Writers Center

The Purchase Writers Center (PWC) is a focus for student engagement in activities involving writers and writing. It demonstrates that writing is not and should not be simply a classroom or credited curricular activity. It draws together writers from across Purchase College (including students and faculty in Creative Writing, Journalism, Literature, Screenwriting and Playwriting, and other programs). Each year, the Center hosts a group of fellows, who are provided with offices and given access to the resources of the College. Fellows conduct workshops, meet with students in small groups, lead writing workshops for students, and, along with other Purchase writers, read from their work, host public readings and other get-togethers, and participate in panel discussions.

Purchase Writers Center Fellows: 2014-15:



Jessica Laser's poems can be found in Boston Review, The Iowa Review, Lana Turner, Petri Press, and elsewhere. She is the author of a chapbook, Assumed Knowledge and the Knowledge Assumed from Experience, forthcoming from The Catenary Press. A graduate of Brown University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she currently lives in Nyack, NY. Visit her at JessicaLaser.com.



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Rachel McCain received her MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Sarah Lawrence College in May 2014. She has previously worked as a newspaper editor and a magazine writer. Currently, she is the editor-in-chief of the Blue Door Quarterly Journal, a new literary and art publication created by Blue Door Art Gallery in Yonkers, with the help of ArtsWestchester. She is also the art director of a summer camp.





Daniel Poppick is a poet. His areas of interest include the lyric, small press publishing, and contemporary poetry in performance. His poems appear in BOMBThe Volta, jubilatThe Iowa ReviewColorado Review,The Claudius App, and elsewhere. He co-publishes The Catenary Press with Rob Schlegel and is the author of a chapbook, Vox Squad (Petri Press). His first book, The Police (Omnidawn) will be published in 2017. He lives in Brooklyn.





Aditi Sriram's writing has appeared in American and Indian magazines. She loves fiction writing the most, but also writes creative non-fiction. Aditi has summited Mount Kilimanjaro, hitchhiked along the Red Sea in Egypt, trekked into hidden stepwells in New Delhi, and befriended 70-year old strangers, all for the sake of a story. She is working on a novel inspired by all of these things.



For information about the Writers Center, contact Ross Daly at ross.daly@purchase.edu. And follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Past Fellows


November 14, Farside, 1:15pm - 3:15pm

Poetry Writing Workshop with Dan Poppick


December 9, Buffer, Administration Building, 5:30pm - 7pm

Poetry Reading and Conversation with Joshua Mehigan


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