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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: ycny.org/programs/arts/creative-writing
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Santee Frazier, poet

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, September 20, 2019, 7:00 PM


Price: Free


YMCA
340 Montgomery St., Syracuse

Santee Frazier is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He received his BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and his MFA from Syracuse University. He has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, The School for Advanced Research, and The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. Frazier's poems have appeared in Ontario Review, American Poet, and Prairie Schooner, among others. The author of Dark Thirty (University of Arizona Press, 2009), Frazier's second collection of poems Aurum is forthcoming from the University of Arizona Press in fall 2019.


David Lloyd, poet and author

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, September 27, 2019, 7:00 PM


Price: Free


YMCA
340 Montgomery St., Syracuse

David Lloyd is the author of ten books, including three poetry collections (Warriors, The Gospel According to Frank, and The Everyday Apocalypse) and three works of fiction (Boys: Stories and a Novella, Over the Line, and The Moving of the Water). In 2000, he received the Poetry Society of America's Robert H. Winner Memorial Award. In 2001 he was a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in residence at Bangor University, Wales, UK. He directs the Creative Writing Program at Le Moyne College.


Tina Chang, poet

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, October 11, 2019, 7:00 PM


Price: Free


YMCA
340 Montgomery St., Syracuse

Tina Chang is a poet, teacher, and editor. In 2010, she was the first woman to be named Poet Laureate of Brooklyn. She is the author of three poetry collections: Hybrida (W. W. Norton, May 2019), Of Gods & Strangers (Four Way Books, 2011), and Half-Lit Houses (Four Way Books, 2004). She is the co-editor of the seminal anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (W.W. Norton, 2008), which was hailed as, "One of the 10 greatest international anthologies, a timeless resource" by the Academy of American Poets. Chang's own work has been published in such venues as The New York Times and Ploughshares, and in several anthologies. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College.


Christopher Kennedy, poet

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, November 1, 2019, 6:30 PM


Price: Free


Everson Museum of Art
401 Harrison St., Syracuse

The DWC is visiting the Everson Museum for their November "First Friday" event. There will be live music, beverages will be available, and there will even be a chance to even make some art of your own!

Christopher Kennedy is the author of five poetry collections, including Clues from the Animal Kingdom (BOA Editions, 2018), Ennui Prophet (BOA Editions, 2011), and Encouragement for a Man Falling to His Death (BOA Editions, 2007), which received the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award. The recipient of a NEA Fellowship in Poetry in 2011, he is a professor of English and director of the MFA program in creative writing at Syracuse University in New York.


Bertha Rogers, poet

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


Price: Free


YMCA
340 Montgomery St., Syracuse

Bertha Rogers, poet, translator, and visual artist, is the author most recently of Wild, Again (Salmon, 2019). Her other poetry collections include Heart Turned Back (Salmon); Sleeper, You Wake (Mellen); and several chapbooks and interdisciplinary collections. Her illustrated translation of Beowulf was published in 2000, and her translation with illuminations of the Anglo-Saxon Riddle-Poems from the Exeter Book, Uncommon Creatures, was published in 2019. She has been awarded fellowships by the MacDowell Colony, Hawthornden International Writers Retreat, and others. She serves as Poet Laureate of Delaware County, NY.


Ellen Yeomans, children's book author

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


Price: Free


YMCA
340 Montgomery St., Syracuse

Ellen Yeomans is a writer and ghostwriter for children and adults. Her published works include picture books, novels, poetry, and nonfiction. Her picture book, The Other Ducks, was named a Best Book of 2018 by both the American Library Association and the prestigious Bank Street College. Her latest book, Some Snow Is..., showcases her thorough knowledge of snow that comes from a lifetime in Central New York. She currently resides in Prague, Czech Republic, where the winters are not so long and not so very, very snowy.


Carolyn Forché, poet

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Thursday, December 5, 2019, 7:00 PM


Price: Free


YMCA
340 Montgomery St., Syracuse

Carolyn Forché's first volume, Gathering the Tribes, winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, was followed by The Country Between Us, The Angel of History, and Blue Hour. She is also the author of the new memoir What You Have Heard Is True (Penguin Random House, 2019), a devastating, lyrical, and visionary memoir about a young woman's brave choice to engage with horror in order to help others. She has translated Mahmoud Darwish, Claribel Alegria, and Robert Desnos. Her famed international anthology, Against Forgetting, has been praised by Nelson Mandela as "itself a blow against tyranny, against prejudice, against injustice," and is followed by the 2014 anthology The Poetry of Witness. In 1998 in Stockholm, she received the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation for Peace and Culture Award for her human rights advocacy and the preservation of memory and culture.

Presented with The Syracuse University Humanities Center, in the College of Arts and Sciences, as part of the 2019-20 Syracuse Symposium on Silence.


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