Montclair State University is fortunate to claim outstanding faculty-writers as our own. Our poets, dramatists, novelists, memoirists, and writers of other genres are published locally, nationally, and even internationally, and because of the multitude of writers we're privileged to offer "Live Lit!" events throughout the year. At “Live Lit!” events, typically two or three writers share a stage, first reading their work, and then responding to questions from the audience. Attending a “Live Lit!” event is a wonderful way for students to gain perspective on the writing process.
Schedule for Fall 2013:
Tuesday, October 1st
Nancy Mendez-Booth, Non-Fiction
Nancy Mendez-Booth is a fiction writer who teaches writing and Latino/a literature and culture at various colleges and universities in New York and New Jersey. Her work has appeared in KGB Bar Lit Magazine, phati'tude Literary Magazine, and Philadelphia Stories as well as on Mamapedia.com and Realsimple.com. She is looking for a publisher for "Underbelly," a collection of linked short stories. Her website is www.nancymendezbooth.com/blog.
Nancy Toomey, Non-Fiction
Wednesday, October 9th
Todd Craig, Fiction
Todd Craig is a native of Queens, New York and completed his Doctor of Arts degree in English at St. John's University where he was awarded the 2008 Academy of American Poets Prize. His multimodal novel tor'cha (which comes with a CD-Rom) is out now in its second edition. His most recent publications include the poems "the comfort of shape-shifting" and "comes and go ons" in The Portable Boog Reader 6: NYC and "...spy verse spy..." which appears in Staten Island Noir, a crime story anthology series published by Akashic Books.
Leslie Doyle, Fiction
Leslie Doyle studied literature and writing at the University of Michigan. In addition to teaching in Montclair’s First Year Writing Program, she also teaches composition at Bloomfield College. Her fiction has appeared in several publications, most recently Front Porch, Down and Out and Wind Magazine, and she recently found out that a story of hers is a finalist for the Cobalt Writing Prize.
Friday, October 11th
Carrie Lee O'Dell, Drama
An adjunct in First-Year Writing Program, Carrie O'Dell teaches ENWR 100, 105, 106, and ENWR 215: Beginning Drama. She worked as a professional stage manager and props designer in Chicago for six years before moving east to get her MFA in Dramaturgy. She has served as a dramaturg for Obie-award winning composer and director Elizabeth Swados as well as for Shalimar Productions and Young Playwrights, Inc. A monologue from her play about competitive eating, Reversal of Fortune, was featured in the 2009 Walking the Wire Festival at Riverside Theatre in Iowa City. In June 2010, her one-act play Gen Ed Requirements was selected for Strike 38's short play lab at the Producer's Club in New York City. In addition to her work at MSU, she serves as adjunct faculty in the Department of Speech, Communication, and Theatre Arts at Queensborough Community College and in the First-Year Writing Program at Marymount Manhattan College. Carrie has also taught theatre and writing courses at Stony Brook University, Rutgers University, and Hofstra University. She's not on a roller derby team, but if she were, she'd skate under the name Comma Splice.
Ethan Hon, Poetry
Ethan J. Hon is from Omaha, Nebraska. He is a co-founder of JERRY MAGAZINE. His poems and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in Screen and Paper, TheThe, The New Inquiry, Dossier, Tin House, Cimarron Review, & Cannibal. His paper “It Is Easier to Raise a Shrine than Bring the Deity Down to Haunt It: Beckett in the Blogosphere” was presented in June of 2011 at Samuel Beckett: Out of the Archive International Conference. He is currently working on a paper on displaced poets and their discourse methodologies via translation and technological advancements in which blurred lines between genres and traditional forms, and syntactical and grammatical erudition. With emphasis placed on the poetry of J.H. Prynne, Paul Celan, and Edmond Jabès and the Romantic tradition of encounter and estrangement to establish a mode of inquiries that tore at the value systems the High Moderns had yoked upon them. And to break the arbitrary emplacements of national identity and place, the borders that Modernism had firmly entrenched (no pun intended). He lives in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Tuesday, October 15th
John Hodges, Fiction
John Oliver Hodges lives in New York City, and is the author of War of the Crazies, a novella, and The Love Box, a collection of short stories and photographs (winner of Tartt First Fiction Award). He has written nonfiction for the Oxford American Magazine, and his poetry, stories, and photographs have appeared in numerous journals, including StoryQuarterly, Swink, American Short Fiction, Shots Magazine, Chiron Review, Rattle and The Literary Review. His medium format black and white portraits are currently being compiled in a three volume set entitled Squares. He teaches writing at Montclair State University and the Gotham Writers’ Workshop.
Tuesday, October 22nd
Liz Martin, Poetry
Liz moonlights as a post-modern, feminist housewife, quilting, knitting, and gardening to fill up the moments when she is not in danger of being buried under a landslide of freshman composition essays or reading poetry for Map Literary, a journal of contemporary writing and art.
Claudia Cortese, poetry
Claudia Cortese’s poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2011, Blackbird, Crazyhorse, Kenyon Review Online, and DIAGRAM, among others, and her essays and book reviews have appeared in Devil’s Lake and Mid-American Review. Her first book of poetry, Cut a Hole and Pull You Through, was a semifinalist for both University of Wisconsin’s Brittingham and Pollak Prize and Persea Books’ Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Award. A recipient of awards from RHINO Poetry, Baltimore Review, and Kent State University, Cortese lives and teaches in New Jersey.
Friday, October 25th
Elizabeth Levine, Poetry/Memoir
Elizabeth Levine, M.A., M.P.H, is an Adjunct Faculty member in the English Department at MSU and William Paterson University, where she is currently enrolled in the M.F.A. program. She is a poet who is currently writing a memoir entitled Onus. She will be reading from both her poetry and creative non-fiction at Live Lit and is delighted to participate in the program. Chapter 10 of her memoir was recently published on a blog in the United Kingdom and she will be reading from her memoir at the Living Writers event at William Paterson University on Nov. 20th.
Sarah Ghoshal, Poetry
Sarah Ghoshal's work has been featured in publications such as Press 1, Brooklyn Paramount, The Fat City Review, Adanna Literary Journal and OVS Magazine, among others. She earned her M.F.A. in creative writing and poetry from Long Island University. She has a memoir available on Amazon and you can currently find three of her poems in the October issue of Burningword Literary Journal.
Wednesday, October 30th
Ann Evans, Memoir
Ann Evans has lived in Greece for eleven years, taught language and writing for thirteen years, supported her children as a legal secretary and speaks six languages, but the most important fact related to this reading is that after two divorces, life got lonely, untenable, and so she started dating again. At sixty, she found herself on Internet dating sites at the very beginning of this new way of life. She dated younger men, married men, strange men—she even visited one delightful man for a month in Zimbabwe. And then she wrote about it. The reading today is part of that story. The blog on her website www.annandersonevans.com continues the story.
Shelagh Patterson, Poetry
Shelagh Patterson is a Lecturer at Montclair State University where she teaches courses in the First-Year Writing program. Her writings have been published in and by a variety of journals and presses including African Voices, Sojourner's: The Women's Forum and Oxford University Press. Shelagh is a poet, scholar, and activist who lives in Newark, NJ.
For More Information or to List Similar On-Campus Literary Readings email Bonnie Dowd, Assistant Director of First Year Writing, at firstname.lastname@example.org.