The LoKo Festival of the Arts at SUNY Potsdam

Writers Series

"Thanks to the spirit and generosity of the festival's benefactors Kathy Kofoed Lougheed '54 and her husband Don Lougheed (Hon. '54), SUNY Potsdam celebrates the campus culture of creativity and reinforces how important the arts are to informing innovated learning environments for every discipline as well as a lifetime of creativity for anyone who is crazy for the arts." --


In Spring, 2020, in addition to our graduating seniors in the BFA in Creative Writing, we will be featuring the following writers:

Hala Alyan

is a Palestinian-American writer and clinical psychologist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Guernica, and elsewhere. Her poetry collections have won the Arab American Book Award and the Crab Orchard Series Award. Her debut novel, Salt Houses, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017, and was the winner of the Arab American Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. It was also name one of NPR's Best Books of the Year. Her newest poetry collection, The Twenty-Ninth Year, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt this past January.


The Twenty-Ninth Year (poems), 2019

Salt Houses (novel), 2017

Hijra (poems), 2016

Four Cities (poems), 2015

Atrium (poems), 2012

Charles Theonia

is a poet from Brooklyn, where they're working to externalize interior femme landscapes. They are the author of art book Saw Palmettos, on hormones, community, and the brain-time continuum (Container, 2018), and chapbook Which One Is the Bridge (Topside Press, 2015). With ray ferreira and Abigail Lloyd, they coedit Femmescapes, a magazine of queer and trans affinities with femmeness.


Past Years:


Sabrina Jones graphic novels / social justice

Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling

Isadora Duncan: A Graphic Biography

Our Lady of Birth Control: A Cartoonist’s Encounter with Margaret Sanger

Sawako Nakayasu performance poetry / translation

The Ants; Texture Notes

Translation of Takashi Hiraide’s For the Fighting Spirit of the Walnut

Joseph Bruchac  poetry / fiction / children’s / performance

Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children

Songs from this Earth on Turtle's Back, Breaking Silence

plus over 100 other books

Jesse Bruchac


Fresh out of the box, the college now has an Art-o-mat, complements of the  LoKo Festival of the Arts . Visit Clark Whittington's  Art-o-mat  site for his complete story.

Fresh out of the box, the college now has an Art-o-mat, complements of the LoKo Festival of the Arts. Visit Clark Whittington's Art-o-mat site for his complete story.


Adrian Matejka Map to the Stars

Rion Amilcar Scott Insurrections

Sandra Simonds Further Problems with Pleasure

Chase Twichell Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New and Selected Poems



Mason Smith Towards Polaris; Far Alaska; Everybody Knows and Nobody Cares

Patrick Ryan Frank The Opposite of People

Rebecca Hazelton (-Stafford) Vow

Leila Philip A Family Place: A Hudson Valley Farm, Three Centuries, Five Wars, One Family



Jo Luloff The Beach at Gall Road

V.V. Ganeshananthan Love Marriage 

Matthew Vollmer Future Missionaries of America and Gateway to Paradise and inscriptions for headstones

Valerie Wetlaufer Call Me by My Other Name and Mysterious Acts by My People

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg Chasing Weather

Tony Leuzzi The Burning Door



Debora Kuan Xing

MC Hyland Never Again Land

Ian Stansel Everybody's Irish

Susi Wyss The Civilized World



W.P. Osborn Seven Tales and Seven Stories

Katherine Riegel What the Mouth Was Made For

Resha Cardone (translating Pia Barros) Those Not Spared / The Place of the Other

Nathan Oates The Empty House

Alden Jones The Blind Masseuse: A Memoir of Exoticism

Laurie Filipelli Elseplace

Sylvia Watanabe Talking to the Dead



Michael Dumanis My Soviet Union

Vievee Francis Horse in the Dark

Ryan Vine Distant Engines

Julia Story Post Moxie

Robert Foreman Published in a wide variety of journals

Laura van den Berg What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us



Maurice Kenny

Where to begin with Maurice? Tekonwatonti Molly Brant; Carving Hawk; Tortured Skins; and a dozen more collections.

We miss him dearly: 1929-2016