SUNY Adirondack offers Writers Project lecture series

September 11, 2023

Noted poets, authors and editors included in lineup for free series of events

QUEENSBURY, New York (Sept. 11, 2023) — SUNY Adirondack proudly announces the lineup for its Fall Writers Project, which begins Sept. 18 and runs through Dec. 4.

The free series starts at 12:40 p.m. Sept. 18 in Northwest Bay Conference Center with Havidán Rodríguez, president of SUNY Albany. Rodríguez, a native of Puerto Rico, will speak in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Rodríguez is author of several journal articles, chapters and books about disasters, severe weather and Latinos/as in the United States. 

The public is invited to this free talk, which is a collaboration of the Writers Project and the SUNY Adirondack Office of Diversity.

The Writers Project series continues with the following events:

  • Monday, Sept. 25: A Faculty Showcase of fiction, poetry and scholarly nonfiction, offered by SUNY Adirondack professors, at 12:40 p.m. in the Visual Arts Gallery in Dearlove Hall. Books will be available at the event.
  • Thursday, Sept. 28: SUNY Adirondack will again celebrate 100 Thousand Poets for Change at 6 p.m. with a Student Poetry Slam/Open Mic in the Multipurpose Room of the Residence Hall. All students are invited to read their works. Refreshments will be served. 
  • Friday, Sept. 29: Published poets will present at 100 Thousand Poets for Change, Poetry of Peace and Climate at 4 p.m. in the Visual Arts Gallery. Books will be available for purchase; refreshments will be provided.
  • Monday, Oct. 2: Art historian Amy Kahng will speak at 12:40 p.m. in the Visual Arts Gallery.
  • Monday, Oct. 9: Abenaki author, storyteller and Saratoga Springs poet laureate Joseph Bruchac celebrates Indigenous Peoples Month with a talk at 12:40 p.m. in the Visual Arts Gallery. 
  • Monday, Oct. 23: Stuart Bartow, poet and retired SUNY Adirondack professor of English, will offer a combined reading and workshop at 12:40 p.m. in the Visual Arts Gallery.
  • Monday, Oct. 30: LGBTQ fiction writer Lannie Stabile will speak at 12:40 p.m. via Zoom. Guests are invited to watch it live-streamed in the Visual Arts Gallery. Her books are available in the college bookstore.
  • Monday, Nov. 27: Award-winning poet Barbara Ungar will speak at 12:40 p.m. in the Visual Arts Gallery. Books will be available at the event.
  • Monday, Dec. 4: Editor Walter McLaughlin of Wood Thrush Books will speak at 12:40 p.m. in the Visual Arts Gallery. Books will be available. 

All events are free and open to the public. Each is also offered via Zoom, at, with 
Meeting ID: 536 591 0760 and Passcode: 12345.

About Havidán Rodríguez
Havidán Rodríguez is the 20th president of University at Albany. Under his leadership, UAlbany opened a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility, secured $75 million in state support for Albany Artificial Intelligence Supercomputing Initiative, and earned the Seal of Excelencia for its commitment to Latina and Latino student success. Rodríguez has more than 30 years of experience as a leader in higher education and is a respected social scientist and scholar in the area of disaster response and resiliency. He serves as commissioner for Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), is co-chair of New York State Capital Region Council for Economic Development (CREDC), and was recently appointed to the President’s Advisory Commission on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics. He has earned numerous recognitions and awards throughout his career, including the 2022 Higher Education Power 100; 2021 Empire Whole Health Heroes Award’s Honoree; The Power of Diversity: Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by City & State New York, 2021; inaugural Higher Education Power 50 by City & State New York (2019); Man of the Year by the New York League of Puerto Rican Women (2018); Cesar Estrada Chavez Award by the American Association of Access, Equity, and Diversity (2016); and the Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (2015). Rodríguez was also executive director of SUNY’s Hispanic Leadership Institute (HLI).