Christine Kitano is the author of two poetry collections, Sky Country (BOA Editions, 2017) and Birds of Paradise (Lynx House, 2011). Her most recent project, Who You: The Issei, a co-edited collection of oral histories about the first generation of Japanese immigrants in Hawai'i and is forthcoming from the University of Hawai'i Press/Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i. She teaches at Ithaca College and in the low-residency MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

For more information, please contact Roger Hecht, (607-436-3033) or Ruth Carr, (607-436-3446).
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Tuesday, April 17@ 7:30pm
Craven Lounge, Morris Conference Center

An acclaimed ecologist and author, Sandra Steingraber explores the links between human rights and the environment, with a focus on chemical contamination, climate change, and shale gas extraction via fracking. She takes a personal and scientific look at the issues and offers insights into how we can protect our environment and our communities. Steingraber brings a clear, lyrical voice to the complex evidence of biology.

For more information, please contact Georg Hovis, (607-436-2571), or Ruth Carr, (607- 436-3446).
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Wednesday April 18@ 7:30pm
Hunt Union Ballroom


Melora Wolff is an essayist and prose writer whose work has appeared in numerous journals including The Southern Review, The New York Times, The Normal School, Brick, West Branch, The Chronicle Review and Salmagundi, and in anthologies such as Every Father’s Daughter: 24 Women Writers Remember Their Fathers; Best American Fantasy; Best New Writing 2016; and The New Brick Reader.


David Mills is a writer and actor who has worked professionally in the dramatic and literary communities for more than a decade. For three years, he lived in Langston Hughes’ landmark home where he was inspired to create a one-person dramatic rendition of Hughes’ poems and short stories.

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George Hovis is a SUNY Oneonta Professor of English. His short stories have appeared in such publications as Carolina Quarterly, Limestone, New Madrid, and Stone Canoe. He is the author of a monograph, Vale of Humility, and numberous essays devoted to the study of southern literature.

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Peter Ramos is Associate Professor of English at Buffalo State and author of one book of poetry, Please Do Not Feed the Ghost and three shorter collections; highly regarded as both critic and poet, his poems have been published in such journals as The Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, and Indiana Review.

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Michael D. Lemonick is currently the Chief Opinion Editor at Scientific American Magazine. He was previously Senior Science Writer at, and, prior to that, Senior Writer at Time magazine for more than 20 years, during which he wrote more than 50 cover stories on every aspect of science. He has also written cover stories for National Geographic, Discover and Scientific American, and teaches writing at Princeton University. “The Perpetual Now” is his seventh book


2016-2017 Red Dragon Reading Series

Marc Nieson is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and NYU Film School. His background includes children’s theatre, cattle chores, and a season with a one-ring circus. His memoir, SCHOOLHOUSE: Lessons on Love & Landscape is just released from Ice Cube Press. ( He's won a Raymond Carver Short Story Award, Pushcart Prize nominations, and been noted in Best American Essays. He teaches at Chatham University, edits fiction for The Fourth River, and is at work on a new novel, HOUDINI’S HEIRS. More @

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Marc Smith founded the Poetry Slam in Chicago in the mid-1980s, and since then the movement has spread around the world.Smith’s poetry has been celebrated for its emotional intensity and has been collected in Crowdpleaser and published widely in anthologies and journals, including Chicago Magazine, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, and Aloud! Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe winner of the 1994 American Book Award).


Helena Maria Viramontes is the author of Their Dogs Came with Them, a novel, and two previous works of fiction, The Moths and Other Stories and Under the Feet of Jesus, a novel. Named a Ford Fellow in Literature for 2007 by United States Artists, she has also received the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature, a Sundance Institute Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship and a Spirit Award from the California Latino Legislative Caucus. Viramontes is Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where she is at work on a new novel.

Daniel G. Payne's book-length works include Voices in the Wilderness: American Nature Writing and Environmental Politics (1996); The Palgrave Environmental Reader (2005); Writing the Land: John Burroughs and His Legacy (2008); Why Read Thoreau's Walden? (2013); and Orion on the Dunes: A Biography of Henry Beston (2016).

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Charlotte Zoe Walker is the editor of two books on naturalist John Burroughs for Syracuse University Press: Sharp Eyes and The Art of Seeing Things., and directed the first two Sharp Eyes Conferences at SUNY Oneonta, where she taught for many years. A former NEA Creative Writing Fellow and O. Henry Award winner, she has recently released a thirtieth anniversary edition of her novel Condor and Hummingbird, set in Colombia in the 1960’s.


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Danniel Schoonebeek is the author of American Barricade (YesYes Books, 2014) and the forthcoming collection of poems Trebuchet (University of Georgia, 2016), a 2015 National Poetry Series selection. In 2015, he was awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and recent work appears in The New Yorker, Poetry, American Poetry Review, and The Baffler.

