Category Archives: Saint Rose

Send Your Work to Pine Hills Review!

EPSON MFP imageWe’ve started up a new online literary journal at The College of Saint Rose, where I’ve taught for some time. It’s sprung out of our new MFA in creative writing program and will involve MA English literature as well as undergrad English majors as well. This is the first time I’ve ever been the editor of a college-affiliated magazine. Painted Bride Quarterly, when I started editing journals more than 20 years ago, was still an indie homespun thing, with only a mail slot at The Painted Bride Arts Center to give it any kind of institutional umph. Other than that it was mailbags in people’s apartments across the Philly area. Then La Petite Zine, which was a Web Del Sol-owned thing, and then McSweeney’s Sestinas and Unpleasant Event Schedule. I’ve been on a journal-editing hiatus for a couple years now, and I’m glad to be back and with a group of editors, rather than just me and a laptop.

Pine Hills Review is an online journal that will publish work on a weekly basis, once we’re up and running. I love recently closed Linebreak and Booth, among many places, that feature one small issue at a time. In many ways it’s more honest than having issue collections, and it allows more attention on one thing.

All of this is to say: if you’re a writer, send your work.

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“I write about it the way I want to think about it.”

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My student and I were meeting about her piece of writing about an unwieldy subject, full of backstory and memories that span 15 years of her life. We talked about how it might be more helpful to work in smaller parts, not worrying about the whole. Write a scene, a single memory. Describe one room. Or write, at least at first, from the beginning to the end in linear, chronological order, then reordering, chopping, and adding onto it afterwards.

I see what you’re saying, she said to me.

And then she says something else.

“I write about it the way I want to think about it.”

I had to write that down.

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Excerpt from Ulric Neisser, “Five Kinds of Self-knowledge.”

Neisser, Ulric. “The Five Kinds of Self-Knowledge.” Philosophical Psychology 1.1 (1988): 35-59.

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Interview with Eric K. Auld, now up on Stated.

 

Eric K. Auld, a graduate of The College of Saint Rose’s MA in English program, has gone on to writing fame–or is it infame? I talked to him about Saint Rose and writing over on Stated, and it’s up on the front page now. Check it out.

Auld’s essay on a fake Craiglist experiment, in which he posted a job ad and received 600-plus responses, has made quite a stir. It first appeared on Thought Catalog, was subsequently re-published on national sites Lifehacker,AOL Jobs, and The Daily Beast. He was then interviewed on NPR’s Talk of the Nation and KPCC’s Pat Morrison’s show. A piece in The Guardian in the U.K. is forthcoming.

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Write Here! conference. Coming March 10.

I’m on a panel with lots of super people from the area.

Facebook event page here; listing at The Arts Center page here.

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Announcing: the Frequency North 2010-2011 season. So mark your calendars!

All readings are free and open to the public. So please come if you live in the area!

Thursday, September 16
7:30pm
Stephen Elliott

Location: Standish Rooms, second floor of the Events and Activities Center, 420 Western Avenue, Albany, NY.

Stephen Elliott is the author of seven books including The Adderall Diaries: A Memoir of Moods, Masochism, and Murder, which has been described as “genius” by both the San Francisco Chronicle and Vanity Fair. The Adderall Diaries was the best book of the year in Time Out New York, a best of 2009 in Kirkus Reviews, and one of 50 notable books in the San Francisco Chronicle. His novel, Happy Baby, was a finalist for the New York Public Library‘s Young Lion Award as well as a best book of the year in Salon.com, Newsday, Chicago New City, the Journal News, and the Village Voice. Elliott’s writing has been featured in Esquire, Spin, The New York Times, The Believer, GQ, Best American Non-Required Reading 2005 and 2007, Best American Erotica, and Best Sex Writing 2006. He is the editor of The Rumpus.
Website: http://www.stephenelliott.com

Photo: Laura Kleinhenz

Thursday, October 14
7:30pm
Meghan Daum
Location: Standish Rooms, second floor of the Events and Activities Center, 420 Western Avenue, Albany, NY.

Meghan Daum is the author, most recently, of Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House, a memoir about real estate addiction, published in May 2010 by Knopf. Since 2005, she has been a weekly opinion columnist at the Los Angeles Times. That column is distributed widely to numerous newspapers across the country and in 2006 was a finalist for a National Journalism Award and the winner of the Southern California Journalism Award in column writing. Meghan is also the author of the essay collection My Misspent Youth and the novel The Quality of Life Report. She has contributed to public radio programs such as This American Life and Marketplace and her articles and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, GQ, Vogue, and The New York Times, among other publications. She lives in Los Angeles.
Website: http://www.meghandaum.com

Wednesday, October 20
7:30pm
Scott Rosenberg

Co-presentation with the Writing Across the Curriculum committee as part of the National Day of Writing
Location: Saint Joseph Auditorium, 985 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY.

