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Visiting Writers 2017

Below are the Young Writers' Workshop's visiting writers for 2017.
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Erin J. Mullikin

Erin J. Mullikin

Monday, July 31, 2017

Erin J. Mullikin is currently the Olive B. O'Connor poetry fellow at Colgate University and a graduate of Syracuse University's MFA program. Her poems and short fiction have been published in places such as elsewhere, Ghost Ocean, Arts & Letters, Phantom, Sprung Formal, Dusie, Whiskey Island, and Best New Poets 2014, among others. She is the founding editor of the online literary journal NightBlock and the small literary press Midnight City Books.


Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah has pursued writing as a lifestyle since working and writing at the State University at Albany where he graduated in 2013. He then went on to get his MFA at Syracuse University. He is currently the Olive B. O’Connor Fellow in Fiction at Colgate University.

While at Colgate, aside from teaching creative writing, he created the We See You Studio, a safe space for creative collaboration, which allows students to create across various types of media in a therapeutic, non-punitive environment as a contrast to the typical collegiate experience. He is concerned with the accessibility of education and looks forward to helping communities use writing as a tool to engage and empower young people.

Nana’s fiction employs the surreal and satirical to navigate the American realities surrounding race, consumerism and inequity. His first collection of stories, How to Sell a Jacket, is due February 2019 with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt books. He is from Spring Valley, Rockland County.


Libby Cudmore

Libby Cudmore

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Libby Cudmore is the author of the novel The Big Rewind, which received a starred review from Kirkus, as well as praise from Booklist, Publishers Weekly and USA Today. Her short stories have been published in PANK, The Stoneslide Corrective, The Big Click and the Locus-nominated anthology Hanzai Japan, with stories in forthcoming anthologies Mixed Up and Welcome Home. As a music journalist, she is a frequent contributor to the blogs at Vinyl Me Please and Yacht Rock, as well as essays for The Collapsar and The RS-500. She is a reporter for the Hometown Oneonta/The Freeman's Journal and the host of the weekly album live-tweet, #RecordSaturday.