Category Archives: Upper School

2011 Writers’ Workshop Series

Williston hosts four acclaimed authors this fall as part of the 14th annual Writers’ Workshop Series. Each author will offer public readings and discussions of their work. The series kicks off with author Lynne Barrett on October 4 at 7:00 p.m.

All presentations, which are free and open to the public, take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Dodge Room of the Reed Campus Center at The Williston Northampton School. For more information, please call 413-529-3311 or email twolfe@williston.com.

Lynne Barrett
October 4, 7:00 p.m.

Lynne Barrett is the author of three story collections, The Secret Names of Women, The Land of Go, and Magpies. She co-edited Birth: A Literary Companion and The James M. Cain Cookbook. Her work has appeared in Delta Blues, A Dixie Christmas, Miami Noir, One Year to a Writing Life, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Night Train, The Southern Women’s Review, and many other anthologies and journals. She has received the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best mystery story from the Mystery Writers of America and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches in the MFA program at Florida International University, edits The Florida Book Review, and lives in Miami.

 

Andre Dubus III
October 11, 7:00 p.m.

Andre Dubus III is the author of a collection of short fiction, The Cage Keeper and Other Stories; the novels Bluesman, House of Sand and Fog, and The Garden of Last Days; and a memoir, Townie. Published in 20 languages and made into an Academy Award-nominated motion picture, House of Sand and Fog was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Booksense Book of the Year. It was also an Oprah Book Club Selection and reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Dubus has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Magazine Award for fiction, and the Pushcart Prize. He is a member of PEN American Center, has served as a panelist for The National Book Foundation and The National Endowment for the Arts, and has taught at Harvard University, Tufts University, Emerson College, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell where he is a full-time faculty member.

Nikky Finney
October 27, 7:00 p.m.

Nikky Finney is the author of four collections of poetry: On Wings Made of Gauze; Rice, recipient of a PEN America Open Book Award; The World Is Round, recipient of the 2004 Benjamin Franklin Award for Poetry; and Head Off & Split. She also wrote Heartwood, a collection of short stories for literacy students, and edited The Ringing Ear, an anthology of African American poets writing and reflecting on that historical American geography known as “the South.” A recipient of the Kentucky Foundation for Women Artists Fellowship Award and The Governor’s Award in the Arts, Finney has taught at Smith College and Berea College, and is a former faculty member at Cave Canem, a writing home for African American poets. She is presently professor of creative writing at the University of Kentucky.

Alison Pace
November 1, 7:00 p.m.

Alison Pace is the author of five novels: If Andy Warhol Had a Girlfriend, Pug Hill, Through Thick and Thin, City Dog, and A Pug’s Tale. Her essays have appeared in several anthologies including It’s a Wonderful Lie: The Truth About Life in Your Twenties, Everything I Needed to Know about Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume, and Howl: A Collection of the Best Contemporary Dog Wit. She lives in New York City where she teaches creative writing and is at work on another book.

Thatcher Cook to Speak for Photographers’ Lecture Series

©Thatcher CookPhotographer Thatcher Cook will give a lecture at The Williston Northampton School’s Photographers’ Lecture Series in the Dodge Room of the Reed Campus Center on April 18, 2011, at 6:30 p.m.

Documentary photographer Thatcher Cook works for social change and human rights by capturing the human condition in over 60 countries. His clients are primarily humanitarian aid and development organizations (NGOs) that work with refugees and other people affected by war, economic upheaval, and natural disasters. He has a particular interest in photographing forced human migration and nomadic life that he hopes will bring awareness to the world’s most vulnerable populations. When he is not on assignment for international aid organizations, Cook teaches workshops at the Maine Media Workshops and around the globe. He is a co-founder of Pictographers, an organization committed to creating and teaching social change through written and photographic documentation. He also published A Guide to Field Techniques for Documentary Photographers, a guidebook on how to produce, prepare for, and realize long-term documentary projects.

All presentations, which are free and open to the public, take place in the Dodge Room of the Reed Campus Center at The Williston Northampton School. Full biographies of the visiting lecturers can be found at http://www.williston.com/photographers.

