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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.

Joseph Scapellato

Joseph Scapellato

Sept. 13, 2017 | 7:30 p.m. | Isaacs Auditorium, Seibert Hall

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Scapalleto earned his MFA in fiction at New Mexico State University.  His work appears in North American Review, Kenyon Review Online, Post Road, SmokeLong Quarterly, Unsaid and other places, and has been anthologized in Harper Perennial's Forty Stories, Gigantic Books' Gigantic Worlds: An Anthology of Science Flash Fiction and &NOW's Best Innovative Writing.  He is the author of Big Lonesome, a story collection (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and a forthcoming novel, The Made-Up Man (FSG).  He teaches at Bucknell University and lives in Lewisburg, Pa., with his wife, daughter and dog.


Claire Watkins and Derek Palacio

Claire Vaye Watkins and Derek Palacio

Oct. 26, 2017 | 7:30 p.m. | Weber Chapel Auditorium

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Watkins, a Guggenheim Fellow, was born in Bishop, Calif., in 1984 and raised in the Mojave Desert. She earned her MFA from the Ohio State University, where she was a Presidential Fellow. She is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan. With work appearing in numerous publications, Watkins was also named one of the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35." She is the author of Battleborn, which won several fiction prizes including a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. Her debut novel, Gold Fame Citrus, has been named a Best Book of the Year by major publications including The Atlantic and The Washington Post. 

Palacio received his MFA in creative writing from the Ohio State University. His short story "Sugarcane" appeared in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2013, and his novella, How to Shake the Other Man, was published by Nouvella Books. His debut novel, The Mortifications (Tim Duggan Books), was listed as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2016 by The New York Times. He lives and teaches in Ann Arbor, Mich., and is a faculty member of the Institute of American Indian Arts MFA program. 

Watkins and Palacio are co-directors of the Mojave School, a free creative writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada.


Ishion Hutchinson

Ishion Hutchinson 

Nov. 13, 2017 | 7:30 p.m. | Stretansky Hall

Hutchinson was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. He is the author of two poetry collections, Far District and House of Lords and Commons. He is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Writers Award, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award and the Larry Levis Prize from the Academy of American Poets, among others. He teaches in the graduate writing program at Cornell University and is a contributing editor to the literary journals The Common and Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art.


Silas Zobal and Karla Kelsey

Karla Kelsey  and Silas Zobal

Nov. 27, 2017 | 7:30 p.m. | Isaacs Auditorium

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Kelsey is a poet, essayist, and editor whose work weaves together the lyric with philosophy and history. She has published three books of poetry: A Conjoined Book (Omnidawn, 2014), Iteration Nets (Ahsahta, 2010), and Knowledge, Forms, the Aviary (Ahsahta, 2006) selected by Carolyn Forché for the Sawtooth Poetry Prize. Her book of experimental essays, Of Sphere, was selected by Carla Harryman for the 2016 Essay Press Prize and is forthcoming in November 2017. Her critical essays on poetry, poetics, and pedagogy have appeared in anthologies and literary journals.

She edits The Constant Critic, Fence Books' online journal of poetry reviews and co-publishes with Aaron McCollough SplitLevel Texts, a press specializing in hybrid genre projects. A recipient of a Fulbright Scholars grant, she has taught in Budapest, Hungary, and is currently on the faculty of Susquehanna University's Writers Institute.

Zobal is the award-winning author of The Inconvenience of the Wings, a story collection, and a novel, The People of the Broken Neck. His stories and essays appear in Glimmer Train, LitHub, The Missouri Review, North American Review, Shenandoah, and many others. He teaches at Susquehanna University and lives in Freeburg, Pa., with his partner, Catherine, and his two kids, his two dogs, one cat, four chickens, and thousands upon thousands of bees.

Kelsey and Zobal will be reading from their most recent publications, Of Sphere and The People of the Broken Neck, respectively.


Jennifer Weis

Publishing & Editing Lecture: Publishing in a Time of Hyperinformation  (co-sponsored by the Seavey Reading Series)
Feb. 6, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. | Isaacs Auditorium

Weis, executive editor and manager of content development at St. Martin's Press and one of the most respected and prolific editors in New York publishing, will speak about the effects of the current social and political climate on trade publishing and contemporary literature. Her lecture is the spring keynote address for the Public Culture in a Time of Hyperinformation lecture series.


Aminatta Forna

Aminatta Forna

Feb. 21, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. | Isaacs 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, and 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 serialized on BBC Radio and in The Sunday Times newspaper. Forna is currently a Lannan Visiting Chair at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.


