Monday, October 26, 2009

Fall Guest Speakers

FIT Words invites you to attend our fall 2009 guest speaker events

Roddy Lumsden
Author of Mischief Night - New & Selected Poems and Third Wish Wasted
Tuesday, November 3
Poetry reading, Q&A, and writing activity

Patricia Horvath
Featured in Shenandoah, Cream City Review, Puerto del Sol and Iron Horse Literary Review, and author of All the Difference
Monday, November 16


Fiction reading and Q&A

Sharon Dolin
Author of four books of poetry including Burn and Dodge and Realm of the Possible
Thursday, December 3
1-2 pm
Poetry reading, Q&A, and writing activity

All events will be held in the Writing Studio, room C612


Author bios

FIT Words - Guest Speakers - Fall 2009

Roddy Lumsden
Roddy Lumsden has published five books of poetry, most recently Mischief Night - New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2004) and Third Wish Wasted (Bloodaxe, 2009). Originally from Scotland, he lives in London where he is a Core Tutor for the Poetry School. He has done editing work on several prize-winning poetry collections and for the up-and-coming small press tall-lighthouse, for whom he edits the Pilot series of chapbooks by Britain and Ireland's best younger poets. Identity Parade, his major anthology of recent UK / Irish poetry is due in 2010. An Eric Gregory Award winner and former Vice Chair of the Poetry Society of Great Britain, he has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and several other awards and prizes and was awarded an International Fellowship at the Banff Center in Ontario in 2001.

Patricia Horvath
Patti Horvath’s essays and short fiction have appeared in numerous literary magazines, among them Shenandoah, Cream City Review, Puerto del Sol and Iron Horse Literary Review. She is the recipient of a 2007 Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature from the New York Foundation for the Arts for her memoir, All the Difference, which explores issues of disability and self-identity. Since 2001 she has served as a fiction editor at The Massachusetts Review. She lives in New York City and teaches creative writing at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.

Sharon Dolin
Sharon Dolin’s fourth book, Burn and Dodge (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008) won the AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. Her other books include and Realm of the Possible (Four Way Books, 2004), Serious Pink (Marsh Hawk Press, 2003), and Heart Work (Sheep Meadow Press, 1995). She is Writer-in-Residence at Eugene Lang College, The New School. She also teaches at the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y and directs The Center for Book Arts Annual Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition. Her website may be found at:

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Heirloom Recipe Contest

Two $100 prizes
-most creative written presentation
-most creative visual presentation
Two prizes of $100 each will be awarded to the written project and visual project that best incorporate a family recipe as inspiration to explore themes of family, tradition, culture, and heritage.
Please email submission to Tattfoo Tan at
Entries will be accepted until October 31, 2009.
All entries will be posted to FIT's Heirloom Recipe blog:
The two contest winners will be announced in November
Sponsored by the Diversity Committee Grant

Monday, September 14, 2009

Club Carnival

Please stop by our table at the Club Carnival this Thursday, September 17 from 12-2 p.m. We will have more information about the club, copies of our anthology, and some special treats :)

See you there!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

programming for 2009-10!

Here are some possible guest speakers for next academic year. Check out their websites and let me know which ones you would like to see here on campus!

Taylor Mali, performance poet and teacher
YouTube performance here.

Workshop: From Page to Stage 101 with Taylor Mali
The skills involved in writing a good poem are not identical to the skills required to perform a poem well, and the world is split between people who would rather hear a terrible performance of a brilliant poem and those who would rather hear a brilliant performance. Period. So let's say you've written a brilliant poem. Now what? Four-time National Poetry Slam Champion Taylor Mali has some tips, tricks, and techniques that will help you make your poems go in one ear of your audience. . . and stay there.

Terri Witek,
poet and author of The Shipwreck Dress
Read some of her poems (including two "kimono" poems in a form she invented) here.

Sharon Dolin, poet and author of Burn and Dodge (winner of AWP award) and Serious Pink (poems about paintings)

Wyn Cooper, poet and songwriter
Best known as author of the poem "Fun," which was adapted by Sheryl Crow for her hit song "All I Wanna Do," Cooper teaches workshops in poetry and songwriting.

Brendan Constantine, page and stage poet
YouTube performance here.

Roddy Lumsden, British poet
Click here to see "Flowers4Kate," a project involving Kate Moss.
(Will be visiting NYC late October/early November)

Alumni Panel: Careers in Writing

Sasha Soyfer, Public Relations Coordinator, Bloomingdale’s
Allison Goran, Assistant Editor, Editorial Projects, Travel and Leisure

Other suggestions? Let me know!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

we want YOU to read your poetry or prose!

