Each summer during the month of July the Writers Institute moves its program to the Skidmore College campus in Saratoga Springs, NY for a series of creative writing courses and free public readings. This month-long program features courses in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Students may enroll for either two-week blocks or for the entire four-week season.

Public Reading Schedule – July 3 – July 28, 2017
All Events begin at 8 PM in Davis Auditorium, Palamountain Hall (Schedule is subject to changes.)

  • July 3 – Novelist Jim Shepard (The World to Come, Like You’d Understand, Anyway) and poet Campbell McGrath (American Noise)
  • July 4 – Poet Robert Pinsky (The Want Bone, Gulf Music) and Novelist Elizabeth Benedict (The Practice of Deceit)
  • July 5 – Novelist Darryl Pinckney (Black Deutschland) and Novelist Joanna Scott (Follow Me, Make Believe)
  • July 6 – Memoirist Phillip Lopate (Getting Personal) and Novelist Linda Spalding (A Reckoning, The Purchase)
  • July 7 – Novelist Michael Ondaatje (The English Patient) and Novelist-memoirist Howard Norman
    (Next Life Might Be Kinder, The Bird Artist)
  • July 10 – Poet Louise Gluck (The Wild Iris, Meadowlands) and Novelist Caryl Phillips (The Lost Child)
  • July 11 – Author Honor Moore (The Bishop’s Daughter), Poet Rosanna Warren (Ghost in a Red Hat), and Poet Lloyd Schwartz (Little Kisses)
  • July 12 – Novelist Mary Gaitskill (The Mare, Veronica) and Fictionist Adam Haslett (Imagine Me Gone)
  • July 13 – Lionel Shriver (fiction) and Allan Gurganus (fiction)
  • July 14 – Poet Vijay Seshadri (Pulitzer Prize, 3 Sections) and Novelist Adam Braver (Misfit, 1963, Crows over the Wheatfield)
  • July 17 – Memoirist Margo Jefferson (Negroland) and Poet Peg Boyers (To Forget Venice, Hard Bread, Honey With Tobacco)
  • July 18 – Novelist-Memoirist Mary Gordon (The Shadow Man, Pearl) and poet Tom Healy (What the Right Hand Knows)
  • July 19 – Poet Charles Simic (The Lunatic: Poems, Hotel Insomnia) and Novelist-Poet Victoria Redel (Loverboy, The Border Of Truth)
  • July 20 – Novelist Russell Banks (The Darling, Affliction, The Lost Memory of Skin) and Poet Chase Twichell (Dog Language)
  • July 21 – Fictionist Amy Hempel (The Dog of Marriage) and Novelist Garth Greenwell (What Belongs to You)
  • July 24 – Novelist Cristina Garcia (Dreaming in Cuban, King of Cuba, The Lady Matador’s Hotel) and Novelist Paul Harding (Tinkers, Enon)
  • July 25 – Novelist William Kennedy (Ironweed, Roscoe) and Novelist Francine Prose (Lovers at the Chameleon Club: Paris 1932)
  • July 26 – Novelist Joyce Carol Oates (Zombie, Blondie, Carthage)
  • July 27 – Novelist Jamaica Kincaid (See Now Then, Autobiography Of My Mother, Lucy) and Poet Henri Cole (Nothing To Declare, Touch)
  • July 28 – Novelist Rick Moody (Hotels of North America) and Jim Miller (author “Democracy Is In The Streets” and other books)

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