A grad of SUNY Potsdam’s Creative Writing program, Ethan writes for radio and just published a book of poetry, "Poems for Danielle Steel's Purple Prose." A hardcore musician, he has put many miles on a small truck, eats sparingly, and sleeps as little as possible.
NYSOM Contributor Ethan Shantie sat down for a conversation with Dr. Maurice Kenny, his former professor at SUNY Potsdam. A Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet, Dr. Kenny is a 2014 inductee into the New York Writers Hall of Fame. — I had been putting off conducting an interview with Dr. Maurice Kenny when I hit a deer on the way to work one morning. Five a.m. I took it as… Read More »
As spring shifts to summer, and the school year transitions to holiday break, NYSOM’S Adirondacks Correspondent takes a peek at one very special summer camp. — I have never before spent time at a summer camp. It always seemed goofy to me. Spend several weeks away from home, with kids I have never met before, only to get bitten by a bunch of mosquitos? No way. I would… Read More »
As we board Uncle Sam’s ferry, a girl in a wool cap and a collar turned up against the rain tells us the proper way to affix our life jackets. “Don’t worry though,” she says, “this ship isn’t going to sink so enjoy your trip.” And we do. After making our way up to the bow to take pictures, a couple and their son take rapid fire panoramic… Read More »
Weird art in a weird town. We’re a funny little place, Potsdam: just shy of the Canadian border and as well-known for harsh, long winters as for Sandstone structures. But by simply taking a walk down alleyways and side streets, you can discover what makes the tundra worthwhile. Driving through downtown and the outlying areas, you are not apt to see much if you’re just on your way… Read More »