Each summer, the Plymouth Writing Project invites contemporary authors to visit our summer institutes to talk about their experiences writing, publishing and teaching. Summer institute fellows are specifically expected to attend, and these events are also open to the public. We especially invite past fellows and potential future fellows to attend. You may contact site director Dr. Meg Petersen for more details.
All Sessions will be held in Frost Commons on the Plymouth State University Campus 1:30-4 p.m. All sessions are free of charge and open to the public.
Author Visits for our 2014 Summer Institute
June 24th Janna Malamud Smith
Janna Malamud Smith is a writer and psychotherapist. She is the author of four books, Private Matters: In Defense of the Personal Life (1997), A Potent Spell: Mother Love and the Power of Fear (2003), My Father is a Book: A Memoir of Bernard Malamud (2006), and An Absorbing Errand: How Artists and Craftsmen Make Their Way to Mastery. Her articles and essays have appeared nationally and internationally in newspapers, magazines and literary journals including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The International Herald Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, American Scholar, Family Circle and The Threepenny Review.
July 1st Jennifer DeLeon
Jennifer De Leon is an author, an educator in Boston Public Schools, and an instructor at Grub Street Creative Writing Center. She has designed college access programs and mentored first-generation college students and then earned an MFA in fiction from the University of Massachusetts–Boston. Currently she teaches at Grub Street and at the Boston Teachers Union School in Jamaica Plain. She is working on a memoir and a novel. She is the editor of Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education published by the University of Nebraska Press in March 2014.
July 8th Verandah Porche
Verandah Porche is a poet living in Vermont. Porche has published two books of poems, The Body’s Symmetry and Glancing Off. A new collection, Sudden Eden, spans work from the last two decades. Porche has published in Ms., The Atlantic, The Village Voice, The New Boston Review and Vermont Organic Farmer, among others. During the past 30 years, she has traveled from her home in rural Vermont, writing with and for people in grange halls and garages, elementary schools and Elderhostels, nursing homes and daycare centers, mansions and soup kitchens, board rooms and basements, homes and jails, literacy programs and colleges. Porche has developed a practice called “told poetry” or shared narratives that enable people who need a writing partner to create, preserve and share personal literature. Verandah comes to us through a partnership with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire.
July 15th Anthology Authors
This session will feature readings from National Writing Project of New Hampshire authors who have published works in the Plymouth Writers Group anthologies of teachers’ writing and the Summer Writing Anthologies published by NWPNH. Join us for a celebration of writers who teach and teachers who write.
July 22nd Denise Patmon
Denise Patmon is an Associate Professor of Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Previous to her tenure at UMASS/Boston, she was a full-time faculty member at Wheelock College and in the CUNY system at Lehman College, Hiroshima Japan campus. Teaching in the Boston and Brookline Public School systems accented her early teaching career experiences. She is a co-director of the Boston Writing Project and was on the Board of Trustees of the National Writing Project. Author of two books for children, several articles and monographs, an associate past editor of two journals, her most recent research involves the investigation of curriculum and instructional leadership at the early 19th century Abiel Smith School for free African Americans in Boston, Massachusetts.