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Watch videos of Aimee Parkison and Anouar Majid from the 2007-08 Write Thing Reading Series, as well as Alissa Nutting and Eric Miles Williamson from the 2010-2011 series.

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - Poet Ethan Paquin

Ethan Paquin has authored five books of poems, including Cloud vs. Cloud (Ahsahta Press, 2013). These have been reviewed in publications including London Times Literary Supplement, Publishers Weekly, Poetry Review (London), New Review of Literature, and PN Review (London). His writing has appeared in publications including Colorado Review, Boston Review, New American Writing, Verse, and Meanjin (Australia). Founding editor of the online literary journal Slope, Paquin co-founded and directs the nonprofit small press, Slope Editions. A former Associate Professor of Humanities at Medaille, he returned to his native New Hampshire where he teaches at his alma mater, Plymouth State University.


Thursday, October 24, 2013 – Alan Bigelow, Medaille Professor and Electronic Fiction Author  

Alan Bigelow was the 2011 winner of the BIPVAL international Prix de Poésie Média. His work, installations, and conversations concerning digital fiction and poetry have appeared in the Library of Congress (USA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, La Bibliothèque Nationale de France (Paris), The National Art Center (Tokyo), Turbulence.org, Rhizome.org, Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts, MLA 2012-2013, FAD, VAD (Girona, Italy), FreeWaves.org, The Museum of New Art (Detroit), Art Tech Media 2010 (Cordoba, Spain), FILE 2007-2013, the Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum (Turkey), Blackbird, Drunken Boat, IDEAS, New River Journal, Springgun, and many other places worldwide.
You can see Alan Bigelow's work at http://www.webyarns.com


Thursday, November 14, 2013 – Sarah Gerkensmeyer, short story writer, SUNY-Fredonia

Sarah Gerkensmeyer's story collection, What You Are Now Enjoying, was selected by Stewart O'Nan as winner of the 2012 Autumn House Press Fiction Prize and has been longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. A Pushcart Prize nominee and a finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction and the Italo Calvino Prize for Fabulist Fiction, Sarah has received scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Ragdale, Grub Street, and the Vermont Studio Center. Her stories have appeared in Guernica, The New Guard Literary Review, The Massachusetts Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Cream City Review, among others. Sarah is the 2012-13 Pen Parentis Fellow. She received her MFA in fiction from Cornell University and now teaches creative writing at State University of New York at Fredonia.


Thursday, January 30, 2014 – Poet and Medaille grad Florine Melnyk

Florine Melnyk is the author of the poetry collection Suspended Imagination (BlazeVox books 2010).  She was born in Buffalo, and raised in Orchard Park, New York.  After receiving her undergraduate degree in Literature and Creative Writing at Medaille College, she studied poetry at the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program, where she received an MFA, and traveled and studied in Ireland. She has worked as an editor for Ecopoetics, Slope editions, and Starcherone Books.  She currently lives and teaches in Buffalo.


Thursday, February 20, 2014– Matt Bell, Fiction writer, Northern Michigan U.

Matt Bell's debut novel In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods was published by Soho Press in June 2013. He is also the author of two previous books, How They Were Found and Cataclysm Baby. His writing has been anthologized in Best American Mysteries 2010, Best American Fantasy 2, and 30 Under 30: An Anthology of Innovative Fiction by Younger Writers. He teaches creative writing at Northern Michigan University.


Thursday, April 3, 2014 – Lance Olsen, Fiction writer, University of Utah

Lance Olsen is author of more than 20 books of and about experimental fiction, including three published this spring: Theories of Forgetting, a novel influenced by Robert Smithson's earthwork, The Spiral Jetty; How to Unfeel the Dead: New & Selected Fictions; and [[ there.]], a critifictional meditation on the confluence of travel, curiosity, paying attention, and innovative writing practices. His short stories, essays, poems, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies, such as Conjunctions, McSweeney’s, and Best American Non-Required Reading. A Guggenheim, Berlin Prize, N.E.A., and Pushcart recipient, as well as a Fulbright Scholar, he serves as chair of FC2's Board of Directors and teaches experimental narrative theory and practice at the University of Utah.


Thursday, April 24, 2014 – Medaille Community Poetry and Fiction Reading

There will be surprises and fun galore when all of Medaille's creative writers come together for this end of year event.  Expected to participate are Professors Mary Louise Hill, Ted Pelton, and Ross Runfola, as well as student authors and editors of Prelude magazine.

