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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@ymcacny.org
Website: ycny.org/programs/arts/creative-writing
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Downtown Writer's Center Coming Events

Poet Keith Flynn

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, September 25, 2020, 7:00 PM


Price: Free


Online


Keith Flynn is the award-winning author of seven books, including six collections of poetry, most recently The Skin of Meaning (Red Hen Press, 2020), and a collection of essays, entitled The Rhythm Method, Razzmatazz and Memory: How To Make Your Poetry Swing (2007). From 1984-1999, he was lyricist and lead singer for the nationally acclaimed rock band, The Crystal Zoo, which produced three albums. He is currently touring with a supporting combo, The Holy Men. His poetry and essays have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including The American Literary Review, The Colorado Review, Poetry Wales, and many others. He has been awarded the Sandburg Prize, a 2013 NC Literary Fellowship, the ASCAP Emerging Songwriter Prize, and the Paumanok Poetry Award; he was twice named the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for NC. Flynn is also founder and managing editor of The Asheville Poetry Review.

To receive an invitation to the free Zoom event, please email DWC director Phil Memmer at pmemmer@ymcacny.org before the day of the event.


Poets Camille Yvette-Welsch and KateLynn Hibbard

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, October 2, 2020, 7:00 PM


Price: Free


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Camille Yvette-Welsch is the author of FULL and The Four Ugliest Children in Christendom. Her work has appeared in The Writer's Chronicle, Indiana Review, Radar Poetry, Menacing Hedge, Cream City Review, Zone 3, and many other publications. She ardently supports public poetry initiatives and works with senior citizens as part of the Poems from Life project. She is a Teaching Professor of English at The Pennsylvania State University, where she directs the High School Writing Day.

KateLynn Hibbard's books are Sleeping Upside Down, Sweet Weight, and Simples, winner of the 2018 Howling Bird Press Poetry Prize. Editor of When We Become Weavers: Queer Female Poets on the Midwest Experience, she teaches at Minneapolis College and lives with many pets and her spouse Jan in Saint Paul, MN.

To receive an invitation to the free Zoom event, please email DWC director Phil Memmer at pmemmer@ymcacny.org before the day of the event.


Novelist Jennifer Pashley

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, October 16, 2020, 7:00 PM


Price: Free


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Jennifer Pashley is the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel The Scamp (Tin House) and two award-winning books of short stories, States and The Conjurer. Her brand-new second novel is The Watcher. Her stories have appeared widely in journals like Mississippi Review, Salt Hill, Los Angeles Review, and PANK, and have won The Red Hen Prize for Fiction ("States"), The Mississippi Review Prize for Fiction ("Something Good"), and the Carve Magazine Esoteric Award for LGBTQ Fiction ("Angels"). She has been awarded residencies by both Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Summer Writers Institute and has taught workshops at several universities. The Scamp was awarded the Lascaux Review prize for the novel. Jennifer lives with her family and dogs in Syracuse.

To receive an invitation to the free Zoom event, please email DWC director Phil Memmer at pmemmer@ymcacny.org before the day of the event.


A Dream of a New Past: A Reading by Poet Philip Metres

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Thursday, October 29, 2020, 7:00 PM


Price: Free


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Philip Metres is the author of 10 books, including Shrapnel Maps (Copper Canyon, 2020), The Sound of Listening: Poetry as Refuge and Resistance (University of Michigan, 2018), Pictures at an Exhibition (University of Akron, 2016), Sand Opera (Alice James, 2015), and I Burned at the Feast: Selected Poems of Arseny Tarkovsky (Cleveland State, 2015). His work—including poetry, translation, essays, fiction, criticism, and scholarship—has garnered a Lannan fellowship, two NEA fellowships, six Ohio Arts Council Grants, the Hunt Prize, the Adrienne Rich Award, three Arab American Book Awards, the Watson Fellowship, the Lyric Poetry Prize, and the Cleveland Arts Prize. Metres has been called "one of the essential poets of our time," whose work is "beautiful, powerful, magnetically original." His poems have been translated into Arabic, Farsi, Polish, Russian, and Tamil. He is professor of English and director of the Peace, Justice, and Human Rights program at John Carroll University, and lives with his family in Cleveland, OH.

