Fall 2021 Schedule

Important note: Arrangements are subject to change due to COVID. Please check this page for updated times and locations!

Genevieve Sly Crane

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 7:30pm
SUNY Brockport, Cooper Hall, New York Room

Genevieve Sly Crane is the author of the short story collection Sorority: Stories of Sisterhood, which won a 2020 Whiting Award for fiction. In the words of that award’s selection committee, “Her book is an unflinching examination of the kinds of cruelty women perpetrate against one another and against themselves, as well as a measure of how capacious their selves can be, no matter how small the world wants to make them. She finds literary power in places where no one else is looking for it.”

Jason McCall

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 7:30 pm
SUNY Brockport, Liberal Arts Building, McCue Auditorium

Jason McCall is the author of the poetry collections Two-Face God; Dear Hero (winner of the 2012 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize); Silver; I Can Explain; Mother, Less Child (co-winner of the 2013 Paper Nautilus Vella Chapbook Prize); A Man Ain’t Nothin’; and What Shot Did You Ever Take, an homage in poems to the Rocky movies, co-authored with Brian Oliu. He and P.J. Williams are the editors of It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip-Hop. A native of Montgomery, Alabama, he holds an MFA from the University of Miami and teaches at the University of North Alabama.

Robin Wall Kimmerer

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 7:30 pm
SUNY Brockport, Edwards Hall 100
Co-sponsored with Writers and Books

This event will be livestreamed via Youtube.
The livestream is free, and no reservation is necessary.

Robin Wall Kimmerer is author of the New York Times bestseller Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants. A botanist and a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she is founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. This event is the keynote address of the 2021 Rochester Reads series, organized by Writers and Books. For more about Rochester Reads, see the event web page.

Dana Spiotta


Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 7:30 pm
SUNY REOC, 161 Chestnut Street, Rochester
To attend this event (whether in person or virtually), please reserve your free ticket online.

Dana Spiotta’s five acclaimed novels include Eat the Document, a finalist for the National Book Award, and Stone Arabia, a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist in fiction. In 2017, the American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded her the John Updike Prize in Literature. Of her widely acclaimed latest novel, Wayward, George Saunders writes, “There’s not a smarter, more engaging, more celebratory writer working today than Dana Spiotta, and here she shows us to ourselves with stunning, sometimes lacerating, honesty, but also with a feeling of genuine hope for us.” Ms. Spiotta will present the 2021 Writer’s Voice reading, made possible by the generous support of the Ingersoll Family Endowment Fund.

Kyle Baker

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 7:30 pm
SUNY Brockport, Liberal Arts Building, McCue Auditorium

Kyle Baker is a cartoonist, comic book writer-artist, and the author of pioneering graphic novels including Cowboy Wally, Why I Hate Saturn, King David, and Nat Turner, which tells the story of Turner’s 1831 rebellion through Baker’s drawings and Turner’s own words. Kyle Baker is the winner of eight Eisner Awards, and his cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker and Mad. He has drawn and written for countless Marvel and DC comic book series, including Howard the Duck, X-Men, Plastic Man, and Captain America.