The Distinguished Voices in Literature series brings poets, fiction writers, essayists and scholars to campus for readings and lectures. Featuring both established and emerging writers and speakers, the series showcases outstanding voices in contemporary literature. All events are free and open to the public.
A.K. Summers is the author and artist of the graphic memoir Pregnant Butch, which was nominated for a 2015 Lambda Literary Award and included in 2015 Best American Comics as a notable comic. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
She lives with her son in Providence, Rhode Island.
Laurie Gries (PhD, Syracuse University) is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research is invested in visual rhetoric, circulation studies, new materialism, and the digital humanities. She is particularly interested in how images circulate, transform, and contribute to collective life and is currently developing digital research methods and digital visualization techniques to support such research. In addition to acting as the managing editor of enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture, she is author of Still Life with Rhetoric: A New Materialist Approach for Visual Rhetorics, which won the 2016 CCCC Research Impact Award and the 2016 CCCC Advancement of Knowledge Award, and the forthcoming co-edited collection Circulation, Writing, and Rhetoric.
Christine Kitano is the author of the poetry collections Sky Country (BOA Editions, 2017) and Birds of Paradise (Lynx House Press, 2011). Recent work is published in Portland Review, Miramar, and Wildness. She teaches at Ithaca College and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.
This series is made possible by the generous support of: The President’s Office, the Haines Fund, the Provost’s Office, the Dean’s office, Campus Artist and Lectures Series, Cultural and Intellectual Climate Committee, ASC, Cortland Writers Association, and the English Department.