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NYS Summer Young Writers Institute

Summer 2014 Faculty

Kathleen Aguero

Kathleen Aguero's latest book is After That (Tiger Bark Books). Her other poetry collections include Investigations: The Mystery of the Girl Sleuth (Cervena Barva Press), Daughter Of (Cedar Hill Books), The Real Weather (Hanging Loose), and Thirsty Day (Alice James Books). She has also co-edited three volumes of multi-cultural literature for the University of Georgia Press (A Gift of Tongues, An Ear to the Ground, and Daily Fare) and is consulting poetry editor of Solstice literary magazine. She teaches in the low-residency M.F.A. program at Pine Manor College and in Changing Lives through Literature, an alternative sentencing program.


Liza FrenetteLiza Frenette is an assistant editor at the monthly magazine, NYSUT United, where she writes features, human interest stories, articles about workers’ rights, environmental education, and breaking news. She has won the Mary Heaton Vorse award three times, the highest writing award from the Metro Labor Communications Council of New York City, for feature writing. Vorse was an activist and writer, often covering workers’ rights. In 2012, she won the highest national writing award from the American Federation of Teachers for a feature story. Frenette is the author of three novels for middle-grade children, Soft Shoulders, Dangerous Falls Ahead, and Dead End.


Elaine Handley

Elaine Handley is a professor of writing and literature at SUNY Empire State College. She is an award-winning poet and is completing a novel. Her most recent book of poetry, written in collaboration, is Tear of the Clouds, published in 2011 by RA Press. In 2011, she was the recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. 


Richard Hoffman

Richard Hoffman is author of the Half the House: a Memoir, and the poetry collections,Without ParadiseGold Star Road, winner of the 2006 Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the 2008 Sheila Motton Award from the New England Poetry Club, and his latest, Emblem. A fiction writer as well, his Interference & Other Stories was published in 2009. His work has appeared in Agni, Ascent, Harvard Review, Hudson Review, Literary Review, Poetry, Witness and other magazines. His most recent book is the memoir, Love & Fury.  He is Senior Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College.


Bob Miner

Bob Miner worked for Newsweek and has written for the New York TimesWashington PostVillage VoiceEsquire, and others. He has published two novels, Exes and Mother's Day, and is finishing up the third novel in this series, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, as well as writing nonfiction about Istanbul, Turkey. Since 1980 he has taught writing for SUNY Albany and Empire State College, as well as for Skidmore College, Syracuse University, Siena College, and the College of St. Rose. 


William B. Patrick

William B. Patrick is the founder and director of the New York State Summer Young Writers Institute. His most recent book is The Call of Nursing: Voices from the Front Lines of Health Care. He is also the author of Saving Troy: A Year with Firefighters and Paramedics in a Battered City; Roxa, an award-winning novel; and We Didn’t Come Here for This, a memoir in poetry, among several other books. Mr. Patrick is currently on the faculty of Fairfield University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, and he is also acquisitions editor for Hudson Whitman/Excelsior College Press.