton, NY 11968.

For more information, call 631-632-5030 or visit the Writers Speak website . On Facebook, visit Writers Speak Wednesdays; to follow on Twitter, @ WritersSpeakWed.

Amy Hempel and Julia Slavin Join the Spring Writers Speak Series on April 3

Writers Amy Hempel and Julia Slavin will be the next guests in the 2019 spring Writers Speak Wednesdays series of free author talks and readings open to the public at Stony Brook Southampton. Hempel and Slavin will read from and talk about their work on Wednesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. in Duke Lecture Hall on the ground floor of Chancellors Hall at the Southampton campus.

amy hempelAmy Hempel's Sing It: Stories has just been published. A member of the Stony Brook Southampton MFA in Creative Writing faculty, she is also the author of four story collections, including Reasons to Live, At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom, Tumble Home, and The Dog of the Marriage. The New York Times named The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel one of the Ten Best Books of 2006. A 2017 inductee to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Hempel is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Guggenheim Fellow.

Hempel is the recipient of the Hobson Award, a USA Fellowship grant, the Rea Award for the Short Story, the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction, and the John William Corrington Award for Literary Excellence from Centenary College. Hempel is a founding board member of the Deja Foundation, which offers direct assistance to dogs rescued from high-kill shelters in an effort to empower small rescue organizations to support sustainable adoptions.

julia slavinJulia Slavin is the author of the New York Times Notable Book The Woman Who Cut Off Her Leg at the Maidstone Club and Other Stories. Other books include the novel Carnivore Diet and a new collection, Stories for Squatters.

In a New York Times review of her first novel, Carnivore Diet, Lisa Zeidner wrote that "Slavin's territory is a surrealistic parallel universe," noting that the author makes the comic premise of Carnivore Diet "reasonably believable and saucily hallucinatory." 

Slavin's work has appeared in Gargoyle Magazine and Tin House, and she is the winner of the 2000 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award . She lives in Washington, D.C.

Other programs scheduled for the spring Writers Speak series include: April 10, Kyla Marshell and Shane McCrae; April 24, poet Sharon Dolin and writer Chloe Caldwell; and May 1, a showcase reading by MFA students.

Writers Speak Wednesdays programs are free and open to the public. The evenings begin with a brief reception at 6:30 p.m.; readings begin at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A and book signing. Until completion of renovations in the Radio Lounge, all programs will be held in Duke Lecture Hall on the first floor of Chancellors Hall at Stony Brook Southampton, 39 Tuckahoe Road, Southampton, NY 11968.

For more information, call 631-632-5030 or visit the Writers Speak web page . On Facebook, visit Writers Speak Wednesdays; to follow on Twitter, @ WritersSpeakWed.

Poet Gary J. Whitehead Up Next at March 27 Writers Speak

gary whiteheadPoet Gary J. Whitehead will be the next guest in the 2019 spring Writers Speak Wednesdays series of free author talks and readings open to the public at Stony Brook Southampton. Whitehead will read from and talk about his work on Wednesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in Duke Lecture Hall on the ground floor of Chancellors Hall at the Southampton campus.

Gary J. Whitehead is a poet, teacher, and crossword constructor. His fourth collection of poems, Strange What Rises, was published by Terrapin Books in 2019. He is the author of three previous full-length poetry collections: A Glossary of Chickens (Princeton University Press, 2013), selected by Paul Muldoon for the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets; Measuring Cubits while the Thunder Claps (2008); and The Velocity of Dust (2005). He has also authored three chapbooks of poetry, two of which were winners of national competitions. His poems have appeared widely in journals and magazines, most notably in the New Yorker.

Whitehead's writing awards include a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, the Pearl Hogrefe Fellowship at Iowa State University, and the PEN Northwest Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency Award. He has also been awarded the Princeton University Distinguished Secondary School Teaching Award.

He lives in the Hudson Valley of New York and teaches English and creative writing at Tenafly High School in New Jersey. www.garyjwhitehead.com .

