Contemporary Authors and the Prisons

Linda Perez, Randall Horton, & Reginald Dwayne Betts

December 3, 2014
Stedman Gallery, Fine Arts Building

Special Discussion: Literature, Language & the Prisons 3:00-4:30pm, Armitage Hall Room 113

Linda Perez holds a BA in English from SUNY Albany. Her writings appear or will appear in Black Renaissance Noir, Valley Voices and The New Sound: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Arts  & Literature. She most recently has read at Breakout: Voices from Inside: The 2013 PEN Prison Writing Program Fundraiser. She lives in the Bronx, NY with her son, Isaías.

Randall Horton-Writers in Camden SeriesRandall Horton is the recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Bea Gonzalez Poetry Award and most recently a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Literature. Randall is a Cave Canem Fellow, a member of the Affrilachian Poets and a member of The Symphony: The House that Etheridge Built. Randall is Assistant Professor of English at the University of New Haven. An excerpt from his memoir titled Roxbury is published by Kattywompus Press. Triquarterly/Northwestern University Press in the publisher of his latest poetry collection Pitch Dark Anarchy.

Reginald Dwayne Betts-Writers in Camden SeriesReginald Dwayne Betts is a writer and poet. Four Way Books will publish his latest collection of poems, Bastards of the Reagan Era. His first collection of poems, Shahid Reads His Own Palm, won the Beatrice Hawley Award. Betts’ memoir, A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison, was the recipient of the 2010 NAACP Image Award for non-fiction. His writing has also led to a Soros Justice Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship, a Ruth Lily Fellowship, and a Pushcart Prize. In addition to his writing, Mr. Betts serves as the national spokesperson for the Campaign for Youth Justice and was appointed to the Coordinating Council of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention by President Barack Obama. He is currently a student at Yale Law School.

Justin Torres & Gina Apostol

November 12, 2014
Stedman Gallery, Fine Arts Building

Justin Torres will conduct a fiction workshop from  3:00-4:30 pm in the Armitage Hall Faculty Lounge.

Justin Torres-Writers in Camden SeriesJustin Torres has published short fiction in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Granta, Tin House, The Washington Post, and other publications, as well as non-fiction pieces in publications like The Guardian and The Advocate. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and is currently a fellow at the NYPL’s Cullman Center. His debut novel, We the Animals, was a national bestseller and has been translated into fifteen languages.

Ginal Apostol - Rutgers Writers in Camden SeriesGina Apostol’s third novel, Gun Dealers’ Daughter, won the PEN/Open Book Award and was shortlisted for the Saroyan International Prize. She is a two-time winner of the Philippine National Book Award for her first two novels, Bibliolepsy and The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata.She has received fellowships from Civitella Ranieri, Phillips Exeter Academy’s George Bennett Fellowship, and Hawthornden Castle. Her stories and essays have appeared in Massachusetts Review, Gettysburg Review, Charlie Chan is Dead, Volume 2, the New York Times, the LA Review of Books, Foreign Policy, and other venues. She is working on a fourth novel, William McKinley’s World, set in 1901 in Balangiga and Tacloban during the Filipino-American war.

Brenda Shaughnessy & Steve Scafidi

October 15, 2014
Stedman Gallery, Fine Arts Building

Brenda Shaughnessy will conduct a poetry workshop from 3:00-4:30pm, Armitage Hall Faculty Lounge.

Brenda Shaughnessy-Writers in Camden SeriesBrenda Shaughnessy is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Our Andromeda—one of The New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2013. Her other books are Human Dark with Sugar, winner of the James Laughlin Award, and Interior with Sudden Joy.  Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Harpers, McSweeney’s, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review and elsewhere. She is a 2013 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow and Assistant Professor of English and in the M.F.A. Program at Rutgers University at Newark.  She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, son, and daughter.   

Steve-Scafidi-HeadshotSteve Scafidi is the author of the poetry collections For Love of Common Words (Louisiana State University Press, 2006) and Sparks from a Nine-Pound Hammer (Louisiana State University Press, 2001), which won the fifth annual Levis Reading Prize. His third collection, The Cabinetmaker’s Window, was published this year. He is a cabinetmaker and lives in West Virginia.

Elizabeth McCracken & Teddy Wayne

September 24, 2014
Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center

Teddy Wayne will conduct a fiction workshop from 3:00-4:30pm in the, Armitage Hall Faculty Lounge

McCracken-Writers in Camden SeriesElizabeth McCracken is the author of five books: Here’s Your Hat What’s Your Hurry (stories), the novels The Giant’s House and Niagara Falls All Over Again, the memoir An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination, and the forthcoming Thunderstruck & Other Stories.  She’s received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Liguria Study Center, the American Academy in Berlin, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. 

Teddy Wayne-Writers in Camden SeriesTeddy Wayne is the author of the novels The Love Song of Jonny Valentine (Simon & Schuster) and Kapitoil (Harper Perennial), for which he was the winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award, the recipient of an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, and a PEN/Bingham Prize, New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, and Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalist. A columnist for the New York Times, his work regularly appears in The New Yorker, GQ, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere. He has taught at Columbia University, Washington University in St. Louis, and the Yale Writers’ Conference, and he lives in New York.