This week, we're highlighting another event by our host university and department! SUNY Plattsburgh's English Department is bringing Aimée Baker for the next installment of the Writers & Their Craft series. Baker will read from her award-winning poetry collection, Doe (University of Akron Press), which focuses on over sixty missing women in the US, a fraction of the nearly 300,000 cases that occur annually. Doe is currently being made into a documentary, She (Birdy & Bean films),/ starring Kate Mulgrew, Raven Goodwin, and Coco Jones.
As a first generation college student,Baker received her BA in Creative Writing and History from St. Lawrence University and her MFA from Arizona State University where she was Prose Editor for Hayden’s Ferry Review. In 2018, her first collection of poetry, Doe, was selected by Allison Joseph as the 2016 Akron Prize winner at University of Akron Press.
This event will be hosted by recent winner of the inaugural Tomás Rivera Book Prize by LA Review of Books (LARB), Dr. Jose Torres-Padilla. Following Baker's reading of Doe, she will join writer Sara Schaff in a conversation on the craft of writing. Schaff and Baker work together on the Saranac Review as the co-editor, and executive editor respectively. Click here to find out more.
Monday, November 9, 5pm - Kepler's
For those in need of some light-hearted content, join Kepler’s Literary Foundation for a reading and discussion of Jenny Lawson’s ridiculously eccentric childhood in Texas that accumulates into a comically dark memoir about how to cope when things are just plain absurd. To register for this event, click here.
Friday November 13, 8:00pm PST, Portland Book Festival
Black Talk, Black Feeling is a conversation series inspired by the ethos of Nikki Giovanni’s poetry book Black Feeling, Black Talk. The series is intended to establish a link between the conversations people are having about the riots in retaliation to the police murders of Black people, and the discussions that have been ongoing in Black writing communities.
Black Talk, Black Feeling at Portland Book Festival will feature novelist and short story author Danielle Evans, young adult author Bethany C. Morrow, and poet Khadijah Queen. To register for this event continue here.