Summer 2013 Faculty
Kathleen Aguero's most recent book of poetry is Investigations: The Mystery of The Girl Sleuth (Cervena Barva Press, 2008). She has published three other volumes of poetry, including Daughter Of, with Cedar Hill Books, and edited three anthologies of multicultural literature from the University of Georgia Press. Kathleen Aguero is a Professor of English at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Mass., and she teaches in the low-residency MFA and undergraduate programs there.
Liza Frenette is an assistant editor at the monthly magazine NYSUT United where she writes features, human-interest stories, article about workers rights, environmental education, and breaking news. She has twice won the Mary Heaton Vorse award, 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. Liza Frenette is the author of three novels for middle-grade children, Soft Shoulders, Dangerous Falls Ahead, and Dead End.
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 is author of the Half the House: a Memoir, and the poetry collections,Without Paradise, Gold 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. He teaches at Emerson College and currently serves as chair of PEN New England.
Bob Miner worked for Newsweek and has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Village Voice, Esquire, 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 is the founder and director of the New York State Summer Young Writers Institute. His most recent book is Courageous Learning: Finding a New Path through Higher Education, published in October 2011. He is also the author of Saving Troy: A Year with Firefighters and Paramedics in a Battered City, Roxa, an award-winning novel, We Didn’t Come Here for This, a memoir in poetry, and two other collections of poetry, These Upraised Hands and Letter to the Ghosts. Patrick is currently on the faculty of Fairfield University’s MFA program in creative writing.