2015-2016 Red Dragon Reading Series

 
 

 

Jones
 

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.

The reading will be followed by a book signing and is free to the public. For more information, please contact Susan Bernardin (607-436-3225) or Ruth Carr (607-436-3446).
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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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Walker
 

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.


Anderson
 

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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Vogel
 

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.


Ford
 

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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Foust
 

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
 

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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Elkins
 

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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Padgett
 

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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