NYS Writers Institute’s 2012 Schedule of Readings

The New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany has announced its 2012 schedule of readings by visiting writers and film series screenings.

The readings, seminars, performances and other events take place on the UAlbany uptown campus, unless otherwise noted. All events are free, unless otherwise noted.

Here’s the fall 2012 schedule:

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
8pm reading @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany
The newly named New York State Author Alison Lurie and New York State Poet Marie Howe

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
4:15 pm seminar @ UAlbany Campus Center Assembly Hall, Albany
8pm reading @ UAlbany Campus Center Assembly Hall, Albany
Novelist, essayist and short fiction writer Paul La Farge

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2
4:15pm reading @ UAlbany Science Library’s Standish Room
Brazilian poet Salgado Maranhão and translator Alexis Levitin

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4
4:15pm seminar @ UAlbany Campus Center Assembly Hall, Albany
8pm reading @ UAlbany Campus Center Assembly Hall, Albany
Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer Junot Díaz

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9
4:15pm seminar @ UAlbany Campus Center Assembly Hall, Albany
8pm reading @ UAlbany Campus Center Assembly Hall, Albany
Journalist nonfiction writer and Albany native James Mann

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11
4:15pm reading & discussion @ UAlbany Science Library’s Standish Room, Albany
African literature scholar Dorothy Driver

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12
4:15pm seminar @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall, Albany
8pm conversation @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Main Theater, Albany
Nobel Prize-winning novelist J.M. Coetzee and novelist Paul Auster

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16
4:15pm seminar @ UAlbany Campus Center Room 375, Albany
7pm reading @ UAlbany Campus Center Room 375, Albany
Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan and Palestinian-American poet and translator Fady Joudah

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18
4:15pm seminar @ UAlbany Campus Center Assembly Hall, Albany
8pm reading @ UAlbany Campus Center Assembly Hall, Albany
Nature writer David Quammen

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26
2:15pm panel discussion @ UAlbany Campus Center Assembly Hall, Albany
5:30pm readings and performances @ UAlbany Campus Center Ballroom, Albany
Diasporican Café: Performing Voices of the Puerto Rican Diaspora featuring Giannina Braschi, Magdalena Gómez, Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, Jesús Papoleto Meléndez and Edwin Torres

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1
4:15pm seminar @ UAlbany Campus Center Room 375, Albany
8pm reading @ UAlbany Campus Center Room 375, Albany
Native American poet and musician Joy Harjo

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7
7pm pre-performance discussion @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, Albany
7:30pm performance @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall, Albany
$15; seniors $12; students $10
The American Place Theatre’s production of Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried”

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12
4:15pm seminar @ UAlbany Campus Center’s Assembly Hall, Albany
7pm staged reading @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, Albany
A staged reading of “Des Moines,” a new play by playwright, poet and fiction writer Denis Johnson. Followed by a Q&A with the playwright.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15
7:30pm lecture @ New York State Museum’s Clark Auditorium, Albany
Historian, scholar and author David W. Blight presents the lecture, “America Divided, Then and Now: The Civil War in our National and Local Imagination.”

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16
4:15pm seminar @ UAlbany Campus Center Assembly Hall, Albany
8pm reading @ UAlbany Campus Center Assembly Hall, Albanh
Technology writer Steven Levy

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19
8pm talk and discussion @ UAlbany Campus Center Room 375, Albany
International affairs scholar and author Trita Parsi delivers the talk, “U.S. and Iran: Between War and Diplomacy.”

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7
8pm reading and discussion @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, Albany
Village Voice senior film critic J. Hoberman

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