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2015-2016 Red Dragon Reading Series


Frank X 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.  He is currently a Professor in the Department of English and the African American and Africana Studies Program at the University of Kentucky, and founding editor of Pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture.


The reading will be followed by a book signing and is free to the public.

Monday, September 21, at 8:00 pm
Waterfront Café, Hunt College Union

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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Monday, October 19th, at 7:30 pm
Craven Lounge, Morris Conference Center

Emily 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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Thursday,November 5th at 7:30 pm
Waterfront Café, Hunt College Union


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. Her work as producer of the Bravo series The Awful Truth earned her two Emmy nominations, one arrest and a lifetime ban from Disney World.



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April 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.

April is managing editor of Digital Americana Magazine, and she teaches creative writing at State University of New York at Oneonta. She has spent time at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts as a Robert Johnson Fellow, and at Ucross Foundation as a Writer in Residence. She is completing her second novel.

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Graham Foust

Poet GRAHAM FOUST was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and raised in Wisconsin.  He earned his BA from Beloit College, MFA from George Mason University, and a PhD from SUNY-Buffalo.  Foust once noted that he is “generally uncomfortable with comfort in poetry,” and his work has received praise for its uncompromising, even dark, blend of humor, allusion, and metaphysical investigation.  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 first collection of poems, Rituals of the Sun (1982), established his reputation in the Nigerian literary canon. His second collection, Tigress at Full Moon (2012), has been called “a triumph of poetic wish fulfillment...the stuff of which the mythic imagination is made.” He has also completed two new poetry manuscripts, “Unspeakable” and “Mad River.” His poems have appeared in many anthologies and journals. He has published scholarly essays on the poetry of Chinua Achebe, Dennis Brutus, Roy Campbell, Michael J. C. Echeruo, Langston Hughes, Christopher Okigbo, and Ezra Pound, and others. His essay, “The Ecopoetics of Christopher Okigbo and Ezra Pound,” won the 2009 Donatus Nwoga Prize for Literary Criticism in Poetry. 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

Kimberly Elkins was a finalist for the National Magazine Award and has published fiction and nonfiction in the Atlantic, Best New American Voices, Iowa Review, Chicago Tribune, Glamour, and Village Voice, among others. 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. Rave reviews have appeared widely, including the cover of the New York Times Book Review. National Book Award winner Ha Jin calls the novel "the art of fiction at its best." 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

Margaret Noodin is currently President of the Association for the Study of American Indian Literature.  Her most recent book is Bwaajimowin: A Dialect of Dreams in Anishinaabe Language and Literature.  Her poetry has recently appeared in the Michigan Quarterly Review, Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas and Cell Traffic by Heid Erdrich. 

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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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2012-2013 Red Dragon Reading Series



Deborah Miranda


Deborah A. Miranda is an enrolled member of the Ohlone Costanoan Esselen Nation of California, and is also of Chumash and Jewish ancestry. She is the author of two poetry collections—Indian Cartography, which won the Diane Decorah Award for First Book from the Native Writer's Circle of the Americas, and The Zen of La Llorona, nominated for the Lambda Literary Award and a collection of forthcoming essays, The Hidden Stories of Isabel Meadows and Other California Indian Lacunae, from the University of Nebraska Press. She also co-edited the collection, Sovereign Erotics: An Anthology of Two-Spirit Literature, a Lambda Literary Award finalist and winner of the 2011 Independent Publishers Silver Medal. Her latest book, Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir, was published by Heyday Books in January 2013. Miranda is an associate professor of English at Washington and Lee University.

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Eleanor Henderson

Eleanor Henderson, Novelist and essayist, has published widely in such journals as North American Review, Salon, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Her stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and included in The Best American Short Stories 2009. Henderson's debut novel Ten Thousand Saints, about the straight edge punk scene in the 1980s, was named one of the top ten novels in 2011 by The New York Times. Eleanor Henderson lives in Ithaca, New York, where she is an assistant professor of writing at Ithaca College.

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Shahriar Mandanipour, Iranian novelist is the 2006 recipient of Brown University’s International Writers Project Fellowship, is regarded as one of the most accomplished and successful writers in contemporary Iran. He is the author of five collections of short stories, including The Eighth Day of the Earth, Violet Orient, Midday Moon, Mummy and Honey and Shadows of the Cave. His most recent collection, Ultramarine Blue, gathers eleven stories that relate in various ways to the events of 9/11. Mandanipour is also the author of a two-volume novel, The Courage of Love, and of essays, translations, and children’s books. His various works explore, sometimes in symbolic or metaphorical terms, the effects of dictatorship and oppression on the Iranian people, and he has spoken out in a number of international lectures on censorship in Iran. As a result of his literary and political activities, Mr. Mandanipour has been subjected to harassment, by the Iranian government and was barred from publishing his work for many years.


