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Jaimee Wriston Colbert

cover image of Shark GirlsJaimee Wriston Colbert is the author of Shark Girls (2009, Livingston Press) (link has an excerpt), which earned a starred review in Booklist and was a Finalist for the USABookNews Best Books of 2010, and a Finalist for ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year; a linked stories collection, Dream Lives of Butterflies (2007, BkMk Press), which won the gold medal (first place) in the 2008 Independent Publisher Awards in the Short Stories Fiction category, and was a Finalist in the USABookNews Best Books of 2007 Awards and the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards; the novel, Climbing the God Tree (1998, Helicon Nine Editions), winner of the Willa Cather Fiction Prize, and the short stories collection Sex, Salvation, and the Automobile (1994, Zephyr), winner of the Zephyr Publishing Prize. The title story from her new collection "Things Blow Up" won the 2012 Ian MacMillan Fiction Award and was published in Hawai'i Review. Another story from her new collection won the 2008 Jane’s Stories National Short Story Award, and another was chosen for the 2009 Editors’ Fiction Prize in Isotope. The Gettysburg Review, 2012, published an excerpt from her new novella, Ghosts. Her stories have been nominated six times for the Pushcart Prize, and awarded Special Mention in the Pushcart Prize Anthology, 2011; twice selected as a finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize and the Julia Peterkin Fiction Prize, and have been published in numerous journals, including: TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, Tampa Review, Connecticut Review, New Letters, Green Mountains Review, Snake Nation Review, Louisiana Literature, The Evolutionary Review, Solstice, Natural Bridge, The Paterson Review and Rosebud. Several stories have been broadcast on NPR's "Selected Shorts," and anthologized in: Ohio Short Fiction; Peculiar Pilgrims - Stories From the Left Hand of God; Water's Edge – Open to Interpretation, and Deep Waters (Outrider Press – Second Place Prize). Her stories have been presented at the Boston Fiction Festival and performed throughout Maine by PCA Great Performances. Excerpts from her fiction along with interviews can be listened to at various NPR affiliate radio station websites, and New Letters On The Air. Originally from Hawaii, she is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing. Her website is: www.jaimeewristoncolbert.com

Maria Mazziotti Gillan

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Maria Mazziotti Gillan is a recipient of the 2014 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature from AWP, the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers, and the 2008 American Book Award for her book, All That Lies Between Us (Guernica Editions). She is the Director of the Creative Writing Program / The Binghamton Center for Writers, and a Professor of Poetry at Binghamton University-State University of New York. She is the Founder and the Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ. She has published 18 books, including: What We Pass On: Collected Poems 1980-2009 (Guernica Editions, 2010), The Place I Call Home (NYQ Books, 2012), The Silence in an Empty House (NYQ Books, 2013), Ancestors' Song (Bordighera Press, 2013), and Writing Poetry to Save Your Life: How to Find the Courage to Tell Your Stories (MiroLand, Guernica, 2013). With her daughter Jennifer, she is co-editor of four anthologies: Unsettling America, Identity Lessons, and Growing Up Ethnic in America (Penguin/Putnam) and Italian-American Writers on New Jersey (Rutgers). She is the editor of the Paterson Literary Review. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, New Letters, The New York Times, Poetry Ireland, Connecticut Review, The Los Angeles Review, The Christian Science Monitor, LIPS, and Rattle, as well as in numerous other journals and anthologies.

 Ms. Gillan has won the 2008 Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Creative Endeavor from Binghamton University, the 2008 Sheila Motton Award, Primo Nazionale Belmoro, the First Annual John Fante and Pietro di Donato Award, the Aniello Lauri Award, the May Sarton Award, the Fearing Houghton Award, New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowships in Poetry, and the American Literary Translators Association Award through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has also received the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Literary Outreach and The Dare to Imagine Award from Very Special Arts.

