SOUTHAMPTON, NY; June 2015. “Selected Shorts,” the popular literary radio broadcast series produced by Symphony Space and WNYC Radio and distributed by Public Radio International, will visit the Graduate Arts campus of Stony Brook Southampton on Saturday, July 18, at 7 p.m. for the launch of the Summer/Fall 2015 edition of TSR: The Southampton Review.
Actors Jill Eikenberry, Michael Tucker, Harris Yulin, and former US. Poet Laureate Billy Collins will read selections from The Southampton Review for the program at the Avram Theater on the campus, which will be recorded for broadcast on the “Selected Shorts” radio series. Tickets for the July 18 “Selected Shorts” presentation, which is open to the public, may be obtained by taking a subscription to TSR. For more information, visit www.stonybrook.edu/southampton/mfa/publishing/tsr.
TSR: The Southampton Review is the literary and art journal of the MFA in Creative Writing and Literature program at Stony Brook Southampton. The launch of the Summer/Fall edition is traditionally one of the culminating events of the annual Southampton Writers Conference at the campus, now in its 40th installment and this year running from July 8 to 19.
The 2015 Summer/Fall edition being launched on July 18 has the usual mix of accomplished writers and emerging voices, along with fine art and cartoons. Poets Robert Wrigley, Rebecca Foust, Alicia Mountain and Billy Collins, among others, have work in the new edition. Also included is “North of Orlando” by Gregory Golaszewski, winner of the inaugural Roger Rosenblatt Comic Essay prize.
Roger Rosenblatt, Meg Wolitzer, Melissa Bank, Jessica Soffer, Frederic Tuten, George Booth and Michael Maslin are among the creative types who offer contributions to the On Craft series: “How I Trick Myself into Getting to Work.”
Memoir & Essay pieces include a selection from Ralph Waldo Emerson and an excerpt from the late Peter Matthiessen’s “Men’s Lives,” along with pieces by Baylis Greene and Danielle Berg. Fiction contributors include Roxana Robinson, Struan Sinclair, John Rosenblatt, Struan Sinclair, Alejandro Varela, and Chase Dearinger, among others.
“Selected Shorts” began 30 years ago as a performance/reading series on stage at Symphony Space. The series was conceived with a simple premise: take great stories by well-known and emerging writers and have them performed by terrific actors. Tapping into people’s love of being read to, the series was an instant hit.
The stories are mostly fiction, sometimes classic, sometimes new, and always performed by talented Broadway and Hollywood actors who bring these short stories to life. Evenings are often co-hosted and co-presented by writers, literary publications like TSR, and museums.
The radio series, co-produced with WNYC in New York and distributed by Public Radio International, airs locally on Thursdays at 9 p.m. on WNYC 93.9 FM and Sundays at 10 p.m. on WNYC 93.9 FM. For more information, visit www.selectedshorts.org.