Summer Writers Institute

The Writers Institute is heading up north to Skidmore College in Saratoga again this summer and they are inviting us all to come up to the Spa City for some great guest speakers. The readings all being at 8:00pm and are free and open to the public at Davis Auditorium in Palamountain Hall on the Skidmore campus. More information on the visiting writers this year can be found on the Institute website.

The Summer Writers Institute offers courses for undergraduate and graduate credit, as well as noncredit courses. An extraordinary staff of critically-acclaimed, award-winning authors serve as Institute faculty members. Standard three-hour class meetings, three days each week, are supplemented by a series of Tuesday and Thursday afternoon discussions with visiting writers and other special events. Other distinguished writers-in-residence read book-length poetry or nonfiction manuscripts and offer advice for revisions and eventual publication submissions (additional fees charged). The program also offers public readings by visiting and staff writers Monday through Friday evenings. Weekend programs include publishing symposia, panel discussions, and student readings.

Here is the list of the readings that will be starting on July 2, 2012: 

JULY 2 – Non-Fiction and Fiction Reading
Phillip Lopate (author, Against Joie de Vivre: Personal EssaysWaterfront) and Elizabeth Benedict(novelist, The Practice of DeceitAlmost)

JULY 3 – Poetry and Fiction Reading
Louise Gluck (Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for Poetry) and Caryl Phillips (novelist, A Distant Shore; Dancing in the Dark; In the Falling Snow)

JULY 4 – Fiction and Poetry Reading
Allan Gurganus (author, Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All; White People) and Campbell McGrath (poet, MacArthur Award, Seven Notebooks; In the Kingdom of the Sea MonkeysAmerican Noise)

JULY 5 – Fiction Reading
Paul Auster (author, Winter Journal; Invisible; The Brooklyn Follies) and Siri Hustvedt (novelist, The Summer Without Men; What I Loved)

JULY 6 – Fiction and Poetry Reading
Joanna Scott (author, Follow Me; Liberation; Arrogance) and James Longenbach (critic and poet, The Art of the Poetic LineThe Iron Key: Poems )

JULY 9 – Poetry and Fiction Reading
Frank Bidart (poet, Star Dust; Watching the Spring Festival; Desire) and Claire Messud (author, The Emperor’s Children; The Hunters)

JULY 10 – Poetry and Fiction Reading
Jorie Graham (poet, Place; Sea Change; Dream of the Unified Field) and Victoria Redel (author, The Border of Truth; Lover Boy)

JULY 11 – Poetry and Fiction Reading
Rosanna Warren (author, Ghost in a Red Hat) and Margot Livesey (author, Eva Moves The Furniture, The Flight of Gemma Hardy )

JULY 12 – Fiction and Poetry Reading
Russell Banks (novelist, Lost Memory of Skin, The Reserve; The Darling) and Chase Twichell (poet,Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been; Dog Language)

JULY 13 – Fiction Reading
Joyce Carol Oates (National Book Award, Mudwoman; A Widow’s Storythem; We Were The Mulvaneys)

JULY 16 – Poetry and Non-Fiction Reading
Mark Strand (Former Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize, Blizzard of One; Almost Invisible;) and Honor Moore(author, Red Shoes: Poems; The Bishop’s Daughter: A Memoir)

JULY 17 – Poetry and Fiction Reading
Charles Simic (Former Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize,  The World Doesn’t End; Master of Disguises) andDanzy Senna (author, From Caucasia, with Love; You are Free: Stories)

JULY 18 – Fiction Reading
William Kennedy
 (Pulitzer Prize, Ironweed; Changó’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes)

JULY 19 – Fiction and Poetry Reading
Ann Beattie
 (fiction writer, The New Yorker Stories; Walks With Men; Love Always) and Peg Boyers(poet, Honey with Tobacco, Hard Bread)

JULY 20 – Fiction and Poetry Reading
Amy Hempel (fictionist, The Dog of the Marriage) and Richard Howard (poet, Pulitzer Prize, Talking Cures; Inner Voices)

JULY 23 – Non-Fiction and Fiction Reading
Darin Strauss (author, More Than It Hurts You; Half A Life ) and Binnie Kirshenbaum (novelist, An Almost Perfect Moment; The Scenic Route)

JULY 24 – Fiction and Poetry Reading
Jamaica Kincaid (author, Mr. Potter; A Small Place; Lucy) and Henri Cole (poet, Touch; Pierce the Skin; Middle Earth)

JULY 25 – Fiction and Poetry Reading
Mary Gaitskill (author, Veronica; Bad Behavior; Don’t Cry) and Tom Healy (What the Right Hand Knows)

JULY 26 – Fiction and Poetry Reading
Rick Moody (fictionist, Demonology; The Four Figures of Death; The Ice Storm) and Francine Prose(novelist, My New American Life; TouchA Changed Man)

JULY 27 – Special Panel Discussion:  Writers on the Presidential Election
Katha Pollitt (columnist, The Nation), James Miller (Democracy is in the Streets), and Robert Boyers(editor, SALMAGUNDI)