Gary Finke

Gary Fincke

March 5, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. | Isaacs Auditorium

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Author and Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and the Ohio State University/The Journal Poetry Prize, Gary Fincke, founder and long-time Director of the Writers Institute until his recent retirement, has published 31 books of poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction, most recently, Bringing Back the Bones: New and Selected Poems and The Darkness Call, which won the Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Prose. Fincke will be reading from his November 2017 publication, The Out-of-Sorts: New and Selected Stories.


Sayed Kashua

Sayed Kashua

March 20, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. | Weber Chapel Auditorium (co-sponsored by Jewish & Israel Studies)

Kashua is a Palestinian-Israeli writer whose fiction and journalism depicts Palestinian life in Israel and, through a masterful blend of satire and drama, the challenge of Jewish-Palestinian co-existence. He is a graduate of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has written for the Jerusalem weekly Kol Ha'Ir and is a columnist for Ha'aretz. Kashua is the author of three novels, Dancing Arabs, which won the Grinzane Cavour Award for Debut Novel (Italy, 2004); Let It Be Morning; and Second Person Singular, which won both the Bernstein Prize (Israel, 2011) and the Prix des Lecteurs du Var (France, 2012). He wrote the popular and groundbreaking sitcom Arab Labor. His most recent book is Native, a collection of essays. Kashua teaches Hebrew and writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Melissa Goodrich

Melissa Goodrich

April 16, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. | Stretansky Hall

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Goodrich grew up in a dome on a hill in Minnesota.  She received her BA in creative writing from Susquehanna University and her MFA in fiction from the University of Arizona. Goodrich is a two-time recipient of Susquehanna University's Juliet Gibson Memorial Award for Outstanding Student Writer.  She has taught creative writing, composition and humanities at the University of Ariz., and currently teaches elementary school at BASIS Elementary in Tucson, Ariz. In 2016, Goodrich published her first book-length collection of stories, Daughters of Monsters, and also received a Pushcart Prize Nomination for her story “Anna George.”

Feel free to "attend" our student readings and launches from home by watching on Facebook Live! We will livestream them throughout the academic year on our Facebook page.

Senior Readings

All readings are at 7 p.m. in the Lore Degenstein Art Gallery.

Nov. 8, 2017
Nov. 20, 2017
Dec. 6, 2017
Feb. 1, 2018
April 6, 2018
April 23, 2018

Magazine Launches

Essay
7 p.m. Feb. 12, 2018
Isaacs Auditorium

Susquehanna Review
7 p.m., March 26, 2018
Degenstein Studio Theater

RiverCraft
With special guest Melissa Goodrich
7:30 p.m., April 16, 2018
Stretansky Hall

Lee K. Abbott
Kazim Ali
Shaye Areheart (Editor/Publisher)
Mary Jo Bang
Melissa Bank
Rick Bass
Richard Bausch
Dan Beachy-Quick
Elizabeth Beier (Editor)
Madison Smartt Bell
Eula Biss
Eavan Boland
Robert Boswell
David Bradley
Fleda Brown
Frederick Busch
Marcus Burke '11
Bonnie Jo Campbell
Rafael Campo
Lorene Cary
Joy Castro
Tom Centolella
Dan Chaon
Judith Ortiz Cofer
Billy Collins
Jeffrey Condran (Author/Publisher)
Bernard Cooper
Robert Cording
Robert Creeley
Fred D'Aguiar
Charles D'Ambrosio
Edwidge Danticat
Lydia Davis
Natalie Diaz
Andre Dubus III
Stephen Dunn
Lynn Emanuel
Danielle Evans
Nick Flynn
Carolyn Forché
Tom Franklin
James Galvin
Cristina Garcia
Dagoberto Gilb
Louise Glück
Ron Hansen
Joy Harjo
James Harms
Colin Harrison

Larry Heinemann
Brian Hanry
Edward Hirsch
Tony Hoagland
Cary Holladay
Ha Jin
Rodney Jones
Mary Karr
Jill McCorkle
James Alan McPherson
Sue Miller
Honor Moore
Antonya Nelson
Sharon Olds
Stewart O'Nan
Ann Pancake
Salvatore Pane '07
Katie Peirce '00
Jennifer Perrine '00
Robert Peluso (Author/Publisher)
Tom Perrotta
Jayne Anne Phillips
Kevin Pilkington
Andrew Porter
Lia Purpura
Claudia Rankine
Nick Ripatrazone '03
Diane Roberts
Richard Rodriguez
Esmeralda Santiago
George Saunders
Zach Savich
Bob Shacochis
Enid Shomer
Rachel Simon
Lauren Slater
Patricia Smith
Art Spiegelman
Gerald Stern
Alison Stine
Jay Varner '03
John Vernon
G.C. Waldrep
Claire Vaye Watkins
Nancy Willard
Sally Wofford-Girand
Tobias Wolff
Matvei Yakelevich
Steve Yarbrough