Hartwick College Receives Grant from NYSCA

April 15, 2014

Hartwick College has received a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts in the amount of $5,000 over two years.

The purpose of this grant is to support Hartwick College's Visiting Writers Series, which brings to the College and community emerging and established writers of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, including those who have won the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award.

The grant supported the New American Writing Festival in November 2013, and on April 16 will bring author Jon Billman to campus to read from his work.  Billman teaches creative writing at Oklahoma State University, and is the author of When We Were Wolves and the forthcoming novel, Bicycle Tramps.

In 2014, the grant will help sponsor several writers, notably Sven Birkerts, author of The Gutenberg Elegies and 15 other books of essays and non-fiction, director of the Bennington Writing Seminars, and Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College. Also planned are events featuring Jay Rogoff, a lecturer in English at Skidmore College and the author of five volumes of poetry, including The Art of Gravity and Carol Frost, the author of 10 books of poems; she currently holds an endowed chair at Rollins College.

"NYSCA's recognizing our program with this grant is an honor" said Professor of English Dr. Robert Bensen. "We will use the funds to enhance the promotion of our series throughout the region, as well as to continue to provide the College and community with opportunities to hear and meet outstanding writers."  

Past authors in the series include Nobel Laureates Derek Walcott and Joseph Brodsky, Poets Laureate Billy Collins and Robert Pinsky, Pulitzer Prize winner Marilynne Robinson, and many other prominent and promising writers.

The 2013-2014 Visiting Writer's Series at Hartwick College is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

For additional information on the grant, please visit the NYSCA website or contact Margaret Arthurs, director of corporate, foundation, and government relations at 607-431-4061 or at For information on the Visiting Writers Series, please contact Robert Bensen, professor of English and director of writing, at 607-431-4902 or at

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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