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Would you like to attend a reading but aren't able to get to Susquehanna?
Feel free to "attend" participating readings and launches from your own home by watching on Facebook Live! We will livestream several readings throughout the academic year on our Facebook page.
Participating readings will be notated in their description.
Hasanthika Sirisena, Monica Prince, and Elise Burke
Sept. 11 | 7:30 p.m. | Isaacs Auditorium, Seibert Hall
Hasanthika Sirisena is the author of the prize-winning short story collection The Other One. Monica Prince writes poetry, choreopoems and essays. Her chapbook, Letters from the Other Woman (Grey Book Press, 2018), works through infidelity, depression and remorse. Elise Burke's fiction has been accepted by or published in the Indiana Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Gulf Coast, The Gettysburg Review, Joyland, Heavy Feather Review and others. She is fiction editor at Flock Literary Journal.
Sept. 24 | 7:30 p.m. | Weber Chapel Auditorium
Brenda Hillman is the author of 10 collections of poetry, including her most recent, Extra Hidden Life, among the Days. In 2016 she was named Academy of American Poets Chancellor. Hillman's other awards include the 2012 Academy of American Poets Fellowship, the 2005 William Carlos Williams Prize for poetry, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Hillman is the Olivia C. Filippi professor of poetry at St. Mary's College.
Oct. 9 | 7:30 p.m. | Isaacs Auditorium, Seibert Hall
Kim van Alkemade has written two historical fiction novels, Orphan #8 (William Morrow, 2015) and Bachelor Girl (Touchstone, 2018). Her creative nonfiction essays have appeared in literary journals, including Alaska Quarterly Review, CutBank and So to Speak. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A professor in the English department at Shippensburg University, she teaches writing.
Nov. 1 | 7:30 p.m. | Degenstein Center Theater
Martín Espada has published nearly 20 books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His latest collection of poems is Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (Norton, 2016). His many honors include the 2018 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, an American Book Award, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Photo credit: David González
Feb. 5 | 7:30 p.m. | Weber Chapel Auditorium
Elena Passarello is the author of two collections of essays, Let Me Clear My Throat and Animals Strike Curious Poses, both with Sarabande Books. Animals Strike was named a Notable Book of 2017 by The New York Times, Publishers Weekly and The Guardian, and has been reprinted in Germany, Italy and China. The recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award in Nonfiction, she teaches in the Master of Fine Arts program at Oregon State University.
March 5 | 7:30 p.m. | Weber Chapel Auditorium
Forna is the award-winning author of the three novels The Hired Man, The Memory of Love and Ancestor Stones, and the critically acclaimed memoir The Devil that Danced on the Water. Her fiction has won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best Book Award and the PEN Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; has been short-listed for the Neustadt Prize, the Orange Prize for Fiction, the IMPAC Award and the Warwick Prize; and nominated for the European Prize for Fiction. Her memoir was seri-alized on BBC Radio and in The Sunday Times newspaper. Forna is currently a Lannan visiting chair at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Roadmap: A Choreopoem
April 12-13 | 7:30 p.m. | Isaacs Auditorium, Seibert Hall
This choreopoem by a Susquehanna creative writing faculty member places multiple storylines in the life of a man of color whose family history dictates his future. It uses poetry, dance, music and live art to address historical trauma, toxic masculinity and resilience. Produced in cooperation with the Department of English and Creative Writing.
April 16 | 7:30 p.m. | Stretansky Concert Hall
Anjali Singh is a literary agent at Ayesha Pande Literary. She got her start in publishing in 1996 as a literary scout. Most recently editorial director at Other Press, she has also worked as an editor at Simon & Schuster, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Vintage Books. She championed Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis after stumbling across it on a visit to Paris. Drawn to the thrill of discovering new writers, Singh helped launch the careers of literary novelists Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Samantha Hunt, Preeta Samarasan and others. She is a member of the International Committee of the Brooklyn Book Festival.
We will livestream all of our student readings and launches on our Facebook page!
All readings are at 7 p.m. in the Lore Degenstein Art Gallery.
Oct. 24, 2018
Nov. 13, 2018
Nov. 27, 2018
Feb. 19, 2019
Feb. 27, 2019
April 24, 2019
Essay, Susquehanna Review and RiverCraft Launch with special guest Anjali Singh
7:30 p.m. | April 16 | Stretansky Hall, Cunningham Center for Music and Art
Lee K. Abbott
Shaye Areheart (Editor/Publisher)
Mary Jo Bang
Elizabeth Beier (Editor)
Madison Smartt Bell
Marcus Burke '11
Bonnie Jo Campbell
Judith Ortiz Cofer
Jeffrey Condran (Author/Publisher)
Andre Dubus III
Melissa Goodrich '11
James Alan McPherson
Salvatore Pane '07
Katie Peirce '00
Jennifer Perrine '00
Robert Peluso (Author/Publisher)
Jayne Anne Phillips
Nick Ripatrazone '03
Jay Varner '03
Claire Vaye Watkins