Visiting Writers

Agnes O’Donnell Poets and Writers Series

Sponsored by the Green Blotter Literary Society of Lebanon Valley College, the Agnes O’Donnell Poets and Writers Series brings authors to campus for readings, writing workshops, and other events. The series is funded by a gift from Agnes O’Donnell, professor emerita of English who remained active in the department after her retirement in 1987 until her death in 2008.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 20th, 2014
JOSHUA BENNETT
Workshop, Mund Living Room, 3:30pm

Performance, Leedy Theater, 7pm

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LVC is proud to host award-winning performance poet Joshua Bennett with student openers Stephanie Agudelo ’16, Marquis Bey ’14, and Isaiah Luck ’14.

Joshua has recited his original works at events and venues such as The Sundance Film Festival, the NAACP Image Awards, The Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Poetry Africa, and President Obama’s Evening of Poetry and Music at the White House. Joshua has also performed on BBC Radio Oxford alongside former U.S. Poet Laureates Billy Collins and Rita Dove, at the Du Bois Institute Panel as a guest of Henry Louis Gates, and opened for Dr. Cornel West at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Hailing from Yonkers, New York, Joshua is a third-year doctoral candidate in the English Department at Princeton University. He is also a Callaloo Fellow, and, as of this summer, a teacher of 8th-grade Composition. His poetry has been published (or will be forthcoming published) in Callaloo, Anti-, Tidal Basin Review, Drunken Boat, Storyscape, and Muzzle. Joshua is also the founding editor of Kinfolks Quarterly.
 
This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Agnes O’Donnell Poets and Writers Series. For more information on Joshua and to see videos of his past performances, visit his Tumblr page.

Friday, February 6th, 2014
MK ASANTE
Reading, Q&A Session, and Book Signing

Leedy Theater, Mund College Center, 7pm

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MK Asante is a bestselling author, award-winning filmmaker, hip-hop artist, and professor whom CNN calls “a master storyteller and major creative force.”

Asante is the author of the critically-acclaimed memoir Buck, described by Maya Angelou as “A story of surviving and thriving with passion, compassion, wit, and style.” Buck is a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and an NAACP Image Award – Outstanding Literary Work nominee. His other books are It’s Bigger Than Hip HopBeautiful. And Ugly Too, and Like Water Running Off My Back.

Asante is a Sundance Feature Film Fellow for the movie adaptation of Buck. Asante directed The Black Candle, a prize-winning Starz TV movie. He wrote and produced the film 500 Years Later, winner of five international film festival awards, and produced the multi award-winning film Motherland.

Asante studied at the University of London, earned a BA from Lafayette College, and an MFA from the UCLA School of Film and Television.

Asante has toured in over 40 countries and has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, as well as hundreds of other universities. He was awarded the Key to the City of Dallas, Texas.

Called “the voice of a new generation” by Essence, he has been featured on the CBS Early Show, NBC News, BBC, NPR, BET, and MTV. He was selected as a MSNBC The Grio 100 History Makers in the Making. Asante’s essays have been published in USA TodayHuffington PostSan Francisco Chronicle, and the New York Times.

He recently made his debut as a hip hop artist on the song “Godz N The Hood” featuring Talib Kweli. His inspirational story “The Blank Page” is featured in the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: 20th Anniversary Edition.

Asante is a tenured professor of creative writing and film in the Department of English and Language Arts at Morgan State University.

For more information, visit MK Asante’s website.

 

Press 53 Logo 2013

Thursday, September 26, 2013
Reading and Book signing
Terri Kirby Erickson, poet
Curtis Smith, fiction writer
Kevin Morgan Watson, editor/publisher
Leedy Theater, Mund College Center, 7pm

 

Founded in October 2005 by Kevin Morgan Watson, Press 53 has quickly earned a reputation as a quality publishing house of short story and poetry collections. Located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Press 53 publishes 8-10 short story and poetry collections every year from authors all over the United States.

 

 

Terri Kirby Erickson
North Carolina native Terri Kirby Erickson is the award-winning author of three collections of poetry, including Telling Tales of Dusk (Press 53, 2009), which reached #23 on the Poetry Foundation Contemporary Best Seller List, and In the Palms of Angels (Press 53, 2011), winner of a Nautilus Silver Award for Poetry and the Gold Medal for Poetry in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

 

 

 

Curtis Smith

Curtis Smith is the author of five previous books of fiction. His stories and essays have appeared in over seventy literary journals and have been cited by The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, and The Best American Spiritual Writing.  He lives and works in Pennsylvania with his wife and son. 

 

 

 

Kevin Morgan Watson is founder of Press 53 and serves
as Editor-in-Chief with a Kevin_Morgan_Watsonspecial focus on Short Stories and Poetry. As a publisher, he has worked with writers ranging from first-time published authors to winners of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize. As a writer, his short stories, poetry, and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including the 2002 TallGrass Writers Guild/Outrider Press anthology Take Two—They’re Small, where his short story “Sunny Side Up” won first prize. Kevin also serves as an advisor for student adaptation of short stories to screenplays with the screenwriting faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking in Winston-Salem, NC.

 

Workshops with Watson, Erickson, and Smith will be open to LVC students from 2:30-4:30pm, Leedy Theater.

 

For more information, visit Press 53′s website.

 

 

Past Events

Karen Russell
Reading and Book Signing
Wed. April 10, 2013, 7 pm
Leedy Theater

Karen Russell’s debut novel, Swamplandia!, was chosen by The New York Times as one of the “Ten Best Books of 2011,” and was long-listed for The Orange Prize. Russell has been featured in The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” list, and was chosen as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. In 2009, she received the “5 Under 35” award from the National Book Foundation. Formerly a writer-in-residence at Bard College and Bryn Mawr College, she is the recipient of the Mary Ellen von der Heyden Berlin Prize and was awarded a fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin.

Russell is also the author of the celebrated short story collection St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves (Knopf, September 2006). Her new collection, Vampires in the Lemon Grove, was published by Knopf in January 2013.

Past Events

Juan Martinez
Reading
February 20, 2013, 7 pm
Lutz Hall, Blair Music Center

Juan Martinez’s fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including Glimmer Train, McSweeney’s, Conjunctions, Pindeldyboz, NPR’s Selected Shorts, Norton’s Suddenly Fiction Latino: Short-Short Stories from the United States and Latin America, and The Perpetual Engine of Hope: Stories Inspired by Iconic Vegas Photographs. His scholarly work has appeared in The Nabokovian, the Nabokov Online Journal, Journal of Popular Culture, and elsewhere. Dr. Martinez teaches creative writing and literature at LVC. Visit and say hi at  http://www.fulmerford.com/.

 

Anya Achtenberg
Reading and Book Signing
October 23, 2012, 7 pm
Zimmerman Recital Hall

Anya Achtenberg’s novel Blue Earthwas published in August 2012 by Modern History Press, which published her novella The Stories of Devil-Girl in 2008. Her second book of poetry,The Stone of Language, was published in 2004 by West End Press (Albuquerque) after being finalist in 5 poetry competitions. Her stories have received awards from Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope: All-StoryNew Letters, and others. Her first book of poetry, I Know What the Small Girl Knew, was published by Holy Cow! Press (MN). She is at work on History Artist, a novel centering in the experience of a Cambodian woman born of an African American father at the moment the bombing of Cambodia by U.S. forces began.

She teaches creative writing widely and is the founder and author of Writing for Social Change:Re-Dream a Just World, a series of multi-genre workshops on writing for social change.

 

 

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