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Poet and Chicano/Latino Activist Writer Rigoberto González Visits for National Day on Writing

Rigoberto Gonzalez 2009 Credit Marion Ettlinger

The National Council of Teachers of English sponsors the National Day on Writing annually to recognize “the significance of writing in our national life, to draw attention to the remarkable variety of writing we engage in, and to help writers from all walks of life recognize how important writing is to their lives.”

This year, Frequency North welcomes Rigoberto Gonzalez as part of the NDOW festivities on Thursday, October 17th. González will be reading at 7:30pm in the Standish Dining Rooms in the Events and Athletics Center. In addition to the 7:30pm reading, there will be a Late-Afternoon Talk with Rigoberto González, which will take place from 5pm-6pm in The Science Center, 993 Madison Avenue, Room 151. Both events are free and open to the public.

Rigoberto González is the author of three poetry books, So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water Until It Breaks (1999), a National Poetry Series selection, and Other Fugitives and Other Strangers (2006), and Black Blossoms (2011). His prose includes two bilingual children’s books, Soledad Sigh-Sighs (2003) and Antonio’s Card (2005), young adult novels in The Mariposa Clunb series, and the novel Crossing Vines (2003). His nonfiction work includes Autobiography of My Hungers (2013), Red-Inked Ratablos (2013) and Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa (2006). The recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, González writes a Latino book column for the El Paso Times and is on the Advisory Circle of Con Tinta, a collective of Chicano/ Latino activist writers. NDOW  is sponsored by the Writing Across the Curriculum Committee at Saint Rose, “Frequency North” and the School of Arts and Humanities.

The remaining Frequency North schedule of events follow after the jump. For more information, visit the website  or follow us on Twitter @frequencynorth.

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Rick Moody Comes to Frequency North on September 26

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The Frequency North writers series at The College of Saint Rose hosts the first visiting author of the season: Rick Moody.

Moody will read at 7:30pm on Thursday, September 26 in the Standish Rooms, second floor of the Events and Activities Center, 940 Western Avenue. The reading is free and open to the public. Copies of the authors’ latest works will be available for purchase and signing.

In addition to the 7:30pm reading, there will be a Late-Afternoon Talk with Rick Moody, which will take place from 5pm-6pm in The Science Center, 993 Madison Avenue, Room 151. This event is also free and open to the public.

Rick Moody’s most recent books include the novel The Four Fingers of Death and On Celestial Music, a collection of music writing. Other books include Purple America, a novel;  Black Veil: A Memoir with Digressions, winner of the PEN Martha Albrand prize for excellence in memoir. Moody’s first novel, Garden State, was published in 1992. His second novel, The Ice Storm (Little Brown 1994), was made into a film directed by Ang Lee in 1997. Moody’s short fiction and journalism have been anthologized widely, and his radio pieces have appeared on NPR and at the Third Coast International Audio Festival. His band, The Wingdale Community Singers, in which he plays and write lyrics, have released three albums.

This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

The remaining Frequency North schedule of events follow after the jump. For more information, visit the website  or follow us on Twitter @frequencynorth.

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MFA Launches Second Year with Faculty Reading September 12

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We’re kicking off the ninth season of Frequency North with a reading by the pioneers of the MFA program: the professors.

On Thursday, September 12, Hollis Seamon, Kenneth Krauss, Daniel Nester, Barbara Ungar, and Rone Shavers will be kicking off the second year or the MFA program with a reading of their own.

This is sure to be an exciting year for the faculty. Many of the MFA professors have upcoming book releases and projects.

Hollis Seamon’s young adult novel, Somebody Up There Hates You was released on September 3rd, 2013 as one of the inaugural books in Algonquin’s new Young Readers imprint.

Daniel Nester is editor of The Incredible Sestina Anthology, due from Write Bloody Publishing later this year.

Kenneth Krauss’ book, Male Beauty: Postwar Masculinity in Theatre, Film, and Physique Magazines, will be published in the spring of 2014.

Don’t miss this epic faculty reading and hear about their new and upcoming projects.

The remaining Frequency North schedule of events follow after the jump. For more information, visit the website  or follow us on Twitter @frequencynorth.

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Announcing the 2013-2014 Frequency North Reading Series Line-Up!

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“Frequency North,” the visiting writers series at The College of Saint Rose, returns for its ninth year of readings by today’s most riveting, entertaining and thought-provoking authors and poets.

Season 9 kicks off with a September twofer: the Saint Rose writing faculty will read Thursday, September 12, in celebration of the College’s year-old master of fine arts degree in creative writing; memoirist and novelist Rick Moody reads two weeks later (Thursday, September 26).  Poet and Chicano/Latino activist writer Rigoberto González visits Thursday, October 17, as the series holds a National Day on Writing event.  A return visit by Sparrow on Friday, November 15, caps the first half of the 2013-14 series.  The 2014 readings start with a slam Thursday, January 30, with Boston Poetry Slam Team member Jade Sylvan.  Award-winning poets and authors Sean Thomas Dougherty and January O’Neill stop by Thursday, March 13.  Season 9 wraps up Thursday, April 3, when the series marks National Poetry Month with poet/biographer/illustrator Jonah Winter and Sharon Mesmer.

