This Week is Lit

This week, The Saranac Review would like to take the time to highlight some great, in person, literary events happening in our local SUNY Plattsburgh community! In honor of Black Poetry Day, poet Evie Shockley will be reading from her works on Tuesday, October 19, at 7 PM in Krinovitz Hall in Hawkins Hall (located near Einstein's Bagels). Black Poetry Day celebrates the work of African-American poets in honor of the first published African-American poet, Jupiter Hammon. Dr. Shockley is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and currently teaches creative writing and African-American literature at Rutgers University.

In addition to this event, our very own fiction editor, Elizabeth Cohen, will be speaking on "The Correlation Between Poetry and the Pandemic" for SUNY Plattsburgh’s Tuesday Reflections lecturer series. Cohen will read from her fifth book of poems, Wonder Electric, to prompt a discussion on topical subjects such as, COVID-19, gun violence, whale beachings, environmental disasters, family dynamics and more. The talk will be held on Tuesday, October 19, from 4:30-6:00PM in the Cardinal Lounge of the Angell College Center. Attendees are encouraged to bring a pen and paper, and be prepared to write a poem of your own.

The Writer’s Center partnered with Poet Lore are hosting a virtual talk with renowned poet, Ananda Lima, to discuss her latest collection Mother/land and the craft of poetry! Join this conversation facilitated by Emily Holland, poet and editor of America’s oldest poetry magazine Poet Lore, to gain new insight and appreciation of the poetry genre.

Ananda Lima’s Mother/land explores motherhood from the perspective of an immigrant mother to an American child. Shifting between languages and the subversion of traditional poetic structures lends to the speaker’s sense of place, home and identity. Lima’s voice was praised as “singular and wise and fresh” by American poet and author, Cathy Park Hong.

Lima is also the author of the chapbooks Tropicália (Newfound, 2021), Amblyopia (Bull City Press, 2020), and Translation (Paper Nautilus, 2019). You can find her work in The American Poetry Review,, Kenyon Review Online, and Gulf Coast.

This free, virtual craft chat will be held via Zoom at 7PM ET on Thursday October 21. For more information or to register, please visit the event page here.

More Literary Events

Thursday, October 21, 7pm EDT -- West Virginia Wesleyan College

West Virginia Wesleyan College’s MFA Program will be holding a reading of the lyric essay anthology, A Harp in the Stars. The anthology’s editor, Randon Billings Noble, will lead, along with writers Sarah Einstein, Sarah Viren, Eric Tran, and our very own Saranac Review executive editor, Aimee Baker!

This virtual event will be viewable LIVE, here.

Wednesday, October 20, 7pm EDT -- Red Hen Press

Red Hen Press will be presenting an interesting creative non-fiction talk, tackling the art of writing personal trauma. Memoirists Jan Beatty and Joan Nockels Wilson will examine their own hurt and speak truth to experiences shared by so many. Beatty, author of American Bastard, explores her journey trying to find her birth parents and Wilson’s The Book of Timothy: The Devil, My Brother, and Me shares the events surrounding the sexual assault of her brother as a child.

This informative, virtual event will be viewable LIVE, here.

Wednesday, October 20, 12:30pm EDT -- Grub Street Center for Creative Writing

Connect with a writing community on your lunch break! Or maybe get some feedback on a piece of yours. The Grub Street Center for Creative Writing’s Grubby Desk Remote Lunch Series is a 45 minute constructive meeting with fellow writers and stimulating writing exercises. Leave with your creative juices flowing or a new perspective!

For more information, visit the event page here.