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Poets, authors to discuss craft of writing

Poets, authors to discuss craft of writing


Four award-winning poets and authors will discuss their most recent work from SUNY Cortland’s Hoxie Gorge Review during a virtual panel discussion on Thursday, April 1.

Presented by the English Department, the talk, “Distinguished Voices in Conversation: Hoxie Gorge Review,” will feature Chelsea Bunn, Brooke Champagne, Ashley M. Jones and Silas Hansen.

The event starts at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Register to attend the Zoom event online.

“We’re bringing together practicing writers in conversation to share work and talk together about writing during times of crisis and uncertainty,” said instructor and Hoxie Gorge Review editor Heather Bartlett, who co-directs the department’s ongoing Distinguished Voices in Literature series. “Writers will offer readings of their own work and engage in discussions of craft, process and writing.”

The authors will include:

  • Ashley M. Jones, award-winning poet and author of the poetry collections, Magic City Gospel(Hub City Press, 2017); dark / / thing (Pleiades Press, 2019), and REPARATIONS NOW! ( Hub City Press, 2021). Jones holds an MFA in poetry from Florida International University. She currently serves as the O’Neal Library’s (Birmingham, Ala.) Lift Every Voice Scholar and as a guest editor for Poetry Magazine.
  • Chelsea Bunn, issue II guest editor of Hoxie Gorge Reviewand author of the poetry collection Forgiveness (Finishing Line Press, 2019). Bunn is a recipient of the Rita Dove Award in Poetry and the Academy of American Poets Catalina Páez & Seumas MacManus Prize.
  • Brooke Champagne, acclaimed essayist. Champagne was born and raised in New Orleans, La. She was awarded the inaugural William Bradley Prize for the Essay for her piece “Exercises,” which was published in The Normal School and listed as “notable” in Best American Essays 2019.
  • Silas Hansen, acclaimed essayist and nonfiction editor of the literary journal Waxwing. A native of the Finger Lakes, Hansen graduated from SUNY Brockport before earning an MFA from Ohio State. He now directs the creative writing program at Ball State University.

The event is supported by the English Department, the President’s Office, the President’s Fund, the Campus Artist and Lecture Series and Cortland Auxiliary.

Find out more about each writer and read from their work online.

For more information or questions, contact Bartlett at 607-753-2230.