College Store at SUNY Potsdam Hosts Book Signing for 2 Local Authors


There will be a book signing for “Adirondack Reflections” and “North Country Reflections,” at the College Store at SUNY Potsdam on Saturday, featuring editors Neal Burdick and Maurice Kenny.

The College Store, located in the Barrington Student Union at SUNY Potsdam, will host a book signing for two local authors, Maurice Kenny and Neal Burdick, on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Kenny and Burdick are the co-editors of two books with regional themes recently published by the History Press. Both titles are collections of works by writers and visual artists from Northern New York.

"North Country Reflections: On Life and Living in the Foothills" and "Adirondack Reflections: On Life and Living in the Mountains and the Valleys," are both on sale in the College Store.

In the collections, residents of the region "probe their own lives and experiences with the land in a corner of America that is both demanding and rewarding." The authors state that the North Country is "host to determined, community-oriented people who have traded the financial lure of big cities for the satisfaction of barn raisings, outdoor hockey, quiet hikes and old-fashioned diners."

About the authors:

Neal Burdick grew up in Plattsburgh, N.Y., and graduated from St. Lawrence University, Canton, where he has been publications writer/editor and an advanced writing instructor since 1977. As a freelance editor and writer, he has published in a variety of genres, from poetry to book reviews, and in a variety of publications, from Fodor's Travel Books to the Blueline literary magazine. He is the editor of Adirondac, the magazine of the Adirondack Mountain Club, is also a frequent contributor to Adirondack Explorer and Adirondack Life magazines. Burdick is the co-editor, with Natalia Singer, of the anthology "Living North Country," and also edited the third edition of "The Adirondack Reader." He has edited books on the Adirondacks for several regional publishing houses, been a panelist for the New York Foundation for the Arts nonfiction grant program, and has also served as a commentator on regional writing for the Associated Writing Programs, North Country Public Radio and the Adirondack Park Visitor Interpretive Center. For several years, he was on the board of directors for the Adirondack Center for Writing. He is a founder and longtime co-director of the St. Lawrence Young Writers Conference as well.

The author of more than 30 collections of poetry and fiction, Watertown, N.Y. native Maurice Kenny has been hailed as the "dean of Native American poetry" by World Literature Today. Also an essayist and reviewer, his work appears in nearly 100 anthologies and textbooks. "The Mama Poems," an extended elegy, won the American Book Award in 1984, and his books "Between Two Rivers," "Blackrobe" and "Isaac Jogues" were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. However, he considers his most important work to be "Tekonwatonti: Molly Brant, 1935-1795," a historical poetry journey in many voices that has been praised as "a new form of dramatic monologue." He has extended this method in the forthcoming "Conversations with Frida Kahlo: Collage of Memory." Kenny has been an editor, publisher, arts council panelist and member of the board of directors of the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines. He has been a visiting professor/poet-in-residence at numerous colleges, including St. Lawrence University, the University of Oklahoma, Paul Smith's College and SUNY Potsdam, where he was writer-in-residence.

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Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America's first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts. Empowered by a culture of creativity, the campus community recently launched Take the Lead: The Campaign for Potsdam, which aims to raise $27 million by the College's bicentennial in 2016.