SUNY Orange English Department to Sponsor Event Featuring Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet Stephen Dunn

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Pulitzer Prize winning poet Stephen Dunn will be the keynote presenter, reading from his works and discussing his writings, when SUNY Orange’s English Department hosts the daylong “Speaking Up: Communities and Their Stories” workshop at the College’s Middletown campus on Thursday, April 14.

The workshop will also feature local writers and artists, as well as SUNY Orange faculty members, in an effort to demonstrate the power of stories and how they shape each of us individually and our communities. The creative process will also be explored. Dunn will appear at 11 a.m. in the Gilman Center for International Education, located in the Middletown campus Library.

PHOTO: Stephen DunnDunn is the author of 16 books, including “Different Hours,” which won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. He has taught at Richard Stockton College, where he is distinguished professor of creative writing, since 1974. He has been a visiting professor at The University of Washington, New York University, Columbia and The University of Michigan. He has read his poetry at The Library of Congress and at many universities and colleges throughout the country.

The daylong workshop will begin at 9 a.m. and continue throughout the day with the final sessions beginning at 2 p.m. With the exception of Dunn’s presentation, which will run unopposed, each one-hour time slot will feature two separate sessions, giving attendees the option to select which topic is of interest to them. Additionally, two different writing workshops will be offered for attendees, beginning at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.. For a complete list of sessions and writing workshops, visit the "Speaking Up" web site.

Admission is free and all sessions are open to the general public as well. Registration and welcome will begin at 8 a.m. in the Morrison Hall Music Room.

Session topics include: Hudson Valley Stories, Anthropological Tales in Our Own Backyard, How to Get Published, Morrison Hall Stories, Community Service and You, Favorite Fictional Communities, Where I Came From and How I Came to be Here, Online Writing Communities, and Local Writers and Their Favorite Works. Writing workshops will address fiction, memoirs, poetry and journals.

Presenters will include Joan Siegel, Mary Makofske, Eileen Israel and Anthony Sculley, along with SUNY Orange faculty members Amanda Stiebel, Barry Kass, Dr. Kathy Malia, Mary Ann Van Benschoten, Elaine Torda, Geoffrey Platt, Jean Cowan, Abdel Farah, Anne Sandor, Valerie Lewis, Anna Rosen, Sandy Graff, Diane Bliss and Deborah Chedister.

For more information, contact Alex Jakubowski, chair of the English Department, at (845) 341-4057. The event is being sponsored in part by College’s Cultural Affairs department and student Honors Program.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
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Middletown, NY 10940