Medaille College Write Thing Reading Series: 2019-20

The Write Thing 2019-20 Reading Series

Medaille College Main Building, Fourth Floor

Events Begin at 7 p.m.


All events are free and open to the public.
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2019-20 Reading Series Schedule

Paula Saunders

Paula Saunders

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Paula Saunders grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota. She danced as an apprentice with the Harkness Ballet in New York City under the direction of David Howard. She is a graduate of Barnard College as well as the Syracuse University creative writing program, where she was a student of Tobias Wolff and Douglas Unger, and was awarded a post-graduate Albert Schweitzer Humanities Fellowship at the State University of New York at Albany, under then-Schweitzer chair Toni Morrison. Her first book, The Distance Home, was long-listed for The Center for Fiction’s 2018 First Novel Prize and named as one of The Best Books of 2018 by REAL SIMPLE. She lives in California with her husband. They have two grown daughters.  Learn more about Paula Saunders.

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Molly Dumbleton

Thursday, Novmber 7, 2019

Molia Dumbleton’s short fiction has appeared in the New England Review, Kenyon Review, Cincinnati Review, Witness, SmokeLong Quarterly Award Issue, Bath Flash Fiction Award Anthology, Bridport Prize Anthology, and others, and been awarded, among other things, the Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Prize and Columbia Journal Winter Fiction Contest Prize (selected by Roxane Gay). Her debut collection of short stories was a finalist for the 2018 Iowa Short Fiction Award. She has been the recipient of a Peter Taylor Fellowship to the Kenyon Review Writers’ Workshop, a Susannah McCorkle Scholarship to Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and an AWP Writer-to-Writer Mentorship. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Northwestern University and teaches courses at DePaul University, National Louis University, The Newberry Library, and The Loft Literary Center. She is a freelance writer and editor; a reader for The Masters Review; and a member of the Curatorial Board for the Ragdale artists’ colony. She lives outside of Chicago. Learn more about Molia Dumbleton





Bianca L. McGraw

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Bianca L. McGraw is an international practicing multimedia installation/performance artist, poet, higher education advocate, community development and engagement facilitator, and diversity presenter.  Bianca uses art, poetry, performance and space as a vehicle for discussion about identity, diversity and perspectives while exploring personal, societal and communal experiences.  She is currently pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Adult and Higher Education at Northern Illinois University.  Completing her Master of Fine Arts Degree encouraged her to continue her education and research on the importance of how art, advocacy, and communal/cultural environments intercept.  Her artistic exploits have allowed her to showcase her messages nationally (Chicago, Dallas, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Buffalo, etc) and internationally (Canada, France, Mexico and the United Kingdom).  Her passion is an interchangeable balance between art, design, diversity, poetry, community development and personal engagement. Learn more about Bianca L. McGraw.



Brandon Williamson

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Born and raised in Buffalo, a proud Fredonia graduate, Brandon Williamson’s life goal is to reach out to students in inner city neighborhoods similar to the one he grew up in, painting a path for them to follow to their future. Brandon spent time as a high school teacher before creating the Pure Ink Poetry Slam. The only monthly running poetry slam in Buffalo, the Pure Ink Poetry Slam caters to the community of poets, authors, musicians, dancers, and comedians in the area. Brandon has facilitated writing and performance workshops for organizations like Planned Parenthood, Teen Reality Theatre, Buffalo Public Schools, Summer School of the Arts, University at Buffalo, Buffalo State University and more. He has performed, competed, and won poetry slams and been featured throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Ontario, Michigan, California and most recently Berlin and other parts of Europe. His book, Critical Lens, presents the world through the critical eyes of a poet; the book is available at Amazon and If you’re ready for a great time of storytelling, performance, and play with a purpose, then come and join the poetry experience that is Brandon Williamson. Learn more about Pure Ink Poetry.





The Write Thing Reading Series is sponsored by the Medaille College English Program in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. All events are free and open to the public and refreshments are served.  

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