Other programs scheduled for the spring Writers Speak series include: April 3, Amy Hempel and Julia Slavin; April 10, Kyla Marshell and Shane McCrae; April 24, poet Sharon Dolin and writer Chloe Caldwell; and May 1, a showcase reading by MFA students.

Writers Speak Wednesdays programs are free and open to the public. The evenings begin with a brief reception at 6:30 p.m.; readings begin at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A and book signing. Until completion of renovations in the Radio Lounge, all programs will be held in Duke Lecture Hall on the first floor of Chancellors Hall at Stony Brook Southampton, 39 Tuckahoe Road, Southampton, NY 11968.

For more information, call 631-632-5030 . On Facebook, visit Writers Speak Wednesdays; to follow on Twitter, @ WritersSpeakWed.

Accomplished Writers Talk Revision at March 13 Writers Speak

A panel of accomplished writers will discuss "The Art and Craft of the Redraft" for the next program in the 2019 spring Writers Speak Wednesdays series of free author talks and readings open to the public at Stony Brook Southampton.

Poet Cornelius Eady, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Paul Harding, Amy Hempel, Susan Scarf Merrell, and Roger Rosenblatt will talk about the importance of revision in a discussion moderated by novelist and Associate Provost Robert Reeves on Wednesday, March 13, at 7 p.m. in Duke Lecture Hall on the ground floor of Chancellors Hall at the Southampton campus.

cornelius eadyCornelius Eady is the author of several books of poetry, including the critically acclaimed Hardheaded Weather, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award; Victims of the Latest Dance Craze, winner of the 1985 Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets; and The Gathering of My Name, which was nominated for the 1992 Pulitzer Prize.

With poet Toi Derricote, Eady is cofounder of Cave Canem, a national organization for African American poetry and poets. He is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Literature, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship to Bellagio, Italy, and The Prairie Schooner Strousse Award.

paul hardingPaul Harding is the author of the novel Tinkers, winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His second novel, Elon, was published by Random House in 2013. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the PEN American Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers. He was a fiction fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, and has taught at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Harvard University and Grinnell College.

amy hempelAmy Hempel is the author of four story collections, including Reasons to Live, At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom, Tumble Home, and The Dog of the Marriage.The New York Times named The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel one of the Ten Best Books of 2006. A 2017 inductee to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Hempel is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Guggenheim Fellow. She is the recipient of the Hobson Award, a USA Fellowship grant, the Rea Award for the Short Story, the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction, and the John William Corrington Award for Literary Excellence from Centenary College. Hempel is a founding board member of the Deja Foundation, which offers direct assistance to dogs rescued from high-kill shelters in an effort to empower small rescue organizations to support sustainable adoptions.

susan merrellSusan Scarf Merrell is co-director of the Southampton Writers Conference and a professor in the MFA in Creative Writing & Literature program at Stony Brook Southampton.

She is the author of the non-fiction work, The Accidental Bond: How Sibling Connections Influence Adult Relationships, the novel A Member of the Family, and, most recently, Shirley: A Novel, which was selected as one of the top 50 novels of the year by The Washington Post and is being made into a film directed by Josephine Decker and starring Elisabeth Moss and Michael Stuhlbarg.

roger rosenblattWith work published in 14 languages, Roger Rosenblatt is the author of five New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and three Times bestsellers, including the memoirs, Kayak  MorningThe  Boy  Detective, and  Making  Toast, originally an essay in The New Yorker. He has also written six Off Broadway plays, notably  "Free  Speech  in  America," a one-person play that he performed at New York's American Place Theater, and was one of the Times Ten Best Plays of 1991, as well as the screenplay for his bestselling novel,  Lapham  Rising.

