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Crossing Boundaries : Beirut And Beyond, Remembering 1964-1968, Rosa La Sorte Rich Jan 2005

Crossing Boundaries : Beirut And Beyond, Remembering 1964-1968, Rosa La Sorte Rich

Brockport Bookshelf

By Rosa La Sorte Rich.

Story of the 1964-1968 sojourn in Beirut of Rosa La Sorte Rich, former College at Brockport Assistant Professor of Health & Physical Education (1958-1964).

In 2016, the author gave a talk for the Lifelong Learning Community Lecture Series on her book. That lecture is available here: http://digitalcommons.brockport.edu/lifelong_learning/1/


Ray GonzáLez: 03-10-2004, Ramon Gonzalez Mar 2004

Ray GonzáLez: 03-10-2004, Ramon Gonzalez

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The author Ray Gonzalez begins the interview by reading the poem "A Tiny Clay Doll with No Arms" from his book The Hawk Temple at Tierra Grande. The interview continues with a discussion of The Underground Heart, a collection of essays, and what it means to a writer to go back to their childhood home and see it with fresh eyes. Various elements of the craft of writing, including form, landscape, the meaning of truth in nonfiction, the influence of art and culture, surrealism and mysticism round out the interview.


Joanna Scott: 12-02-2003, Joanna Scott Dec 2003

Joanna Scott: 12-02-2003, Joanna Scott

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The novelist Joanna Scott talks with Ralph Black and Anne Panning about the craft of writing. They discuss elements such as character, setting and language, what it means to be an experimental writer, and other writers who have influenced her writing, such as Chekhov and Faulkner. Scott opens and closes the interview with reading from her novel Tourmaline.


Calvin Forbes: 09-25-2003, Calvin Forbes Sep 2003

Calvin Forbes: 09-25-2003, Calvin Forbes

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Calvin Forbes reads his poems "Kindness" and "Mama's Boy." He discusses the influences of John Donne, metaphysical poetry, public libraries, and music, especially jazz, on his work. The interview ends with a discussion of the structure of poetry and his interest in idiomatic speech, African American folklore, and oral tradition.


Writers Forum Program: Kevin Clark, The College At Brockport Oct 2002

Writers Forum Program: Kevin Clark, The College At Brockport

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Kevin Clark visited the Writers Forum in the fall of 2002, and read selections of his poetry, including The Assignment. This is the program from that visit.


Writers Forum Program: Karen Alkalay-Gut, The College At Brockport Oct 2002

Writers Forum Program: Karen Alkalay-Gut, The College At Brockport

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Karen Alkalay-Gut visited the Brockport Writers Forum in the fall of 2002. One of the poems she read, Belly Dancing - is reproduced in this program.


Jonis Agee: 03-26-1996, Jonis Agee, Stan Sanvel Rubin Mar 1996

Jonis Agee: 03-26-1996, Jonis Agee, Stan Sanvel Rubin

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Jonis Agee is a poet, fiction writer, and professor of English. She earned her PhD in English and Creative Writing from Binghamton University and can claim three of her published titles as New York Times Notable Books. She begins the interview by reading the short story “Listen”, from her collection A .38 Special and a Broken Heart. Agee goes on to discuss how she’d wanted to be a writer from a very young age, but only started writing poetry during her undergraduate studies, and then fiction when she was in her early 30’s. The interview continues with a ...


A. Manette Ansay: 11-01-1995, A. Manette Ansay, Stan Sanvel Rubin Nov 1995

A. Manette Ansay: 11-01-1995, A. Manette Ansay, Stan Sanvel Rubin

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A. Manette Ansay is an author known for works such as her short story collection Read This and Tell Me What it Says and her popular novel Vinegar Hill. She starts off the interview by reading a short excerpt from Vinegar Hill. She continues by talking about how Vinegar Hill originated, how her own life heavily influenced her writing and especially that novel, and the reviews and critiques of the novel. She then goes on to discuss how health problems caused her to begin writing poetry when she was 23 and how the MFA program she was accepted to at ...


