ARTS @ Oswego

October 2013 – October 2014

Living Writers Series Talk: Philip Pardi @ Room 132, Campus Center Auditorium
Oct 7 @ 3:00 pm
Philip Pardi Meditations on Rising and Falling

Philip Pardi: Meditations on Rising and Falling

The Living Writers Series continues with poet Philip Pardi and a discussion about the craft of poetry. His first book, Meditations on Rising and Falling, won the Brittingham Poetry Prize and the Writers’ League of Texas Poetry Award. A former human rights activist and labor organizer, Pardi teaches at Bard College.

For more, read Pardi’s “How a Poem Happens.”

Tammy Ryan: Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods @ Room 132, Campus Center Auditorium
Oct 21 @ 3:00 pm
Tammy Ryan: Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods

Tammy Ryan: Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods

The Living Writers Series continues with playwright Tammy Ryan, author of Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods, a full-length play that won the Francesca Primus Prize in 2012, awarded by the American Theater Critics Association. Ryan’s plays have been performed across the United States and internationally, with eight of her fourteen plays being produced by the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Ryan talks about the process of playwriting and the influence that having an “artistic Home” has had on her work.

BK Loren: Theft @ Room 132, Campus Center Auditorium
Nov 4 @ 3:00 pm
BK Loren

BK Loren, author of Theft

Prize-winning fiction and nonfiction writer BK Loren will speak about Theft, her debut novel. The novel is an exploration into how and why we need family, (however it is defined), and how beauty is dependent upon loss. Loren will speak about why focusing on publishing can kill a story, and the crossovers and differences between creative nonfiction and fiction.

Cynthia Bishop @ Room 132, Campus Center Auditorium
Nov 11 @ 3:00 pm
Cynthia Bishop

Cynthia Bishop

“Tell me a fact and I’ll learn. Tell me a truth and I’ll believe. Tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever.” That anonymous quote captures an insight that makes sense to Cynthia Bishop, a storyteller who grew up in Greece, Italy and Egypt. As a young person, she collected folk tales from around the world, and as a founding member of Salt City Storytellers, Bishop learned to perform traditional as well as personal tales. She will perform some of those tales for us, and will talk about her work as a storyteller and as a narrator of audio books for youth.

Owen Benjamin @ Room 132, Campus Center Auditorium
Nov 18 @ 3:00 pm
Owen Benjamin

Owen Benjamin

Owen Benjamin has been a regular on MTV’s Punk’d and E!’s Chelsea Lately. He’s had his own special, Comedy Central Presents Owen Benjamin, and his feature credits include I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, and Jack and Jill with Adam Sandler. He has done stand up at the Aspen Comedy Festival, Montreal Comedy Festival, and toured with Vince Vaughn and Kevin James. His short films and web series (Owen Benjamin Presents and Gaytown) have accumulated over 10 million hits. He currently stars on the hit TBS sitcom, Sullivan and Sons. Benjamin will talk about the interrelationships between acting, writing, and other aspects of film and television.

Shakespeare Comes to Oswego: An Evening Celebration of The Bard @ the river's end bookstore, 19 West Bridge Street
Feb 21 @ 6:00 pm


In anticipation of the February 26-27 visit by The Acting Company, the river’s end bookstore and ARTSwego present an evening celebration of the Bard, his era and his legacy.

Recently retired SUNY Oswego political science professor Bruce Altschuler (author of Shakespeare and Politics) addresses why today’s audiences should care about Hamlet.

SUNY Oswego English professor Patrick Murphy presents a conversation about Shakespeare and playwright Tom Stoppard (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead).

In between these discussions, the female vocal ensemble Concinnity entertains with music based on Shakespearean texts.

the river’s end bookstore & The Bard

Living Writers Series: Stephanie Vanderslice, “Literary Citizenship” @ Room 132, Marano Campus Center Auditorium
Sep 8 @ 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm

Stephanie Vanderslice

A writing-life blogger for the Huffington Post, Stephanie Vanderslice’s scholarly essays on the teaching of creative writing have been published nationally and internationally. She has published three books, including Rethinking Creative Writing. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many journals and online publications. In 2012 she was named CASE U.S. Professor of the Year for the state of Arkansas; in 2009 she was named ACTELA College English Teacher of the Year. Vanderslice will speak about literary citizenship.

Living Writers Series: Richard Duggin, “The Authorial Voice Behind the Narrator” @ Room 132, Marano Campus Center Auditorium
Sep 15 @ 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm

Richard Duggin 1

Richard Duggin’s fiction includes three novels: The Music Box Treaty, Woman Refusing To Leave, and Snipehunters. Duggin has taught fiction writing at the University of Nebraska at Omaha for the past fifty years. In 2005 he founded and is currently director of the University of Nebraska MFA in Writing program, a low-residency graduate program in creative writing in which he currently directs and teaches. Duggin’s talk is called “Psst! Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” He’ll discuss the authorial voice behind the narrator.

Dr. Elizabeth Vivero: “The Representation of the Mexican Grandmother” @ Room 114, Marano Campus Center
Sep 17 @ 3:00 pm

Dr. Elizabeth Vivero

The Department of Modern Languages & Literatures
The International Education & Programs Office

Dr. Elizabeth Vivero
Director of Gender Studies
University of Guadalajara

The Representation of the Mexican Grandmother
Written by Women


TALK: Concerning the ORI (Oswego Reading Initiative) Book “The Round House” @ Room 132, Campus Center Auditorium
Oct 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Round House

ORI (the Oswego Reading Intiative) presents a talk on the book selected as the reading for this year’s first-year and transfer students. Professor Eric Cheyfitz of Cornell University discusses his paper (co-authored with Professor Shari Huhndorf of UC Berkeley) “Genocide By Other Means: US Federal Indian Law and Violence Against Native Women in Louise Erdrich’s The Round House.”