 Her poems have been read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac. She has been interviewed and read her poems on National Public Radio’s (NPR) “All Things Considered”, “the Brian Lehrer Show”, “the Poet and the Poem”, “the Leonard Lopate Show”, as well as “in honor of National Poetry Month”, “The Charles Osgood Show” on CBS-Radio, also on Pacifica Radio, and Voice of America. She has also been featured on several PBS-TV (Public Broadcasting System) programs. Her books have been chosen as Editor’s Choice by Booklist, New York Public library Book List, and one of the American Library Association’s Outstanding Books for Lifelong Learners. Her poems are included on state and national tests in North Carolina, Tennessee, Minnesota, Texas, and Italy. She has read her poems numerous times at universities, festivals, and poetry centers throughout the USA and in Italy, France, Yugoslavia, Finland, Wales, and Ireland The Maria Mazziotti Gillan Collection of her papers is housed at the Binghamton University Libraries.   Visit her website at www.mariagillan.com.

Thomas Glave

cover image of Whose Song?Professor Thomas Glave is an associated faculty member of Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies (LACAS), Africana Studies, and Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture (PIC).  He is presently the Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the Hispanic Studies/Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies of the University of Warwick in Coventry, England.  In 2012 he was a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge and he recently taught at MIT as Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Professor in the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies.

Glave is author most recently of the essay collection Among the Bloodpeople: Politics and Flesh (Akashic Books, 2013), which has just been named a finalist for the 2014 Lambda Award in Nonfiction. His previous books include the short fiction collection Whose Song? and Other Stories (City Lights), nominated by the American Library Association for their Best Gay/Lesbian Book of the Year award and by the Quality Paperback Book Club for their Violet Quill/Best New Gay/Lesbian Fiction Award and the experimental/political essay collection, Words to Our Now: Imagination and Dissent (2005, University of Minnesota Press) which was awarded the Lambda Award in Nonfiction in 2006. His edited anthology, Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles, was published by Duke University Press in 2008, and received a Lambda Literary Award in 2009. The Torturer’s Wife, also nominated for a Lambda Literary Award, was published by City Lights at the end of 2008. The recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including an O. Henry Prize for fiction and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fine Arts Center in Provincetown, Glave was named a Writer on the Verge by The Village Voice in 2000. A contributing and advisory editor for Callaloo, Glave serves on the board of directors of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS). 

Glave was born in the Bronx and grew up there and in Kingston, Jamaica. A graduate of Bowdoin College and Brown University, Glave traveled as a Fulbright Scholar to Jamaica, where he studied Jamaican historiography and Caribbean intellectual and literary traditions. While in Jamaica, he worked on issues of social justice, and helped found the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals, and Gays (J-FLAG).

“Thomas Glave has the strong talent and courage to take up the right to enter the inner selves of both black and white characters in his stories. This is a creative claim beyond ‘authenticity’ determined by skin color. He also has that essential writer's ear for the way different people speak within their cultures, and what their idiom gives away of their inhibitions and affirmations.” -- Nadine Gordimer, speaking about Whose Song?

Leslie Heywood

Professor, English Department

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Areas of Interest
Cultural studies /Sport studies 
Creative Writing (Poetry and Creative Non-Fiction) 
Critical Theory 
Third Wave Feminism 
Environmental Studies

Current Projects
Environmentalism, Surfing, and Subcultures: From Intrinsic Value to Globalization 
"You Just Don't Understand": Negotiating the Second/ Third Wave Feminist Divide in Sport Studies," forthcoming in The Scholar and the Feminist, 2006 
"Women in Sport Post Title IX" to appear in the Routledge Companion to Feminism and Post feminism, ed. Sarah Gamble (Routledge, 2009) 
"Ambassadors of the Last Wilderness: Surfers, Environmental Ethics, and Activism in America," in Tribal Play: Sport Subcultures and Countercultures, eds. Kevin Young and Michael Atkinson. Forthcoming in the Elsevier book series "Research in the Sociology of Sport" (2008)