Hampshire College Professor and Author Dr. Michael Lesy Speaks

Long Time Coming by Michael LesyDr. Michael Lesy will give a lecture at The Williston Northampton School’ for the Photographers’ Lecture Series in the Dodge Room of the Reed Campus Center on April 1, 2011, at 6:30 p.m.

Lesy is a writer and professor of literary journalism at Hampshire College. His books, which combine historical photographs with his own writing, include Wisconsin Death Trip, Time Frames: The Meaning of Family Pictures, Bearing Witness: A Photographic Chronicle of American Life, and Dreamland: America at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century. He was recently interviewed by the BBC radio on the Great Depression and his books have been reviewed The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Guardian. In his book Long Time Coming, Lesy gathered a collection of 400 photographs by searching more than 150,000 photographs in the Farm Security Administration’s Documentary Photography Program archives at the Library of Congress.

Remaining lecturers in this year’s series are scheduled as follows:

Thatcher Cook, April 18

All presentations, which are free and open to the public, take place in the Dodge Room of the Reed Campus Center at The Williston Northampton School. Full biographies of the visiting lecturers can be found at http://www.williston.com/photographers.

Photographer Ken Sklute Speaks at Williston

ken sklutePhotographer Ken Sklute will give a lecture at The Williston Northampton School’s Photographers’ Lecture Series in the Dodge Room of the Reed Campus Center on March 1, 2011, at 6:30 p.m.

Ken Sklute has been passionate about photographing both people and drag racing for 32 years. His images have been published in National Dragster Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and ESPN the Magazine. He has received numerous awards, including Drag Racing Photographer of the Year from CompetitionPlus.com, Wedding Photographer of the Year and Photojournalist of the Year from the Professional Photographers of California, as well as receiving 13 Kodak Gallery awards and 14 Fuji Masterpiece Awards. He was also awarded Photographer of the Year and Best in Show from the Western States Regional Print Competition. Ken spends much of his time teaching and lecturing both nationally and internationally and has been honored as one of Canon’s Explorers of Light, a designation shared by only 48 photographers worldwide.

Remaining Lecturers in this year’s series are scheduled as follows:

Michael Lesy, April 1

Thatcher Cook, April 18

 All presentations, which are free and open to the public, take place in the Dodge Room of the Reed Campus Center at The Williston Northampton School. Full biographies of the visiting lecturers can be found at www.williston.com/photographers. For more information, please call 413-529-3237. Dates are subject to change.

Photographer Vince Cianni Continues Lecture Series

vince cianniPhotographer Vince Cianni will give a lecture at The Williston Northampton School’s Photographers’ Lecture Series in the Dodge Room of the Reed Campus Center on February 17, 2011, at 6:30 p.m.

Vincent Cianni’s documentary photography explores community and memory, the human condition, and the use of image and text. His photographic project and book We Skate Hardcore is an eight-year study of urban latino youth in NYC, published by NYU Press and the Center for Documentary Studies. The photographs from We Skate Hardcore have been widely published in magazines and journals including Double Take, Aperture, The New Yorker, and La Fotografia. Cianni’s new documentary project, ‘Gays in the Military: How America Thanked Me,’ explores how the lives of many gay and lesbian service members have been affected by homophobia in the military and by the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. His photographs have been exhibited in many museums including LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), MFAH (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston), and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Cianni teaches photography at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City.

Upcoming Lecturers in this year’s series are scheduled as follows:

Ken Sklute, March 1

Michael Lesy, April 1

Thatcher Cook, April 18

All presentations, which are free and open to the public, take place in the Dodge Room of the Reed Campus Center at The Williston Northampton School. Full biographies of the visiting lecturers can be found at http://www.williston.com/photographers.

The Photographers’ Lecture Series features internationally acclaimed photographers who present and discuss their work to the school and community. Advanced photography students will have the opportunity to participate in a class taught by the photographers preceding the public lecture. Past visiting photographers have included photojournalist Yunghi Kim, who is known for her coverage of international conflicts; Sean Hemmerle, an architectural and landscape photographer; and Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Ed Keating.

For more information, please call 413-529-3237. Dates are subject to change.