Apple & Quill: Doran Larson and Emma Laperruque

Hamilton College's Burke Library presents Apple & Quill: Creative Arts at Burke, an innovative series focusing on creative writing, music, and the visual arts. With support from Hamilton's Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi) and Audiovisual Services, the series is recorded and archived for future teaching and research opportunities. The fall 2013 lineup showcased creative writing by Hamilton's own faculty and students.

November 13, 2013
Featuring: Doran Larson, Professor of English & Creative Writing, and Emma Laperruque, of the class of 2014, along with open mic participants.

Doran Larson teaches courses in prison writing, the history of the novel, 20th-century American literature, and creative writing. He has published articles on Herman Melville, Theodore Dreiser, Henry James and popular film. Since November of 2006, he has taught a creative writing course inside a maximum-security state prison. Larson's essays on prison writing and prison issues have been published in College Literature, Radical Teacher, English Language Notes and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He is the editor of two forthcoming volumes: The Beautiful Prison, a special issue of the legal journal, Studies in Law, Politics, and Society; and Fourth City: Essays from the Prison in America. He is also the author of two novels, The Big Deal (Bantam, 1985), and Marginalia (Permanent, 1997). Larson's stories have appeared in The Iowa Review, Boulevard, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Alaska Quarterly Review and Best American Short Stories. The Iowa Review published his novella, Syzygy, in 1998. He has also published travel writing, magazine features, and paid op-eds.

Emma Laperruque is a senior fellow, interdisciplinary major—even though she often pretends to still be a creative writing major as a brazen excuse to show up at department events and eat lemon bars. For her final year at school, Emma is writing an instructive, narrative cookbook, which will teach young adults the basics of home cooking. When not recipe-testing for her fellowship, Emma recipe-tests for her blog, Dourmet.com. And on the ever-rare occasion that she's doing something unrelated to food, Emma likes to memorize Kanye West lyrics in preparation for a concert in November, and run around in ridiculous neon outfits in preparation for a marathon in March.

Speakers

Laperruque, Emma – 1:12
Larson, Doran – 28:40
Rufo, John – 48:21
Burnham, Kyle – 51:08
Forrest, Lisa – 53:48
Williams, Jay – 58:40

 
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Lisa Forrest, MLS

Lisa Forrest, MLS

Director of Research and Instruction Services at Burke Library, Hamilton College

Lisa A. Forrest, Director of Research and Instruction Services at Hamilton College, received her M.L.S. from the University at Buffalo. She is the recipient of the Excellence in Library Service Award from the Western New York Library Resources Council (2008) and a fellow of the Western New York Library Resources Council’s Leadership Institute (2009) and the Educause Leading Change Institute (2014). Lisa's scholarly writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including American Libraries, A Leadership Primer for New Librarians (Neal-Schuman Publishers), Journal of Library Innovation, Thinking Outside the Book (McFarland), Urban Library Journal, Writing and Publishing: The Librarians Handbook (ALA Editions), and Job Stress and the Librarian (McFarland).

Her academic interests include the use of innovative technologies in library instruction, library leadership, and creative marketing and outreach. Lisa's creative writing has been featured in ArtVoice, Buffalo NewsDamn the Caesarseco-poetics, elimaefoursquareThe Great Lakes ReviewHot Metal BridgeKadar KoliWordWrights, and Yellow Edenwald Field. Other honors received include Pushcart nominations, the “Best of Buffalo: Best Poet” award (ArtVoice, 2011), and the National Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRINDI) Award for her radio commentary And So This is Christmas. Lisa's first collection of poems, To the Eaves (2008) is available from BlazeVox Books.

Kristin L. Strohmeyer

Reference and Outreach Librarian, Hamilton College

Kristin L. Strohmeyer is a Reference and Outreach Librarian at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. Kristin is the departmental liaison for many humanities departments and history, providing instruction and research assistance to those faculty and students. She is also a member of the HILLgroup, and is actively involved in New Faculty and New Student Orientation. She currently serves on the ALA Library Instruction Roundtable Steering Committee, and is past-president of the Eastern New York Chapter of ACRL. Kristin received her B.A. in English Literature and Medieval History from Potsdam College in New York, and her M.S. in Library Science from Simmons College in Boston.