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Skidmore College
New York State Summer Writers Institute

2022 Visiting Writers and Public Readings 

Public Readings for the summer of 2022 will be offered online and begin at 7 pm according to the schedule below. Reservations are not required.

A link to attend the Readings will be available HERE. 

June 27:  Elizabeth Benedict and Rosanna Warren

June 28: Amy Hempel and Campbell McGrath

June 29: Student Reading

June 30: Russell Banks and Chase Twichell


July 4: Phillip Lopate and Calvin Baker

July 5: Honor Moore and Gregory Pardlo

July 6: Student Reading

July 7: Vijay Seshadri and Claire Messud


July 11: Peg Boyers and Mary Gaitskill

July 12: John McWhorter and Thomas Chatterton Williams: In Conversation

July 13: Student Reading

July 14: Francine Prose and Rick Moody


July 18: Frank Bidart and Garth Greenwell

July 19: Joyce Carol Oates and Adam Braver

July 20: Student Reading

July 21: Jamaica Kincaid and Henri Cole


2022 Visiting writers biographies; faculty bios can be found here:

Russell Banks is the author of Cloudsplitter, Continental Drift, The Book of Jamaica, and many other works of fiction. Banks’s novels Affliction and The Sweet Hereafter (three Cannes Film Festival awards) have been made into successful feature films. His novel Rule of the Bone was praised by Cornel West as the work of “a great writer wrestling with the hidden secrets and explosive realities of this country.” The Darling is Banks’ political novel. (“Russell Banks’s twentieth-century Liberia is as hellish a place as Joseph Conrad’s nineteenth century Congo. The only creatures that behave with humanity are the apes. A dark and disturbing book,” writes Michael Ondaatje.) Banks’ 2011 novel is Lost Memory of Skin. Janet Maslin in The New York Times: “Destined to be a canonical novel of our time…delivers another of Banks’ wrenching, panoramic visions of American life.”

Frank Bidart was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in April 2018. He won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2014 for his book Metaphysical Dog and is the author of many books of poetry, including In The Western Night, Star Dust and Desire. His most recent book (2017) is Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016. Of Bidart’s work Robert Boyers wrote in The Nation (2013): “….journeys in which not less than everything is at stake and the pleasure entailed is the pleasure of submitting to an ordeal from which we emerge at last thrilled, exhausted and longing for more.”

Jamaica Kincaid is the author of many books, including Mr. Potter (described by Robert Boyers as “a perfect, perfectly heartbreaking novel”), Lucy, At The Bottom of the River, Annie John, My Brother, A Small Place, Autobiography of My Mother, and other books. Her most recent novel is See Now Then. Kincaid is described as follows in The New York Times: “She has the gift of endowing common experience with a mythic ferocity... She is one of our most scouringly vivid writers.”

Honor  Moore's newest book, Our Revolution: A Mother and Daughter at Midcentury, was published on by W.W. Norton on March 10. Moore’s previous memoir, The Bishop’s Daughter, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and a Los Angeles Times Favorite Book of the Year. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The American Scholar, and many other journals and anthologies. For the Library of America, she edited Amy Lowell: Selected Poems and Poems from the Women’s Movement, an Oprah Summer Reading List pick. She has been poet-in-residence at Wesleyan University and the University of Richmond, visiting professor at the Columbia School of the Arts, and three times the Visiting Distinguished Writer in the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa. When still in her twenties, Mourning Pictures, her play in verse about her mother’s death, was produced on Broadway. The White Blackbird, A Life of the Painter Margarett Sargent by Her Granddaughter, published in 1996 and recently reissued, was a New York Times Notable Book. She lives and writes in New York, where she is on the graduate writing faculty of The New School.

John McWhorter has taught linguistics, American Studies, and classes in the Core Curriculum program at Columbia University, since 2008 where he is currently an Associate Professor in the English and Comparative Literature department. He was Contributing Editor at The New Republic from 2001 to 2014. From 2006 to 2008 he was a columnist for the New York Sun and he has written columns regularly for The RootThe New York Daily NewsThe Daily Beast, CNN and Time Ideas. He has published a number of books on linguistics and on race relations, of which the better known are Power of Babel: A Natural History of LanguageOur Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of EnglishDoing Our Own Thing: The Degradation of Language and Music and Why You Should, Like, Care, and Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America. He makes regular public radio and television appearances on related subjects.

Francine Prose is the author of many acclaimed works of fiction, including Guided Tours of Hell, Primitive People, and BigfootDreams. Her novel, Blue Angel, was hailed in Publishers Weekly as “a peerlessly accomplished performance…timelessly funny,” and in Mademoiselle as a “funny yet devastating novel that will rock literary and academic worlds alike.” Prose is a contributing editor of Harper’s and writes for The New Yorker, Gentleman’s Quarterly, and AtlanticMonthly. Recent books include The Lives of the Muses: Nine Women& The Artists They Inspired, Caravaggio, and A Changed Man. Other recent titles include the novels Goldengrove and Lovers At TheChameleon Club. Her recent non-fiction books include Reading Like A Writer, and Anne Frank.

Chase Twichell is an American poet, professor, publisher, and, in 1999, the founder of Ausable Press. Her most recent poetry collection is Things as It Is. Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been earned her Claremont Graduate University's Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Her work has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Artists’ Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Previous visiting writers include Louise Glück, Mary Gordon, Tom Healy, Margo Jefferson, William Kennedy, Binnie Kirshenbaum, James Miller, Michael Ondaatje, Katha Pollitt, and Victoria Redel.

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