September 25 – C. A. Conrad
4:10 p.m. Talk and Workshop, Days-Massolo
8 p.m. Poetry Reading, Dwight Lounge, Bristol Center
C. A. Conrad is the author of numerous collections of poetry including Deviant Propulsion (Soft Skull Press, 2006); Advanced Elvis Course (2009); The Book of Frank (Chax Press, 2009), recipient of the Gil Ott Book Award, reprinted by Wave Books in 2010; The City Real & Imagined (Factory School, 2010), with the poet Frank Sherlock; and A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon (Wave Books, 2012). CA Conrad’s awards include a PEW Fellowship from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Currently, he lives in Philadelphia.
October 29 – Diane Raptosh
8 p.m., Red Pit
A graduate of the University of Michigan MFA Program, Diane Raptosh serves as the Idaho Writer-in- Residence (2013-2016) and the Boise Poet Laureate (2013). Her most recent book of poems, American Amnesiac (Etruscan Press), was Longlisted for the 2013 National Book Award. The recipient of three fellowships in literature from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, she holds the Eyck-Berringer Endowed Chair in English at The College of Idaho, where she teaches literature and creative writing as well as directs the program in criminal justice/prison studies.
November 3 – Frank Lentricchia
4:10 p.m., Dwight Lounge
Frank Lentricchia is an American literary critic, novelist, and film teacher. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Duke University in 1966 and 1963 respectively after receiving a B.A. from Utica College in 1962. Lentricchia is currently a literature and film studies professor at Duke University.
December 4 – Sarah Harwell and Gary Leising
8 p.m., Dwight Lounge
Sarah Harwell is the author of the poetry collection Sit Down Traveler. Her poems were also collected in a book highlighting emerging poets titled Three New Poets. She has had poems published in various publications including Poetry, TriQuarterly, the Washington Post and Dossier. She is the Associate Director of the MFA Program at Syracuse University where she teaches fiction and poetry to undergraduates.
Gary Leising’s full-length collection of poetry, The Alp at the End of My Street, won the 2012 Brick Road Poetry Prize and was published in 2014. He is also the author of two chapbooks of poems, Fastened to a Dying Animal, and Temple of Bones, and his poems have appeared in many journals. He is professor of English at Utica College.