Literati Reading Programs

by Accomplished Authors
Free and Open to the Public

This free series is hosted in partnership by the Binghamton Center for Writers at Binghamton University and The Broome County ArtsCouncil. Further support is given by The University Research Foundation, the Creative Writing Program, Office of the Dean of Harpur College and the English Department.

For information email: Jennifer Degregorio or James Mcdermott

2019 Programs

Friday, September 13, 2019

7:00pm – 9:00pm Artisan Gallery

95 Court Street, Binghamton

Claudia Cortese is a poet, essayist, and fiction writer. Her debut full-length collection, Wasp Queen (Black Lawrence Press, 2017), won Southern Illinois University’s Devil’s Kitchen Award for Emerging Poetry. Her work has appeared in Blackbird, Black Warrior Review, Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast Online, and The Offing, among others, and she writes reviews for Muzzle Magazine, and is an associate editor forTupelo QuarterlyCortese is a recipient of the 2018 OUTstanding faculty ally of the year certificate from the LGBTQ+ Center at Montclair State University. The daughter of Neapolitan immigrants, Cortese grew up in Ohio and lives in New Jersey.

Amy Suzanne Parker is a PhD student in Binghamton University’s English program, specializing in creative writing, with a concentration in creative nonfiction. She studied history and English at Florida State University and graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Oregon University.  Her work has appeared in Entropy, Punchnel’s, Witch Craft Magazine, Oregon East, The Mighty, and Burrow Press’s “Fantastic Floridas” and their anthology, We Can’t Help It If We’re From Florida.  Her current project focuses on autobiographical memory, Florida’s weather, and the history of psychiatry. Originally from the Tampa Bay area, she loves a good storm.

Student Benefits – Participation

The program gives students a chance to listen to and engage with established authors, as well as Binghamton University graduate students, who may serve as mentors to the community through other Binghamton University programs, such as the free poetry workshops offered by the Binghamton Poetry Project at the Broome County Public Library and Endicott High School. The free public reading allows students to listen to literature from the authors themselves. The following discussion allows students to ask questions about the content and craft of literature as well as the author’s inspiration, practices, and experiences writing. Students can also benefit from integrating a live reading into their experience of reading a novel or studying a poet in school. This is one way to incorporate the event into your classroom experience. Students may write reviews, reflections, or reports about the event. Students may even cover the event for their school paper or host the event at the end of an extra curricular book club. It is also a good opportunity for students and their families to experience literature together, as the Literati Readings are all free and open to the public.

For information on how to incorporate the Literati Reading Series in academic curriculums email: Binghamton Poetry Project.