Hartwick’s New American Writing Festival Features Alumni, Faculty

October 28, 2010

Fiction writer Chris Bachelder will be the featured reader at Hartwick College's two-evening New American Writing Festival. Bachelder will present his work at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 3, 2010.

The showcase reading on Thursday, November 4 at 7 p.m. will include five poets and fiction writers, of whom four are Hartwick graduates and two are among the creative writing faculty at the College. On both evenings the readings will be given in the Celebration Room of Shineman Chapel House, on the Hartwick campus. This event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Bachelder is the featured reader on Wednesday in this year's festival. He is the author of the novels U.S.! (Bloomsbury USA, 2006), and Bear v. Shark (Scribners, 2001), as well as Lessons in Virtual Tour Photography ( He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Reviewers have been unstinting in their praise for Bachelder's satiric work. Michael Chabon wrote, "Like the wonderful Bear v. Shark, Bachelder's U.S.! is a mad contraption of a novel.... But this one carries secret reserves of heartbreak and ruefulness that propel it further and deeper into the reader's imagination. We need novelists like Chris Bachelder who can, with a microfine sense of humor and a tragic sense of history, almost make it all make sense. We're lucky to have him."

Reading on Thursday's showcase event will be Eva Davidson and four other writers. Davidson teaches creative writing at Hartwick College. She received her MFA from the Warren Wilson College Program for Writers. She has collaborated with her sister, composer Tina Davidson, as lyricist on three operas: Billie and Zelda, premiered by OperaDelaware; Summer of the Swans, premiered by Capitol Opera Harrisburg; and Pearl, commissioned by Long Leaf Opera. Their work has been performed at the Curtis Institute for Music, Carnegie Hall, Harvard University, and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society among others. She has two working manuscripts of poems, Soon it will be Dark and Dawn Birds.

Daniel Giovinazzo ('03, English) has completed three semesters in the MFA program in creative writing at Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. He will be teaching a craft seminar in January titled "Boys 2 Men: A Survey of Male Coming of Age Novels." While working variously as a mason, painter, cook, teacher, and landscaper, he persists in his efforts to finish his first novel, which he began in the classrooms of Hartwick College.

Jo Mish ('71, sociology and Russian literature) has taught at Hartwick College for more than 30 years. His courses include Creative Writing, Letterpress Printing & the Book Arts, and International Folkdance. He also works extensively in the local (K-12) Arts in Education Program and edits two K-12 literary and art magazines covering the works of students from 30 area schools. He was an editor and printer at Swamp Press and now holds that same position at Serpent & Eagle Press. These presses produce fine, handset and hand printed editions of poetry and art. He has five books of poetry and short stories to his credit. Jo sings, directs plays, and as one of his early biographers noted, still "dances with his refrigerator."

Nikoletta Nousiopoulos ('07, English) received her MFA in Poetry from New England College in Henniker, NH. Her debut book all the dead goats was released February 28, 2010 from Little Red Tree Publishing. Her poems have appeared in Tygerburning, Harpur Palate, 2River, elimae, and South Jersey Underground. She currently resides on Cape Cod.

Peter Res ('08, Philosophy) is a Joel Oppenheimer Fellow in Poetry at New England College, where he is completing his master's thesis under the direction of Ilya Kaminsky. Res' poems have appeared in such journals as Abjective, Tinfoildresses, and Right Hand Pointing. He has been a featured poet at Counterexample Poetics, and guest editor for the LGBT lit journal Collective Fallout. Res' poetry collections include his e-chap, Vibrant Ghost (Differentia Press, 2009) and his latest chapbook, Smoke and The South (Naissance Chapbooks, 2010).

For additional information on the New American Writing Festival, contact Hartwick College Professor of English Robert Bensen at or 607-431-4902.

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