Bernie Schein and Janis Owens
January 28, 2020, 7 p.m. in the Flagler College Student Center
Pat Conroy, the bestselling author of The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini among many other books, was beloved by millions of readers. Bernie Schein was his best friend from the time they met in a high-school pickup basketball game in Beaufort, South Carolina, until Conroy’s death in 2016. Both were popular but also outsiders as a Jew and a Catholic military brat in the small-town Bible-Belt South, and they bonded.
Wiseass and smart aleck, loudmouths both, they shared an ebullient sense of humor and romanticism, were mesmerized by the highbrow and reveled in the low, and would sacrifice entire evenings and afternoons to endless conversation. As young teachers in the Beaufort area and later in Atlanta, they were activists in the civil rights struggle and against institutional racism and bigotry. Bernie knew intimately the private family story of the Conroys and his friend’s difficult relationship with his Marine Corps colonel father that Pat would draw on repeatedly in his fiction.
Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 6 p.m. in the Flagler Room
Kristen Arnett is a queer fiction and essay writer. She was awarded Ninth Letter's 2015 Literary Award in Fiction, was runner-up for the 2016 Robert Watson Literary Prize at The Greensboro Review, and was a finalist for Indiana Review's 2016 Fiction Prize. She's a columnist for Literary Hub and her work has appeared or is upcoming at North American Review, The Normal School, Gulf Coast, Electric Literature Literary Hub, Portland Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Her debut story collection, Felt in the Jaw, was published by Split Lip Press and was awarded the 2017 Coil Book Award. Her most recent novel, Mostly Dead Things, was published by Tin House Books in June 2019. She is represented by Pande Literary Agency.
Friday, February 13, 2020 at 6 p.m. in Crisp-Ellert Art Museum
Mary Biddinger is a poet, editor, and professor who lives in Akron, Ohio. She attended the University of Michigan (BA in English and Creative Writing), Bowling Green State University (MFA, poetry), and the University of Illinois at Chicago (Ph.D. in English, Program for Writers). She is a Professor of English at the University of Akron, where she is on the faculty of the NEOMFA creative writing program. Since 2008 she has edited the Akron Series in Poetry at the University of Akron Press.Back To Top
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 04, 2018 AT 6-7 P.M. IN KENAN HALL ROOM 300
Joaquín Zihauatenejo's book, ARSONIST, is the winner of the 2017 Anhinga Robert Dana Prize, selected by Eduardo C. Corral. It will be out with Anhinga Press fall of 2018. Zihauatenejo received his MFA in creative writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexicao. His work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Yellow Medicine Review, Sonora Review, Southwestern American Literature, and Huizache among other journals and anthologies. His poetry has been featured on HBO, NBC, and on NPR in Historias and The National Teacher's Initiative. Joaquín has two passions in his life, his wife Aída and poetry, always in that order.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2018 AT 6-7 P.M. AT THE MARKLAND HOUSE
Peyo Tuy is a spoken word poet, fiction fantasy writer, and a creative writing workshop instructor. Her poetry collection, Khmer Girl, is inspired by the traumas of her life, including her family escaping the killing fields in their native Cambodia and enduring the inequities of life as an immigrant in the United States. Her poetry, written and spoken, educates audiences about both the history and beauties of her Khmer heritage as well as the damage Khmer culture wrought on her self-esteem as a girl and woman. Peuo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in African/Puerto Rican/Latino Studies, with a minor in Asian American Studies, from Hunter College.
In addition to writing, performing, educating, and advocating, her passions are reading, gardening, sewing, exercising, and eating delicious food, particularly greens and fruits. She enjoys her own homemade chai and confesses a weakness for rich dark chocolate cakes as well as French bread made with super-sweet condensed milk. Her dream is to help get clean water to poor countries and cities experiencing drought.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 6-7 P.M. IN CRISP-ELLERT ART MUSEUM
Alissa Nutting is an assistant professor of English at Grinnell College. She is the author of the story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls, as well as the novel Tampa. Made for Love: A Novel (HarperCollins) is her latest book. From one of our most exciting and provocative young writers, a poignant, riotously funny story of how far some will go for love—and how far some will go to escape it. Hazel has just moved into a trailer park of senior citizens, with her father and Diane—his extremely lifelike sex doll—as her roommates. Life with Hazel’s father is strained at best, but her only alternative seems even bleaker. She’s just run out on her marriage to Byron Gogol, CEO and founder of Gogol Industries, a monolithic corporation hell-bent on making its products and technologies indispensable in daily life. As Hazel tries to carve out a new life for herself in this uncharted territory, Byron is using the most sophisticated tools at his disposal to find her and bring her home. Perceptive and compulsively readable, made for Love is at once an absurd, raunchy comedy and a dazzling, profound meditation, marriage, monogamy, and family.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2019 AT 6-7 P.M. AT THE MARKLAND HOUSE
Holly Iglesias' work includes three collections of poetry - “Sleeping Things” (Press 53, 2018), “Angles of Approach” (White Pine Press, 2010) and “Souvenirs of a Shrunken World” (Kore Press, 2008)—and a work of criticism, “Boxing Inside the Box: Women’s Prose Poetry” (Quale Press, 2004). Iglesias’ previous experience includes tax preparation, office work, managerial work, actor and reporter. She has her Ph.D. in interdisciplinary humanities and until recently, taught in the Master of Liberal Arts and the Creative Writing programs. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and several other arts councils. Currently, she is working on a series of essays that respond to a trove of correspondence between her mother and friends she made working at a defense plant during World War II. She recently retired to Miami and occasionally teaches in workshops in documentary and archival poetry at the University of Miami.
