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Downtown Writer's Center

YMCA Arts Branch
340 Montgomery St.
Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone: 315-474-6851
Fax: 315-474-6857
pmemmer@syracuseymca.org
Website: www.syracuse.ymca.org/dwc.html
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Poets Rainie Oet and Devon Moore

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, February 1, 2019, 7:00 PM


Price: Free


YMCA
340 Montgomery St., Syracuse

Rainie Oet is a nonbinary writer, poetry editor at Salt Hill, and the author of No Mark Spiral (CutBank Books, 2018). Their work appears in The Yale Review, jubilat, The Adroit Journal, Colorado Review, and The Poetry Review, among other publications. They won the inaugural Press 53 Flash Fiction Contest in 2018.

Devon Moore currently lives, writes, and teaches in Syracuse. A former Syracuse University Fellow, she is the author of the books All Throats Sound Animal (Cider Press Review, 2018), which won the 2017 Cider Press Review Editors' Prize, and Apology of a Girl Who Is Told She Is Going to Hell (Mayapple Press, 2015), which was a finalist for the Binghamton University Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Meridian, The Cortland Review, New Ohio Review, Juked, The Sun Magazine, and elsewhere.


Poet Ralph Black

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, February 8, 2019, 7:00 PM


Price: Free


YMCA
340 Montgomery St., Syracuse

Ralph Black was raised in Maryland and educated at the University of Oregon and New York University. His latest book of poems is Bloom and Laceration (Green Writers Press). His first collection of poems, Turning Over the Earth, was published by Milkweed Editions. He is also the author of a chapbook, The Apple Psalms. Black is the recipient of the Anne Halley Poetry Prize from The Massachusetts Review and the Chelsea Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in The Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, Orion, and West Branch. He lives in Rochester and teaches at SUNY Brockport.


Poet Sorayya Khan

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, February 22, 2019, 7:00 PM


Price: Free


YMCA
340 Montgomery St., Syracuse

Sorayya Khan is the author of the novels Noor, Five Queen's Road, and City of Spies, which received the Best International Fiction Book Award, Sharjah International Book Fair, 2015. She was awarded a U.S. Fulbright Research Grant to conduct research in Pakistan and Bangladesh, and received a Malahat Review Novella Prize for what became a window into City of Spies. In 2006, she received a Constance Saltonstall Artist Grant, which took her to Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where she interviewed tsunami survivors. Her work has appeared in publications including Guernica, The Kenyon Review, and North American Review.


Author J. Robert Lennon

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, March 1, 2019, 7:00 PM


Price: Free


YMCA
340 Montgomery St., Syracuse

J. Robert Lennon is the author of eight novels, including Mailman, Familiar, and Broken River (winner of the 2018 CNY Book Award for Fiction), and the story collections Pieces for the Left Hand and See You in Paradise. He teaches writing at Cornell University.


Stone Canoe #13 Release Party

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, March 8, 2019, 7:00 PM


Price: Free


YMCA
340 Montgomery St., Syracuse

Join us to celebrate the release of the latest issue of Stone Canoe, the only literary journal focused on the work of authors and artists from Upstate New York. We'll have refreshments and enjoy readings by contributors to the issue, and we'll announce and award the journal's series of annual prizes.


Poets Iain Haley Pollock and Nicholas Friedman

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, March 15, 2019, 7:00 PM


Price: Free


YMCA
340 Montgomery St., Syracuse

Iain Haley Pollock's second collection of poems, Ghost, Like a Place, is new from Alice James Books. His debut collection, Spit Back a Boy, won the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Pollock teaches English at Rye Country Day School in Rye, NY, and is a member of the poetry faculty at the Solstice MFA program of Pine Manor College. He serves as a poetry co-editor at Solstice Literary Magazine.

Nicholas Friedman is the author of Petty Theft, winner of the 2018 New Criterion Poetry Prize. Born and raised in Syracuse, Friedman is the recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University and a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. His poems have appeared in The New York Times, Poetry, Yale Review, and other publications. He lives with his wife and son in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he is a Jones Lecturer in Poetry at Stanford.


Book Release Party for Poet Philip Memmer

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, March 22, 2019, 7:00 PM


Price: Free


YMCA
340 Montgomery St., Syracuse

Join us to celebrate the release of Pantheon, the latest book of poems from DWC founder and YMCA Arts Branch director Philip Memmer. Pantheon is Memmer's fifth book of poems; his others include The Storehouses of the Snow, Lucifer: A Hagiography (winner of the 2008 Idaho Prize for Poetry), Threat of Pleasure (winner of the 2008 Adirondack Literary Award for Poetry), and Sweetheart, Baby, Darling. His work has been widely anthologized, and published in such journals as Poetry, Poetry Northwest, and Poetry London.


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