Sarah Bracey White
My year at the Purchase Writers Center reinforced my belief that I am a writer and gave me the confidence to again brave rejection; so, I began to submit more of my work during the period I was in residence. At the end of my year at the Writers Center, I was fortunate to have my manuscript for Primary Lessons: A Memoir picked up by CavanKerry Press and published under its New Voices imprint. It is scheduled for release September 3, 2013. Primary Lessons is book one of three and only covers the first 18 years of my life. I’m now at work on book two of my memoirs and a requested screen play about Primary Lessons.
Marilyn Johnson is finishing a book on archaeologists for Harper Collins. She began work on the book during her year as an inaugural fellow at the Purchase Writers Center. To read more about Marilyn, please visit:
Pamela Hart, the inaugural poetry fellow at the Purchase Writers Center (2010–11), was awarded a creative writing fellowship in poetry by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2013. Many of the poems she submitted with her application were products of her year at the Writers Center. Pamela’s project for the fellowship probes the seams of family, community, and the military, exploring this overlooked territory through oral histories, interviews, newspaper accounts, and personal experiences. Her poetry will be included in A Slant of Light, a collection of contemporary prose and poetry by women writers from New York’s Hudson Valley to be published by SUNY Press. She is writer-in-residence at the Katonah Museum of Art, where she directs an arts-in-education program called Thinking Through Art: Young Writers and Artists. She mentors for the Afghan Women’s Writing Project.
Clark Collier Cooke
Clark Collier Cooke, a 2011–12 fellow at the Writers Center, was recently hired as an Off Off Broadway/Off Broadway theatre critic at OffOffOnline. He is the host of the YouTube channel Crime Fiction Sans Frontieres, a multilingual forum for the discussion and analysis of nontraditional, experimental, or highly innovative crime fiction novels and films. (Videos are published weekly in four languages: English, French, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese.)
He has a short story, “Last Day: A True Life Crime Story,” forthcoming in Kweli Journal. And his review of Justin Giffords, “Pimping Fictions: African American Crime Literature and the Untold Story of Pulp Publishing,” is forthcoming in the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Purchase Writers Center (main)
October 7, PepsiCo Theater, 4:30 - 6 p.m.
Junot Diaz, acclaimed writer and recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and the National Book Award for Fiction. He is the author of two collections of stories, This is How you Lose Her (2013) and Drown (1997), and the best-selling novel The brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2008).
November 5, Recital Hall, Music Building, 4:30 - 6 p.m.
Masha Gessen, An award-winning Journalist, author, and activist, Gessen was born in Russia and emigrated to the U.S. She is noted for her opposition to Russian president Vladimir Putin. Gessen has written extensively on LGBT rights. She has written several books, most recently Word Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot (2014) _____________________________________________________________________