Are you reading it yet? The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center is participating in The Big Read, a National Endowment of the Arts funded program led by the Westchester Arts Council.
Communities throughout Westchester are reading Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. Join the Writers’ Center as we take our show on the road. On Saturday, October 20, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Westchester Arts Council in White Plains (call for more details). Thomasenia Myers will lecture on the significance of Hurston’s novel and Brenda Connor-Bey will lead a reading workshop on Hurston’s writing style.
Come see the gorgeous fall season view of the Hudson River at the Center while enjoying two terrific readings in October. Sunday, October 21, we offer the poetry of Grace Schulman and Charlie Smith. Grace Schulman’s newest poetry collection is The Broken String. She is the author of six books of poems, including Days of Wonder: New and Selected Poems and The Paintings of Our Lives. Charlie Smith is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently The Palms, and Before and After. His novels include Cheap Ticket to Heaven and Shine Hawk. Sunday, October 28, we host Alicia Gaspar de Alba and Helena Mar??a Viramontes. Alicia Gaspar de Alba’s latest novel, Calligraphy of the Witch, is released this fall, at the same time that the book’s prequel Sor Juana’s Second Dream and her award winning Desert Blood are both released in paperback. An Associate Professor of Chicana/o Studies and English at the University of California-Los Angeles, Gaspar de Alba is a native of the El Paso/Ju?°rez border. She has been researching the crimes since 1998 and organized an international conference on the murders at UCLA in 2003. Helena Mar??a Viramontes is the author of The Moths and Other Stories; Under the Feet of Jesus, a novel; and the co-editor, with Maria Herrera Sobek, of two collections: Chicana (W)rites: On Word and Film and Chicana Creativity and Criticism. Her latest novel, Their Dogs Came With Them, has just been published by Atria Books. A community organizer and former coordinator of the Los Angeles Latino Writers Association, she is a frequent reader and lecturer in the U.S. and internationally, and is Professor in the Department of English at Cornell University.
For further information on events, readings and workshops, call the Writers’ Center at (914) 332-5953 or visit online at www.writerscenter.org. We hope to see you at the Center soon!