NYS Summer Writers Institute 2018

actor writer Wallace Shawn credit Jared Rodriguez

Actor/playwright/essayist Wallace Shawn will be part of a panel discussion titled "Fears & Night Thoughts" with Francine Prose and Binnie Kirschenbaum. / photo: Jared Rodriguez

The New York State Summer Writers Institute has returned to Skidmore for the summer, and that means the a big slate of free public readings for the next the month.

As usual, the lineup is full of names you'll recognize, such as Russell Banks, Claire Messud, Mary Gaitskill, Rick Moody, Robert Pinsky, Joyce Carol Oates, and William Kennedy. The readings are on Skidmore's campus and are free and open to the public.

This year's schedule also includes two weekend panel discussions.

So, let's have a look...

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

July 2: Fiction Reading: Joseph O' Neill & Rivka Galchen

July 3: Poetry & Fiction Reading: Carol Muske-Dukes & Joanna Scott

July 4: Non-Fiction & Poetry Reading: Phillip Lopate & Campbell McGrath

July 5: Fiction & Poetry Reading: Amy Hempel & James Longenbach

July 6: Poetry & Fiction Reading: Charles Simic & Elizabeth Benedict

July 7: Panel Discussion: "Can Art Be 'Offensive'?" with Caryl Phillips, Elizabeth Benedict, Tom Healy & April Bernard - 7 pm

July 9: Poetry & Fiction Reading: Louise Gluck & Danzy Senna

July 10: Fiction & Poetry Reading: Russell Banks & Chase Twichell

July 11: Fiction & Poetry Reading: Claire Messud & Rosanna Warren

July 12: Fiction & Poetry Reading: Mary Gaitskill & Vijay Seshadri

July 13: Fiction & Non-Fiction Reading: Adam Haslett & Amy Wallen

July 16: Poetry & Fiction Reading: Frank Bidart & Garth Greenwell

July 17: Non-Fiction & Poetry Reading: Mary Gaitskill & Peg Boyers

July 18: Fiction & Poetry Reading: Rick Moody & Carl Dennis

July 19: Fiction & Non-Fiction Reading: Paul Auster & Siri Hustvedt

July 20: Poetry & Fiction Reading: Robert Pinsky & Adam Braver

July 21: Panel Discussion: "Fears & Night Thoughts" with Wallace Shawn, Francine Prose & Binnie Kirshenbaum - 7 pm

July 23: Fiction & Non-Fiction Reading: William Kennedy & Jim Miller

July 24: Fiction Reading: Ann Beattie & Jonathan Dee

July 25: Fiction Reading: Joyce Carol Oates (in Gannett Auditorium)

July 26: Fiction & Poetry Reading: Jamaica Kincaid & Henri Cole

July 27: Fiction & Non-Fiction Reading: Howard Norman & Victoria Redel


Wallace Shawn? Inconceivable! (I bet he hates it when people do that.)

You only think he hates that! That's what's so funny! I switched words when your back was turned! Ha ha! You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders - the most famous of which is "never get involved in a land war in Asia" - but only slightly less well-known is this: "Never post against a Sicilian when death is on the line"! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha...

Damn Ethan! You beat me to it.

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