November 8, 2016

Spring 2017 Writer-in-Residence Marilyn Nelson was announced as the recipient of the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature. The NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature is awarded to a living writer or author-illustrator with significant achievement in children’s or young-adult literature. The award comes with a monetary prize of $25,000, a silver medallion, a certificate at a public ceremony at the University of Oklahoma, and the recipient is featured in a subsequent issue of World Literature Today. You can read about Ms. Nelson’s accomplishments on World Literatures Today’s website. We extend our congratulations to her.

We are still accepting RSVPs for our Writing Workshop on November 10th. This workshop will be taught by Quincy Scott Jones and Nina Sharma. Those who attend can hear the authors discuss their own work, as well as work on writing in the workshop with feedback from the authors. Lunch will be sereved and the first 20 students to RSVP will get a free copy of Jones' book, The T-Bone Series.



October 19, 2016

 A Reading and Conversation with Monique Truong was met with a packed house! Over a hundred guests filled the Asrial and Marie Conference Room to hear Ms.Truong read excerpts from her novels, The Book of Salt and Bitter in the Mouth. Pictures and a video clip of the event will be posted shortly.


We are still taking applicaitons for our Spring 2017 Poetry Workshop taught by Marilyn Nelson. Ms.Nelson is the author or translator of 17 poetry books and was the Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut from 2001-2006. You can apply up until this Saturday, October 29th. 

Looking forward to November, we are accepting both entires for our Writing Contest, which includes a monetary prize, as well as RSVPs for our Writing Workshop on November 10th. This workshop will be taught by Quincy Scott Jones and Nina Sharma. Those who attend can hear the authors discuss their own work, as well as work on writing in the workshop with feedback from the authors. Lunch will be sereved and the first 20 students to RSVP will get a free copy of Jones' book, The T-Bone Series.


September 28, 2016

This semster at the Harman Program is off to a great start! Monique Truong's Fall 2016 Fiction Workshop centered around food writing is underway and her students are busy learning. On Tuesday, October 18th, the Harman Program will present A Reading and Conversation with Monique Truong. She'll be reading from her books The Book of Salt and Bitter in the Mouth. The event is free and open to the public with refreshments; Join us! 

We are also encouraging students to apply for our Spring 2017 Poetry Workshop taught by Marilyn Nelson. Ms.Nelson is the author or translator of 17 poetry books and was the Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut from 2001-2006. We're excited to have her and encourage interested students to apply! Applications are due by October 29th. 



May 26, 2016

Another year of the Harman Program has come to a close. We are very excited to host Monique Truong on campus this coming fall. Stay tuned for more Harman events and surprises to come next academic year!

Congratulations to all the Baruch students who will be graduating tomorrow and good luck to everyone still taking finals. Enjoy the summer!


May 12, 2016


Encounters Magazine hosted their reception for the release of their Spring 2016 literary magazine on May 10. The night was filled with musical performances, spoken word and also featured students' art around the multipurpose room at Baruch College.

The winners of the Harman Writing Competition were also announced and are as follows:

First Place: Sarah Park
Second Place: Danielle James
Third Place: Reuven Glezer

The winners received a copy of Amitav Ghosh's novel, Flood of Fire, and also received a cash prize! The first place winner's short story fiction submission will also be featured in the Fall 2016 publication of Encounters. Thank you again to everyone who submitted their work and congratulations to the three winners!


May 6, 2016


Thank you to all who submitted to the Harman Writing Competition. Amitav Ghosh is going through the submissions now and will announce the winners at 7:45 p.m. during the Encounters Magazine release event on Tuesday, May 10 in the Multipurpose room. We hope to see you there!

Encounters Event 5/10/16_________________

April 26, 2016


The deadline for submitting work to the Harman Writing Competition is only a week away. Don't miss out on your chance to win cash prizes! You can bring submissions to the Journalism department on the 7th floor of the Vertical Campus, or you can email submissions to Make sure you add a cover page with your name and info separate from your submission. The judge for the competition is current Harman Writer-in-Residence Amitav Ghosh. Good luck to all!

Harman Writing Competition


April 21, 2016


Yelena AkhtiorskayaThere will be a panel of prominent writers speaking on the literary classics that influenced their work tonight at 6 p.m. at the Baruch Performing Arts Center. Two of the writers on the panel are Harman Program alumni. Francisco Goldman, the Fall 2005 Harman Writer-in-Residence, and one of his students, Yelena Akhtiorskaya (who also won the writing competition that semester!), will be on the panel. Akhtiorskaya published her debut novel, Panic in a Suitcase, in 2014 and received fantastic reviews. Check out the NY Times review of her novel .

For details on the event, follow this event page.


April 19, 2016


William Finnegan

Congratulations to author William Finnegan, who won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for biography or autobiography for his memoir, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life. The Harman Program is very happy and proud of his accomplishment. Here is the citation from the award:

"A finely crafted memoir of a youthful obsession that has propelled the author through a distinguished writing career."

William Finnegan was the Fall 2004 Harman Writer-in-Residence and has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1987.