Fleda Brown Jackson: 03-01-1995, Fleda Brown Jackson, Stan Sanvel Rubin Mar 1995

Fleda Brown Jackson: 03-01-1995, Fleda Brown Jackson, Stan Sanvel Rubin

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Fleda Brown Jackson earned her PhD in American Literature at the University of Arkansas and is known for her poetry collections Fishing with Blood and Do Not Peel the Birches. She begins the interview by reading two poems from Do Not Peel the Birches, “Night Swimming” and “Learning to Dance.” The interview continues with a conversation about water as a central theme in her poetry. Jackson goes on to discuss memories and their importance in her writing, and reads her poem “Piano.” She talks about the evolution of her writing as well as how her first poetry collection, Fishing with ...


Marilynne Robinson: 02-23-1989, Marilynne Robinson, Stanley Sanvel Rubin Feb 1989

Marilynne Robinson: 02-23-1989, Marilynne Robinson, Stanley Sanvel Rubin

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In an interview conducted on February 23, 1989, Marilynne Robinson reads from her novel Housekeeping and discusses her characters Ruth, Lucille, and Sylvie. She recalls writing the novel while teaching in France, and her youth in the wilderness of Idaho. Other topics include metaphor, consciousness, language in fiction, and the Bill Forsyth film adaptation of her novel.


Lucille Clifton: 11-12-1987, Lucille Clifton, Stanley Sanvel Rubin, Anthony Piccione Nov 1987

Lucille Clifton: 11-12-1987, Lucille Clifton, Stanley Sanvel Rubin, Anthony Piccione

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Lucille Clifton was one of America's leading poets.She was the author of six collections of poetry as well as more than a dozen books of fiction and poetry for children. She is interviewed by Stan Rubin and Anthony Piccione.


Rita Dove: 03-06-1985, Rita Dove, Stanley Sanvel Rubin, Judith Kitchen Mar 1985

Rita Dove: 03-06-1985, Rita Dove, Stanley Sanvel Rubin, Judith Kitchen

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Dove discusses her fascination with the unseen and insignificant details of historical events and individual lives. This interest in the less celebrated moments of experience shaped Museum and Thomas and Beulah. Her careful attention to language, form, structure, and organization in her work is revealed throughout the interview. She talks about the crafting of "Parsley" as well as the organization of the Museum. Dove says she doesn't want the reader to know what is coming in a book. She says the worst thing that can happen to a poet is to be self-conscious because it interferes with the creative ...


Seamus Heaney: 01-26-1984, Seamus Heaney, William Heyen, Gregory Fitz Gerald, Earl G. Ingersoll Jan 1984

Seamus Heaney: 01-26-1984, Seamus Heaney, William Heyen, Gregory Fitz Gerald, Earl G. Ingersoll

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Seamus Heaney opens this interview, recorded on January 26, 1984, with a reading of his poem "Digging." He discusses growing up in Ulster, Northern Ireland as a Catholic in a hostile political and cultural climate. Heaney discusses Irish poetry, culture, and tradition as well as writing in English rather than his native Irish.


Wayne Dodd: 07-02-1982, Wayne Dodd, Judith Kitchen, Mary Elsie Robertson Jul 1982

Wayne Dodd: 07-02-1982, Wayne Dodd, Judith Kitchen, Mary Elsie Robertson

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Wayne Dodd was editor of The Ohio Review for 30 years. He begins this interview by discussing the connection of being a poet and an editor, and then reads his poem “Night Poem” and discusses the imagery. He continues by discussing the writers and readership of The Ohio Review, the process of choosing works for The Ohio Review, and how being a writer and reader influences his ability to choose fiction for the literary magazine. Dodd ends the interview by reading a poem titled “Remembering Rosalind” from a young poet published in The Ohio Review.


June Jordan: 09-24-1981, June Jordan, Peter Marchant, Adriane M. Livingston, Mary Elsie Robertson Sep 1981

June Jordan: 09-24-1981, June Jordan, Peter Marchant, Adriane M. Livingston, Mary Elsie Robertson

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June Jordan was a poet and former professor of English at Stony Brook University. She begins the interview by reading her poem,“A Poem about Intelligence for My Brothers and Sisters.” She continues the interview by discussing how she first became a poet, and talks about her own political poetry and political poetry as a genre. She then talks about the situation in South Africa during the time period of this interview. Jordan briefly touches on her future literary plans and her contribution to literature as a black female writer, and ends the interview by discussing her criticism with the ...


