Cornelius Eady, Marie Howe, and Philip Schultz

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Reimagining Home: Rochester

Three poets discuss the influence Rochester has had on their poetry.

Cornelius Eady

Eady is the author of several books of poetry: Hardheaded Weather, Kartunes, Victims of the Latest Dance Craze; The Gathering of My Name, and Brutal Imagination, among others. He is cofounder of Cave Canem, an organization of African American poetry and poets. He has been awarded several fellowships and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, with Diedre Murray, for Running Man, a music theatre piece. He is currently Professor of English and the Miller Family Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing at the University of Missouri Columbia. Eady also plays guitar and vocals with his band, Rough Magic.

Marie Howe

Howe is the author of three volumes of poetry: The Kingdom of Ordinary Time; The Good Thief; and What the Living Do. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Ploughshares, Poetry, and Harvard Review. She has been a Guggenheim fellow and Stanley Kunitz selected her for a Lavan Younger Poets Prize. She has also received the Academy of American Poets Poetry Fellowship, which recognizes distinguished poetic achievement. From 2012-2014 she was Poet Laureate of New York State.

Philip Schultz

After having taught at New York University for 10 years, Schultz founded of The Writers Studio for fiction and poetry based in New York City. He is the author of several collections of poetry that includes: The God of Loneliness; Living in the Past; The Holy Worm of Praise, and Failure, as well as the novel in verse, The Wherewithal. He has received both Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships. In 2008 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Failure.

Moderated by Anthony Leuzzi, Poet and Assoc. Professor, Monroe Community College

Emily St. John Mandel

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Mandel is the author of four novels, the most recent of which is Station Eleven, which was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, and won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award. The Singer’s Gun was the 2014 winner of the Prix Mystere de la Critique. Her short fiction and essays have been anthologized in numerous collections, including Best American Mystery Stories 2013. She is also a staff writer for The Millions.

Introduced by Stephen Schottenfeld, Assoc. Professor, University of Rochester

Photo credit: Dese'Rae L. Stage

Lauren Groff

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Groff is the author of three novels, the most recent of which is the acclaimed Fates and Furies. Her first novel, The Monsters of Templeton, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list, and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers. She authored the celebrated short-story collection Delicate Edible Birds. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, Harper’s, and The Atlantic. She won the Paul Bowles Prize for Fiction, the PEN/O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize; and has been a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the L.A. Times Book Prize.

Introduced by Kathleen O’Shea, Professor,
Monroe Community College

Photo credit: Megan Brown

Richard Blanco

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Reimagining Home: Cuba

Blanco discusses the influence of his Cuban heritage on his writings.

Born in Madrid, Spain to Cuban exiles, Blanco was instilled with a strong sense of community, dignity and identity that he exhibits as a writer and storyteller. Excelling in math and sciences, Blanco received a degree in engineering, later pursuing a MFA in creative writing. His first collection of poetry, City of a Hundred Fires, explored his cultural yearnings and contradictions as a Cuban American, as well as his transformational first trip to Cuba, his figurative homeland. His most recent book is the memoir Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood. He was chosen as the Inaugural Poet in 2013.

Introduced by Joseph Viera, Professor and Chair
English and Communication,
Nazareth College

Terry Tempest Williams

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Williams’ writing covers a wide scope as a naturalist and advocate for freedom of speech. As a writer, she shows how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice. Her writing is both impassioned and lyrical. She is the author of: Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place; Finding Beauty in a Broken World; Patience and Passion in the Desert, and many other, books, essays and articles. Her most recent book is When Women Were Birds. She has won numerous awards including a Lannan Literary Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim in creative nonfiction.

Introduced by Tatyana Bakhmetyeva, Instructor,
Susan B. Anthony Institute,
University of Rochester

Photo credit: Louis-Gakumba

Lily King

Thursday, May 4, 2017

King’s first novel, The Pleasing Hour, was named a New York Times Notable Book. Her second book, The English Teacher, also won serious plaudits, while Father of the Rain was a New York Times Editors Choice. Her latest novel, Euphoria, a “romantic and intelligent novel,” is loosely based on the anthropologist Margaret Mead. The New York Times reviewer called it a “taut, witty, fiercely intelligent tale of competing egos and desires in a landscape of exotic menace—a love triangle in extremis.” King has received numerous awards, including a MacDowell Fellowship and a New England Book Award for Fiction.

Introduced by Lisa Jadwin, Professor,
St. John Fisher College

Photo credit: Laura Lewis