“This year’s lineup is as aggressively eclectic as ever, yet all the writers have something in common:  they’re riveting, thought-provoking, entertaining, and great reminders of the importance of literature in our lives,” said Daniel Nester, associate professor of English and coordinator of the series.

The complete Frequency North Season 9 schedule follows.  All readings are free and open to the public.  For more information, visit www.FrequencyNorth.com or follow on Twitter @frequencynorth:

Thursday, September 12, 2013, 7:30 p.m. – Saint Rose Writing Faculty, with Kenneth Krauss, Daniel Nester, Hollis Seamon, Rone Shavers and Barbara Ungar; Standish Rooms, Events and Athletics Center (Second Floor), 420 Western Ave., Albany

• Thursday, September 26, 2013, 7:30 p.m. – Rick Moody; Standish Rooms, Events and Athletics Center (Second Floor), 420 Western Ave., Albany

Thursday, October 17, 2013, 7:30 p.m. – Rigoberto González: National Day on Writing Event; Standish Rooms, Events and Athletics Center (Second Floor), 420 Western Ave., Albany

Friday, November 15, 2013, 7:30 p.m. – Sparrow; Huether School of Business (Room 100), 994 Madison Ave., Albany

Thursday, January 30, 2014, 7:30 p.m. – Jade Sylvan; Standish Rooms, Events and Athletics Center (Second Floor), 420 Western Ave., Albany

• Thursday, March 13, 2014, 7:30 p.m. – Sean Thomas Dougherty and January O’Neill; Standish Rooms, Events and Athletics Center (Second Floor), 420 Western Ave., Albany

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 7:30 p.m. – Jonah Winter and Sharon Mesmer; Standish Rooms, Events and Athletics Center (Second Floor), 420 Western Ave., Albany

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An Interview with Michael Meyerhofer

Michael MeyerhoferFrequency North graduate assistant and MFA student Jacqueline Kirkpatrick had a chance to recently interview poet Michael Meyerhofer, who will be reading with Darin Strauss at this coming installment of the Frequency North reading series on March 28. Jacqueline’s been enjoying his poems so much she jumped at the chance to ask Meyerhofer questions over email about his poetry, his influences, and of course pajamas. Here’s their conversation.

When did you first start writing poetry and what prompted you to start?

I’m always telling my students that honestly, I didn’t really care for poetry in high school. It wasn’t a quality issue with what we were reading (Shakespeare, the Romantics, etc.), more like I didn’t know at the time how to connect with rhyme and what seemed like “old,” elevated diction. (Hmm, I just realized I internal-rhymed in that last sentence.) Then in college, I was assigned to read “What the Living Do” by Marie Howe and I was floored by the way she uses free verse, line breaks, and stark, fairly plain-spoken imagery to convey an accessible but extremely powerful narrative. I’d always been writing fiction and some creative nonfiction but after that, I delved into contemporary poetry and started reading pretty much everything I could get my hands on. That, in turn, led me to start writing it. I thought, “I want to do this.” Also, this was shortly after my mother had passed away and I found immediacy in poetry that was very cathartic.

What poet or writer from the last ten years are you inspired by?

Actually, I’m an odd duck in that I tend to almost exclusively read the work of living writers. So for me, it’s tough to narrow down the list. But here’s a few, in no particular order: Marie Howe, Stephen Dobyns, Tony Hoagland, George Bilgere, Dorianne Laux, Yusef Komunyakaa, Djelloul Marbrook, Rodney Jones, Allison Joseph, Billy Collins (academics love to hate him but when he’s on, he’s on), James Valvis (his book How to Say Goodbye is an absolute must-have), Sharon Olds, Donald Hall (especially his heart-wrenching book, Without), and a lot more I’ll soon kick myself for not mentioning. Continue reading

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An Interview with Kaya Oakes

Kaya OakesKaya Oakes likes to keep busy.

“I guess I hate free time,” she emailed from sunny California, where she teaches writing at University of California’s Berkeley campus.

Oakes founded Kitchen Sink Magazine ten years ago and is the author of Telegraph, a collection of poetry which received the Transcontinental Poetry Prize from Pavement Saw Press. Her second book, Slanted and Enchanted: The Evolution of Indie Culture was selected as a San Francisco Chronicle notable book for 2009. Radical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church, Oakes’ most recent book published earlier this year, has gotten attention from the media and the clergy. 

Oakes will read with poet David Yezzi as part of the Frequency North reading series on Thursday, March 21, at 7:30pm, in the Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary, 959 Madison Avenue. She’s looking forward to reading at Saint Rose, especially since it falls during Social Justice Week

In this interview, Oakes and I discuss volunteer work, writing, and of course, religion.

What has changed in your life since the publication of Radical Reinvention?

Well, now everybody knows I’m Catholic, which I’d successfully kept secret for five or so years. I’m writing essays on faith and doubt, feminism and faith, and my ongoing struggles with the institutional Catholic church, and editors and readers have been very kind about those pieces. I went on a long book tour (on the Greyhound, very low budget). I’m doing public speaking about faith issues. Planning a new book, also about faith. And am in the planning stages of a big project about the complex intersections between women and religion. Continue reading

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