The Sidney Harman Writer-In-Residence Program
May 8, 2014
SIDNEY HARMAN WRITING COMPETITION WINNERS
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
UPDATE: NEW FALL 2014 HARMAN WRITER
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
JUSTIN TORRES SPRING 2014 HARMAN WRITING FELLOW
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.
April 8, 2014
SPRING 2014 POETRY WRITING COMPETITION
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.
Current Writer-In-Residence Brenda Shaughnessy will be judging the submissions. The deadline to submit is April 22, 2014.
April 3, 2014
FALL 2014 HARMAN CLASS
The deadline has been extended and there is still time to apply to Dorothy Allison's narrative fiction writing course.
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.
The past and present Harman directors with Brenda Shaughnessy.
March 18, 2014
HARMAN EVENT 3/25
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.
March 5, 2014
HARMAN SPRING 2014 UPDATE
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
ENCOUNTERS MAGAZINE RECEPTION
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
A LIVELY DISCUSSION WITH HARMAN WRITER GISH JEN
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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-nlta3Di_8
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
CELEBRATING OUR SWEET 16 (10/29/13)
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
5:45 PM (Reception begins at 5)
Asriel and Marie Rackow Conference Room
Room 750, 151 East 25th street NYC
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.
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
Bill 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.
- Edward Albee
- Agha Shahid Ali
- Hilton Als
- Yehuda Amichai
- Paul Auster
- April Bernard
- Susan Choi
- Anita Desai
- William Finnegan
- Francisco Goldman
- Philip Gourevitch
- Major Jackson
- Gish Jen
- Ben Katchor
- Jane Kramer
- Mark Kurlansky
- Tony Kushner
- Jhumpa Lahiri
- Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
- Colum McCann
- Lorrie Moore
- Carol Muske-Dukes
- Sigrid Nunez
- Joseph O'Connor
- George Packer
- Richard Price
- Francine Prose
- Brenda Shaughnessy
- Laurie Sheck
- Charles Simic
- Katherine Vaz
- John Edgar Wideman