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remembering sidney harman


Sidney Harman

A Personal Recollection
of Sidney Harman
by Roslyn Bernstein

Sidney Harman, keynote speaker, at Baruch College's 44th Commencement.



Founded in the fall of 1998 by Professor Roslyn Bernstein, who has served as its director for sixteen years (1998 - 2013), the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program brings distinguished writers to the Baruch College campus every semester. Whether they are poets, playwrights, novelists, journalists, essayists or critics, the Harman Writers-in-Residence enrich the Baruch environment, creating a lively literary salon for students and faculty. Endowed by alumnus Dr. Sidney Harman (’39), the Harman Residency reflects his belief that “good writing is revelatory. It is not merely a transference of fully formed material from brain to paper. Writing is an act of magical creation; writing is discovery.”

The Harman Program relies on an intense workshop design, where visiting writers teach small classes and hold individual conferences.  Students are encouraged to hone their personal styles and to find their own creative voices.

In addition, the Harman Program sponsors student  creative writing competitions, literary internships, individual guest readings, and a week-long residency.

Hear what students say about the program...

Fall 2014 Writer-In-Residence:
Dorothy Allison



Narrative Fiction: Making the Reader Believe







Dorothy Allison's first novel Bastard out of Carolina, was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1992. The novel has been translated into more than a dozen languages and was adapted into an award-winning film in 1996. 

Her second novel, Cavedweller, was a New York Times bestseller and won the 1998 Lambda Literary Award for Fiction.  A chapbook of her performance work, Two or Three Things I Know for Sure, was selected as a 1995 notable book of the year by The New York Times.

Her essay collection, Skin: Talking About Sex, Class and Literature, won the American Library Association’s Gay & Lesbian Book Award.  She is also the author of a collection of short stories, Trash, and two editions of a poetry collection titled The Women Who Hate Me.

She was awarded the 2007 Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction. Her forthcoming novel is She Who.

To apply for the Fall 2014 course click here.


For information about residency,email Prof. Bridgett Davis or visit her homepage.
Phone: (646) 312-3927

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