April 12, 2016


Next Thursday, April 21, is our poetry workshop led by poet Morgan Parker. There are still a few spots left for anyone still interested. You can RSVP at Encounters Magazine is co-sponsoring the event.

Poetry Workshop and Encounters Event 4/21/16

Encounters will also have their own event, Coffee @6, later that day. They will have an open mic with great performances from musicians, artists, spoken word and more!


April 5, 2016

Two weeks ago we hosted our big event, A Reading and Conversation with Amitav Ghosh. It was a huge success, with over 100 people attending the reading. Ghosh read excerpts from his latest novel, Flood of Fire, and incorporated photos into his reading adding a multimedia component of visuals to immerse the audience into the world of the Opium Wars. After the reading, audience members were full of questions about Ghosh's writing process, character development and his deep knowledge of the historical period.

Prof. Bernstein, Amitav Ghosh, Prof. Davis

Prof. Gabor, Amitav Ghosh

Students with Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh


March 31, 2016


Last week at A Reading and Conversation with Amitav Ghosh, the director of the Harman Program, Prof. Bridgett Davis, announced the upcoming writing workshop with poet Morgan Parker. The event will be in Room 7-160 on Thursday, April 21st during club hours. The first 20 students to RSVP to will receive a free copy of Parker's poetry book. Lunched will be served!

Poetry Workshop with Spring '16 Writing Fellow Morgan Parker


March 10, 2016


The Fall 2016 Harman Course application deadline has been extended until FRIDAY, APRIL 8. So you have some time to enjoy this beautiful weather and also finish the application for the course. Students will be given priority if they do submit their application by Monday, March 14.


March 1, 2016


The Fall 2016 Harman Course info for Monique Truong's class has been released. The deadline to apply is Monday, March 14, so apply today!

Harman Fiction Workshop Fall 2016


February 25, 2016


photo of Monique Truong

We are so excited to announce that author Monique Truong will be joining us on campus next school year as the Fall 2016 Harman Writer-in-Residence. She s a novelist and food essayist based in Brooklyn. Her novel, The Book of Salt, was a national bestseller, New York Times Notable Fiction book and recipient of the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. Her other novels include Bitter in the Mouth and the forthcoming The Sweetest Fruits. She was a 2015 U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Fellow, 2010 Guggenheim Fellow and 2007 Princeton University’s Hodder Fellow.

Stay tuned for information on her course and how to apply!


February 4, 2016


We hope everything had a wonderful winter break and is off to a great spring semester! Spring 2016 Writer-in-Residence Amitav Ghosh held his first class yesterday on campus. We look forward to the upcoming events and new writers that will be on campus this semester. Stay tuned for more info!

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December 14, 2015


Last week Eduardo Halfon announced the winners of the Harman writing competition at the Encounters Magazine release party. The winners were as follows:

1) Danielle James
2) Nadine Roman
3) Benjamin Long

Congrats to all winners and thank you to everyone who submitted. It was one of the largest submissions we have received in years! Stay tuned for more Harman news in the upcoming semester and good luck with finals!


December 8, 2015


Join us for Encounters Magazine's release party for their Fall 2015 issue. The winners of the Harman Writing Competition will also be announced at the event by Eduardo Halfon. We hope to see you there!

Encounters Magazine Fall 2015 Issue Reception_________________

December 3, 2015


A Reading and Conversation with Eduardo Halfon was a major success. Mr. Halfon read from both The Polish Boxer and Monastery and also spoke about his interesting writing process - thinking in English yet writing in Spanish! The audience was fully engaged and also had some familiar faces, including Fall 2005 Harman Writer-in-Residence Francisco Goldman.

Here are some photos from the event...

Harman Reading Event

Harman Reading Event 2

Harman Reading Event 3

Harman Reading Event 4


November 16, 2015


The writing competition is back this semester, and of course with its cash prizes! Students can submit any of their fiction or creative non-fiction short stories by Dec. 1. Our Fall 2015 Writer-in-Resident Eduardo Halfon will be judging the pieces. Submit your work today!

Short Story Competition


October 22, 2015


The Harman Program has had an eventful week. Eduardo Halfon's reading was on Tuesday, and was a great night filled with stories of Halfon's childhood and though-provoking questions from the audience. Several announcements were made at the event, including the upcoming Harman class that will be taught by world-renowned author Amitav Ghosh.

photo of Amitav Ghosh

The application is live now on the site under the "Application" tab. Apply before NOVEMBER 6, as applications are selected on a rolling basis.


September 29, 2015


The Fall 2015 writing course with Eduardo Halfon is well underway and the semester is speeding by, which means there are more news and upcoming events to look forward to. In three weeks our big semester event, A Reading and Conversation with Eduardo Halfon, will take place. Be on the lookout for flyers across Baruch and more information on our social media platforms.

Harman Reading Event, Eduardo Halfon_________________

May 13, 2015


The Encounters Magazine release party was a wonderful night, filled with musical perfomances, as well as student readings and a guest reading by Dayna Tortorici, editor of n+1 magazine. Elif Batuman, the current writer-in-residence, also announced the winners of the Harman writing competition. Congrats to the three winners and thank you to all the students who submitted pieces. Ms. Batuman thoroughly enjoyed all of the submissions and had a difficult time deciding the winners. The winners of the creative non-fiction contest are listed below.

