The Wells College Visiting Writers Series is pleased to welcome to campus editors of and contributors to “The Healing Muse,” the annual journal of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and visual art published by SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities. They will read selections of their work, in celebration of the launch of the journal’s 18th issue. The reading will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30 in the Art Exhibit Room, located on the third floor of Macmillan Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
“The Healing Muse” seeks to inhabit the space where art and health intersect, acting as a forum for artistic approaches to the body, illness and medicine by publishing the voices and perspectives of people with illness and disability, health care practitioners and caregivers.
Readers will include Bruce Bennett (professor emeritus of English), Jim Fafaglia, Mary Gardner, Gloria Heffernan, Eric Howd, Kathleen Kramer, Lisa Wiley and Donna Emerson. They will be joined by editor-in-chief Deirdre Neilen and associate editor Kathey Faber-Langendoen.
This event also celebrates the publication of a new book of selected poems by the journal’s founding editor, Bonnie St. Andrews. Her book, “Round & Ripe & Wise,” is being published to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Bonnie’s death. Bonnie previously came to Wells College multiple times to teach a poetry seminar for Bruce Bennett, and she was much admired in the Wells community.
The Visiting Writers series at Wells College presents several events each semester featuring authors who have distinguished themselves in poetry, fiction or nonfiction. These writers not only give public readings of their work — they also conduct writing workshops, participate in classes and discussions, and often hold individual conferences with interested student writers. The Visiting Writers Series is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. See more at wells.edu/visiting-writers.