Red Dragon Reading Series

2019-2020 Series Presents

Oneonta Alumni Poets Tom Holmes and Suzanne Cleary

Thursday, October 24th at 7:30pm in Craven Lounge, Morris Conference Center

Tom Holmes is the editor of Redactions: Poetry & Poetics and the author of three full-length collections of poetry, most recently The Cave(winner of The Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Book Award for 2013), as well as four chapbooks. He graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a BS in English in 1992. His writings about wine, poetry book reviews, and poetry can be found at his blog, The Line Break: Twitter: @TheLineBreak

Tom Holmes

Suzanne Cleary’s fourth poetry book, Crude Angel, was published in 2018 by BkMk Press (University of Missouri-Kansas City). Beauty Mark (BkMk 2013) won the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry. Recipient of a Pushcart Prize, her other awards include the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America, a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and residencies at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. Her publication credits include the journals The Atlantic, Georgia Review, and Poetry London, and anthologies including Best American Poetry. She teaches as core faculty in the Converse College low-residency MFA Program in Creative Writing. Her website is <>

Suzanne Cleary

Jim and Carol McCord

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 @ 7:30pm
Red Dragon Theater, Hunt Union

Jim McCord is an emeritus professor of English at Union College whose poems have appeared in a variety of literary journals and four books. Carol McCord is a lifelong hiker and former yoga instructor. Her photographs have been selected for exhibitions and publications in the United States and abroad.

Jim & Carol McCord

Bertha Rogers

Bertha Rogers is a poet, visual artist, and educator. She has won writing and visual arts award sand residency fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, Hawthornden International Writers Retreat, and others. Rogers’s paintings, illuminations, and artist’s books have been shown in more than 250 juried and solo shows throughout the US and abroad, and are included in many private and public collections, including the Harry Ransom Collection at the University of Texas. She has received several NYSCA and NYFA grants for her interdisciplinary work, and has edited poetry and visual arts anthologies. Her published poetry collections include Wild, Again (Salmon, Ireland); Heart Turned Back (Salmon, Ireland); Even the Hemlock: Poems, Illuminations, Reliquaries; and several chapbooks. Her translation of the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf was published in 2000, and her translation with illuminations of the Anglo-SaxonRiddle-Poems from the Exeter Book, Uncommon Creatures, Singing Things, was out in 2019. In 1992, with her late husband, Ernest M. Fishman, she founded Bright Hill Press & Literary Center of the Catskills (, a literary organization; she retired as executive director in 2017.

Watch Bertha Rogers read poetry

Bertha Rogers

Robert Bensen

Robert Bensen was born in Joliet, Illinois, in 1947, and was educated at the University of Illinois, Oxford University, and Harvard University. He has published six collections of poetry, most recently Before (Five Oaks Press), and Orenoque, Wetumka & Other Poems (Bright Hill Press). Poems have appeared in Agni, Akwe:kon, Antioch Review, Callaloo, Caribbean Writer, Jamaica Journal, Native Realities, Paris Review, Partisan Review, Poetry Wales, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Thomas Hardy Review, and many others. His work has earned an NEA poetry fellowship, the Robert Penn Warren Award, the Harvard Summer Poetry Prize, and Illinois Arts Council and NY State Council on the Arts awards. His scholarship in the Caribbean and Native America has produced essays, studies, and editions, won fellowships from the NEH and Newberry Library, and led to teaching in St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela. He has edited anthologies of Caribbean and Native American writing, including Children of the Dragonfly: Native American Voices on Child Custody and Education (Univ. of Arizona Press). He is Emeritus Professor of English at Hartwick College. He teaches at SUNY-Oneonta and conducts a poetry workshop at Bright Hill Literary Center, Treadwell.

