NYS Summer Writers Institute 2016

author margo jefferson

Margo Jefferson -- whose memoir Negroland won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography last year -- is one of the authors on this year's schedule. / photo: Michael Lionstar

The schedule for this summer's New York State Writers Institute's free public readings series in Saratoga Springs is out. And as usual, the lineup is full of names you'll recognize, such as Rick Moody, Claire Messud, Robert Pinsky, Joyce Carol Oates, and William Kennedy.

The readings are on Skidmore's campus and are free and open to the public.

Without further ado...

The events start at 8 pm in the Davis Auditorium of Skidmore's Palamountain Hall.

Blurbage via Skidmore.

July 4: poet April Bernard (Brawl & Jag, Romanticism, Miss Fuller) and novelist Elizabeth Benedict (The Practice of Deceit, Safe Conduct, The Joy of Writing Sex)

July 5: Personal Essayist Phillip Lopate (Portrait Inside My Head, The Art of the Personal Essay) and poet Campbell McGrath (XX: Poems for the 20th Century)

July 6: novelist Howard Norman (The Bird Artist, The Museum Guard) and novelist Francine Prose (Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Peggy Guggenheim)

July 7: novelist-memoirist Paul Auster (The New York Trilogy, The Brooklyn Follies) & novelist Siri Hustvedt (What I Loved, Shaking Woman, The Blazing World)

July 8: memoirist Margo Jefferson (National Book Critics Circle Award for Negroland) and novelist Joanna Scott (Everybody Loves Somebody, Arrogance, Various Antidotes)

July 9: COMEDY NIGHT with Phillip Lopate, Elizabeth Benedict & Mary Gaitskill.

July 11: novelist Mary Gaitskill (The Mare, Don't Cry, Veronica) & poet Carolyn Forche (The Angel of History, Blue Hour, The Country Between Us)

July 12: poet Frank Bidart (National Book Critics Circle Award for Metaphysical Dog) and novelist Mary Gordon (The Shadow Man, Final Payments, The Stories of MG)

July 13: memoirist-poet Nick Flynn (Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, The Ticking Is The Bomb) and novelist Victoria Redel (Loverboy, Make Me Do Things)

July 14: poet Louise Gluck (Pulitzer Prize, The Wild Iris; National Book Award, Meadowlands) and novelist Claire Messud (The Woman Upstairs, Emperor's Children)

July 15: novelist-memoirist Joyce Carol Oates (National Book Award; author Zombie, them, Mud Woman, I Am No One You Know, We Were The Mulvaneys, Blonde)

July 18: short story writer Amy Hempel (The Dog of the Marriage, Reasons To Live) and novelist Adam Braver (Misfit, Divine Sarah, November 22, 1963)

July 19: novelist Garth Greenwell (What Belongs To You) and poet Peg Boyers (To Forget Venice, Hard Bread, Honey With Tobacco)

July 20: novelists Rick Moody (Hotels of North America, The Ice Storm, Purple America) and Kathryn Davis (Duplex, The Thin Place, Versailles)

July 21: novelist Russell Banks (Cloudsplitter, Rule Of The Bone, The Sweet Hereafter) & poet Chase Twichell (Horses Where The Answers Should Have Been)

July 22: poet Robert Pinsky (former Poet-Laureate of the United States; author Gulf Music, The Figured Wheel, The Want Bone, At The Foundling Hospital)

July 23: COMEDY NIGHT (Davis Aud.) with Robert Pinsky (The Want Bone,The Figured Wheel), Binnie Kirshenbaum (Hester In The Ruins, A Disturbance In One Place) & Steve Stern (The Frozen Rabbi, The Book Of Mischief)

July 25: novelist William Kennedy (Pulitzer Prize Ironweed; Roscoe) and novelist Cristina Garcia (Dreaming in Cuban)

Tuesday, July 26: novelist Joseph O' Neill (Netherland, The Dog) and novelist Rivka Galchen (Atmospheric Disturbances, Little Labors)

July 27: Presidential Election Panel: writers Jim Miller (The Passion of Michel Foucault, Democracy Is In The Streets), Katha Pollitt (National Magazine Award for Subject To Debate; columnist for The Nation Magazine) and Tom Healy (What The Right Hand Knows, Animal Spirits)

July 28: novelist-memoirist Jamaica Kincaid (Mister Potter, See Now Then) and poet Henri Cole (Pierce The Skin, Nothing To Declare)

July 29: Two Pulitzer-Prize Winners: Novelist Paul Harding (Tinkers, Enon) and Poet Carl Dennis (Unknown Friends, Practical Gods, New & Selected Poems)

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