“Frequency North,” the visiting writers series at The College of Saint Rose, returns for its ninth year of readings by today’s most riveting, entertaining and thought-provoking authors and poets.
Season 9 kicks off with a September twofer: the Saint Rose writing faculty will read Thursday, September 12, in celebration of the College’s year-old master of fine arts degree in creative writing; memoirist and novelist Rick Moody reads two weeks later (Thursday, September 26). Poet and Chicano/Latino activist writer Rigoberto González visits Thursday, October 17, as the series holds a National Day on Writing event. A return visit by Sparrow on Friday, November 15, caps the first half of the 2013-14 series. The 2014 readings start with a slam Thursday, January 30, with Boston Poetry Slam Team member Jade Sylvan. Award-winning poets and authors Sean Thomas Dougherty and January O’Neill stop by Thursday, March 13. Season 9 wraps up Thursday, April 3, when the series marks National Poetry Month with poet/biographer/illustrator Jonah Winter and Sharon Mesmer.
“This year’s lineup is as aggressively eclectic as ever, yet all the writers have something in common: they’re riveting, thought-provoking, entertaining, and great reminders of the importance of literature in our lives,” said Daniel Nester, associate professor of English and coordinator of the series.
The complete Frequency North Season 9 schedule follows. All readings are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.FrequencyNorth.com or follow on Twitter @frequencynorth:
• Thursday, September 12, 2013, 7:30 p.m. – Saint Rose Writing Faculty, with Kenneth Krauss, Daniel Nester, Hollis Seamon, Rone Shavers and Barbara Ungar; Standish Rooms, Events and Athletics Center (Second Floor), 420 Western Ave., Albany
• Thursday, September 26, 2013, 7:30 p.m. – Rick Moody; Standish Rooms, Events and Athletics Center (Second Floor), 420 Western Ave., Albany
• Thursday, October 17, 2013, 7:30 p.m. – Rigoberto González: National Day on Writing Event; Standish Rooms, Events and Athletics Center (Second Floor), 420 Western Ave., Albany
• Friday, November 15, 2013, 7:30 p.m. – Sparrow; Huether School of Business (Room 100), 994 Madison Ave., Albany
• Thursday, January 30, 2014, 7:30 p.m. – Jade Sylvan; Standish Rooms, Events and Athletics Center (Second Floor), 420 Western Ave., Albany
• Thursday, March 13, 2014, 7:30 p.m. – Sean Thomas Dougherty and January Gill O’Neil; Standish Rooms, Events and Athletics Center (Second Floor), 420 Western Ave., Albany
• Thursday, April 3, 2014, 7:30 p.m. – Jonah Winter and Sharon Mesmer; Standish Rooms, Events and Athletics Center (Second Floor), 420 Western Ave., Albany
Rick Moody’s most recent books include the novel The Four Fingers of Death and On Celestial Music, a collection of music writing. Other books include Purple America, a novel, and Black Veil: A Memoir with Digressions, winner of the PEN Martha Albrand prize for excellence in memoir. Moody’s first novel, Garden State, was published in 1992. His second novel, The Ice Storm (Little Brown 1994), was made into a film directed by Ang Lee in 1997. Moody’s band, The Wingdale Community Singers, in which he plays and write lyrics, has released three albums.
Rigoberto González is the author of three books of poetry: So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water Until It Breaks (1999), a National Poetry Series selection, Other Fugitives and Other Strangers (2006) and Black Blossoms (2011). His prose includes two bilingual children’s books, Soledad Sigh-Sighs (2003) and Antonio’s Card (2005), young adult novels in The Mariposa Club series, and the novel Crossing Vines (2003). His nonfiction work includes Autobiography of My Hungers (2013), Red-Inked Ratablos (2013) and Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa (2006). González writes a Latino book column for the El Paso Times and is on the Advisory Circle of Con Tinta, a collective of Chicano/ Latino activist writers.
Most recently the author of America: A Prophecy A Sparrow Reader, Sparrow’s writing has appeared The Quarterly, The Sun, The New Yorker, The New York Times and numerous other journals. He was featured in the PBS series “The United States of Poetry,” is a contributing editor to Chronogram, a substitute teacher and the author of two books: Yes, You ARE a Revolutionary! Plus Seven Other Books and Republican Like Me (both Soft Skull Press).
A member of the 2013 Boston Poetry Slam Team, Jade Sylvan’s most recent book, Kissing Oscar Wilde, was published this year from Write Bloody Press. Sylvan has received artist grants from The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and Amethyst Arsenic. A Kripalu-certified yoga teacher, Sylvan’s passions include tattoos, feminism, queer rights, craft-brewed beers and home-cooked meals.
Sean Thomas Dougherty is the author or editor of 13 books including the forthcoming All I Ask for Is Longing: New and Selected Poems 1994-2014 (BOA Editions), Scything Grace (2013 Etruscan Press), Sasha Sings the Laundry on the Line (2010 BOA Editions) and Broken Hallelujahs (2007 BOA Editions).\His awards include two PA Council for the Arts Fellowships in poetry and a Fulbright Lectureship for poetry to the Balkans. He currently works in a pool hall, and gives readings around the country.
January Gill O’Neil is the author of Underlife (CavanKerry Press 2009), and a forthcoming collection, Misery Islands (CavanKerry Press, 2014). She also is the executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. Underlife was a finalist for ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award, and the 2010 Paterson Poetry Prize. In December 2009, O’Neill was awarded a Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant and featured in Poets & Writers magazine’s January/February 2010 “Inspiration” issue as one of its 12 debut poets.
Jonah Winter is the author of two poetry volumes, Maine, winner of Slope Editions’ first book prize, and Amnesia, winner of the Field poetry prize. The recipient of the Cohen Award from Ploughshares magazine and a Pushcart Prize in poetry, Winter also is an award-winning author of more than 30 books for children and adults, writing and illustrating books about baseball players, avant-garde artists, jazz musicians, exotic dancers, presidents, manual laborers, Beethoven’s difficulties moving in and out of 39 different apartments, garbage, 12th-century mystics and his own father’s experiences growing up in East Texas during the Great Depression. Two of his books, Diego and Here Comes the Garbage Barge!, were selected as New York Times Best Illustrated Books. His biography of President Obama, Barack, was a New York Times Best-Seller, and his book, You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!, was a New York Times Editors Pick. His previous book in this series, You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!, was chosen as the best non-fiction picture book of 2009 by Booklist.
Sharon Mesmer is a descendant of Franz Anton Mesmer (creator of “mesmerism”) and a sword-wielding, vatic mermaid named Meluzina from the Vistula, the longest river in Poland. Many of her writings—which have appeared in magazines like Poetry, the Wall Street Journal, New American Writing and Evergreen Review, as well as the anthologies Postmodern American Poetry—A Norton Anthology (second edition), Poems for the Nation: Edited by Allen Ginsberg, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry and I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing By Women—retell the Slavic legend of how Meluzina courageously led Prince Zbigniew the Short to a smelly old fishing village devastated by exploding unicorn boners and ordered him to found the city of Warsaw in 1294. She teaches at New York University, the New School and online for the Chicago School of Poetics. A Fulbright recipient and two-time New York Foundation for the Arts fellow, her poetry collections are Annoying Diabetic Bitch, The Virgin Formica, Vertigo Seeks Affinities, Crossing Second Avenue, and Half-Angel, Half-Lunch. Her fiction collections are In Ordinary Time, The Empty Quarter, and Ma Vie à Yonago.