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Robert Bensen
2018-2019 Series

Damian McNicholl

Damian McNicholl is an author and literary agent. His critically acclaimed first novel, A Son Called Gabriel was an American Booksellers Association Book Sense Pick and finalist in the Lambda Literary Awards, and Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Awards. His second novel Twisted Agendas is published by Legend Press in the UK. The Moment of Truth is published by Pegasus Books and was chosen as Houston Chronicle's 10 Books to Read. Damian has appeared on CBS, WYBE Public Television, National Public Radio and other media outlets in the United States and United Kingdom to discuss his work. He lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and is at work on a new novel.

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Damian McNicholl

Terry Roberts

Terry Roberts' direct ancestors have lived in the mountains of Western North Carolina since the time of the Revolutionary War. His debut novel, A Short Time to Stay Here, won the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction, and his second novel, That Bright Land, won the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award as well as the James Still Award for Writing about the Appalachian South. Both novels won the annual Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction, given to the author of the best novel written by a North Carolinian. Born and raised near Weaverville, North Carolina, Roberts is the Director of the National Paideia Center and lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

Watch Terry Roberts reading from "The Holy Ghost Speakeasy and Revival"

Terry Roberts

Anna Moschovakis

Anna Moschovakis is a novelist, poet, and translator. She is the author most recently of the novel Eleanor, or, the Rejection of the Progress of Love (Coffee House Press, 2018). Her books of poetry include the James Laughlin award winning You and Three Others Are Approaching a Lake and They and We Will Get into Trouble for This. Her translations from French include works by Albert Cossery, Annie Ernaux, and the Algerian poet Samira Negrouche. A recipient of grants and fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts, The Poetry Foundation, and Howard Foundation, and apexart, she has taught in the graduate writing programs at Bard, Pratt, and Columbia. She is a longtime member of the publishing collective Ugly Duckling Presse and co-founder of Bushel, an art and community space in Delhi, NY.

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Anna Moschovakis

Jordan F. Smith

Jordan Smith is the author of seven books of poems, most recently Clare’s Empire, a fantasia on the life and work of John Clare from The Hydroelectric Press, and The Light in the Film, The Names of Things Are Leaving, and For Appearances, all from the University of Tampa Press. His earlier books appeared from Princeton University Press, Wesleyan University Press, and Copper Beech Press, and his chapbooks are from The Pudding Press, Right Hand Pointing, and Swan Scythe. His poems have been published in a wide range of literary journals, including Agni, Antaeus, Poetry, The Paris Review, and The Yale Review. he lives in upstate New York, where he is the Edward Everett Hale Jr., Professor of English at Union College.

Jordan Smith

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan explores the intellectual, emotional, and bodily lives of young black women, through voice, music, and hip-hop-inflected magical realist techniques. She is the author of the short story collection Blue Talk and Love(Riverdale Ave 2015), a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for fiction. She is the winner of the Charles Johnson Fiction Award, the James Baldwin Memorial Playwriting Award, and fellowships from Bread Loaf, Yaddo, the Center for Fiction, and the NEA.

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Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

Ishion Hutchinson

Ishion Hutchinson is the author of two poetry collections, Far District and House of Lords and Commons. The latter was recently awarded the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. Pulitzer Prize winning poet Henri Cole calls Hutchinson’s poetry “luxurious and stern at once. His hammered language has a jazzy, classical, rough, painterly beauty.” Hutchinson lives in Ithaca, NY, where he teaches in the graduate writing program at Cornell University.

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Ishion Hutchinson

Bradley J. Fest and Julie Suarez Hayes

Bradley J. Fest is the assistant professor of English at Hartwick College. He is the author of two volumes of poetry, The Rocking Chair (Blue Sketch, 2015) and The Shape of Things (Salò, 2017), along with a number of essays on contemporary literature and culture. More information is available at

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Julie Suarez Hayes has recently retired from Hartwick College where she was an Assistant Professor of English for thirty-four years. Her poems have appeared in Salmagundi, Phoebe, Women’s Voices of the 20th Century, La Presa, The Traveler’s Vade Mecum, and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. Her chapbook, It Does Not, was published by Bright Hill Press in 2006.

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Bradley Fest
Julia Suarez
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