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2015-2016 Red Dragon Reading Series


Blackfeet writer Stephen Graham Jones is the author of 5 story collections and 15 novels, including Growing Up Dead n Texas (2012). An NEA fellow, Jones has won the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Fiction and the Independent Publishers Multicultural Award. Hailed for their lyricism and postmodern sensibility, his narratives have explored such genres as horror, fantasy, and science fiction.


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Gustavo Arango

Professor Gustavo Arango (Foreign Languages and Literatures) is the author of several novels, including Santa Maria del Diablo (Saint Mary of the Devil), winner of the Latino Book Award 2015 for the Best Historical Novel in Spanish; El origen del mundo (The Origin of the World), winner of the literary prize Premio Bicentenario de Novela (Mexico, 2010), and La risa del muerto, winner of the Marcio Veloz Maggiolo Prize (New York, 2002), for the best novel in Spanish written in the United States.

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Libby Cudmore

Libby Cudmore worked at video stores, bookstores and temp agencies before settling down in Upstate New York to write.  Her short stories have appeared in The Big Click, The Stoneslide Corrective, PANK, and the HANZAI Japan anthology.  The Big Rewind is her first novel

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Frank X Walker is a multidisciplinary artist and the author of eight collections of poetry, including Affrilachia; Buffalo Dance: the Journey of York, which won the Lillian Smith Book Award; and Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers, winner of the 2014 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary work in Poetry and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association's Honor Award for Poetry. A 2005 recipient of the Lannan Literary Fellowship in Poetry, in 2013 he was appointed Poet Laureate of Kentucky, becoming the youngest and the first African-American to hold that position.


New York Times bestselling writer M. T. Anderson is the author of Feed, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His novel The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party, won the National Book Award in 2006. Its sequel, The Kingdom on the Waves was named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. His most recent book, Symphony for the City of the Dead, is an account of the composer Dmitri Shostakovich and his experience during the siege of the city of Leningrad during WW II. M. T. Anderson lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Emily Vogel appears as a joint effort of SUNY Oneonta’s Red Dragon Reading Series and Hartwick College’s New American Writing Festival. She is the author of five chapbooks of poetry; a full-length collection, The Philosopher’s Wife; a collaborative book of poetry, West of Home, with her husband Joe Weil; and a recently released collection, First Words. Her poems have been published widely, including forthcoming work in The Boston Review and Omniverse. She teaches writing at SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College.

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2014-2015 Red Dragon Reading Series

Tia Lessin

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker TIA LESSIN is the director and producer, with Carl Deal, of Citizen Koch (shortlisted for the 2015 Oscars) and Trouble the Water, winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize and the Gotham Independent Film Award. She was a co-producer of Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, winner of the Palme d'Or, Academy Award-winning Bowling for Columbine, and Capitalism: A Love Story.  In television, Tia directed and produced Behind the Labels for which she received the Sidney Hillman Award for Broadcast Journalism.

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Citizen Koch movie trailer.


APRIL L. FORD'S debut story collection, The Poor Children, won Grand Prize for the Santa Fe Writers Project 2013 Literary Awards Program for Fiction (judge David Morrell). Previously, the collection was shortlisted for the international Scott Prize (Salt Publishing, UK). In 2014, Gentle, April’s debut novel, was a finalist for the Molly Ivors Prize for Fiction (Gorsky Press), and a Semi-Finalist for the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition (Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society). Gentle is forthcoming in Spring 2016. She is completing her second novel.

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Poet GRAHAM FOUST He is the author of several collections of poetry, including As in Every Deafness (2003); Leave the Room to Itself (2003), which won the Sawtooth Poetry Prize; Necessary Stranger (2007); A Mouth in California (2009); and To Anacreon in Heaven and Other Poems (2013). With Samuel Frederick, Foust co-translated the German poet Ernst Meister’s In Time’s Rift (2012). Foust’s essays and writing have appeared in journals such as Conjunctions, Jacket, and TriQuarterly. He has taught at Saint Mary’s College of California and at the University of Denver.

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Wakefield Poster

BUDDY WAKEFIELD is the two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion featured on NPR, the BBC, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, and most recently signed to Strange Famous Records. He has recently toured with Ani DiFranco and appeared in hundreds of venues internationally, from Comedy Central’s Hudson Theater and Scotland’s Oran Moore to San Quentin State Penitentiary, House of Blues (New Orleans) and CBGB’s. A Board of Directors member with Youth Speaks Seattle and member of Team Seattle 2006 for the National Poetry Slam Finals, Buddy is known for delivering raw, rounded, high vibration performances of humor and heart.

