Hartwick’s New American Writing Festival to Feature Three

October 27, 2009

Three talented and innovative writers will visit Hartwick College for this year's New American Writing Festival, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4, 2009. Fiction writer Ginnah Howard as well as poets Roger W. Hecht and Christopher Lott will be featured in the showcase reading in the Celebration Room, Shineman Chapel House, on the Hartwick campus. This event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Hecht was born in Washington, DC and raised in the Maryland suburbs. After spending his college years hitch-hiking cross-country, working in food co-ops, and driving an art delivery truck, he went on to earn his MFA in poetry from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in American literature from Syracuse University. Hecht's poems have appeared in print and online journals, including Columbia Poetry Review, Denver Quarterly, Diagram, Mudlark, and Ozone Park. He has published a collection of poems entitled Lunch at the Table of Opposites. He is an assistant professor of literature and creative writing at SUNY Oneonta.

Howard's novel Night Navigation was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April 2009. It is the second volume of a trilogy-in-progress. Her fiction also has appeared in a number of literary journals, including Water~Stone Review, Portland Review, Permafrost, Phoebe, Ballyhoo, Descant 145, and others. Several of her stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Blue Mountain Center, Ucross, Saltonstall, and Hedgebrook. She lives in Gilbertsville, NY.

Lott has been published in the Bright Hill Press anthologies Out of the Catskills and Just Beyond: Literary and Visual Works By Catskill Writers and Artists and The Second Word Thursdays Anthology and in assorted journals, including Lynx Eye (Los Osos, CA). He studied with Ruth Stone at Binghamton University, where he received a B.A. in creative writing at the turn of the century. Lott is the founder of Eveningwith Designs, a graphic design firm specializing in gig posters for rock bands. He works in Hartwick College's Office of Communications as an Associate Writer, and lives in Oneonta, NY with his young son.

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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