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Visiting Writers Program Events
Fall 2014/Spring 2015

Thursday, September 18, 2014
11 AM
Ward Hall Great Room

Joseph Caruso's poems have appeared or will appear in The New York Times, Commonweal, Confrontation, Circus Maximus, PoetryNOW, Poetry East, The Same, Scrambled Eggs, Source, Non Sequitur, and Mobius, The Poetry Magazine. He was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2012. He won the John Golden Award and the Phyllis Bartlett Award. He was a runner up in the Dr. Zylpha Mapp Robinson Poetry Award in 2011.

He holds a J.D. degree from St. John's Law School and practiced for 25 years in the areas of Immigration Law, Litigation, and Real Estate and Estates. He has taught at Hofstra University and Adelphi University, and is a full professor at Nassau County Community College teaching the legal assistant program.

Thursday, October 16, 2014
11 AM
Ward Hall Great Room

Peter V. Dugan was born and raised on Long Island. He is a graduate of SUNY Farmingdale and The New School in New York City. He is currently enrolled in the MFA program at Adelphi University. He has published five collections of poetry and over the years, his poetry has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines both on-line and in print. Peter Dugan's work has recently appeared in Contemporary American Voices, a journal of poetry and The Long Island Quarterly as well as the anthologies Reckless Writing: The Modernization of Poetry by Emerging Writers of the 21st Century.  In 2014,he was awarded the LI Bards Poet Mentor Award by the Bards Initiative. He co-edited and formatted the Writing Outside The Lines poetry anthology. and is currently co-editing LI Sounds 2014, a poetry anthology . Mr. Dugan also hosts a reading series at the Oceanside Library on Long Island.

Thursday, November 13, 2014
11 AM
Ward Hall Great Room

Debra Marquart is a professor of English at Iowa State University. She teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment at Iowa State University and the Stonecoast Low-Residency MFA Program at University of Southern Maine.  Marquart's work has received numerous awards and commendations, including the John Guyon Nonfiction Award, the Mid-American Review Nonfiction Award, The Headwater's Prize, the Shelby Foote Prize for the Essay from the Faulkner Society, a Pushcart Prize, and a 2008 NEA Creative Writing Prose Fellowship among others. Her work has appeared in numerous journals including The North American Review, Three Penny Review, New Letters, River City, Crab Orchard Review, Narrative Magazine, The Sun, Brevity, The Normal School, Orion, and Witness.

Marquart's memoir, The Horizontal World: Growing up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere, received the "Elle Lettres" award from Elle Magazine, a New York Times Editors' Choice commendation, and the 2007 PEN USA Creative Nonfiction Award. Marquart is also the author of two poetry collections—Everything's a Verb and From Sweetness—and a collection of interrelated short stories, The Hunger Bone: Rock & Roll Stories, which draws on her experiences as a female road musician. She has released two CDs with her rhythm & blues project, The Bone People, and continues to perform solo as a singer/songwriter.

Marquart's latest book, a poetry collection, Small Buried Things, is forthcoming from New Rivers Press in 2015. She is currently at work on a nonfiction book, "The Listening Room: Notes on a Life in Music," which is an acoustic ecology, an autobiography of catastrophe, a meditation on the pleasures and privileges of being a singer, and a chronicle of a life filled with making and listening to music.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
11 AM
Ward Hall Great Room

Jed Myers is a Philadelphian living in Seattle.  His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Nimrod International Journal, Barely South Review, Atlanta Review, Jabberwock Review, The Quotable, Grey Sparrow, Crab Review, Off the Coast and elsewhere. Among his recent awards is the 2012 Mary C. Mohr Editors' Award from Southern Indiana Review.

Thursday, March 12, 2015
11 AM
Ward Hall Great Room

Primarily a poet, Vince Gotera also writes fiction, creative non-fiction, and literary criticism. He serves as Editor of the North American Review and is also a Professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa. He blogs at The Man with the Blue Guitar.


April 8, 2015
6 PM
Ward Hall Great Room

Winners of the Raynor Wallace Award for Student Poetry will be announced. The winners will read their poems. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

11 AM
Ward Hall Great Room

David Mills, a writer and actor, has worked professionally in the dramatic and literary communities for many years.. He has two collections of poetry: The Dream Detective, a small-press bestseller, and The Sudden Country, a finalist for the Main Street Rag Prize. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, Fence, Jubilat, Callaloo, and elsewhere. Mills was commissioned to write a play for Julliard, the narration for Deborah Willis' exhibition, "Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers" and for I Giullari Di Piazza's folkdance piece, "Tarantella."



The Visiting Writers Program thanks the following for their support over the years:
Dr. W. Hubert Keen, President
Dr. Lucia Cepriano, Provost
Dr. Lou Reinisch, Dean, School of Arts and Sciences
The English and Humanities Faculty
The Office of Communications
Student Government Association