Paul Lilly

Paul R. Lilly is Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York at Oneonta where he taught American literature in the English Department. He received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2006. He taught at universities in Spain, Belgium, and India as the recipient of three Fulbright awards in American Studies. He is the author of Jerzy Kosinski: Words in Search of Victims, as well as essays on modern and contemporary writers. The Lake of Far is his first collection of short stories. In the spring he teaches at the Georgetown University Learning Center.

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Obiwu is a Nigerian American writer, poet, and scholar. His most recent book is The Critical Imagination in African Literature (Syracuse University Press, Spring 2015). Obiwu is a Fellow of the International School of Theory in the Humanities, Santiago, de Compostela, Spain, and a Fellow of the Presidential Leadership Institute, Wilberforce, Ohio. He has taught at universities in Nigeria and the United States, and currently teaches English and creative writing at Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio.

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D.T. Max

D.T. Max is a graduate of Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker. He is the author of the best-selling Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, which the New York Times named one of the ten best books of the year and of The Family That Couldn't Sleep: Unravelling A Venetian Medical Mystery, which Natalie Angier, writing in the New York Times Book Review, called "gripping, cleanly written, cannily plotted and elegantly educational. The book brims with great tales." He is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and at work on a book about Mark Twain. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, their two young children, and a rescued beagle who came to them named Max.

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Kimberly Elkins . Her debut novel, What Is Visible, was named the Bookpage June 2014 Fiction Pick of the Month and was chosen by Woman's Day as the Most Inspirational Book of 2014. What Is Visible provides a fictional biography of Laura Bridgman, born in 1829, who at age two lost her sight, hearing, and the senses of smell and taste. By age twenty, Bridgman was considered the nineteenth century's second most famous woman, having mastered language and charmed the world with her brilliance. What Is Visible chronicles the breathtaking experiment that Laura Bridgman embodied and its links to the great social, philosophical, theological, and educational changes rocking Victorian America. Given Laura's worldwide fame in the nineteenth century (fifty years before Hellen Keller), it is astonishing that she has been virtually erased from history. What Is Visible will set the record straight.

2013-2014 Red Dragon Reading Series

Bertha Rogers

Bertha Rogers is a poet, visual artist, and co-fBertha Rogers is a poet, visual artist, and master teaching artist. Her poems appear in journals and anthologies and in her several collections, including Heart Turned Back (Salmon Poetry Publishing, Ireland, 2010) and the forthcoming Wild. Her translation of Beowulf was published in 2000 (Birch Brook Press, NY), and her translation of the riddle-poems from the Anglo-Saxon Exeter Book is forthcoming. Rogers co-founded Bright Hill Press & Literary Center in Treadwell and administers the NYS Literary website and map; she serves as a member of the Empire State Writers Hall of Fame panel.

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Robert Morgan

Robert Morgan is an acclaimed poet and writer of novels, short stories, and biographies. His books have been selected for the Oprah Book Club and as Notable Books by the New York Times. Kappa Alpha Professor of English at Cornell University, his numerous accolades include the James G. Hanes Poetry Prize.

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Meg Noodin & Daughter

Robert Morgan is an acclaimed poet and writer of novels, short stories, and biographies. His books have been selected for the Oprah Book Club and as Notable Books by the New York Times.Kappa Alpha Professor of English at Cornell University, his numerous accolades include the James G. Hanes Poetry Prize.

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Regie Gibson

Former National Poetry Slam Champion Regie Gibson has been featured on HBO's Def Poetry Jam, various NPR programs, and in the feature film love jones. His poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, Harvard's Divinity Magazine, The Iowa Review, and in his volume Storms Beneath the Skin, winner of the Golden Pen Award.

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Ron Padgett has been a central figure in the New York poetry world since 1960. He is the author of over 20 books including Great Balls of Fire, The Big Something, How to Be Perfect, and most recently Collected Poems. Padgett is also considered to be the preeminent translator of the French poets Blaise Cendrars, Pierre Reverdy, and Guillaume Apollinaire. His awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2001 he was named Officier dans l'Order des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture and Communications.

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Phillips-Dale Ray

Dale Ray Phillips is the author of the book My People's Waltz, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. His short stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, Best Stories from the South, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, GQ, Zoetrope, The Oxford American, and literary quarterlies. He has taught at a variety of universities and is now an assistant professor at Murray State University, where he was the past distinguished Watkins Chair in Creative Writing. 

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Tom Fate  

Tom Montgomery Fate is the author of five books of nonfiction, including Beyond the White Noise (1997), Steady and Trembling (2005), and, most recently, Cabin Fever (2011), his memoir of an urban father's pursuit of wilderness. His essays have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Baltimore Sun, Orion, Iowa Review, Fourth Genre, Christian Century, and many other journals and anthologies; and they regularly air on National Public Radio and Chicago Public Radio. A graduate of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa, and of Chicago Theological Seminary, he is currently a professor of English at College of DuPage, in suburban Chicago.

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