Edward Albee: 02-04-1981, Edward Albee, Stan Sanvel Rubin, Adam Lazarre, Mark Anderson Feb 1981

Edward Albee: 02-04-1981, Edward Albee, Stan Sanvel Rubin, Adam Lazarre, Mark Anderson

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Edward Albee was an American playwright, best known for plays such as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Delicate Balance, and Seascape. The interview begins with a discussion about creative art and its usefulness in sending messages to an audience. Albee then discusses the different types of theater and how they appeal to different audiences. He continues by talking about the plays he has adapted from books, the criticism he’s received for those adaptions, and a general discussion of why his critics critique him so harshly. The interview concludes with a discourse on film as a medium, the ...


Nicholas Meyer: 10-31-1979, Nicholas Meyer, Stan Sanvel Rubin, Gregory Fitz Gerald Oct 1979

Nicholas Meyer: 10-31-1979, Nicholas Meyer, Stan Sanvel Rubin, Gregory Fitz Gerald

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Nicholas Meyer is a screenwriter, producer, director, and author, and a graduate of the University of Iowa. He is the author of the screenplay the Seven Per Cent Solution and co-author of The Black Orchid. He begins the interview by discussing his professional career as both a film writer/director and a novelist. He then talks about how he began writing novels, and discusses the research that goes into his novels. Meyer continues by discussing his movie Time After Time and concludes the interview by listing prominent teachers and writing influences.


Robert Hayden: 03-03-1975, Robert Hayden, Al Poulin Jr. Mar 1975

Robert Hayden: 03-03-1975, Robert Hayden, Al Poulin Jr.

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Hayden talks about being a poor teenager in Detroit trying to write poems like Cullen and Hughes and about his later shift away from specifically African American themes. He sees a parallel between his life and Yeats's life as an Irish poet; both worked to not be limited by their heritages. Hayden uses folk motifs drawn from his own experiences, but seeks inspiration from other sources as well. Hayden bemoans the fact that African American poetry is often treated as sociological writing instead of as literature, and notes a continuation of the "literary ghetto" that African American writing has ...


Ishmael Reed: 05-01-1974, Ishmael Reed, Stan Sanvel Rubin, Kenneth Robert Venick May 1974

Ishmael Reed: 05-01-1974, Ishmael Reed, Stan Sanvel Rubin, Kenneth Robert Venick

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In an interview recorded on May 1, 1974, Ishmael Reed discusses neo-hoodooism and reads from his novel Mumbo-Jumbo. He describes growing up in Chattanooga and Buffalo and why he left New York City. He reads his poems "The Author Reflects on His 35th Birthday" and "Beware: Do Not Read this Poem."


Erica Jong : 04-04-1974, Erica Jong, Leroy Searle, Stanley Sanvel Rubin Apr 1974

Erica Jong : 04-04-1974, Erica Jong, Leroy Searle, Stanley Sanvel Rubin

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In an interview recorded April 4, 1974, Erica Jong reads two poems, "Becoming a Nun" and "Man on the Moon"; discusses her training as a writer, and women's sexual repression and struggle for equal rights; and reads from her novel Fear of Flying.


William Demby: 10-07-1971, William Demby, Peter Marchant, Pat M. Ryan Oct 1971

William Demby: 10-07-1971, William Demby, Peter Marchant, Pat M. Ryan

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In an interview recorded on October 17, 1971, William Demby discusses his novels Beetlecreek and The Catacombs; Rome in the 1960s; the problem of defining what a Black writer is; and traveling between Italy and the United States.


Richard Wilbur: 03-13-1969, Richard P. Wilbur, Gregory Fitz Gerald, William Heyen Mar 1969

Richard Wilbur: 03-13-1969, Richard P. Wilbur, Gregory Fitz Gerald, William Heyen

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In an interview recorded March 13, 1969, Richard Wilbur discusses oratorical qualities in American poetry. Wilbur cites Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" and three political works of his own to compare, as interviewer Wiliam Heyen notes, "poles" of the spectrum of poetry at the time. Wilbur notes that increased public readings, topics of the time and trends towards strong poetic voice are noticeable, and pleasantly so.