Scott Rosenberg is a writer, editor and website builder. He is a cofounder of Salon.com and author of Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What It’s Becoming, and Why It Matters, (Crown). “Say Everything is where I’d tell you to start if you want to understand where blogging came from, and why it’s important,” writes Jay Rosen, creator of PressThink.org and professor of journalism at New York University. He is also author of the book Dreaming in Code: Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs, and One Quest For Transcendent Software. Co-founder of Salon.com, where he served as technology editor and later managing editor and VP/editorial operations for many years, he also started the Salon Blogs program in 2002 and began his own blog as part of it.

Before Salon he wrote on theater, movies, and technology for the San Francisco Examiner for a decade and was honored with the George Jean Nathan Award for his reviews. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wired, and many other publications. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and two sons.
Website: http://wordyard.com

Thursday, November 11
7:30pm
Alexander Chee + Kathleen Rooney

Location: Standish Rooms, second floor of the Events and Activities Center, 420 Western Avenue, Albany, NY.

Alexander Chee was born in Rhode Island, and raised in South Korea, Guam and Maine. He is a recipient of the 2003 Whiting Writers’ Award, a 2004 NEA Fellowship in Fiction, a 2010 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship and residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Ledig House, the Hermitage and the VCCA. His second novel, The Queen of the Night, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in fall of 2011. His first novel, Edinburgh (Picador, 2002), is a winner of the Michener Copernicus Prize, the AAWW Lit Award and the Lambda Editor’s Choice Prize, and was a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year. In 2003, Out Magazine honored him as one of their 100 Most Influential People of the Year. His essays and stories have appeared in Granta.com, Out, The Morning News, The Man I Might Become, Loss Within Loss, Boys Like Us and Mentors, Muses and Monsters. He has taught writing at Wesleyan, The New School and Amherst College.
Website: http://www.alexanderchee.net

Kathleen Rooney is a poet and a writer. Her latest work is the essay collection For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs (Counterpoint Press), which has been described as “smart and subtly honed” (Publisher’s Weekly) and “captures the poignancy and absurdity of life at the turn of the twenty-first century” (Booklist). With Abby Beckel, she is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press. With Elisa Gabbert, she is the author of That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness (Otoliths, 2008). With her husband, the writer Martin Seay, she lives in Chicago.
Website: http://www.kathleenrooney.com

Thursday, February 24, 2011
7:30pm
Aaron Belz + Melissa Broder
Location: Standish Rooms, second floor of the Events and Activities Center, 420 Western Avenue, Albany, NY.

Aaron Belz’s second full-length book, Lovely, Raspberry, was published by Persea Books in June 2010. He is the founder and former curator of Observable Readings in St. Louis and has given readings of his poetry all over the country as well as in numerous stand-up comedy venues in the Los Angeles area. His work has appeared in Boston Review, Fence, Painted Bride Quarterly, Black Clock, and other places He is also the author of The Bird Hoverer, andis an English professor at Providence Christian College in Ontario, California.
Website: http://belz.net

Melissa Broder
is the author of When You Say One Thing But Mean Your Mother (Ampersand Books, February 2010). She is the chief editor of La Petite Zine and curates the Polestar Poetry Series. By day, she is a publicity manager at Penguin. Broder received her BA from Tufts University and is getting a slow, scenic MFA at CCNY. She won the 2009 Stark Prize for Poetry and the 2008 Jerome Lowell Dejur Award. Her poems appear, or are forthcoming, in many journals, including: Opium, Shampoo, PANK, Five Dials, The Del Sol Review, Word for/Word, Miracle Monocle and Swink. She lives in Brooklyn.
Website: http://www.melissabroder.com

Thursday, March 31
7:30pm
Eboni Hogan + Jeanann Verlee

Location: Standish Rooms, second floor of the Events and Activities Center, 420 Western Avenue, Albany, NY.

A 24-year-old poet, actress and Bronx native, Eboni Hogan has performed in over 30 U.S. cities and facilitated workshops from refugee camps to prestigious universities. She is the reigning Women of the World Slam Champion, the 2008 Urbana Grand Slam Champion and a two-time representative of the Nuyorican Slam Team. She studied theater at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and in 2006 took part in a five-month artist residency as a part of NYU’s Hip Hop Theater Initiative in Ghana, West Africa. Her work is published in two anthologies and her first book, Grits.

Jeanann Verlee is a former punk rocker who collects tattoos and winks at boys. She is author of Racing Hummingbirds, recipient of the Independent Publisher Book Award Silver Medal in Poetry. Other publication credits include, The New York Quarterly, FRiGG, PANK, and Not A Muse. She curates the Urbana Poetry Slam Series at Bowery Poetry Club in New York City, has represented NYC six times at National Poetry Slam competitions, and has toured the U.S. performing and conducting workshops. She shares an apartment with her dog and a pair of origami lovebirds. She believes in you.
Website: http://jeanannverlee.com

The events this season are funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. with public funds from New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

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Diagram from R.M. Deutsch, "Poetry or Prose?"

From R.H. Deutsch. “Poetry or Prose?” College Composition and Communication. (15) 1, Composition as Art (Feb 1964), 38-40.

Suitable for framing, if you ask me.

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