First Place: Irina Groushevaia

Second Place: Danielle James

Third Place: Juliana Emmanuelli


May 12, 2015


Join us in celebrating Encounters Magazine's release of their Spring 2015 issue. Winners of the Harman Writing Competition will also be announced at the event tonight at 6:50. More details on the event are listed below.

Encounters Magazine Release Party


May 7, 2015

Hilton Als to Speak at Macaulay Honors College Tonight!

We are excited to welcome back past Writer-in-Resident Hilton Als to CUNY for an event at Macaulay Honors College. Als will be speaking on Ethics and Resistance, sponsored by the William R. Kenan Scholars Program.

Details on the event are here:


April 22, 2015


If you haven't submitted work to the Harman Writing Competition, then you still have a chance! We will be accepting submissions until next Wednesday, April 29 at 5:00 p.m. Winners will be announced at the Encounters Magazine Release Party on Tuesday, May 12 at 6:00 p.m. Good luck!


April 16, 2015


Besides teaching the Spring 2015 Harman class, Elif Batuman is continuing to write pieces for The New Yorker, where she is a staff writer. Here are two of her latest articles that were published. Enjoy!

Electrified, Adventures in transcranial direct-current stimulation, April 6, 2015

Reading Racist Literature, April 13, 2015


April 14, 2015


We hope everyone has enjoyed their spring break and started writing pieces to submit for the writing competition. If you haven't started yet, do not fret because you still have a week to submit your work for the competition. Please submit no more than 2,500 words total of creative non-fiction work to the Harman mailbox, in the Journalism Department. You can also email your submission to The judge for this semester's competition will be Elif Batuman, the current writer-in-residence. More information on the competition is in the photo below, as well as on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Good luck!

Non-fition Competition Spring 2015


March 26, 2015


Join us next week for a creative writers' workshop with the Spring 2015 Harman Fellow, Tiphanie Yanique. The first 20 students that RSVP to the event will receive a copy of Ms. Yanique's debut novel, and will have the chance to get it personally signed by Ms. Yanique. To reserve a spot, email

Creative Writers Workshop with Tiphanie Yanique


March 12, 2015


In less than two weeks, Elif Batuman, Spring 2015 Writer-in-Residence, will be reading "Who Killed Tolstoy?" an excerpt from her book, The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them. After the reading, Ms. Batuman will have a Q&A with the audience. All are welcome to come and join us for this exciting event.

A Reading and Conversation with Elif Batuman



February 2, 2015


We are excited to announce that the upcoming Harman Writer-in-Residence for the Fall 2015 semester will be Eduardo Halfon.

poto of Eduardo Halfon

Eduardo Halfon was born in Guatemala City in 1971. He moved to the United States with his family at the age of ten, went to school in Florida, studied Industrial Engineering at North Carolina State University, and then returned to Guatemala to teach Literature during eight years at Universidad Francisco Marroquín. Named one of the best young Latin American writers by the Hay Festival of Bogotá, he is also the recipient of the prestigious José María de Pereda Prize for the Short Novel. Although bilingual, Halfon chooses to write in Spanish and has published nine books of fiction. In 2011 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship to work on continuing the story of The Polish Boxer, which was the first of his novels to be published in English, in 2012, by Bellevue Literary Press in the US, and Pushkin Press in the UK. Halfon now lives in Nebraska.

Stay tuned for more information on his course and upcoming events.


December 11, 2014


The winners of the short story writing competition were announced at the Encounters Magazine release event on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. Fall 2014 Writer-In-Residence Mary Gaitskill judged the submissions and chose the winners. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all the students who submitted their work.

First Place: Daphne Palasi

Second Place: Karmen Wolf

Third Place: Emma Green


December 9, 2014


Come join us in celebrating the release of Encounters Magazine's Fall 2014 issue. There will be food, performances and readings from some of writers published in the magazine. The winners of the Fall 2014 Harman short story contest will also be announced at the event. The event will take place in the Multipurpose Room (VC 1-107) at 6 p.m.

Encounters Magazine Release Event


November 25, 2014


The Sidney Harman Writing Compeition deadline has been extended to December 3 at 6 p.m. That means you still have time to write your short stories while indulging in turkey this coming week. Please bring all submissions to the Journalism Department on the 7th Floor, and drop it off in the Harman mailbox.

The winners will be announced at the Encounters publication reception, later in December. The winners will also be featured in the Spring 2015 edition of Encounters Literary Magazine.

Short Story Competition Fall 2014


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.

Fall 2014 Harman Writing Fellow Laurie Ann Guerrero____________________________

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.

Mary Gaitskill____________________________

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 Batuman



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.

Poetry Writing Competition Spring 2014


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.

photo of Brenda Shaughnessy

Brenda Shaughnessy reading her poetry at the event.



Brenda Shaughnessy and student

Brenda Shaughnessy with one of her students at the event.

Harman Directors with Brnda Shaughnessy








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 Shaughnessy________________________________

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.

Encounters Magazine Reception Fall 2013



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."



Prof. Bernstein







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:



photo of 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.

Check 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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