Ayad Akhtar has been named the new State Author and Willie Perdomo the new State Poet, the New York State Writers Institute has announced. [Read more…] about Ayad Akhtar Named New State Author; Willie Perdomo New State Poet
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The NYS Writers Institute has announced their schedule of events for the upcoming fall season. While some events are online, most are scheduled to be in-person, which has not happened since author visits shut down abruptly in March 2020 due to COVID. [Read more…] about NYS Writers Institute Announces Fall Schedule of Events
The 4th Annual Albany Book Festival, presented by the NYS Writers Institute at the University at Albany, will be held Saturday, September 25, on the University’s Uptown Campus, 1400 Washington Avenue.
The annual event is currently scheduled to be held in-person for the first time since 2019. Events will begin at 10:30 am and conclude at 5 pm. All events are free and open to the public. [Read more…] about 4th Annual Albany Book Festival Planned For Sept 25th
The NYS Writers Institute is hosting the premiere of local historian and filmmaker Don Rittner’s new film “Karen or Bust” on Saturday, May 1st, during the Albany Film Festival. [Read more…] about New Don Rittner Film Being Premiered at Albany Film Festival
Movie fans, filmmakers, and authors are invited to join the NYS Writers Institute at the inaugural Albany Film Festival, an eclectic program of virtual and in-person events exploring the intersection of writing and film to be presented April 24th through May 3rd. [Read more…] about Inaugural Albany Film Festival To Feature Unique Events
In a recent conversation at the NYS Writers Institute, Paul Grondahl interviews historian Russell Shorto, the best-selling author of Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan & The Forgotten Colony That Shaped America, Amsterdam, and Revolution Song, and a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine. [Read more…] about Russell Shorto Discusses His Latest Book, Smalltime
When the New York State Writers Institute put out the call for Trolley submissions last spring, the word “coronavirus” was indeed novel. Since then, we’ve witnessed a path of death and mourning sweep through our cities, towns, nation, and the world.
Last week marked one year since the World Health Organization declared the pandemic. Its effect on our society is both immeasurable and quantifiable: 2.5 million dead worldwide, including more than 500,000 in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s data shows that life expectancy in the U.S. decline by a full year in the first half of 2020 — the worst decline since World War II. [Read more…] about Trolley Literary Journal Seeks Submissions
The New York State Writers Institute has announced “Rebuilding the Republic,” a months-long series of events addressing many of the urgent issues we face today — including the threat of political insurrection, racist violence, economic inequity, and social strife — and the prospect of emerging a better nation from adversity. [Read more…] about ‘Rebuilding the Republic’ Author Series Underway
The NYS Writers Institute, in conjunction with philanthropists Bruce Piasecki & Andrea Masters and the Yaddo artists’ community in Saratoga Springs, have announced a call for submissions for The Bruce Piasecki and Andrea Masters Annual Award on Business and Society Writing, celebrating young writers who aim to ignite positive social change fueled by their writing. The winner will receive a check for $5,000. [Read more…] about Award for Social Impact Writing: Call for Submissions
The New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany has announced Telling the Truth 2020 on November 11-18, a week-long series of in-depth conversations with authors, journalists, political observers, social critics, former public officials, and thought leaders examining the toxic divisions of America’s political landscape. [Read more…] about Telling the Truth 2020: Conversations on Toxic Political Divisions