Medaille Faculty Mary Louise Hill

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Medaille College's Write Thing Reading Series just might be one of the most eclectic visiting artist series at any educational institution in Buffalo. Each semester, Medaille invites from 3 to 6 published poets and fiction writers to campus for readings and/or class visits. Students at Medaille have the unique chance to meet up close and personal with Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award finalists, Guggenheim Fellowship recipients, and some of the most renowned international writers of today - as well as up-and-coming younger writers.

All readings are 7 p.m. Thursdays in the Academic Commons, Fourth Floor, Main Building, with the exception of Dr. Bigelow's reading on October 24, which will be held in the Main Building Lecture Hall.  All events are free and open to the public. Refreshments are available.

October 10, 2013 - Ethan Paquin
October 24, 2013 – Alan Bigelow
November 14, 2013 – Sarah Gerkensmeyer
January 30, 2014 – Florine Melnyk
February 20, 2014– Matt Bell
April 3, 2014 – Lance Olsen
April 24, 2014 – Medaille Community Poetry and Fiction Reading

The Write Thing Reading Series archive is available here.

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - Poet Ethan Paquin

Ethan Paquin has authored five books of poems, including Cloud vs. Cloud (Ahsahta Press, 2013). These have been reviewed in publications including London Times Literary Supplement, Publishers Weekly, Poetry Review (London), New Review of Literature, and PN Review (London). His writing has appeared in publications including Colorado Review, Boston Review, New American Writing, Verse, and Meanjin (Australia). Founding editor of the online literary journal Slope, Paquin co-founded and directs the nonprofit small press, Slope Editions. A former Associate Professor of Humanities at Medaille, he returned to his native New Hampshire where he teaches at his alma mater, Plymouth State University.


Thursday, October 24, 2013 – Alan Bigelow, Medaille Professor and Electronic Fiction Author  

Alan Bigelow was the 2011 winner of the BIPVAL international Prix de Poésie Média. His work, installations, and conversations concerning digital fiction and poetry have appeared in the Library of Congress (USA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, La Bibliothèque Nationale de France (Paris), The National Art Center (Tokyo),,, Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts, MLA 2012-2013, FAD, VAD (Girona, Italy),, The Museum of New Art (Detroit), Art Tech Media 2010 (Cordoba, Spain), FILE 2007-2013, the Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum (Turkey), Blackbird, Drunken Boat, IDEAS, New River Journal, Springgun, and many other places worldwide.
You can see Alan Bigelow's work at


Thursday, November 14, 2013 – Sarah Gerkensmeyer, short story writer, SUNY-Fredonia

Sarah Gerkensmeyer's story collection, What You Are Now Enjoying, was selected by Stewart O'Nan as winner of the 2012 Autumn House Press Fiction Prize and has been longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. A Pushcart Prize nominee and a finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction and the Italo Calvino Prize for Fabulist Fiction, Sarah has received scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Ragdale, Grub Street, and the Vermont Studio Center. Her stories have appeared in Guernica, The New Guard Literary Review, The Massachusetts Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Cream City Review, among others. Sarah is the 2012-13 Pen Parentis Fellow. She received her MFA in fiction from Cornell University and now teaches creative writing at State University of New York at Fredonia.


Thursday, January 30, 2014 – Poet and Medaille grad Florine Melnyk

Florine Melnyk is the author of the poetry collection Suspended Imagination (BlazeVox books 2010).  She was born in Buffalo, and raised in Orchard Park, New York.  After receiving her undergraduate degree in Literature and Creative Writing at Medaille College, she studied poetry at the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program, where she received an MFA, and traveled and studied in Ireland. She has worked as an editor for Ecopoetics, Slope editions, and Starcherone Books.  She currently lives and teaches in Buffalo.


Thursday, February 20, 2014– Matt Bell, Fiction writer, Northern Michigan U.

Matt Bell's debut novel In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods was published by Soho Press in June 2013. He is also the author of two previous books, How They Were Found and Cataclysm Baby. His writing has been anthologized in Best American Mysteries 2010, Best American Fantasy 2, and 30 Under 30: An Anthology of Innovative Fiction by Younger Writers. He teaches creative writing at Northern Michigan University.


Thursday, April 3, 2014 – Lance Olsen, Fiction writer, University of Utah

Lance Olsen is author of more than 20 books of and about experimental fiction, including three published this spring: Theories of Forgetting, a novel influenced by Robert Smithson's earthwork, The Spiral Jetty; How to Unfeel the Dead: New & Selected Fictions; and [[ there.]], a critifictional meditation on the confluence of travel, curiosity, paying attention, and innovative writing practices. His short stories, essays, poems, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies, such as Conjunctions, McSweeney’s, and Best American Non-Required Reading. A Guggenheim, Berlin Prize, N.E.A., and Pushcart recipient, as well as a Fulbright Scholar, he serves as chair of FC2's Board of Directors and teaches experimental narrative theory and practice at the University of Utah.


Thursday, April 24, 2014 – Medaille Community Poetry and Fiction Reading

There will be surprises and fun galore when all of Medaille's creative writers come together for this end of year event.  Expected to participate are Professors Mary Louise Hill, Ted Pelton, and Ross Runfola, as well as student authors and editors of Prelude magazine.























































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