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YMCA Arts Branch
340 Montgomery St.
Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone: 315-474-6851
Fax: 315-474-6857
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Website: www.syracuse.ymca.org/dwc.html
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Penny Boxall, poet

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, September 28, 2018, 7:00 PM


Price: Free


YMCA
340 Montgomery St., Syracuse

U.K. poet Penny Boxall holds an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of East Anglia. She won the 2016 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award with her debut collection, Ship of the Line. She has held residencies at Gladstone's Library (Wales), Hawthornden Castle (Scotland), and Chateau de Lavigny (Switzerland). Her poetry has appeared in The Sunday Times, Rialto, The North, and Mslexia. Her second collection, Who Goes There?, is out in September from Valley Press. She is currently working on a third collection and her first novel for children.


Dorianne Laux, poet

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, October 5, 2018, 7:00 PM


Price: Free


YMCA
340 Montgomery St., Syracuse

Dorianne Laux's fifth collection, The Book of Men, was awarded The Paterson Prize. Her fourth book of poems, Facts About the Moon won The Oregon Book Award and was short-listed for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Laux is also the author of Awake; What We Carry, a finalist for the National Book Critic's Circle Award; Smoke; as well as a fine small-press edition, The Book of Women. She is the co-author of the celebrated text The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry. Laux teaches poetry in the Program in Creative Writing at North Carolina State University and is a founding faculty member of Pacific University's Low Residency MFA Program. Only As the Day is Long: New and Selected, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton.


Jonathan Dee, novelist

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, October 12, 2018, 7:00 PM


Price: Free


YMCA
340 Montgomery St., Syracuse

Jonathan Dee is the author of seven novels, most recently The Locals. His novel The Privileges was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize and winner of the 2011 Prix Fitzgerald and the St. Francis College Literary Prize. A former contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, a senior editor of The Paris Review, and a National Magazine Award–nominated literary critic for Harper's, he has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. He lives in Syracuse.


Charles Martin and Thomas Centolella, poets

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, October 19, 2018, 7:00 PM


Price: Free


YMCA
340 Montgomery St., Syracuse

Charles Martin is a poet and translator whose sixth book of poems, Future Perfect, was published earlier this year by The Johns Hopkins University Press. Among his translations are The Bhagavad Gita (with Gavin Flood) and Ovid's Metamorphoses. He is a recipient of the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets, and has received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the Ingram Merrill Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Thomas Centolella is the author of four collections of poetry. Terra Firma, Lights & Mysteries, and Views from along the Middle Way were published by Copper Canyon Press. His most recent book, Almost Human (2017), won the Dorset Prize from Tupelo Press, selected by Edward Hirsch. His honors include the American Book Award, Lannan Literary Award, California Book Award, Northern California Book Award, and publication in the National Poetry Series. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies and on NPR's The Writer's Almanac. He teaches creative writing and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.


James Longenbach, poet

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, November 9, 2018, 7:00 PM


Price: Free


YMCA
340 Montgomery St., Syracuse

James Longenbach is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Earthling (W. W. Norton, 2017), which was named a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. His other collections include The Iron Key (W. W. Norton, 2012), Draft of a Letter (University of Chicago Press, 2007), Fleet River (University of Chicago Press, 2003), and Threshold (University of Chicago Press, 1998). His critical works include The Art of the Poetic Line, from Graywolf's "Art of" series, and The Resistance to Poetry. He is the Joseph Henry Gilmore Professor of English at the University of Rochester.


Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, author

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, November 16, 2018, 7:00 PM


Price: Free


YMCA
340 Montgomery St., Syracuse

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is from Spring Valley, NY. He graduated from SUNY Albany and went on to receive his MFA from Syracuse University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications, including Guernica, Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing, Printer's Row, Gravel, and The Breakwater Review, where he was selected by ZZ Packer as the winner of the 2nd Annual Breakwater Review Fiction Contest. His first book of stories, Friday Black, was named a "most anticipated title" by The Rumpus, Southern Living, and Publisher's Weekly.


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