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Courtesy parking for Writers Institute events on the Uptown Campus will be available in the State Quad Student Parking Lot one hour prior to and one hour after events. Visitor Parkling lots are also available for $3 a vehicle after 4 pm., though parking spaces are very limited. See map.

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For Downtown Campus events, courtesy parking will be available in the Thurlow Student Parking lot. See map.



William Kennedy

"It is my longstanding feeling that literary conversation is the best conversation in the world" -- William Kennedy

The Creative Life: Garth Fagan

The Creative Life: Garth Fagan

WAMC Northeast Public Radio's Joe Donahue, right, interviewed Tony and Olivier award-winning choreographer Garth Fagan on March 28 at the University at Albany. (Photo by Anthony Tassarotti.)
Fagan, the famed choreographer of "The Lion King" entertained the audience with stories of his childhood in Jamaica, the powerful influence of his mentors, and the future path of his Garth Fagan Dance company.The Creative Life discussion series
The evening of conversation was part of "The Creative Life" at UAlbany, a collaborative series created and produced by the University Art Museum, Performing Art Center and New York State Writers Institute in collaboration with WAMC.
Listen to the interview at The Creative Life: Garth Fagan on

What are William Kennedy's 'person, place and thing'?

Randy Cohen interviewed William Kennedy for an episode of his "Person Place Thing" podcast recently. The discussion centered on Albany in the 1930s, the political machine and journalism.
The going price of a vote in the 1930s? $5.
How did they know you voted their way? By sandpapering the voting-both curtain so they could see through it.
More tales of Kennedy's Albany can be heard on the podcast at

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