Presented with the Syracuse University Humanities Center, in the College of Arts and Sciences, as part of the 2020-21 Syracuse Symposium on Futures.

To receive an invitation to the free Zoom event, please email DWC director Phil Memmer at pmemmer@ymcacny.org before the day of the event.


Poet Rhina P. Espaillat

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, November 6, 2020, 7:00 PM


Price: Free


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Rhina P. Espaillat has published 12 full-length books and four chapbooks. Her most recent publications are two poetry collections titled And After All and The Field, and a chapbook in collaboration with poet Alfred Nicol, Brief Accident of Light. Espaillat is noted for her English translations of Saint John of the Cross, her book of Spanish translations of Robert Frost, Algo hay que no es amigo de los muros/Something There Is that Doesn't Love a Wall, and her bilingual collection of Richard Wilbur translations, Oscura fruta/Dark Berries. Her work comprises poetry and prose in both English and her native Spanish, and translations from and into both languages. Her many national and international awards include the Richard Wilbur Award, the Nemerov Prize, the Eliot Prize, several annual awards from the New England Poetry Club, the Poetry Society of America and the Frost Foundation, various honors from the Dominican Republic's Ministry of Culture, and a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award from Salem State College.

To receive an invitation to the free Zoom event, please email DWC director Phil Memmer at pmemmer@ymcacny.org before the day of the event.


Poets Terry Blackhawk and Poet Laura Donnelly

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, November 20, 2020, 7:00 PM


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Terry Blackhawk founded and directed Detroit's InsideOut Literary Arts Project (iO), a renowned poets-in-schools program. Her poetry collections include One Less River (Mayapple Press, 2019); body & field (Michigan State University Press, 1999); Escape Artist (BkMk Press, 2003), selected by Molly Peacock for the John Ciardi Prize; The Dropped Hand (Lotus Press, imprint of WSU Press 2011); The Light Between (Wayne State University Press, 2012), as well as four chapbooks. Before her retirement in 2015, she co-edited To Light a Fire: Twenty Years with the InsideOut Literary Arts Project (WSU Press, 2015) with iO Senior Writer Peter Markus.

Laura Donnelly is the author of Midwest Gothic, winner of the Richard Snyder Prize and forthcoming from Ashland Poetry Press in fall 2020. Midwest Gothic was also a finalist for the Poets Out Loud Prize and the Lexi Rudnitsky Editor's Choice Award. Donnelly's first book of poetry, Watershed, won the 2013 Cider Press Review Editors' Prize. Her poems have appeared in Indiana Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Rhino, Passages North, Flyway, and Mississippi Review. She is an Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at SUNY Oswego.

To receive an invitation to the free Zoom event, please email DWC director Phil Memmer at pmemmer@ymcacny.org before the day of the event.


Poet Cathy Linh Che

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, December 4, 2020, 7:00 PM


Price: Free


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Cathy Linh Che is the author of Split (Alice James Books), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize, the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the Best Poetry Book Award from the Association of Asian American Studies. Her work has been published in POETRY, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Gulf Coast. Her many awards include recognitions from MacDowell, Djerassi, The Anderson Center, Artist Trust, Hedgebrook, Poets House, Poets & Writers, The Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, The Asian American Literary Review, The Center for Book Arts, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Workspace Residency, the Jerome Foundation. She has taught at the 92nd Street Y, New York University, Fordham University, Sierra Nevada College, and the Polytechnic University at NYU. She was Sierra Nevada College's Distinguished Visiting Professor and Writer in Residence. She serves as Executive Director at Kundiman and lives in Queens.

To receive an invitation to the free Zoom event, please email DWC director Phil Memmer at pmemmer@ymcacny.org before the day of the event.


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