December 01, 2015
I was fortunate enough to catch a few films at the Lake Champlain International Film Festival that ran from November 13th to the 15th . This year was the Festival’s second year, again hosted at The Strand Center for the Arts Theatre.
November 11, 2015
Michael Devine is an assistant professor in the English Department at SUNY Plattsburgh,
where he is also the Poetry Editor for the Saranac Review. His film, Burgh, is being
shown at the Lake Champlain International Film Festival on Friday November 13th, at
the Strand Center for the Arts.
November 10, 2015
Carol Lipszyc is an Associate Poetry Editor for the Saranac Review. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a Doctorate in Education. She has published a book of short stories, The Saviour Shoes and Other Stories, and a book of poetry, Singing Me Home, with Inanna Publications in Toronto. Dr. Lipszyc has also published scholarly articles in international journals. She is currently an Associate Professor at SUNY Plattsburgh who teaches ELA content methods courses and creative writing.
November 09, 2015
The Launch Party for the 11th edition of Saranac Review was held on October 23, 2015 at the Main Gallery of the Strand Center for the Arts located on 23 Brinkerhoff Street, Plattsburgh, NY. Staff, writers, contributors, supporters and community members came out to celebrate the beginning of the literary journal’s second decade.
October 26, 2015
The students in “Words & Images” and “Memoir Writing,” classes taught by Professor Elizabeth Cohen – who is lovingly known by her students as simply “Cohen”– were given the opportunity to take a trip to New York City and see the musical Fun Home – adapted for the stage by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori and directed by Sam Gold—from the graphic memoir written and illustrated by Alison Bechdel.
October 25, 2015
I interviewed Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber by email in the spring of 2015. I was interested in the work of the Winnipeg artist collective, The Royal Art Lodge, founded in 1996 by Michael and Neil along with Marcel Dzama, Drue Langlois, Jon Pylypchuk, and Adrian Williams. When it ended, Michael, Neil and Marcel were the remaining members, but in between Myles Langlois and Hollie Dzama had also become members.
Their work is a curious blend of the naive and the sophisticated. Their combination of alla prima painting and darkly ironic text appeals to me on many levels. As I dug a little deeper into their history and their work, I realized that we shared a number of common interests, but there was one aspect of their work that I was puzzled by—something that is totally alien to me—their ability to collaborate in such a seamless way.
This is how it went down.
October 09, 2015
Gregory Pardlo is the 2015 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his book Digest. He was born in Philadelphia in 1968, a graduate of Rutgers University, Camden and currently teaches at Columbia University in New York. He visited and read at SUNY Plattsburgh on October 15th.
October 01, 2015
How do sports and the physical world influence your writing? Which piqued your interest first?
Being part of the physical world has obsessed me since I was very small, but that happened at about the same time as I discovered words.
My mother used to go running in the mornings and I would try to tag along with her as soon as I could walk - just like the way as soon as I could disappear inside a book that’s what I’d do. I grew up in a tiny town outside of Albany where we had acres of forest, ponds, and fields all around us. If I wasn’t reading a book I was swimming, ice skating, climbing a tree, or getting lost on a path in the woods.
Words and physical movement were always conjoined for me somehow - the space where my muscles stretched and my lungs breathed (were) as protective and welcoming as the enchanted caves words made where I could just be still and escape from myself for hours. Both places were a fundamental grounding and at the same time a reaching out beyond myself.
September 26, 2015
The winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Gregory Pardlo, visited SUNY Plattsburgh on October 15 to read from his award-winning collection, Digest, and earlier work.
Born in Philadelphia in 1968, Gregory Pardlo is a graduate of Rutgers University, Camden. As an undergraduate, he managed the small jazz club his grandfather owned in nearby Pennsauken, NJ. He received the MFA from NYU as a New York Times Fellow in Poetry in 2001. Pardlo is the author of Totem, winner of the 2007 American Poetry Review / Honickman Prize, and translator of Niels Lyngsoe’s, Pencil of Rays and Spiked Mace (Bookthug, 2004). His poems have appeared in American Poetry