This Week is Lit

Our host department, SUNY Plattsburgh English Department, will hold its second Writers & Their Craft event, this time with co-founder of Saranac Review, Dr. Jose Torres-Padilla, celebrating his recent win of the inaugural Tomás Rivera Book Prize by LA Review of Books (LARB) with his manuscript Migrations

Born in Cayey, Puerto, Rico, Torres grew up in the South Bronx, and completed all of his formal education in the United States before returning to Puerto Rico where he taught at a college level. He has also lived in Madrid, Chicago, Los Angeles, and in Barcelona on a Fulbright fellowship, before moving back to New York. 

Beyond his work as the founding editor of the Saranac Review, Torres is known for his poetry and novels centered around the “diasporican experience—living in the inbetweeness that forms and informs the Puerto Rican experience in the U.S. and the island.” Along with his two books The Family Terrorist and The Accidental Native, Torres’s poetry has been featured in journals such as the North American Review, Crab Orchard Review, Bilingual Review, and Puerto del Sol. Along with Carmen Haydee Rivera he is the co-editor of the anthology, Writing Off the Hyphen: New Perspectives on the Literature of the Puerto Rican Diaspora.

At this event on Thursday, October 22, at 7:00pm EDT, Torres will be reading from  Migrations. He will later be joined by writer and Executive Editor of the Saranac Review, Aimee Baker to discuss the craft of writing. Click here to join the event!




More Virtual Literary Readings and Events:




Wednesday, October 21, 5:00pm PDT - Random House

Hosted by Random House, the Big Ideas Night on Criminal Justice Reform brings together a panel of speakers specializes in criminal justice this topic. Guests include entrepreneur, and author of A Knock at Midnight, Brittany K. Barnett; Emily Bazelon, New York Times Magazine staff writer and author of Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration; and Shaka Senghor member of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100, and author of Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison. Click here to register


Wednesday, October  21, 2:00pm - 3:45pm EDT - Brighton & Hove Libraries

Join Olumide Popoola, PhD, author of When we Speak of Nothing, for a multipart event celebrating Britain's Black History Month. First, there will be an hour long creative writing workshop for writers sixteen and older. During the second hour, Popoola will be joined by Sussex writer Sheila Auguste from Writing Our Legacy’s 2019 Hidden Sussex anthology. More information can be found here.


Friday, October 23, 7:00 PDT
- Litquake Festival

The ongoing San Francisco-based literaturefestival will be hosting Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author of Little Brother and its sequel Homeland. Doctorow will be reading from his latest dystopian cyberthriller, Attack Surface, and discussing with San Francisco novelist Richard Kadrey, acclaimed author of the Sandman Slim series. For more information and registration click here.