Stony Brook Southampton Campus

Stony Brook Southampton Campus, 239 Montauk Highway, Southampton, NY


Wednesday, March 6, 2019


6:30 pm - 8:00 pm





Writer’s Speak Presents Rachel Lyon


Novelist Rachel Lyon Up Next
In Spring Writers Speak on March 6

Novelist Rachel Lyon will be the next guest in the 2019 spring Writers Speak Wednesdays series of free author talks and readings open to the public at Stony Brook Southampton. Lyon will read from and talk about her work on Wednesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in Duke Lecture Hall on the ground floor of Chancellors Hall at the Southampton campus.

Rachel Lyon is the author of the debut novel Self-Portrait with Boy (Scribner 2018), which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Her shorter work has appeared in Joyland, Iowa Review, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, McSweeney’s, and other publications.

A cofounder of the reading series Ditmas Lit in her native Brooklyn, Lyon has taught creative writing for the Sackett Street Writers Workshop, Catapult, the Fine Arts Work Center, Slice Literary, and elsewhere. She publishes a Writing/Thinking Prompts newsletter; subscriptions available at Readers can also visit her website,

About Self-Portrait with Boy, Diana Wagman wrote in the Los Angeles Review of Books: “Lyrically written, emotionally complicated, and surprising in many ways, it is hard to put down. It explores what constitutes success and fame and art. A single chance occurrence creates something out of nothing, and someone out of no one — but at an enormous expense. Rachel Lyon has given us much to think about.”

Other programs scheduled for the spring Writers Speak series include: March 13, MFA faculty members Cornelius Eady, Amy Hempel, Susan Scarf Merrell, Paul Harding, and Roger Rosenblatt in a panel discussion on revision, “The Art and Craft of the Redraft” moderated by Associate Provost Robert Reeves; March 27, poet Gary J. Whitehead; April 3, Amy Hempel and Julia Slavin; April 24, poet Sharon Dolin and writer Chloe Caldwell; and May 1, a showcase reading by MFA students.

Writers Speak Wednesdays programs are free and open to the public. The evenings begin with a brief reception at 6:30 p.m.; readings begin at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A and book signing. Until completion of renovations in the Radio Lounge, all programs will be held in Duke Lecture Hall on the first floor of Chancellors Hall at Stony Brook Southampton, 39 Tuckahoe Road, Southampton, NY 11968.

For more information, call 631-632-5030 or visit On Facebook, visit Writers Speak Wednesdays; to follow on Twitter, @ WritersSpeakWed.


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