Books
Lost Arts: Poems (Louisiana Literature Press, 2013)
Natural Selection: Poems for an Environmentalist Century (Louisiana Literature Press, 2008)
The Proving Grounds: Poems
The Women's Movement Today: An Encyclopedia of Third Wave Feminism
Built to Win: The Female Athlete as Cultural Icon 
Pretty Good For a Girl: A Sports Memoir 
Bodymakers: A Cultural Anatomy of Women's Bodybuilding 
Third Wave Agenda: Being Feminist, Doing Feminism 
Dedication to Hunger: The Anorexic in Modern Culture

John Vernon

cover image of Lucky BillyJohn Vernon is the author of eleven books, including the book of poems Ann, the memoir A Book of Reasons, and the novels La Salle, Lindbergh's Son, Peter Doyle, All for Love: Baby Doe and Silver Dollar, The Last Canyon, and most recently Lucky Billy. His work has appeared in Harper's, Poetry, American Poetry Review, The Nation, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times Book Review, and many other magazines, journals, and newspapers. Two of his books have been named New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and he has been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts grants. Professor Vernon is the 21st faculty member at Binghamton University to be named a Distinguished Professor; he teaches in the Spring semester each year.

Publisher's Synopsis of Lucky Billy

A myth-busting novel about America's most infamous and beloved outlaw, Billy the Kid, from a critically acclaimed historical novelist. According to legend, Billy the Kid killed twenty-one men, one for every year of his short life; stole from wealthy cattle barons to give to the poor; and wooed just about every senorita in the American Southwest.  In Lucky Billy, John Vernon digs deeply into the historical record to find a truth more remarkable than the legend, and draws a fresh, nuanced portrait of this outlaw's dramatic and violent life.

Houghton Mifflin site for Lucky Billy; New West Books & Writers review of Lucky Billy.

 

 

Joe E. Weil

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   Joseph Weil is an assistant professor who teaches poetry as well as fiction at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Since 2008, four full length volumes of his poems have been published: What Remains (Night Shade, 2008) Painting the Christmas Trees (Texas Review Press), The Plumber's Apprentice (New York Quarterly books, 2009)), and most recently, The Great Grandmother Light, New and Selected (New York Quarterly books, 2013). Joseph Millar called The Great Grandmother Light, "a Fine, full blooded collection." The Toronto Quarterly featured The Great Grandmother Light in a full length interview with the author. The book was reviewed favorably in The American Reader, and is listed as one of the top 13 poetry collections of 2013 by the poet Sean Thomas Dougherty.  Weil's poems, essays, reviews and stories appear or are forthcoming in The Paterson Literary review, MAGGY, Omnibus, The New Renaissance, The Saranac Review, Rattle, The Louisiana Review of Literature, Paddlefish, Best American Poems on line, the New York Times, and The Boston Review, among others. He has been featured on PBS' Fooling with Words with Bill Moyers, on NJPBS, in the Sunday section of the New York Times, and on Pacifica Radio. Weil also has the pleasure of having been quoted in the February 2009 issue of Notable quotes in the New Yorker. His work may be found in several anthologies, most recently Working Words by Coffee House press. He is fiction editor of Ragazine, former publisher/founder of Monk Books, current publisher of Cat in the Sun Press, and a frequent contributor to ThethePoetry.com, an international blog built by some of Weil's former students around his essays on poetry and literature.

