September – November 2015
Oswego alum Jennifer Jackson’s debut picture book, The Punkydoos Take the Stage, illustrated by Dan Andreasen, was recently released by Disney Hyperion. Her love of storytelling began in theater, where she wrote and directed original physical theater pieces.
Mike Raicht is a writer whose creator-owned work includes his graphic novel The Stuff of Legend which was picked up by Villard, an imprint of Random House and launched #2 on the New York Times Paperpack Graphic Novel list. Disney recently acquired the feature film rights to the novel. Mike is also a former Marvel Comics editor (X-Men line). He has written stories for multiple publishers including Marvel Entertainment (Spider-Man, Hulk, X-Men, MAX Zombie), DC Comics (Batman, Superman), IDW (GI Joe, Godzilla), Dynamite (Dark Shadows, Army of Darkness, Raise the Dead II) and BOOM! Studios (Finding Nemo).
Margarita Vargas, Associate Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, SUNY Buffalo, will address the question of justice and social responsibility through the analysis of Barbara Colio’s Antigone-type character in the play Usted esta aqui (“You Are Here” 2009).
The play’s central character is based on Miranda de Wallace who sought justice for her son who was kidnapped and killed in Mexico City in 2005.
Karen Joy Fowler, a PEN/Faulkner and California Book Award winner, is the author of six novels (two of them New York Times best sellers) and three short story collections. Her most recent novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2014.
Karen Joy Fowler, author of this year’s Oswego Reading Initiative book, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, will speak. Shortlisted for the international Man Booker Prize in 2014, the book examines life from the perspective of young adult Rosemary Cooke and her primate “sister,” weaving a humorous, poignant and multilayered plot around the theme of scientific experimentation with animals as well as animal rights.
Fowler is the author of six novels, two of them New York Times bestsellers.
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Artist, educator and scholar Adam Falkner is the Founder and Executive Director of the Dialogue Arts Project. His work has been featured in Painted Bride Quarterly, on HBO, in the New York Times, Time Out New York, and elsewhere. He teaches in the Sociology and Education programs at Vassar College and Columbia University.
Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of three books of poetry: Lucky Fish (2011), winner of the Hoffer Grand Prize for Prose and Independent Books, the gold medal in Poetry for the Independent Publishers Book Awards and featured in the New York Times and on the PBS News Hour Arts Beat; At the Drive-In Volcano (2007); and Miracle Fruit (2003), all from Tupelo Press.
Lew Schneider’s TV writing credits include American Dad, The New Adventures of Old Christine and the Peabody Award winning Men of a Certain Age. For nine years he was a writer/producer of the Emmy award winning CBS comedy Everybody Loves Raymond and is now a co-executive producer (and occasional director) of ABC’s The Goldbergs.
Dani Klein Modisett is the author of Take My Spouse, Please: How to Keep Your Marriage Happy, Healthy, and Thriving by Following the Rules of Comedy (2015) and the editor/author of Afterbirth: Stories You Won’t Read in a Parenting Magazine (2009). Her writing has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Parents Magazine, and the Huffington Post.
Keith Giglio has worked as a screenwriter and producer with credits that include A Cinderella Story, Walt Disney’s Tarzan, Return to Halloweentown, Pizza My Heart, and Joshua and Noah. He also worked as a narrative designer for video games at a major toy company. In addition, Giglio is the author of Writing the Comedy Blockbuster (2012) and Slay The Dragon: Writing Great Video Games (2015).