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Sarah Freligh

Wednesday, September 14, at 8 pm
New York Room, Cooper Hall
SUNY Brockport

Sarah Freligh is the author of three poetry collections: Sad Math, A Brief Natural History of an American Girl, and Sort of Gone. Her work has appeared in Sun Magazine and Brevity, on Writer’s Almanac, and in the 2011 anthology Good Poems: American Places. In 2009 she received a fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Margaret Atwood

Fiction Writer, Poet, and Essayist
Wednesday, September 28, at 7 pm
SERC Field House
SUNY Brockport

Summer Reading Program author

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than 40 books of prose and poetry, including The Handmaid’s Tale, Oryx and Crake, and The Blind Assassin, which won the 2000 Booker Prize. Her books have been translated into dozens of languages and adapted for film and television. Her newest book, Hag-Seed, a retelling of The Tempest, will be published in October 2016. She lives in Toronto.

Clifford Thompson

Memoirist, Novelist, and Essayist
Wednesday, October 12, at 8 pm
New York Room, Cooper Hall
SUNY Brockport

Clifford Thompson received a Whiting Award for Love for Sale and Other Essays. His memoir Twin of Blackness was published in 2015, and he has widely published essays on books, film, jazz, and American identity. He is also the author of a novel, Signifying Nothing. He lives in Brooklyn and has taught at Columbia University, New York University, and Queens College.

Jack Pendarvis

Fiction, NonFiction, and TV Writer
Wednesday, October 26, at 8 pm
New York Room, Cooper Hall
SUNY Brockport

Jack Pendarvis’s two recent books are Movie Stars (fiction) and Cigarette Lighter (nonfiction). He has won an Emmy and a Peabody for his work on the television series Adventure Time, where he currently serves as writer and story editor.

Kevin Young

Poet and NonFiction Writer
Wednesday, November 30, at 7:30 pm
Temple B’rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Ave., Rochester


Kevin Young is the author of 11 books of poetry and prose, most recently Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems, 1995-2015. His collection Jelly Roll: A Blues was a finalist for the National Book Award; The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness won the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize and the PEN Open Award and was a New York Times Notable Book for 2012. He is the editor of The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton. He teaches at Emory University.

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