Author’s Showcase2019-03-19T19:17:02+00:00

Author’s Showcase

Saturday, April 6, 2019 | Artisan Gallery

1:00pm Public Lecture

Motherhood as Muse, two poets from the North Country on mothering, mentoring and muses

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Elizabeth Cohen

Associate Professor of English
Plattsburgh State University

Elizabeth Cohen is a professor of English at SUNY Plattsburgh and the editor of Saranac Review. She is the author of eight books including the Family on Beartown Road, The Hypothetical Girl and 5 books of poetry.

Reading from:

“Vegetable Poetry: Honoring a mother’s kitchen in Verse.”

William Stratton

Lecturer, Plattsburgh State University

William Stratton currently lives in Vermont and teaches writing at SUNY Plattsburgh, thus spending a good deal of time on a ferry. He serves as co-editor of The Saranac Review, and is a father of two. His work has so far been nominated five times for the Pushcart Prize. He has two full-length collections of poetry, “Under the Water Was Stone” and “These Things Too Have Shape”. He has poetry published or forthcoming in: FIELD, Sugar House Review, Spillway, The North American Review, DMQ, Louisiana Literature, and others.

Reading from:

Under the Water Was Stone,” and “These Things Too have Shape”

These Things Too Have Shape (Book Jacket)

Friday, April 26, 2019 | Artisan Gallery

7:00pm Public Lecture

Poetry Reading & Book Launch

Mike Jurkovic

Published Poet

A 2016 Pushcart nominee, poetry and musical criticism have appeared in over 500 magazines and periodicals. Full length collections, Blue Fan Whirring, (Nirala Press, 2018); smitten by harpies & shiny banjo catfish (Lion Autumn Press, 2016) Chapbooks, Eve’s Venom (Post Traumatic Press, 2014) Purgatory Road (Pudding House, 2010) Anthologies: 11/9 Fall of American Democracy Anthology, 2017 (Independent) Reflecting Pool: Poets & the Creative Process,  WaterWrites: A Hudson River Anthology, and Riverine: Anthology of Hudson Valley Writers (Codhill Press, 2018, 2009, 2007) Will Work For Peace (Zeropanik, 1999). President, Calling All Poets, New Paltz, Beacon, and Ellenville, NY. Music features, interviews, and CD reviews appear in All About Jazz, Van Wyck Gazette, and Maverick Chronicles 2018. He has featured in London, San Francisco, NYC, Albany, Baltimore, and throughout the tri-state area. He is the Tuesday night host of Jazz Sanctuary, WOOC 105.3 FM, Troy, NY. He was a monthly contributor to Elmore Magazine, 2008-2016; Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange, 2003-2010; and Chronogram, 2005-2007. His column, The Rock n Roll Curmudgeon, appeared in Rhythm and News Magazine, 1996-2003.

Reading from:

“Blue Fan Whirring,” and “smitten by harpies”

smitten by harpies (Book Jacket)

Susan Konz

Published Poet

Susan Konz is receiving her MFA from Hunter College in New York City. Her work has appeared in The Waymark, I Want You to See This Before I Leave and the CAPS Anthology. She is a regular contributor to the Calling All Poets Series in New Paltz, NY. In 2016, Lion Autumn Publishing released her first collection of poems entitled Second Sleep.

Past:

Monday, March 11th, 2019 | Phelps Mansion Museum

5:30pm – 7:00pm Public Lecture

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Chris Mackowski

Ph.D., is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Emerging Civil War

Chris Mackowski, Ph.D., is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Emerging Civil War. He is the series editor of the award-winning Emerging Civil War Series, published by Savas Beatie, and the “Engaging the Civil War” Series, published in partnership with Southern Illinois University Press. Chris is a writing professor in the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, NY, where he also serves as associate dean for undergraduate programs. Chris is also historian-in-residence at Stevenson Ridge, a historic property on the Spotsylvania battlefield in central Virginia. He has also worked as a historian for the National Park Service at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, where he gives tours at four major Civil War battlefields (Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania), as well as at the building where Stonewall Jackson died. Chris has authored or co-authored a dozen books on the Civil War, and his articles have appeared in all the major Civil War magazines. Chris serves on the board of directors for the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust and the national advisory board for the Civil War Chaplains Museum in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Grant’s Last Battle
The Story Behind The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant Facing financial ruin and struggling against terminal throat cancer, Ulysses S. Grant fought his last battle to preserve the meaning of the American Civil War. His war of words, The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant, would cement his place as not only one of America’s greatest heroes but also as one of its most sublime literary voices.

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 | BCAC Conference Space

4:00pm – 5:00pm Public Reading & Book Talk

Martin Bidney: Bliss in Triple Rhythm

Martin Bidney

Professor Emeritus
Binghamton University

Join us in the BCAC conference space for a public reading and book talk by Martin Bidney. The focus of this reading is Bidney’s “Bliss in Triple Rhythm.” This book of word songs in unexpected melodic patterns will surprise you by its equally unusual liveliness.