Among his honors are two George Polk awards, the Peabody and the Emmy for his work as an essayist at Time magazine and on PBS; the Robert F. Kennedy Book Prize; a Fulbright Scholarship; seven honorary doctorates; the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement; and the President's Medal of the Chautauqua Institution for his body of work.

bob reevesAssociate Provost Robert Reeves is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, both published by Crown, as well as short fiction, essays, and literary criticism. Kirkus Reviews hailed Doubting Thomas as "a zesty, classy original," and Patricia Holt of the San Francisco Chronicle called Peeping Thomas "funny, disturbing, and brilliant." He has also taught writing at Harvard and Princeton.

Other programs scheduled for the spring Writers Speak series include: poet Gary J. Whitehead on March 27; Amy Hempel and Julia Slavin on April 3; poet Sharon Dolin and writer Chloe Caldwell on April 24; and a showcase reading by MFA students on May 1.

Writers Speak Wednesdays programs are free and open to the public. The evenings begin with a brief reception at 6:30 p.m.; readings begin at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A and book signing. Until completion of renovations in the Radio Lounge, all programs will be held in Duke Lecture Hall on the first floor of Chancellors Hall at Stony Brook Southampton, 39 Tuckahoe Road, Southampton, NY 11968.

For more information, call 631-632-5030 or visit www.stonybrook.edu/mfa . On Facebook, visit Writers Speak Wednesdays; to follow on Twitter, @ WritersSpeakWed.

Writers Speak Spring Series Continues March 6 with Rachel Lyon

rachel lyonNovelist Rachel Lyon will be the next guest in the 2019 spring Writers Speak Wednesdays series of free author talks and readings open to the public at Stony Brook Southampton. Lyon will read from and talk about her work on Wednesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in Duke Lecture Hall on the ground floor of Chancellors Hall at the Southampton campus.

Rachel Lyon is the author of the debut novel Self-Portrait with Boy (Scribner 2018), which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Her shorter work has appeared in Joyland, Iowa Review, Electric Literature's Recommended Reading, McSweeney's, and other publications.

A cofounder of the reading series Ditmas Lit in her native Brooklyn, Lyon has taught creative writing for the Sackett Street Writers Workshop, Catapult, the Fine Arts Work Center, Slice Literary, and elsewhere. She publishes a Writing/Thinking Prompts newsletter; subscriptions available at tinyletter.com/rachellyon . Readers can also visit her website, www.rachellyon.work .

About Self-Portrait with Boy, Diana Wagman wrote in the Los Angeles Review of Books: "Lyrically written, emotionally complicated, and surprising in many ways, it is hard to put down. It explores what constitutes success and fame and art. A single chance occurrence creates something out of nothing, and someone out of no one — but at an enormous expense. Rachel Lyon has given us much to think about."

Other programs scheduled for the spring Writers Speak series include: March 13, MFA faculty members Cornelius Eady, Amy Hempel, Susan Scarf Merrell,  Paul Harding, and Roger Rosenblatt in a panel discussion on revision, "The Art and Craft of the Redraft" moderated by Associate Provost Robert Reeves; March 27, poet Gary J. Whitehead; April 3, Amy Hempel and Julia Slavin; April 24, poet Sharon Dolin and writer Chloe Caldwell; and May 1, a showcase reading by MFA students.

Writers Speak Wednesdays programs are free and open to the public. The evenings begin with a brief reception at 6:30 p.m.; readings begin at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A and book signing. Until completion of renovations in the Radio Lounge, all programs will be held in Duke Lecture Hall on the first floor of Chancellors Hall at Stony Brook Southampton, 39 Tuckahoe Road, Southampton, NY 11968.

For more information, call 631-632-5030. On Facebook, visit Writers Speak Wednesdays; to follow on Twitter, @ WritersSpeakWed.

Stony Brook Launches BFA Degree in Creative Writing

bfa in creative writingStony Brook University announces a new undergraduate major in Creative Writing, earning a new degree, the Bachelor of Fine Arts. Modeled after its renowned MFA in Creative Writing program and sharing the same world-class faculty, the BFA supports the creation of original student work in the company of other like-minded artists. It is located on West Campus in the Melville Library.

