November 11, 2014


This week Baruch College is hosting poet Laurie Ann Guerrero, as part of the Sidney Harman Writer Fellowship. The week-long fellowship invites critically-acclaimed writers to guest-teach selected classes and conduct a writing workshop with students and members of Encounters, the college's literary magazine.

The writing workshop will be held this Thursday in Studio H, Room 7-160 from 1-2:15 p.m.

Laurie Flyer____________________________

October 28, 2014

Join us tonight for A Reading and Conversation with Mary Gaitskill at 5:45 p.m. in the Asriel and Marie Rackow Conference Room 750. There will be a reception at 5 p.m.

Ms. Gaitskill will be reading selections of her work, which will be followed by a Q&A.


October 14, 2014


The deadline to apply for the Spring 2015 writing workshop course, taught by Elif Batuman, is FRIDAY OCT. 24, 2014. The application link is available on the Harman site. Read more about her course below.

Elif course description



May 8, 2014


The winners of the poetry writing competition were announced at the Encounters Magazine release event on Tuesday, May 6 2014. Spring 2014 Writer-In-Residence Brenda Shaughnessy judged the submissions and chose the winners. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all the students who submitted their work.

First Place: Ricardo Hernandez

Second Place: Hislatjon Yahya

Third Place: Joseph Lopez


April 29, 2014


The Harman committee is pleased to announce that the acclaimed writer Mary Gaitskill has agreed to be the Fall 2014 Writer-In-Residence. Mary Gaitskill, author of  Two Girls, Fat and Thin and Veronica, as well as the story collections “Bad Behavior,” “Because They Wanted To” and “Don't Cry,” will be teaching a fiction writing course.


April 10, 2014


This semester the Harman Program created a fellowship for acclaimed younger writers. The Harman Writing Fellow is chosen per semester to come visit Baruch College for one week, and guest-teach selected classes. The fellow also conducts a writing workshop with members of The Writers' Society Club and Encounters Magazine, and the event is open to all interested students.

The inagural Harman Writing Fellow for Spring 2014 is Justin Torres, who is the author of the acclaimed novel We the Animals. Torres conducted the writing workshop today, during Baruch club hours, and was blown away by the talented student writers that the college has to offer. He will be here until the end of the week.

Justin Torres____________________________

April 8, 2014


Are you a poet? Do you like to read poetry? Do you just like to write? Well now you have the chance to win money for your interests. The Spring 2014 Sidney Harman Writing Competition is looking for students to submit their poetry for the chance to win monetary prizes and be published in Encounters, the literary magazine for Baruch College.

Writing Competition


Current Writer-In-Residence Brenda Shaughnessy will be judging the submissions. The deadline to submit is April 22, 2014.


April 3, 2014


The deadline has been extended and there is still time to apply to Dorothy Allison's narrative fiction writing course.

Apply today!


March 27, 2014

An Engaging Discussion with Brenda Shaughnessy

At Tuesday's event, Brenda Shaughnessy read excerpts from her poetry and explained the context and background for some of her work. The audience was completely full and engaged as they asked Ms. Shaughnessy compelling questions that she greatly admired.


Brenda Shaughnessy reading her poetry at the event.




Brenda Shaughnessy with one of her students at the event.

Harman Directors








The past and present Harman directors with Brenda Shaughnessy.


March 18, 2014


Join us for a Reading and Conversation with Brenda Shaughnessy on Tuesay, March 25, 2014 at 5:45 p.m. in the Asriel and Marie Rackow Conference Room 750. There will be a reception at 5 p.m.

Ms. Shaughnessy will be reading her poetry, which will be followed by a Q&A.

Brenda Poster________________________________

March 5, 2014


Brenda Shaughnessy, the Spring 2014 Writer-In-Residence, began teaching her poetry course at Baruch College about one month ago. In less than a month, Baruch will be hosting an event for Ms. Shaughnessy where she will be reading her poetry and also have a Q&A.

The event details are listed below:

A Reading and Conversation with Brenda Shaughnessy

5:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Asriel and Marie Rackow Conference Room 750 


DECEMBER 5, 2013


The fall 2013 issue of Encouters Magazine will be released on Tuesday, December 10th at 6:30 in the Multipurpose Room. The Sidney Harman Writing Competition winners will be announced during the reception.




NOVEMBER 21, 2013


At a reading earlier this semester, Gish Jen, the Fall 2013 Harman Writer-in-Residence, spoke about her new book, “Tiger Writing: Art, Culture, and the Interdependent Self” and engaged in a spirited discussion with Baruch College students about the life of a writer.

The following video includes an introduction by Prof. Roslyn Bernstein, director of the Harman program, and excerpts of Jen’s Q&A with audience members. (Videos by Stephen Benner)

Watch the video on Youtube:

Prof. Bernstein also noted that this semester marks the writer-in-residence program’s 16th year and announced that she would be stepping down as director. Taking on the role beginning in the Spring 2014 semester will be Prof. Bridgett Davis, who like Prof. Bernstein is a member of the Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions. Prof. Bernstein’s full remarks can be seen in this video.

Read the full article here:


NOVEMBER 7, 2013

Farewell remarks by Professor Roslyn Bernstein

"Good Evening and welcome to the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence’s Program Fall 2013 reading by the distinguished author, Gish Jen, the 31st writer to join us since we launched the program in the fall of 1998. This is the Harman Program’s Sweet Sixteen year and there is much to celebrate. For those of you here for the first time, a little bit of history is definitely in order."










Photo Credit: Glenda Hydler

"Let me make a little public confession. I did not celebrate my own Sweet Sixteen, choosing instead, I suppose, to work my way through the shelf of Russian novels in the local library. So, I am quite moved to be celebrating the Harman Program’s 16th birthday this evening." - Roslyn Bernstein


OCTOBER 29, 2013

Gish Jen Reading
October 29th
5:45 PM (Reception begins at 5)
Asriel and Marie Rackow Conference Room
Room 750, 151 East 25th street NYC

Gish Jen Reading












OCTOBER 3, 2013

The online application for Brenda Shaughnessy's Spring 2014 Poetry class is now open!

In order to apply, you will need:
- 2-3 writing samples
- professor recommendation
- cover letter

Click on the link below to get started:


JUNE 18, 2013

Looking forward to our 2013-2014 Harman season. Gish Jen will be on campus for the fall, teaching a fiction writing workshop and giving a college-wide reading on Tuesday, October 29th. For those of you looking for some great summer reads, check out her book, Typical American, or her newest book, Tiger Writing.


May 28, 2013

Success! Hilton Als and his journalism class as the Spring 2013 semester comes to a close.

Hilton Als Spring 2013 Class


May 5, 2013

Bill Cheng, novelist and Harman Program alumnus speaks about his debut novel on NPR, and how he draws inspiration from the blues music he grew up with. It's quite a passionate story. Listen here:


APRIL 26, 2013

Our Fall 2013 Writer-In-Residence, Gish Jen, is in the New York Times Book Review for her novel, Tiger Writing. Read about it here:



Bill ChengBill Cheng, a former Encounters writer and Harman creative writing student has published his debut novel, Southern Cross the Dog.

His book is available for purchase at Amazon:


For those of you who were not at the Harman Program's 10th Anniversary Celebration in 2008, here's Bill Cheng's moving toast to Dr. Sidney Harman.

Click here to see the video

Coming soon: Bill will read from his debut novel, Southern Cross the Dog at the May 7th Encounters event.

Read more on our Harman Program Facebook page.

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