This Week is Lit

SUNY Oswego’s Living Writers Series is making a virtual return this fall, giving students and the literary community opportunities to engage with established writers working in a number of different genres. Although the effects of COVID-19 have changed the format in which the series was usually held, director of the college’s creative writing program Laura Donnelly insists that “one important feature of the series remains the same: the opportunity for students to interact with and ask questions of the authors in real time.” Attendees are encouraged to read and become familiar with the author’s work in preparation for this event.

Today, Monday, October 11 at 3PM ET, join author and native New Yorker Angie Cruz for a reading of her novel, Dominicana, the inaugural pick for the Good Morning America book club. Her novel has been praised in Time, Newsweek, People, Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post, and The New York Times as the most anticipated/best book in 2019. Cruz has also published a number of other novels, among those, Soledad and Let It Rain Coffee. Currently she is an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

To attend, please visit the event page here and join the Zoom stream.

This Wednesday, October 13, at 7PM ET, the Hudson Valley Writers Center will host a timely reading of poetry collections from distinguished authors, Patricia Spears Jones, Allison Joseph, and Catherine Pond. Patricia Spears Jones is an accomplished poet, author, playwright, critic, who has published a number of poetry books, chapbooks and anthologies. She is the winner of the 2017 Poets & Writers Jackson Poetry Prize and her 2015 novel, A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems was a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Prize and the Paterson Poetry Prize. Allison Joseph’s 2018 book of poetry, Confessions of a Barefaced Woman, was the first place winner in the poetry category of the 2019 Feathered Quill Book Awards. She is the director of the Creative Writing MFA Program at Southern Illinois University, while also serving as poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review, the publisher of No Chair Press, and the director of Writers In Common, an inclusive writers conference. Catherine Pond published her debut collection, Fieldglass this year, with it later winning the Crab Orchard First Book Prize. Her poems have been featured in Best New Poets, Best American Nonrequired Reading, AGNI, Salmagundi, The Adroit Journal, and Narrative Magazine among other publications. Pond currently teaches writing at the University of Southern California.

Register for a free ticket to this virtual event on the webpage here.

More Literary Events

Thursday, October 14, 7:00pm EDT -- Fall for the Book

Fall for the Book will be kicking off their twenty-third annual festival virtually on Thursday with a creative non-fiction reading from Pulitzer Prize-winning environmental writer, Elizabeth Kolbert. Kolbert’s Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future, details phenomenons like biologists’ efforts to save the world’s rarest fish, researchers developing a “super coral,” and engineers in Iceland turning carbon to stone.

For more information, visit the event URL here.

Friday, October 15, 12:00pm EDT -- Grub Street Center for Creative Writing

Grub Street is hosting a free and virtual short story workshop open to anyone from beginners to experts. The class will focus on the development timeline in order to create a strong plot in your short stories.  Instructor E. Maurice will lead this interactive class with the goal to tighten the pace of events, deepen characterization, and flesh out plot. Attendees should bring a copy of a work in progress.

For more information, visit the event URL here.