Batavia, NY- The GCC Literary Club will host an afternoon reading by Dr. Lytton Smith and Dr. Jess Fenn on Monday, April 18, 2016 from 12:20 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. in the Rosalie “Roz” Steiner Art Gallery at the main campus in Batavia. All are welcomed to attend and the event is free of charge.
Dr. Smith is the author of two books of poetry from Nightboat Books, While You Were Approaching the Spectacle But Before You Were Transformed by It (2013) and The All-Purpose Magical Tent (2009). He is also the translator of several contemporary Icelandic novels by Jón Gnarr, Bragi Ólafsson and Kristín Ómarsdóttir. He is an assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at SUNY Geneseo.
Dr. Fenn, a lecturer of English at the State University of New York at Geneseo, specialized in the literature of late medieval England while obtaining M.A., M.Phil and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University. She has published scholarly work on Geoffrey Chaucer in Studies in Philology (2013) and her short fiction has appeared in such places as Versal, PANK Magazine, and Flash: The International Short-Story Magazine. Dr. Fenn was awarded the Gulf Coast Prize in Nonfiction in 2013 for her work, “Where We Went and What We Did There.”
As friends of Toriseva, JoNelle wanted to bring them to campus to give students and the community the opportunity to hear these wonderful writers and translators. “Hearing writers read their work and talk about their process inspires and broadens the perspective of students, as well as fellow faculty and colleagues,” Toriseva said. “We hope students, staff, faculty and the general public will join us.”
This event is presented by The Literary Club and sponsored by GCC’s Student Activities. The Literary Club has been active on campus for many years, hosting a monthly Open Mic in the Student Union, National Novel Writing Month activities in November, a Poetry Contest, and the Little Library in College Village, among other events and opportunities.
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