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Oneonta Literary Festival 2024

Hosted by Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta, the four-day event is a vibrant celebration of literature featuring renowned authors, engaging workshops and captivating readings.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, October 17

The Hartwick College Babcock Lecture, “Historical Fictions, Heist Flicks, and other Climate Genres for a Burning World” – Anna Kornbluh
A poetry reading – Rachel Blau DuPlessis to follow
The event will also feature a conversation with the authors, a reception and a book signing.
7 p.m. in Anderson Theater in the Anderson Center for the Arts

Friday, October 18

Author Reading – Ross Gay
Followed by a Q&A session and a book signing.
Gay’s book, The Book of Delights, has been selected as Hartwick’s Fall 2024 Common Read.
7 p.m. in Slade Theater, Yager Hall

Saturday, October 19

Workshops at Huntington Library
11 a.m. Poetry slam – Willy Palomo
2 p.m. Jennifer Donohue (prose)

Rebecca Weil
4 p.m. at the CANO Writers Salon

Poetry Slam
9 p.m. at the B Side

Sunday, October 20

The festival’s concluding lineup includes readings at SUNY Oneonta and an Author Expo at CANO, featuring authors Libby Cudmore, Alice Lichtenstein and other writers from around the region, as well as a book fair.

Festival Authors

Anna Kornbluh

Anna Kornbluh

Anna Kornbluh is a professor of English and a member of the United Faculty bargaining team at the University of Illinois, Chicago, where her research and teaching focus on the novel, film and critical theory. Kornbluh is the author of Realizing Capital: Financial and Psychic Economies in Victorian Realist Form (Fordham University Press, 2014), Marxist Film Theory and “Fight Club” (Bloomsbury, 2019), The Order of Forms: Realism, Formalism, and Social Space, and Immediacy, or, The Style of Too Late Capitalism, which was recently published by Verso. She has edited special issues for b2o: an online journal, Criticism, Mediations, and Syndicate, and is a frequent guest on The American Vandal and other podcasts. Kornbluh is the founder of the V21 Collective and InterCcECT (Inter Chicago Circle for Experimental Critical Theory) and is the director of Graduate Studies at UIC.

Rachel Blau DuPlessis

Rachel Blau DuPlessis

Rachel Blau DuPlessis is a poet, scholar/critic, and collagist whose notable long poem Drafts is forthcoming in its complete incarnation (two volumes) from Coffee House Press in April 2025. CHAX Press published her Selected Poems 1980–2020 in 2022. Her other recent books include A Long Essay on the Long Poem from the University of Alabama Press (2023); the collage-poem Life in Handkerchiefs (Materialist Press, 2022); and a fierce poetic response to 2020, Daykeeping (Selva Oscura, 2023). In her career as a poet-critic, DuPlessis has written extensively on gender, poetry, and both feminist and objectivist poetics, including The Pink Guitar (1990, 2006), Blue Studios (2006) and Purple Passages (2012), all on the University of Alabama Press. Her considerable work on Objectivist poetry and poetics includes editing of The Selected Letters of George Oppen (Duke University Press, 1990). Poetry by DuPlessis in translation includes books in French, Italian, and Russian and individual works and chapbooks appearing in German, Portuguese, and Spanish. DuPlessis received her BA at Barnard College in 1963, her PhD at Columbia University in 1970, and is Professor Emerita at Temple University.

Ross Gay

Ross Gay

Ross Gay is the author of four books of poetry: Against Which (2006); Bringing the Shovel Down (2011); Be Holding (2020), winner of the PEN American Literary Jean Stein Award; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (2015), winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. In addition to his poetry, Ross has released three collections of essays—The Book of Delights was released in 2019 and was a New York Times bestseller; Inciting Joy was released in 2022; and his newest collection, The Book of (More) Delights, was released in September of 2023.

Willy Palomo

Willy Palomo

Willy Palomo (he/they/she) is a founding member of Plumas Colectiva, a powerhouse of Latinx visual artists, writers and creatives based in the 801. A veteran of the Salt Lake City poetry slam scene, his fiction, essays, poetry and translations can be found across print and web pages, including the Best New Poets 2018, Latino Rebels, and The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States. He has performed at or keynoted the National Council of Urban Educators Association, the SUU Pride Film Festival, the Indiana Latino Leadership Conference, El Festival Internacional de Poesia Amada Libertad and the National Poetry Slam. He has taught classes and courses on literature, rap and creative writing in universities, juvenile detention centers, high schools and community centers. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in Utah, he is the queer son of two refugees from El Salvador. In April 2023, he independently released his debut rap album, Enter Da Boombow. In September 2023, he published his debut collection of poetry, Wake the Others, with Editorial Kalina and Glass Spider Publishing.

Festival partners include the Huntington Library, CANO, the Oneonta City School District and the Green Toad Bookstore.

The Oneonta Literary Festival is supported by the Arts and Humanities Division, the Babcock Chair in English, the Department of Literature, Media, and Writing, a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Office of Academic Affairs, and the Visiting Writers Series.

For more information or to find out how you can participate in the festival, contact Tessa Yang, assistant professor of English, at yangt@hartwick.edu, or Bradley J. Fest, associate professor of English and Babcock Professor of English, at festb@hartwick.edu.

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