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CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF LITERATURE

Donald Faulkner and William KennedyTHE NEW YORK STATE WRITERS INSTITUTE:
THE FIRST 25 YEARS,”

A DISCUSSION AND VIDEO PRESENTATION WITH WILLIAM KENNEDY AND DONALD FAULKNER

NYS Writers Institute, October 10, 2009
2:00 p.m. Discussion/Film Clips | Fine Arts Building 126



CALENDAR LISTING:

“The New York State Writers Institute: The First 25 Years,” a discussion and video presentation with directors William Kennedy and Donald Faulkner, will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building, Room 126, on the University at Albany’s uptown campus. The presentation will feature video clip highlights of memorable guests and past events. Sponsored in conjunction with UAlbany’s Community Day, the event is free and open to the public.

PROFILE
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and Executive Director William Kennedy and Director Donald Faulkner will present an overview of the New York State Writers Institute’s 25 year history— its formation, anecdotes about memorable guests and events, and future direction— with video clip highlights of past events.

On August 6, 1984, Governor Mario Cuomo signed into law the legislation creating the New York State Writers Institute, giving the Institute a mandate to provide “a milieu for established and aspiring writers to work together… to increase the artistic imagination.” Prior to that, William Kennedy had established the Writers Institute at Albany with funds from a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship that he received in 1983.

Since then the Institute has sponsored a vast number of author visits, film screenings, symposia, staged readings, and writing workshops. Over 1000 writers — in all genres, and winners of every major literary award in the United States and abroad — have shared their work with both student and community audiences, making Albany a literary crossroads.

For additional information, contact the Writers Institute at 518-442-5620 or online at http://www.albany.edu/writers-inst.