Kent Johnson

Thursday, September 13, 2012 - Peter Conners, poet, fiction writer, director of BOA Editions, author of Growing Up Dead (a memoir of touring with the Grateful Dead)

Peter Conners is author of the memoir, Growing Up Dead: The Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead (Da Capo Press, 2009). His new book, White Hand Society: The Psychedelic Partnership of Timothy Leary & Allen Ginsberg, was published by City Lights in November 2010. He is currently at work on a documentary film and an oral history book about jam and festival bands titled JAMerica. JAMerica will be published by Da Capo Press in fall 2013.  His other books include the novella Emily Ate the Wind (Marick Press), and three books published by Buffalo area publishers, the prose poetry collections Of Whiskey and Winter (White Pine Press), The Crows Were Laughing in their Trees (White Pine Press), and PP/FF: An Anthology (Starcherone Books). He lives in Rochester, New York where he works as Publisher of the not-for-profit literary press BOA Editions.

Thursday, November 15, 2012-Laurie Viera Rigler, novelist, web series writer, and author of Rude Awakenings of Jane Austen Addict.

Laurie Viera Rigler's novels Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict and Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict (both published by Plume in North America and by Bloomsbury in the UK) could have been considered semi-autobiographical had they not involved time travel and body switching. Her short story, "Intolerable Stupidity," in which Mr. Darcy brings charges against all the writers of Pride and Prejudice sequels, spin-offs and retellings, appears in the anthology Jane Austen Made Me Do It (Ballantine). In addition to working on her third and fourth novels, Laurie is the creator of the Babelgum original web series Sex and the Austen Girl, which is inspired by her Austen Addict novels. All 23 episodes can be found on Laurie's online home, janeaustenaddict.com.

Thursday, December 6, 2012- Elise Blackwell, novel and short story writer whose books have been named to several "best of the year" lists.

Elise Blackwell is the author of four novels: Hunger, The Unnatural History of Cypress Parish, Grub, and An Unfinished Score. Her books have been translated into several languages, and her short prose has been published in The Atlantic, Witness, Seed, Chronicle of Higher Education, Global City Review, and elsewhere. Originally from southern Louisiana, she currently directs the MFA program at the University of South Carolina.


Thursday, February 7, 2013- Ntare Ali Gault, Buffalo slam poet, memoirist, and playwright

Ntare Ali Gault, founder and organizer of the Njozi Poets, is a spoken-word artist, actor, playwright and author. His book, The Sun Will Rise: A Memoir of an Urban Family was published in 2009. He has appeared in Ujima Theatre Company's productions of The Colored Museum, The Visit, and The Green Pastures. He's also written, directed and produced several plays and musicals. Gault has won poetry slams throughout North America and has been a featured performer at many venues and colleges, including the 2010 When Brothers Speak spoken word concert. Ntare placed 1st in the Tri-City Poetry Slam in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2004. He was also a 2006 Buffalo representative for the National Poetry Slam. Gault has conducted workshops for Young Audiences of WNY, the Alternative Literacy Program (ALPS), and Musicians United for Superior Education (MUSE) and Just Buffalo Literacy Center. Some of his former students from these programs have gone on to become professional performers. He is a prolific writer, and is in the process of producing his next play, Ain't She Brave.


Thursday, March 21, 2013- Sean Thomas Dougherty, Erie PA poet and slam poet

Sean Thomas Dougherty is an "underground/sound." A border crosser by birth, Dougherty was raised in a politically radical, interracial family. He is the author or editor of FOURTEEN books across genre including the forthcoming All I Ask for Is Longing: Poems 1994- 2014 (2014 BOA Editions), Scything Grace (2013 Etruscan Press), Sasha Sings the Laundry on the Line (2010 BOA Editions), which was a finalist for Binghamton University Milton Kessler's literary prize for the best book by a poet over 40, and Broken Hallelujahs (2007 BOA Editions). He is the recipient of two Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowships in Poetry and a Fulbright Lectureship to the Balkans. Known for his electrifying performances he has performed at hundreds of venues, universities and festivals across North America and Europe including the Lollapalooza Music Festival, the Detroit Art Festival, the Rochester Symphony Orchestra, the Erie Jazz Festival, the London (UK) Poetry Cafe and the BardFest Series in Budapest Hungary, and across Albania and Macedonia where he appeared on national television, sponsored by the US State Department. He has read for PBS radio in Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and Cleveland. He has worked as a lecturer, in factories, warehouses, as a security guard, in a bakery, a sawmill, and as a teacher of at-risk youth. He currently works at a pool hall, gives readings, and teaches creative writing part-time at Cleveland State University.

Thursday, April 18, 2013-Rachel B. Glaser, short story writer, author of the debut collection Pee on Water

Rachel B. Glaser is the author of the innovative short story collection "Pee On Water" (Publishing Genius, Press 2010) and a forthcoming book of poetry "MOODS" (Factory Hollow Press, 2013).  "Pee On Water" was on the Believer's Top Ten Reader's Survey List (2010).  Glaser's stories have been published in McSweeney's, New York Tyrant, American Short Fiction, and others.  After receiving her undergraduate degree in Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design, she studied fiction at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst's MFA Program.  She now lives in Northampton, MA spending her time teaching writing at Flying Object, working on a novel, and painting basketball stars



































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