Visiting Writers Series

Spring 2020 Visiting Writers Series

All readings take place at 7 p.m. in Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall. Admission is free of charge and the public is invited.

Shena McAuliffe, Visiting WriterShena McAuliffe
Wednesday, March 11

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.




Brendan Walsh, Visiting WriterBrendan Walsh
Tuesday, April 7  Postponed until the 2020-21 Season

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.


Fall 2019 Visiting Writers Series

All readings take place at 7 p.m. in Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall. Admission is free of charge and the public is invited.

Tessa Yang

Tessa Yang
Wednesday, October 2

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.

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