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Paglia headlines fall events with writers, editors

The fall slate of literary activities from the Binghamton Center for Writers focuses on faculty and alumni readings, as well as workshops and conversations with journal and press editors.

Headlining this season’s events will be social critic and intellectual Camille Paglia, an Endicott native and Binghamton graduate. Paglia, this year’s Milton Kessler D i s t i n g u i s h e d Reader, will speak at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the Anderson Center Chamber Hall. The event is free and open to the public; a book signing and reception will follow.

The first event of the season will be a conversation with Stanley Barkan, editor and publisher of Cross-Cultural Communications, from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 18, in PSPC-C. With browsing categories like Armenian, Beat and Cheyenne, Cross-Cultural Communications fulfills its claim of specializing in the rare and hard-to-find.

Opening the Readers’ Series will be novelist Tom Bailey, who will speak at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, in S1-149. Bailey, a Binghamton graduate, is the author of The Grace That Keeps This World, published in hardcover by Random House in 2005 and newly in paperback. Bailey’s first novel centers on a community in the Adirondacks during the days leading up to hunting season. Bailey is also the author of Cotton Song, forthcoming from Random House, and a collection of short stories, Crow Man, as well as A Short Story Writer’s Companion.

October events include a poetry reading by new faculty member Joe E. Weil at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in S1-149 and a Writing Life event from 1:30- 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in PSPC-C with Jeffrey Levine of Tupelo Press, publishers of poetry and literary fiction.

From Oct. 19-21, Binghamton graduate students will hold Writing By Degrees, their ninth annual national creative writing conference at the Decker Mansion in Binghamton, with featured writers Steve Almond, Timothy Liu and Suzanne Paola. Many of those events are free and open to the public. For details, visit http://writingbydegrees. binghamton.edu.

Two November events close out the season.

Christine Gelineau, associate director of the Center for Writers, will read from her collection of poetry at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in S1-149.

Paul Ruffin of Texas Review Press, which publishes fiction, poetry and prose non-fiction as well as the literary magazine The Texas Review, will finish out the Writing Life series for the fall with a 1:30-3:30 p.m. event on Thursday, Nov. 16. The location for that event has not been announced.

All of the events are free and the community is invited to attend. Directions to the various rooms and further information on the series and the writers can be found at http://english. binghamton.edu/cwpro.

The Writing Life Series is supported by the Office of the Dean of Harpur College, while the Binghamton University Alumni Association supports the Readers’ Series.

Last Updated: 10/14/08