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Join us online for the NYS Summer Writers Institute

Four weeks of online events kick off next Monday

Join us online for the 2022 NYS Summer Writers Institute, a series of readings with acclaimed and prize-winning novelists, poets, essayists, memoirists and cultural critics. The first online event -- Monday, June 27 -- features Elizabeth Benedict (Fiction) and Rosanna Warren.

The readings, free and online via Zoom, take place Mondays through Thursdays, through July 21. Reservations are not required. Attend the readings using this Zoom link. Registration is not required.

We’ll spotlight upcoming writers during the next few weeks.

Monday, June 27

Elizabeth Benedict has published five acclaimed novels, including the bestseller Almost and the National Book Award finalist Slow Dancing, a classic book on writing fiction, The Joy of Writing Sex: A Guide for Fiction Writers, in print since 1996, and hundreds of reviews, essays, and articles.

She is the editor of three acclaimed anthologies, the New York Times bestseller What My Mother Gave Me: Thirty-one Women on the Gifts That Mattered Most , Mentors, Muses & Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives, and Me, My Hair and I: 27 Women Untangle an Obsession.

Her novels have established her reputation as a writer who “specializes in the subterranean currents of modern relationships, the secret motivations and betrayals that underlie everyday interactions.” Hallie Ephron in the Boston Globe called her most recent novel, The Practice of Deceit “a wickedly funny literary suspense novel” that is “wry, at times heartbreaking, always smart and entertaining.”

Rosanna Warren has won the Lamont Poetry Prize and many other awards for her poetry. Her book of criticism, Fables of the Self: Studies in Lyric Poetry, came out in 2008. Her most recent books of poems include So Forth (2020), Ghost in a Red Hat (2011), and Departure (2003). Her biography of Max Jacob, Max Jacob: A Life in Art and Letters, was published in 2020.

She is the recipient of awards from the Academy of American Poets, The American Academy of Arts & Letters, the Lila Wallace Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the New England Poetry Club, among others.

She was a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1999 to 2005, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.

About the NYS Summer Writers Institute

The NYS Summer Writers Institute was founded and is still produced by author and professor Robert Boyers at Skidmore College, with sponsorship from Northshire Bookstores and in collaboration with the NYS Writers Institute at the University at Albany.

Previous visiting writers include Nobel Prize winner Louise Glück, former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, Booker Prize winner Michael Ondaatje, Pulitzer Prize winner and NYS Writers Institute Founder William Kennedy, Mary Gordon, Tom Healy, Margo Jefferson, Binnie Kirshenbaum, John McWhorter, James Miller, Caryl Phillips, Katha Pollitt, Francine Prose and Victoria Redel.


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