Weil is a noted performer who has presented both poetry and music at such venues as the New Jersey State Performing Arts center, the Knitting Factory, the Detroit Opera house, the Walt Whitman Cultural Arts Center, Poets' House, the University of Pittsburgh, and at the Geraldine R. Dodge poetry festivals in 1992, 2002, and 2008. As a poet Weil has featured with Stephen Dunn, Allen Ginsberg, Gerald Stern, Louise Gluck, Wanda Coleman, Jan Beatty, and Patricia Smith. . As a musician Weil has played with such noteworthy performers as Sweet Sue Terry, Perry Robinson, the academy award winning composer Earl Robinson, and Vic Ruggerio, well known leader of the Ska Band, the Slackers. Weil often combines music and poetry and will come out with a CD of his collaborations in late, 2014. He has been nominated 10 times for the Pushcart, and is the 2013 winner of the Working People's Poetry Competition from Partisan Press for his poem, "The First Time I got Up Early." Weil has also won two NFAAA awards for outstanding teaching in the arts. His and his wife's collaborative work, West of Home, will be produced as a theater production in Brooklyn sometime in the early summer of 2014. Weil currently makes his home in Binghamton with his wife, and two children,. Clare and Gabriel.

 

  Alexi Zentner

zentner_cover   Alexi Zentner is the author of the novels The Lobster Kings (forthcoming May 2014) and Touch. He is published in the United States by W. W. Norton & Company, and in Canada by Knopf Canada. Touch has been published or is forthcoming in a dozen countries and ten languages, and The Lobster Kings will be published in at least six counties and five languages. The CBC has named Alexi as one of 12 Writers to Watch - "the future of this country's literature" - and one of six "fresh voices" for 2011. Touch was named one of the "best books" of 2011 from The National Post, Kobo, and Amazon.ca, and singled out for year-end praise by The Globe & MailTouch was shortlisted for The 2011 Governor General's Literary Award, The Center for Fiction's 2011 Flahery-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the 2012 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and the 2011 Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and longlisted for the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Alexi's fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Atlantic Monthly, Narrative Magazine, Tin House, Glimmer Train, The Southern Review, Guernica, The Walrus, and many other publications. He is the winner of both the O. Henry Prize (jury favorite) and the Narrative Prize, and has been shortlisted for the Best American Short Stories and the Pushcart Prize. @alexizentner and www.alexizentner.com

Associate Faculty

Pamela Gay

Pamela Gay, Associate Professor of English, teaches an undergraduate course in flash fiction (CW380). Her writing has been published in Iowa Review Web; Other Voices; Paterson Literary Review; Vestal Review; BOGG: Journal of Contemporary Writing; Neotrope: Progressive Fiction; Phoebe, Sleet Magazine, Grey Sparrow Journal, Le Forum, & FragLit. She is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) fellowship and national e-book award for HOMECOMING, a creative narrative nonfiction collection, and she has also received grants from the New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA) for installations based on her writing.

Course website & link to Creative Arts: http://bingweb.binghamton.edu/~pgay/  

Liz Rosenberg

Liz Rosenberg is the author most recently of the novel HOME REPAIR(Avon, 2009) and she  has published five collections of poetry, THE FIRE MUSIC (winner of the Agnes Starrett Prize); CHILDREN OF PARADISE, a collection of prose poems from Mammoth Press, THESE HAPPY EYES and, in 2008, both a chapbook called THE LILY POEMS from Bright Hill Press and a new full-length collection DEMON LOVE from Mammoth . Her poems and stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review and elsewhere, as well as in numerous anthologies. She has published over twenty five children's books, from picture books for the very young (including MONSTER MAMA, winner of a Children's Choice award) to poetry anthologies for young readers (including LIGHT GATHERING POEMS, winner of the Lee Bennet Hopkins Poetry Priize) and two young adult novels. She writes a review column for The Boston Globe.

Lisa Li Shen Yun

Lisa Li Shen Yun reads at diverse venues ranging from The Langston Hughes Library of New York to The National Library of Singapore. She received a NYFA Fellowship for her work Havana Suite and Other Poems, and her poems have appeared in literary journals such as The Seattle Review, Gathering of the Tribes, The Georgetown Review, The Paterson Literary Review, LIPS, The Hawaii Pacific Review, and in anthologies such as NuyorAsian Anthology, Identity Lessons, and Roots and Flowers. She also is known as a cultural critic and scholar, with her work on Asian diasporas and Black-Asian linkages.

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Last Updated: 3/10/14