Living Writers Series returns

Authors, poets, publishing experts, essayists, journalists and other verbal creators will lead admission-free sessions in SUNY Oswego’s Living Writers Series this fall.

Tracy Kidder, author of this year’s Oswego Reading Initiative selection “Mountains Beyond Mountains,” will speak at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, in the Hewitt Union ballroom. Kidder’s critically acclaimed book follows Dr. Paul Farmer, the ambitious doctor who fights pandemics in Haiti and other challenged regions across the globe.

Other sessions will take place from 3 to 4:20 p.m. in Room 107 of Lanigan Hall unless otherwise indicated.

The year will begin with Brad Korbesmeyer of SUNY Oswego’s English and creative writing faculty discussing playwriting Monday, Sept. 11. Translator, writer and teacher Carolyn Alessio will speak Wednesday, Sept. 20, in Hewitt Union’s Bell Auditorium. Philip Memmer, a poet and director of the YMCA of Greater Syracuse’s Downtown Writer’s Center, will appear in Bell Auditorium on Monday, Sept. 25.

Some of the sessions will dovetail with the college’s interdisciplinary Arts and Technology series. Chicago Tribune reporter Jeremy Manier will discuss science writing Monday, Sept. 18, in Room 101 of Lanigan Hall. Michael Neff, creator of, will talk about literary arts and the Web on Wednesday, Oct. 4, in Room 101 of Lanigan Hall.

Other October sessions will include three Oswego English and creative writing faculty members: Linda Loomis on First Amendment rights Oct. 11; “Buffalo Soldiers” author Bob O’Connor on film and fiction Oct. 18; and JoEllen Kwiatek on the poetry process Oct. 23.

Four November installments will address a variety of topics: Katherine Riegel on humor in poetry, Nov. 6; Leigh Wilson on fiction, Nov. 8; publishing insider Carl Lennertz, Nov. 13; and Christine Motto on author-agent relationships, Nov. 27. Riegel, Wilson and Motto are members of SUNY Oswego’s English and creative writing faculty.

For more information on the Living Writers Series, call 312-2595.

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(Posted: Sep 01, 2006)