Apple & Quill: Tina Hall and Sarah Sgro


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.

October 9, 2013
Featuring: Tina Hall, Associate Professor of English, and Sarah Sgro, of the class of 2014, and open mic participants.

Sarah Sgro: 1:30
Tina Hall: 19:30
Will Newman: 35:10
John Rufo: 38:25
Margie Thickstun: 42:50
Liza Strauss: 44:15
Jim Anesta: 46:00
Lisa Forrest: 48:10

Tina May Hall is a fiction writer who loves monsters, fairy tales, and dark chocolate. Her collection of short stories, The Physics of Imaginary Objects, won the 2010 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Her stories have appeared in 3rd Bed, Quarterly West, Black Warrior Review, Descant, The Collagist, and other journals. She lives in a creaky old house populated by coal-black mice and cocoa-pilfering ghosts.

Sarah Sgro is a senior from Rye Brook, NY who enjoys writing that confronts such themes as family, fertility, and sexuality in raw and unconventional ways. This past summer, she received an Emerson grant allowing her to study the domestic grotesque in contemporary fiction and poetry, a genre she is continuing to explore in her Honors seminar. In July of 2012, she attended the New York State Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College and participated in poetry workshops led by Campbell McGrath, Rosanna Warren, and Peg Boyers. She studied in Rome, Italy during the second half of her junior year, encouraging her desire to one day be an adept consumer of food and wine. More than most things, she enjoys playing Jenga, studying the menus of her favorite restaurants, and singing folk songs with her best friends.

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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.