The Creative Writing major offers a wide selection of writing workshops gathered under broadly defined course numbers, so that students can build their own BFA, specializing in the kind of writing they most yearn to master. In their senior year, they write a book-length manuscript under the one-on-one mentorship of a faculty member. Throughout, they are part of a tightly knit community of rigorous but supportive fellow majors.

Courses specific to the major will be available for current and future Stony Brook students starting in Fall 2019. The first cohort of majors will graduate as BFAs in Spring 2021. With a thriving minor in creative writing in its sixth year, many current students have already taken some of the required courses with such regular faculty as Star Black, Cornelius Eady, Neal Gabler, Paul Harding, Amy Hempel, Kaylie Jones, Megan McAndrew, Lou Ann Walker , and Julie Sheehan, who directs the program.

Admission is selective. "We're looking for serious writers who are passionate, curious, and eager to take a risk," said Sheehan," the kind who are already driven to write poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, plays or screenplays, but who are ready to take it to the next level." High school students will need to earn admission to both Stony Brook University and to the CW major. They can apply to both simultaneously. Current students have until March 1, 2019, to apply for Fall admission to the major.

Talented writers can learn more about the BFA in Creative Writing at stonybrook.edu/bfa. The program is also hosting an informational session on Wednesday, February 13, 1-2:20 in Melville Library N3045, the first in a series of 'Imagine Wednesdays.'

Alice McDermott Joins Roger Rosenblatt at 92nd Street Y Event on Feb. 24

Stony Brook University's Distinguished Professor of English and Writing, Roger Rosenblatt, will appear with author Alice McDermott at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan to discuss "The Writing Life."

From the 92nd Street Y website:

Writing is hard. The isolation and loneliness that come with working as a writer can be harder still. Is it worth it? How do celebrated authors like Alice McDermott and Roger Rosenblatt keep going?"

Join these two friends for an uplifting and inspiring conversation about the beauty and madness of writing life. They'll share insights, wisdom, and humor—as well as stories from their ongoing "humiliations competition" in which they report their latest hilarious humbling experiences as writers. And they'll discuss their faith in art as a light leading away from horror and cruelty and toward a nobler life.

The event will take place Sunday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in Buttenwieser Hall, and is part of the 92Y Talks series.

mcdermott and rosenblatt Photo courtesy 92nd Street Y

Roger Rosenblatt is a novelist and essayist whose work has been published in 14 languages. He has written five New York  Times Notable Books of the Year and three  Times bestsellers, including the memoirs,  Kayak  MorningThe  Boy  Detective, and  Making  Toast, originally an essay in the  New  Yorker. He has also written six off Broadway plays, notably  Free  Speech  in  America, a one-person play that he performed at New York's American Place Theater, and was one of the  Times Ten Best Plays of 1991, as well as the screenplay for his bestselling novel,  Lapham  Rising, shooting scheduled to begin this summer, and starring Frank Langella and Candace Bergen. Rosenblatt formerly held the Briggs-Copeland appointment in the teaching of writing at Harvard, where he earned his Ph.D. Among his honors are two George Polk awards, the Peabody and the Emmy for his work as an essayist at  Time magazine and on PBS; the Robert F. Kennedy Book Prize; a Fulbright Scholarship; seven honorary doctorates; the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement; and the President's Medal of the Chautauqua Institution for his body of work. 

Alice McDermott's eighth novel is The Ninth Hour. Her previous novels include Someone, a finalist for the Dublin IMPAC Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Patterson Prize for Fiction, and The Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Three of her earlier novels, After This, At Weddings and Wakes and That Night, were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Charming Billy won the National Book Award for fiction in 1998 and was a finalist for the Dublin IMPAC Award. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, and elsewhere. She has received the Whiting Writers Award, the Carington Award for Literary Excellence, and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for American Literature. In 2013, she was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame. She is the Richard A. Macksey Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the 92nd Street Y website.