The Writers Forum

Unless otherwise noted, all Writers Forum readings begin at 8 pm and are held on SUNY Brockport campus. Writers Forum events are free and open to the public.


Evie Shockley

Wednesday, September 16
New York Room, Cooper Hall

Evie Shockley has published several collections of poetry, including a half-red sea and the new black. She also is the author of the critical volume Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry. About the new black, Claudia Rankine writes: “This stunning collection remembers all that has moved through the black body to bring us into the 21st century; and not since Jean Toomer’s Cane has the black female body in particular been portrayed with such compassion and love.”

Esther Pearl Watson

Graphic Novelist/Cartoonist
Wednesday, September 30
McCue Auditorium, Liberal Arts Building

Esther Pearl Watson is best known for her Unlovable graphic novel trilogy, which first appeared in short comic form in Bust magazine. Her work is hailed for its outsider aesthetic and singular voice, influenced not only by art history but by comic books and pop culture — and by her father’s passion for building UFOs. She lives in Los Angeles and earned an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts.

Brando Skyhorse


Wednesday, October 21
New York Room, Cooper Hall

Brando Skyhorse is the author of the novel The Madonnas of Echo Park (a grand mural of a Los Angeles neighborhood and an intimate glimpse into the lives of the men and women who struggle to lose their ethnic identity in the pursuit of the American dream), which won the PEN/Faulkner award. His memoir, Take This Man, chronicles how his Mexican-American mother lied to him by renaming him and claiming they were both Native Americans. Only decades later, as an adult, did he discover his true identity as a Mexican-American.

We regret to announce that this event has been canceled.

J. Robert Lennon

Fiction Writer
Wednesday, November 11
New York Room, Cooper Hall

J. Robert Lennon is the author of seven novels, including Mailman, Familiar, and Happyland, and the story collections Pieces for the Left Hand and See You in Paradise, a series of speculative short fiction. He teaches writing at Cornell University.

Pam Houston

Novelist/Short Story Writer/Essayist
Wednesday, December 2 - 7:30 pm
Temple B’rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Ave., Rochester


Pam Houston is the author of two collections of linked short stories, Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat, which won the Willa Award for Contemporary Fiction; two novels, Contents May Have Shifted and Sight Hound; and two collections of autobiographical essays, A Rough Guide to the Heart and A Little More About Me. She also has edited a collection entitled Women on Hunting: Essays, Fiction, and Poetry. Houston is known for writing strong female characters set in extreme geographical settings that involve dangerous and physically challenging adventures. She is a professor of English at UC Davis. She divides her time between Davis and southwestern Colorado at 9,000 feet above sea level near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.

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Writers Forum
350 New Campus Drive
Brockport, NY 14420

Phone: (585) 395-5713

Email: James Whorton/Anne Panning