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 within the limits of the available venue. 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 2013 Summer Institute
June 25th 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 9th The Plymouth Writers’ Group
The Plymouth Writers Group is an association of teacher/writers dedicated to publishing an annual literary anthology comprised entirely of teachers’ writing. Their aim is to celebrate the writing teachers do—with their classes, in summer writing workshops and on their own time. They hope to provide them with an outlet specifically geared to the publication of teachers’ work. They first published an anthology of teachers’ writing in 1996. This reading will feature teacher-writers published in the anthologies talking about their writing process and reading from their work.
July 16th Denise Patmon
Denise Patmon is an Associate Professor of Education in the Curriculum & Instruction Department 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.
July 23rd Willie Perdomo
Willie Perdomo is the author of Where a Nickel Costs a Dime, a finalist for the Poetry Society of America Norma Farber First Book Award and Smoking Lovely, winner of the PEN Beyond Margins Award. His poems have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, BOMB, Mandorla, and Poems of New York. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee, a former recipient of the Woolrich Fellowship in Creative Writing at Columbia University, and two-time New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellow. He has recently been appointed as an Instructor in English at Phillips Exeter Academy. www.willieperdomo.com