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

2016-17 Literati Programs:

Wednesday, September 21st @ 6:30pm: Jacob M. Appel and Heather Humphrey
Jacob M. Appel is a physician, attorney and bioethicist based in New York City. He is the author of six collections of short fiction, two novels and a collection of essays. His short stories have been published in more than two hundred journals and have been short-listed for the O. Henry Award, Best American Short Stories, Best American Mystery Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading and the Pushcart Prize anthology. His commentary on law, medicine and ethics has appeared in the New York Times, New York Post, New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Detroit Free Press and many other major newspapers. He taught for many years at Brown University and currently teaches at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. More at:

 Heather Humphrey is currently working on an MA in English and Creative Writing at Binghamton University. She has worked as both an intern and instructor for the Binghamton Poetry Project and hopes to use her degree to continue giving back to the community. Her fiction has been published in the Paddlewheel anthology and Write on the Edge NY, she has been a guest contributor on Women on Writing’s craft blog, “The Muffin,” and she has a poem forthcoming in the Edison Literary Review.

Tuesday, October 11 @ 6:30 pm: Christine Kitano
Christine Kitano is the author of the poetry collections Birds of Paradise (Lynx House Press) and the forthcoming collection Sky Country (BOA Editions). She is an assistant professor at Ithaca College where she teaches creative writing, poetry, and Asian American literature. She has an MFA from Syracuse University and a PhD in English and Creative Writing from Texas Tech University.

Tuesday, November 1 @ 6:30 pm: Robert Morgan
Robert Morgan is the author of fourteen books of poetry, most recently Dark Energy, 2015, and Terroir, 2011. He has also published nine volumes of fiction, including Gap Creek, a New York Times bestseller. A sequel to Gap Creek, The Road From Gap Creek, was published in 2013. A new novel, North Star, is forthcoming in 2015, along with a new book of poems, Dark Energy. In addition he is the author of three nonfiction books, Good Measure: Essays, Interviews, and Notes on Poetry; Boone: A Biography; and Lions of the West: Heroes and Villains of the Westward Expansion, 2011. He has been awarded the James G. Hanes Poetry Prize by the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and the Academy Award in Literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2013 he received the History Award Medal from the DAR. Recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Arts Council, he has served as visiting writer at Davidson College, Furman, Duke, Appalachian State, and East Carolina universities. A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, he was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in 2010. Born in Hendersonville, North Carolina, October 3, 1944, he has taught since 1971 at Cornell University, where he is Kappa Alpha Professor of English.

 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 Clara Barnhart.

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.