Visiting Writers Series

Visiting Writers Series Fall 2021

Hartwick will be allowing vaccinated guests and visitors on campus, both as attendees at college events (athletics, concerts, readings, etc.), and as guest lecturers, performers, etc. All campus visitors must be vaccinated for COVID-19 and will be required to provide either their vaccination card or the New York State Excelsior Pass. If a visitor requires an exception to this requirement they need to complete this form and receive prior approval from the College. At this time, masks are required in all buildings.


Roger HechtRoger W. Hecht
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 7 p.m. in Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall

Roger W. Hecht is the author of two collections of poetry: Talking Pictures (Cervena Barva, 2012) and a recently published chapbook, Witness Report (Finishing Line, 2020). Poet Bertha Rogers calls Hecht “a poet unafraid to look at everyday life in the eye and tell the truth of it, in precise and elegant language.” Poet Robert Bensen writes that Hecht’s poems “create and shape a better, clearer vision.” A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, his poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Yes, Poetry, Puerto del Sol, The Piltdown Review, Diagram, and many other journals. He is an Associate Professor of English at SUNY Oneonta, where he teaches literature and creative writing.


Su ChoSu Cho
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 7 p.m. in Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall

Su Cho is a poet and essayist living in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where she is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Franklin & Marshall College. Her debut poetry collection, Symmetry of Fish, won the 2021 National Poetry Series and is forthcoming from Penguin. She was a finalist for the 2020 Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship and currently serves as Consulting Editor for POETRY magazine after serving as guest editor. Find her on Twitter @su__cho or visit



Readings are presented by the Department of English and the Visiting Writers Series at Hartwick College.

For more information, please contact Assistant Professor of English Bradley J. Fest at or 607-431-4921.

Visiting Writers Series Spring 2021

Brendan Walsh, Visiting WriterBrendan Walsh
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Brendan Walsh has lived and taught in South Korea, Laos, and South Florida. He graduated from Hartwick College in 2010 with a degree in English-Creative Writing. His work has recently appeared in Rattle, Glass Poetry, Indianapolis Review, American Literary Review, minnesota review, and other journals. He is the author of five books and chapbooks of poetry, including Go (Aldrich Press, 2016), Buddha vs. Bonobo (Sutra Press, 2017), and fort lauderdale (Grey Book Press, 2019). His next collection, concussion fragment, is forthcoming from NightBallet Press in 2020.



C. L. ClarkC. L. Clark
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

C.L. Clark is the author of The Unbroken (Orbit, 2021), the first book in the Magic of the Lost trilogy. She graduated from Indiana University’s creative writing MFA and was a 2012 Lambda Literary Fellow. She’s been a personal trainer, an English teacher, and an editor, and is some combination thereof as she travels the world. When she’s not writing or working, she’s learning languages, doing P90something, or reading about war and (post-)colonial history. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in FIYAH, PodCastle, Uncanny, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

Spring 2020 Visiting Writers Series

Shena McAuliffe, Visiting WriterShena McAuliffe
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Shena McAuliffe’s debut novel, The Good Echo (Black Lawrence Press, 2018), won the Big Moose Prize and the Balcones Fiction Prize. Her essay collection, Glass, Light, Electricity, winner of the Permafrost Prize in nonfiction, is forthcoming from the University of Alaska Press in February 2020. She holds an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Utah. She grew up in Wisconsin and Colorado, and now lives in Schenectady, New York, where she is an assistant professor of fiction at Union College.

Fall 2019 Visiting Writers Series

Tessa Yang

Tessa Yang
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Tessa Yang is a fiction writer from New York State whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cream City Review, Joyland, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Sinister Wisdom, and elsewhere. Her flash fiction has been nominated for Best Small Fictions and was included in Wigleaf’s Top 50 Very Short Fictions of 2018 and 2019. She received an MFA from Indiana University, where she served as editor of Indiana Review, and is currently assistant professor of English at Hartwick College.





George HorvisGeorge Hovis
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

George Hovis’s debut novel, The Skin Artist (SFK, 2019), explores the gothic urban South, a world of tattoo magic and failed upward mobility. His stories and essays have appeared widely in such journals as The Carolina Quarterly, The Fourth River, Mississippi Quarterly, New Madrid, North Carolina Literary Review, Southern Cultures, and The Southern Literary Journal. A Pushcart Prize nominee, he earned a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has attended the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He is professor of English at SUNY Oneonta and a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.



Lauren RussellLauren Russell
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Lauren Russell is the author of What’s Hanging on the Hush (Ahsahta, 2017) and Descent (Tarpaulin Sky, forthcoming 2020), a winner of the 2019 Tarpaulin Sky Book Awards. A 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry, she has also received fellowships and residencies from Cave Canem, City of Asylum/Passa Porta, the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Rose O’Neill Literary House, VIDA/The Home School, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in Bettering American Poetry 2015, boundary 2, The Brooklyn Rail, Cream City Review, jubilat, The New York Times Magazine, and the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, among others.

She is research assistant professor and assistant director of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics at the University of Pittsburgh.


Alice LichtensteinAlice Lichtenstein
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Alice Lichtenstein graduated from Brown University and received her MFA from Boston University, where she received the Boston University Fellowship in Fiction. She is the author of two novels, The Genius of the World (Zoland, 2000) and Lost (Scribner, 2010), which was a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her forthcoming novel, The Crime of Being (Upper Hand, 2019), has been touted by National Book Award winner Robb Forman Dew as “reading with the intensity of a first class mystery, but Lichtenstein’s deft interweaving of subplots and all the shades of good and evil, belong to the finest literary tradition.” Lichtenstein’s short stories have appeared in several literary journals, including recent Pushcart Prize nominations for stories in Dead Friends, Narrative Magazine, Post Road, and Short Story. Her work has been translated into Chinese and she has received a New York Foundation of the Arts Grant in Fiction, has twice been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, and is the recipient of the Barbara Deming Memorial Grant Award for Fiction. Lichtenstein lives in Oneonta, New York, where she teaches fiction and poetry writing at Hartwick College, and in Surry, Maine.

Alice Lichtenstein will be reading from her new novel, The Crime of Being, which Upper Hand Press will publish on November 15, 2019.

Readings are presented under the auspices of the Department of English and the Visiting Writers Series at Hartwick College.

For more information, contact Assistant Professor of English Bradley Fest at or 607-431-4921.