Authors Talk Revision at Next ‘Writers Speak’

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Paul Harding (Credit: Ekko von Schwichow)

A panel of accomplished writers will discuss “The Art and Craft of the Redraft” for the next program in the 2019 spring Writers Speak Wednesdays series at Stony Brook Southampton.

Poet Cornelius Eady, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Paul Harding, Amy Hempel, Susan Scarf Merrell, and Roger Rosenblatt will talk about the importance of revision in a discussion moderated by novelist and Associate Provost Robert Reeves on Wednesday, March 13, at 7 p.m. in Duke Lecture Hall on the ground floor of Chancellors Hall at the Southampton campus.

Eady is the author of several books of poetry, including the critically acclaimed “Hardheaded Weather,” which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award; “Victims of the Latest Dance Craze,” winner of the 1985 Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets; and “The Gathering of My Name,” which was nominated for the 1992 Pulitzer Prize.

Harding is the author of the novel “Tinkers,” winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His second novel, “Elon,” was published by Random House in 2013. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the PEN American Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers.

Hempel is the author of four story collections, including “Reasons to Live,” “At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom,” “Tumble Home,” and “The Dog of the Marriage.” A 2017 inductee to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Hempel is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Guggenheim Fellow.

Merrell is co-director of the Southampton Writers Conference and a professor in the MFA in Creative Writing & Literature program at Stony Brook Southampton. She is the author of the non-fiction work, “The Accidental Bond: How Sibling Connections Influence Adult Relationships,” the novel “A Member of the Family,” and, most recently, “Shirley: A Novel,” which was selected as one of the top 50 novels of the year by The Washington Postand is being made into a film directed by Josephine Decker and starring Elisabeth Moss and Michael Stuhlbarg.

With work published in 14 languages, Rosenblatt is the author of five New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and three Timesbestsellers, including the memoirs, “Kayak Morning,” “The Boy Detective,” and “Making Toast,” originally an essay in The New Yorker. He has also written six Off Broadway plays, notably “Free Speech in America,” a one-person play that he performed at New York’s American Place Theater, and was one of the Times Ten Best Plays of 1991, as well as the screenplay for his bestselling novel, “Lapham Rising.”

Other programs scheduled for the spring Writers Speak series include: poet Gary J. Whitehead on March 27; Amy Hempel and Julia Slavin on April 3; poet Sharon Dolin and writer Chloe Caldwell on April 24; and a showcase reading by MFA students on May 1.

For more information, call (631) 632-5030 or visit stonybrook.edu/mfa.

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