Martin Bidney is an experienced Professor Emeritus at Binghamton University with a demonstrated thirty-five year history of working in higher education and since “retirement” a founder-editor of Dialogic Poetry Press and publisher of 23 books of poetry original and/or translated from Polish, Russian, and German (three of these titles with State University of New York Press). Skilled in verse translation and writing with a strong emphasis on faithfulness to rhythmic pattern and alliterative-assonantal word harmony. Strong education professional graduated with BA Indiana U, MA Harvard U, Ph.D. Indiana U.

Book of the Amphibrach (Book Jacket)

Thursday, February 21st, 2019 | Bundy Museum of History & Art

6:00pm – 9:00pm Film Showing

Everett De Morier: Binghamton: The Valley of Creativity

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Everett De Morier

Binghamton born humorist, author, and novelist

Everett De Morier became a professional writer in 1994, when he sold a copy of his son’s ultrasound picture along with an article entitled “My Wife Is Having the Reincarnation of Elvis” to the Weekly World News. For this, he received fifty dollars and a Bat Boy T-shirt.

De Morier has appeared on CNN, Fox News Network, NPR, and ABC, as well as in The New York Times and the London Times. He has also written for In-Fisherman, Florida Keys, Bride, and Parenting.

De Morier is the author of Crib Notes for the First Year of Marriage: A Survival Guide for Newlyweds and Crib Notes for the First Year of Fatherhood: A Survival Guide for New Fathers, both from Fairview Press.
For more information about Everett check out his website.

When his latest book, The Invention of Everything
Insights on Life, Food, and One Good Thermos, was complete, the publisher scheduled a pre-release tour in Binghamton due to the strong ties of the book to the area.

In wanting to connect Binghamton with these events, interviews were set up with local artists as background for the videographer traveling with them. But it was soon discovered that by using these book events as a framing device, you could capture great material about the lives of those who live and create in the area. People embraced the concept and the scope expanded.

And what started out needing only a single camera, migrated to full film and sound crews and the project took on an identity of its own. A documentary about the art scene in Binghamton.

On February 21st, Everett De Morier will read and sign his new book The Invention of Everything: Insights on Life, Food, and One Good Thermos. Then the documentary Binghamton: The Valley of Creativity, will premiere and be seen for the very first time.

Immediately after, the film will go live online and will be made free to the public.

Light food and refreshments provided kindly provided by The Belmar Pub & Grill.

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 | BCAC Conference Space

4:00pm – 5:00pm Public Reading & Book Talk

Martin Bidney: A Hundred Artisanal Tonal Poems: Slimmed-down Fourteeners, Four-beat Lines, and Tight, sweet Harmonies.

Martin Bidney

Professor Emeritus
Binghamton University

Join us in the BCAC conference space for a public reading and book talk by Martin Bidney. The focus of this reading is Bidney’s A Hundred Artisanal Tonal Poems: Slimmed-down Fourteeners, Four-beat Lines, and Tight, sweet Harmonies.

“I want this book to be life-giving. I’ve called my poems “fourteeners” because the traditional name of “sonnets” might perhaps remind too many people of high school Shakespeare and boredom brain-death. (In fact, the bard’s fourteeners are a bisexual diary that could easily be a TV series—look at my Shakespair dialogues with him.) “Artisanal” suggests the care that craft-beer brewers take in choosing and preparing authentic ingredients. In my 100 poems, the components are chiefly “tonal” because I’m offering a musical entertainment. The poems are “slimmed down” to four-beat lines to give them the beauty we admire in a slender shape. And should the phrasing “tight, sweet harmonies” convey a sexual mood, that’s because poetry is passion. Every fourteener is provided with its own conversational intro—a “blog.” The topics range throughout my life and interests, and they include novelists, composers, philosophers, psychologists, mythic and religious traditions – an index of names at the back will direct you to these and the rest.” – Martin Bidney

Martin Bidney is an experienced Professor Emeritus at Binghamton University with a demonstrated thirty-five year history of working in higher education and since “retirement” a founder-editor of Dialogic Poetry Press and publisher of 23 books of poetry original and/or translated from Polish, Russian, and German (three of these titles with State University of New York Press). Skilled in verse translation and writing with a strong emphasis on faithfulness to rhythmic pattern and alliterative-assonantal word harmony. Strong education professional graduated with BA Indiana U, MA Harvard U, Ph.D. Indiana U.

