Literati Reading Series

Literati Reading Programs

by Accomplished Authors

Free and Open to the Public

The Literati Reading Series, run in partnership between the Binghamton Center for Writers and the Broome County Arts Council, brings well known authors, like Eleanor Henderson, J. Robert Lennon, and Joe Weil to the Broome County Arts Council for free readings that also feature a Binghamton University Creative Writing graduate student. Creative Writing graduate students are published authors themselves with work featured in The New Yorker, Rattle, Glimmer Train, and other prestigious journals. The authors read from their own work and engage in a discussion with the audience afterwards, first formally through audience questions and then informally at the reception.  Programs are held at the Broome County Arts Council – 81 State Street, Binghamton – 5th Floor

2018-18 Literati Programs:

Friday, September 8 @ 6:30pm: Heather Dorn and Kelly Neal
Heather Dorn graduated from Binghamton University with her Ph.D. in Creative Writing. She founded and runs Sappho’s Circle a writing workshop for local women poets at the Bundy Museum of History and Art. She also teaches composition and creative writing as an adjunct for Binghamton University. Her poems, fiction, and nonfiction can be found in The American Poetry Review, Paterson Literary Review, RagazineRequited, and similar journals. Her first book of poems, How to Play House from NeuroQueer Books, is forthcoming in the Fall.

Kelly Neal is currently a PhD student in English at Binghamton University. Her work has been a Top 25 Finalist in Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Award. She has edited for New South Journal, and is at work on her first novel.

Friday, October 6 @ 6:30 pm: Alex Chertok and Jessica Femiani
Alex Chertok has work published or forthcoming in The Kenyon Review Online, The Missouri Review, The Cincinnati Review, Quarterly West, Copper Nickel, and Best New Poets 2016, among others. He was awarded a fellowship to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and completed his MFA degree at Cornell University, where he was also a Lecturer. He currently teaches at Ithaca College and through the Cornell Prison Education Program.

Jessica Femiani lived in NYC for sixteen years; there she worked as a case manager with at-risk and homeless youth and then as an English Teacher in Corona, Queens. Jessica’s poems and essays have been published in the Paterson Literary Review and she was a finalist for the American Voice In Poetry Prize, 2009. Jessica lives in Johnson City, New York and is pursuing her Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing at Binghamton University. Since 2014 Jessica has taught poetry workshops to seniors, adults, and children in Broome County and this is her first love.

Friday, November 17 @ 6:30 pm: Dante Di Stefano and Macaulay Glynn
Dante Di Stefano
 is the author of Love is a Stone Endlessly in Flight (Brighthorse Books, 2016). His poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in Brilliant Corners, The Los Angeles Review, The New Orleans Review, The Sewanee Review, Shenandoah, Prairie Schooner, The Writer’s Chronicle, and elsewhere. He is the poetry editor for DIALOGIST, the poetry book review editor for Arcadia, and a correspondent for The Best American Poetry Blog. He is the winner of The Manchester Poetry Prize, The Thayer Fellowship in the Arts, The Bea González Prize for Poetry, The Red Hen Press Poetry Award, Crab Orchard Review’s Special Issue Feature Award in Poetry, The Ruth Stone Poetry Prize, The Phyllis Smart-Young Prize in Poetry, The Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, and The Academy of American Poets College Prize. Along with María Isabel Alvarez, he is the co-editor of the anthology, Misrepresented People: Poetic Responses to Trump’s America (NYQ Books, 2017).

Macaulay Glynn is a PhD candidate in English and Creative Writing at Binghamton University. She is a workshop instructor with the Binghamton Poetry Project, a literacy outreach program through the Binghamton Center for Writers. She is a five-time recipient of the American Academy of Poets College Prize. Her work has appeared in Ragazine and Gandy Dancer.

This free series is hosted in partnership by the Binghamton Center for Writers at Binghamton University and The Broome County Arts Council. Further support is given by The University Research Foundation, the Creative Writing Program, Office of the Dean of Harpur College and the English Department.

For more information contact Heather Humphrey.

Student Benefits – Literati Program Participation

The program gives students a chance to listen to and engage with established authors, as well as Binghamton University graduate students, who may serve as mentors to the community through other Binghamton University programs, such as the free poetry workshops offered by the Binghamton Poetry Project at the Broome County Public Library and Endicott High School. The free public reading allows students to listen to literature from the authors themselves. The following discussion allows students to ask questions about the content and craft of literature as well as the author’s inspiration, practices, and experiences writing. Students can also benefit from integrating a live reading into their experience of reading a novel or studying a poet in school. This is one way to incorporate the event into your classroom experience. Students may write reviews, reflections, or reports about the event. Students may even cover the event for their school paper or host the event at the end of an extra curricular book club. It is also a good opportunity for students and their families to experience literature together, as the Literati Readings are all free and open to the public.

For information on how to incorporate the Literati Reading Series in academic curriculums contact: Binghamton Poetry Project.