FEATURED AUTHORS

Winners of the SCCC First Book Visiting Writer Award and
the SCCC Lawrence J. Epstein Visiting Writer Award

The SCCC Creative Writing Festival Committee is proud to announce two new initiatives: the First Book Visiting Writer Award and the Lawrence J. Epstein Visiting Writer Award, intended to bring new and emerging authors from beyond Long Island to the attention of the SCCC and Suffolk County communities.

 

The winners of the awards will participate in the upcoming SCCC Creative Writing Festival as Featured Readers, where they will give a 25 minute reading, participate in a Q & A with conference attendees, and take part in an author book-signing. They will also receive a $1000 honorarium to offset travel expenses, and have an excerpt of their work made into a limited edition broadside produced by students of Suffolk County Community College. Additionally, their books will be used as classroom texts in one or more creative writing courses at SCCC in future semesters.

2020

Visiting

Writers

Meet the winners and finalists

for this year's

First Book

Visiting Writer Award

and

Lawrence J. Epstein

Visiting Writer Award

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JARED HAREL

Poet
Featured Author 2018

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LOIS ROMA-DEELEY

Poet
Keynote Speaker 2018

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ARACELIS GIRMAY

Poet
Featured Author 2017

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RACHEL ELIZA GRIFFITHS

Poet
Featured Author 2017

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PAUL LISICKY

Writer, Creative Nonfiction
Featured Author 2017

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JENNIFER MICHAEL HECHT

Poet
Featured Author 2016

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GENARO KỲ LÝ SMITH

Poet
Featured Author 2016

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KENNETH SHERWOOD

Educator
Keynote Speaker 2016

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AMY LEACH

Essayist

Featured Author 2015

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WILL SCHUTT

Poet
Featured Author 2015

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SPIRO CARRAS

Filmmaker
Keynote Speaker 2015

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KELLY DANIELS

Writer, Creative Nonfiction
Featured Author 2014

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ALLISON SEAY

Poet
Featured Author 2014

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COLUM MCCANN

Novelist
Keynote Speaker 2014

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KATHA POLLITT

Poet
Featured Author 2013

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JAMES ARTHUR

Poet
Featured Author 2013

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TIM ALBAUGH

Screenwriter
Keynote Speaker 2013

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RACHEL EDDEY

Memoirist
Featured Author 2012

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JUDITH BAUMEL

Poet
Featured Author 2012

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CORNELIUS EADY

Poet
Keynote Speaker 2012

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L.B. THOMPSON

Poet
Featured Author 2011

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DANIEL NESTER

Essayist
Featured Author 2011

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KRIS BIGALK

Educator
Keynote Speaker 2011

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DAVA SOBEL

Writer, Nonfiction
Featured Author 2010

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STEPHANOS PAPADOPOULOS

Poet
Featured Author 2010

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ENZO SURIN

Educator
Keynote Speaker 2010

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SAM LIPSYTE

Novelist
Featured Author 2009

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DAVID HAJDU

Writer, Nonfiction
Featured Author 2009

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JULIE SHEEHAN

Poet
Keynote Speaker 2009

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VICTOR D. LAVALLE

Novelist
Featured Author 2008

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BROCK CLARKE

Novelist
Featured Author 2008

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JUDITH BAUMEL

Educator
Keynote Speaker 2008

PAST READERS AND KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Featuring over 30 authors in just over a decade

Click on the author photos for more information

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ASHLEY M. JONES

Poet
Winner
First Book
Visiting Writer Award 2018

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SUE HALPERN

Novelist
Winner
Lawrence J. Epstein
Visiting Writer Award 2018

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WENDY CHEN

Poet
Finalist
First Book
Visiting Writer Award 2018

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JESSICA CUELLO

Poet
Finalist
Lawrence J. Epstein
Visiting Writer Award 2018

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