Here's your chance to share your writing with your fellow students. The club is sponsoring an Open Reading on Tuesday, April 28 from 5-6:30 pm in the Writing Studio (yes, we are basically taking over the place for the entire day!!).

If you're interested in reading, email me or Cassie and we'll put you on the list. Bring a poem, a short (3-5 minute) piece of prose, or monologue--anything you have written yourself! Please encourage your friends and classmates to join us, too. Writers can also sign up at the beginning of the reading, if necessary.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, April 20, 2009

poetry performers 4/28/09 in the Writing Studio!

We have a great event coming up next Tuesday, April 28. The English & Speech department is sponsoring a reading/performance by Regie Cabico, Guillermo Castro, Anyssa Kim, and Madeline Millan from 12-1, and from 1-2 the club is sponsoring a Q&A Talkback with the poets.
Here's a YouTube clip of Regie on Def Poetry Jam!

Thursday, April 2, 2009


Don't miss our next club-sponsored event! Tell your friends!
Meet Author-Illustrator LUCY KNISLEY
Tuesday, April 14 1-2pm

Our club room: D504(just outside Library entrance)

Lucy Knisley’s graphic memoir, French Milk, was published in 2007 by Simon & Schuster. She is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago currently pursuing an MFA at the Center for Cartoon Studies While completing her BFA at the School of the Art Institute, she was comics editor for the award-winning student publication F News Magazine.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Showcase Your Work
With Two Special Events
At The Writing Studio, Room C612

Tuesday, March 24, 1-2 pm
A FREE Workshop with David Yezzi
Learn how to:
• Choose the right pieces for the event and audience.
• Use your voice, expressions, and gestures to help listeners appreciate your work.
• Project an air of confidence as a performer.
• Time your performance just right.
Bring a poem or selection of prose for this hands-on workshop.

David Yezzi is the author of the poetry collections The Hidden Model and Azores, and is the executive editor of The New Criterion. He served as director of the 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center from 2001-2005, and has taught at the West Chester University Poetry Conference and at Stanford University.

Tuesday, April 28, 5-6:30 pm

Present your creative writing with other FIT students in a fun, relaxed setting.
No experience necessary. Special gifts for all readers!

To sign up for a 3-5 minute time slot, stop by the Writing Studio
or email

Presented by FIT Words: The Club for Writers with support from the Writing Studio

Monday, March 16, 2009

I'm reading/signing my book at FIT Bookstore Tuesday, March 17!!!

Saint Nobody by Amy Lemmon
Reading and Book Signing
Tuesday, March 17
FIT Barnes & Noble Bookstore
I'd love to see you there!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

complete attention

Here's a great little piece I read to my Creative Imagination class this morning. We're thinking about the experience of "flow" and what gets us into that sort of a state. The poet and visual artist Fanny Howe describes the spiritual aspect of such things:

The quest for a condition that exists in two separate states is what confuses people. The person looking for "me" (a fixed identity) is also the same person looking for (a vapory word) "God." This split search can only be folded into one in the process of working on something--whether it is writing, digging, planting, painting, teaching--with a wholeheartedness that qualifies as complete attention. In such a state, you find yourself depending on chance or grace to supply you with the focus to complete what you are doing. Your work is practical, but your relationship to it is illogical in the range of its possible errors and failures. You align yourself with something behind and ahead and above you that is geometric in nature; you lean on its assistance, realizing the inadequacy of your words.

--Fanny Howe, "The Future Is Like Magic: A Notebook" (Poetry March 2009.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Busy week!

Sunday, February 22
Community service at the Community Word Project
42 Broadway, NY, NY 10004
Help stuff envelopes for CWP's annual event!
11 am - 1 pm
Meet in front of C Building at 10:20 am

Tuesday, Feb. 24
Flea market meeting
5 - 6:30 pm
7th Floor, A Building - SVCS

Wednesday, Feb. 25
Fundraiser - Bake sale!
11 am - 2 pm
D Building lobby

Thursday, Feb. 26
Flea market
Look for our table during common hour, 1 - 2 pm
Between A and B Buildings

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Love Your Library Week!

Love Your Library Week is February 9-13, 2009. Please show your support for our advisor, Amy Lemmon, who will be reading some of her poems on Tuesday, February 10th, from 12:30-1:30 in the Graduate Reading Room (E423). For a full list of activities, click here.

Our first meeting of the semester will take place immediately following at 1:30 p.m.