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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.



"...literary conversation is the best conversation in the world"
William Kennedy


Patti Lupone The Creative Life Series
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Patti LuPone, Grammy and Tony award-winning actress
April 26 (Thursday)

Conversation and book signing — 7:00 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus

Patti LuPone, one of musical theatre’s most beloved leading ladies, whose autobiography, Patti LuPone: A Memoir (2010), was a New York Times bestseller that shared the intimate story of her life both onstage and off — through the dizzying highs and darkest lows — with the humor and outspokenness that have become her trademarks. Read more and watch a performance of "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" from a live concert in Palm Springs.

Note: LuPone will perform at Proctors in Schenectady on Friday, April 27. Proctors box office: (518) 346-6204 or

William KennedyAmy Wallen, author
April 27 (Friday)
6 to 7:30 p.m., The Book House, Stuyvesant Plaza

The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza welcomes Amy Wallen, who will discuss and sign her new book When We Were Ghouls. Her first novel, Moon Pies and Movie Stars, was a Los Angeles Times bestseller.

Wallen is associate director of the New York State Summer Writers Institute in Saratoga Springs, and her essays have been published in The Gettysburg Review, The Normal School, Country Living and other national magazines and anthologies.

More information on The Book House website.


Nina G Nina G, comedian, disability rights activist, and author
April 27 (Friday)
Comedy performance — 7:00 p.m., Campus Center Ballroom, Uptown Campus

Nina G, "The Stuttering Comedian," is also a professional speaker, storyteller, writer, and educator. She brings her humor to help people confront and understand disability culture, access, and empowerment. Watch Nina G's TedX talk.

Sponsored by UAlbany’s Disability Resource Center, University Auxiliary Services, and Division of Student Affairs

Eugene Lee The 22nd Annual Burian Lecture: Funded by the Jarka and Grayce Burian Endowment
Eugene Lee, set designer for Wicked and Saturday Night Live

April 30 (Monday)

Craft talk — 4:15 p.m., Studio Theatre, Performing Arts Center, Uptown Campus
The Burian Lecture — 7:30 p.m., Studio Theatre, Performing Arts Center, Uptown Campus

Eugene Lee, legendary Broadway set designer, has won three Tony Awards for his work on Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, and Gregory Maguire’s Wicked. Lee has also served as the production designer for Saturday Night Live for more than forty years since its 1975 premiere.

Read more about Eugene Lee and see photos of his set designs.

Cosponsored by the Jarka and Grayce Burian Endowment and UAlbany’s Theatre Program


David Tomas MartinezDavid Tomas Martinez
May 1 (Tuesday)

Craft talk — 4:15 p.m., Standish Room, Science Library, Uptown Campus
Presentation/Q&A — 7:00 p.m., Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, Uptown Campus

David Tomas Martinez, prize-winning poet, is a former San Diego gang member and teenage father whose work addresses themes of street life, poverty, masculinity, drugs, and violence in the barrio.

Currently a professor of creative writing at Columbia University, Martinez is the author of the new poetry collection, Post Traumatic Hood Disorder (2018). Read more about David Tomas Martinez.

Cosponsored by the Writing Center of the UAlbany English Department and the student performance troupe, Phenomenal Voices

William Kennedy"This Is Your Life, William Kennedy" Celebration"
May 4 (Friday)

7:00 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus

The Writers Institute will celebrate its founder in his 90th year with appearances by special guests, to be announced, prerecorded video tributes by major authors and filmmakers, and a slideshow of photographs documenting significant milestones in a singular and eventful life. We invite you all to join the fun. A reception with light refreshments to follow.

Donald W. Faulkner 1952-2018

Donald W. Faulkner, former director of the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany, died at his home in Schenectady of natural causes on April 10. He was 66 years old and had been in declining health.

He resigned from the Writers Institute in the summer of 2016 to pursue other creative projects after taking an extended medical leave. Faulkner, who was also a tenured English faculty member, joined the Writers Institute in 1995. He replaced Tom Smith, a UAlbany English professor who held the position for a decade before he died of a heart attack on September 26, 1994 at 63.

“We are thankful for Don’s long service to the Writers Institute and the University at Albany, we mourn his passing and extend our heartfelt condolences to his family,” said Writers Institute director Paul Grondahl, the third person to hold the post in its 35-year history. Writers Institute founder and executive director William Kennedy praised Faulkner’s development of deep connections with publishers, editors and the literary community.

Faulkner came to the Writers Institute from Yale University, where he directed the summer writing program. He was a senior lecturer at Yale and taught literature courses at UAlbany. He earned a master’s degree in philosophy at Yale, where his mentor was John Hersey, the late Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist. Faulkner published two books of poetry, wrote book reviews and edited four collections of writing by literary critic Malcolm Cowley.

Obituary | Biography page from our archives

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

Coming up in The Creative Life series: Patti LuPone on April 26.

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

Our 2018 Visiting Writers, Filmmakers, Artists, Newsmakers

Spring 2018 season

Here's a look at our complete Spring 2018 schedule.

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