Regie Gibson



Regie Gibson is a former National Poetry Slam Champion Regie Gibson has lectured and performed widely in the U.S., Cuba, and Europe.  He has been featured on HBO's Def Poetry Jam, various NPR programs, and in love jones, a feature film from New Line Cinema based largely on events in his life.  Critically acclaimed on both the stage and the page, Gibson has been published in Poetry Magazine, Harvard's Divinity Magazine and The Iowa Review, among others. His volume of poems, Storms Beneath the Skin, received the Golden Pen Award.  In response to Gibson’s live performance, Kurt Vonnegut proclaimed, “Regie . . . you are supersonic and in the stratosphere . . . you sing and chant for all of us.  Nobody gets left out.”

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Dan Anderson

Daniel Anderson's work has appeared in Poetry, The Kenyon Review, New England Review, The Yale Review, The Hudson Review, Harper's, The New Republic, The Southern Review, The Sewanee Review, The Best American Poetry and Southwest Review, among other places. He has published two books of poetry, Drunk in Sunlight (Johns Hopkins University Press) and January Rain (Story Line Press), and edited The Selected Poems of Howard Nemerov (Swallow Press/Ohio University Press). His honors include a Pushcart Prize as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bogliasco Foundation. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Oregon.

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Michael Martone


Michael Martone is the author of more than a dozen books, and he has been especially acclaimed for his short fiction.  He has won two Fellowships from the NEA, a grant from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and his stories have won numerous prizes.  He has taught at Syracuse University, Iowa State University, and Harvard University.  He is currently a Professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Alabama, where he has been teaching since 1996. at 7:30 pm on Thursday October 25 in the Craven Lounge, located in the Morris Conference Center on the SUNY Oneonta campus.

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Molly McGlennen

Molly McGlennen was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is of Anishinaabe and European descent. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of English and Native American Studies at Vassar College. She holds a PhD in Native American Studies from University of California, Davis and an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. Her scholarship and creative writing have been published widely. Most recently, her first collection of poetry, Fried Fish and Flour Biscuits, was published by Salt's award-winning "Earthworks Series of Native American Authors."

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2011-2012 Red Dragon Reading Series

Jeanetta Calhoun Mish


Jeanetta Calhoun Mish is a poet, writer and literary scholar. Her first book, Tongue Tied Woman, won the Edda Poetry Chapbook Competition for Women in 2002. Her second collection, Work Is Love Made Visible, won the 2010 Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry, the 2010 Western Heritage Award for Poetry from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and the 2010 WILLA Award for Poetry from Women Writing the West. Dr. Mish is currently a member of the faculty of the Red Earth Creative Writing MFA program at Oklahoma City University and editor of Mongrel Empire Press.

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Sandra Steingraber

Sandra Steingraber Ph.D. is an internationally recognized authority on the environmental links to cancer and human health.  The Sierra Club has heralded Steingraber as “the new Rachel Carson,” and, indeed, she is a recipient of the Rachel Carson Leadership Award, as well as the Heinz Award; the Hero Award from the Breast Cancer Fund; and the Environmental Health Champion Award from Physicians for Social Responsibility, Los Angeles.

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Nate Hendley

Nate Hendley is a Toronto-based freelance writer, journalist and author. He has a written a series of books, primarily true-crime tomes and biographies. His recent titles include Crystal Death (about methamphetamine), biographies of Bonnie and Clyde, Al Capone, and John Lennon, and American Gangsters Then and Now: An Encyclopedia (published 2010 by ABC-CLIO).  Hendley’s non-crime related books include Motivate to Create: A Guide for Writers. This book outlines practical steps on starting up or stepping up a non-fiction freelance writing business.  Hendley’s talk will focus on “True Stories: Non-Fiction Writing as an Art Form.”

Arthur Flowers


Arthur Flowers is a novelist, memoirist and children’s book author. A Vietnam veteran, blues singer, co-founder of the New Renaissance Writer’s Guild, and a Memphis native, Flowers considers himself a contemporary griot, referring to the storytellers of ancient African societies who passed on the history of their people to future generations through the oral tradition. His works include novels (De Mojo Blues and Another Good Loving Blues), a memoir (Mojo Rising: Confessions of a 21st Century Conjureman) and a graphic novel (I See the Promised Land: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.), illustrated by Manu Chitrakar. Winner of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Foundation for the Arts, Arthur Flowers is currently an Associate Professor of English at Syracuse University.


Anne Waldman

Anne Waldman, presented at the Red Dragon Reading Series, in the Fall of 2011. She is the author of more than 40 books, poet Anne Waldman writes in the lineage of Whitman and Ginsberg as an "open field investigator of consciousness." Together with Ginsberg, she co-founded the celebrated Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University.

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Yorkshire Dales

Jim and Carol McCord presented at the Red Dragon Reading Series, in the Fall of 2011, "The Singing Eye," a collaborative performance of poetry and poetry and photography that promotes conservation of our natural, historical, and cultural environments.

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Ann Neelon

Ann Neelon, winner of the Anhinga Prize for Poetry and the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Writers and Readers Award gave a reading of her poetry at the Red Dragon Reading Series in the Fall of 2011.

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