A Hundred Artisanal Tonal Poems (Book Jacket)

Saturday, February 9, 2019 | Artisan Gallery

1:00pm Book talk/Reading/Signing

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Dr. Elizabeth Tucker

“Legend Tripping: A Contemporary Legend Casebook”
U of Colorado/Utah State University Press, 2018

Legend Tripping: A Contemporary Legend Casebook explores the practice of legend tripping, wherein individuals or groups travel to a site where a legend is thought to have taken place. Legend tripping is a common informal practice depicted in epics, stories, novels, and film throughout both contemporary and historical vernacular culture. In this collection, contributors show how legend trips can express humanity’s interest in the frontier between life and death and the fascination with the possibility of personal contact with the supernatural or spiritual.

The volume presents both insightful research and useful pedagogy, making this an invaluable resource in the classroom. Selected major articles on legend tripping, with introductory sections written by the editors, are followed by discussion questions and projects designed to inspire readers to engage critically with legend traditions and customs of legend tripping and to explore possible meanings and symbolics at work. Suggested projects incorporate digital technology as it appears both in legends and in modes of legend tripping.

Legend Tripping is appropriate for students, general readers, and folklorists alike. It is the first volume in the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research series, a set of casebooks providing thorough and up-to-date studies that showcase a variety of scholarly approaches to contemporary legends, along with variants of legend texts, discussion questions, and projects for students.

Contributors: S. Elizabeth Bird, Bill Ellis, Carl Lindahl, Patricia M. Meley, Tim Prizer

*Free and open to the public

Saturday, January 26, 2019 | Artisan Gallery

1:00pm Public Lecture

Unity of Heaven and Humanity: The Philosophy of Ancient Chinese Arts

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Joey Tsai

School of Management
Binghamton University

Dr. Joey Tsai is an Assistant Professor of Management at Binghamton University’s School of Management. He has a master’s and bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Management. Before his academic career, he worked for a consulting firm in Asia for three years when he traveled extensively for work and visited many historical and culturally rich cities in Asia including Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Phnom Penh (Myanmar), Tibet, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Seoul, and Tokyo. Tsai’s interest in ancient Asian arts grew from these trips, and he began to collect arts and artifacts that resonate with him. Tsai’s professional training in leadership and human cognition, as well as his passion in history and arts, allow him to appreciate ancient Asian aesthetics, understand the Chinese philosophies embodied in these artworks and apply the wisdom (such as Feng Shui) to everyday life.

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 | BCAC Conference Space

4:00pm – 5:00pm Public Reading & Book Talk

Martin Bidney: Rilke’s Art of Metric Melody

Martin Bidney

Professor Emeritus
Binghamton University

Join us in the BCAC conference space for a public reading and book talk by Martin Bidney. The focus of this reading is Bidney’s Rilke’s Art of Metric Melody. In this volume you’ll find, form-faithfully translated, New Poems I and II (1907–1908), containing 179 works by lyric poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926). An innovative feature is the pairing of each lyric with a “reply” poem by the translator or translated by him from another poet writing on a related theme. The result is a richly diverse book-length dialogue or symposium, a pioneering colloquy on comparative literature.

Martin Bidney is an experienced Professor Emeritus at Binghamton University with a demonstrated thirty-five year history of working in higher education and since “retirement” a founder-editor of Dialogic Poetry Press and publisher of 23 books of poetry original and/or translated from Polish, Russian, and German (three of these titles with State University of New York Press). Skilled in verse translation and writing with a strong emphasis on faithfulness to rhythmic pattern and alliterative-assonantal word harmony. Strong education professional graduated with BA Indiana U, MA Harvard U, Ph.D. Indiana U.

Rilke’s Art of Metric Melody (Book Jacket)

Friday, November 2, 2018

5:30pm Public Lecture

NEW PERSPECTIVES ON ICE AGE ART

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Rolf Quam

Department of Anthropology
Binghamton University

Dr. Rolf Quam is a paleoanthropologist who studies the fossil remains of our closest evolutionary cousins the Neandertals. He has participated in field excavations at the Pleistocene archaeological sites of Atapuerca in northern Spain for the past 23 years and has authored numerous scientific publications. He teaches courses on human evolution at Binghamton University.

Public Lecture: New Perspectives on Ice Age Art
The earliest appearance of visual imagery or graphic representations in the archaeological record are found during the Upper Pleistocene time period on the African and European continents. Whether the capacity to produce art is limited to our own species, Homo sapiens, or was also present in some of our evolutionary relatives, like the Neandertals, is an open question. This public lecture considers some of the latest discoveries of Ice Age art and discusses the current thinking surrounding the origins of symbolism and its possible link with language and culture in our evolutionary past.

Venus of Laussel stone sculpture

Venus of Laussel (France, 25,000 years ago, Gravettian Culture)

Horse Figurine from Vogelherd sculpture

Horse Figurine from Vogelherd (Germany, 30,000 years ago, Aurignacian Culture)

Bison Figurine from Vogelherd sculpture

Bison Figurine from Vogelherd (Germany, 30,000 years ago, Aurignacian Culture)