Writers Project Events


Admission free for all events.

Alan Catlin - Wednesday, September 24, at 12:40 p.m. in the Visual Arts Gallery, Dearlove Hall.

Alan Catlin has been publishing in small press and university literary magazines for five decades. During that time he has been nominated for 20 Pushcart Prizes (17 in poetry, three in fiction), three Rhysling Awards (for science fiction poetry) and the Bram Stoker Award for horror writing. He has published over sixty chapbooks of prose, poetry and a number of full length books including “Drunk and Disorderly” from Pavement Saw Press; “Self-Portrait of the Artist Afraid of His Self-Portrait” from March Street Books; and “Effects of Sunlight in the Fog” from Bright Hill Press. His most recent full length books are “Alien Nation” from March Street Press, a compilation of four thematically interrelated chapbooks of poetry; and a memoir with poetry, “Books of the Dead,” from Main Street Rag Publications.

Walt McLaughlin - Wednesday, October 8, at 12:40 p.m. in the Visual Arts Gallery, Dearlove Hall. 

Walt McLaughlin is an avid outdoorsman who has written extensively about his backcountry experiences in the Adirondacks, northern New England and elsewhere. During the past thirty-five years, he has worked as a bookseller, hotel clerk, outfitter, and backcountry guide. He also operates a small press, Wood Thrush Books, which has published the works of many emerging nature writers. His stories, essays and poems have appeared in Blueline, The Conservationist, Vermont Life and dozens of other periodicals. He has several books in print, including a narrative about his solo immersion in the Alaskan bush, Arguing with the Wind, and a slender volume of poems, A Hungry Happiness. His narrative about hiking Vermont’s Long Trail end-to-end, Forest Under My Fingernails, was published by Heron Dance Press in 2005. North Country Books recently released McLaughlin’s Adirondack hiking narrative, The Allure of Deep Woods. He lives in Saint Albans, Vermont with his wife, Judy.

Bill Wunder - Wednesday, October 22, at 12:40 p.m. in the Visual Arts Gallery, Dearlove Hall.

Bill Wunder is the author of two volumes of poetry, Pointing at the Moon (WordTech Editions, 2008) and Hands Turning the Earth (WordTech Editions, 2014).  In 2004, he was named Poet Laureate of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. His poems have been widely published, and he has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in poetry. Bill has been a finalist for The T. S. Eliot Prize and the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards. In 2010, he was nominated for a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. He has read and lectured in local schools, colleges, festivals, book stores, libraries, and on public television. A Vietnam veteran, Bill serves as Poetry Editor of The Schuylkill Valley Journal, and lives with his two black labs in the wilds of Bucks County.

Hollis Seamon - Wednesday, November 5, at 12:40 p.m. in the Visual Arts Gallery, Dearlove Hall.

Hollis Seamon is the author of a young adult novel, Somebody Up There Hates You, published by Algonquin Books; two short story collections, Corporeality and Body Work; and a mystery novel, Flesh. Her short stories have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies. She has received a fiction fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and won the 2009 Al Blanchard award for short fiction. Seamon is professor of English at the College of Saint Rose in Albany and also teaches for the MFA in Creative Writing Program of Fairfield University, Fairfield CT.

Mary Shartle - Wednesday, November 19, at 12:40 p.m. in the Visual Arts Gallery, Dearlove Hall.


Mary Sanders Shartle is poet and fiction writer. Her novel about a woman living alone in the Adirondacks, The Truth and Legend of Lily Martindale, was released by SUNY Press (April 2014). She was awarded a 2007 individual artist’s grant from the New York State Council of the Arts, a state agency, to complete the book. Her non-fiction story, "The Spider's Web," was a finalist for the Tupelo Press Open Prose contest and was published on line in January, 2014.

Shartle teaches numerous writing workshops for adults and for children and teens. She regularly hosts book discussion groups for Road Scholars (Elder Hostel) at Great Camp Sagamore. She was an editorial committee member and contributor to The Galway Story Quilt: Poems of a Place by the People Who Live Here, which was published in 2007 and won the Joseph Shubert Award for Library Excellence, New York State’s most prestigious library award. She currently sits on the board of the Adirondack Center for Writing.

For more information on these programs, please contact Dr. Stuart Bartow at 743.2200, extension 2601 or via email at bartows@sunyacc.edu