Apple & Quill: Naomi Guttman and Nick Geisler


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.

September 11, 2013
Featuring: Naomi Guttman, Professor of English, and Nick Geisler, of the class of 2014, and open mic participants.


Nick Geisler (with introduction): 1:30
Naomi Guttman (with introduction): 18:50
Open Mic- John Rufo: 41:45
Open Mic- Fred Schmitt: 47:15
Open Mic- Lisa Forrest: 50:10

Naomi Guttman was born and raised in Montreal. In 1992, her book Reasons for Winter won the A.M. Klein Award for Poetry and was short-listed for The League of Canadian Poets' Pat Lowther Memorial Award. She has received two grants from the Canada Council for the Arts as well as a grant from the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, and the Artist's Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Wet Apples, White Blood, published by McGill-Queen's University Press, was co-winner of the Adirondack Center for Writers' Best Book of Poems for 2007. Guttman teaches English and creative writing at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York.

Nick Geisler is a senior who hails from both Ithaca, NY and Statesboro, GA. A biker, traveler, and avid music lover, Nick recently returned from 4 months studying rap in Dakar, Senegal, and a six week bicycle trip across the country. At Hamilton, he plays rugby, works for the radio station WHCL, and attempts to help people with computer issues at Burke library.

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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.