TUESDAY, MARCH 12TH, 2019 AT 6-7 P.M. IN CRISP-ELLERT ART MUSEUM
Peter Meinke was born in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York City, and has worked as a poet and short story writer after earning a BA at Hamilton College and serving for two years in the Army. He later earned an MA at the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. Witty, dark, and formally assured, Meinke explores family, life, and politics in his poem. He has published numerous volumes of poetry, including Lucky Bones (2014), The Contracted World: New & More Selected Poems (2006), and Zinc Fingers (2000). Meinke is also the author of the short story collections Unheard Music (2007) and The Piano Tuner (1986), which won a Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. In 2009, Meinke was appointed as the inaugural poet laureate of St. Petersburg, Florida. His additional honors include two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as an O. Henry Award and several prizes from the Poetry Society of America. He has taught at many colleges and universities including Eckerd College, where he directed the Writer’s Workshop for more than 20 years, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; and the University of Tampa. Meinke now lives in St. Petersburg.Back To Top
THURSDAY, JANUARY 12TH, 2017 AT 7 P.M. IN THE FLAGLER ROOM.
Polly Buckingham is the author of The Expense of a View (winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction from University of North Texas Press), and A Year of Silence (winner of the Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award for Fiction from Florida Review Press). Polly was the recipient of a Washington State Artists Trust fellowship and of Hubbub's Kenneth O. Hanson Award for poetry. Her work appears in The Gettysburg Review, The Threepenny Review, The Poetry Review, Hanging Loose, Witness, North American Review, The Moth, New Orleans Review, Poetry Daily and elsewhere. Polly is founding editor of StringTown Press. She teaches creative writing at Eastern Washington University and is Associate Director of Willow Springs Books.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH, 2017 AT 7 P.M. IN THE SOLARIUM, PONCE HALL
Dr. Marvin Dunn will discuss his new book, A History of Florida: Through Black Eyes. Dr. Dunn taught in the Department of Psychology at Florida International University for thirty-four years, retiring as chairman of the department in 2006. He earned his Ph. D in psychology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. His books include The Miami Riot of 1980: Crossing the Bounds, co-authored with Bruce Porter, Black Miami in the Twentieth Century (1997) and “The Beast in Florida: A History of Anti-Black Violence (2012). He has directed three documentary films, Black Seminoles in the Bahamas: The Red Bays Story, Murder on the Suwannee River: The Willie James Howard Story and Rosewood Uncovered. His latest book, A History of Florida: Through Black Eyes, was published in 2016.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2017 AT 7 P.M. IN THE GAMACHE KOGER THEATER
Maile Chapman is the author of the novel Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto, short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award and a finalist for the PEN Center USA literary award in fiction. Her stories have appeared in A Public Space, Dublin Review, Fairy Tale Review, Best American Fantasy, and GRANTA Online, among others. She received her MFA in Fiction from Syracuse University and a PhD in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and has been a fellow at the New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers as well as a Fulbright Grantee to Finland. She teaches in the English department and MFA program at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and serves as editor of Witness magazine.
THURSDAY, MARCH 2ND, 2017 AT 7 P.M. IN THE SOLARIUM, PONCE HALL
Dan Albergotti will read a selection of poems from his book "Millennial Teeth" during a visit to Flagler College on Thursday, March 2, at 7 p.m. His book is a collection inspired during summer residencies at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts in Georgia. In addition to "Millennial Teeth," Albergotti is the author of "The Boatloads" and limited-edition chapbook "The Use of the World." His poems have appeared in Cincinnati Review, Five Points, The Southern Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and two editions of the Pushcart Prize, as well as other journals and anthologies. A graduate of the MFA program at UNC Greensboro and former poetry editor of The Greensboro Review, Albergotti is a professor of English at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina.Back To Top