Binghamton Center for Writers

Common Ground

Common Ground is a newly established reading series devoted to the creative work of graduate and undergraduate students. Our goal is to engage the widest spectrum of the Binghamton student writing community as we gather in solidarity and share poetry and prose in a safe and welcoming environment. Three undergraduates and three graduate readers will be featured at each event, followed by conversation and literary friendship. Common Ground welcomes writers of color, the LGBTQ community, and people of all abilities, and finds fellowship in celebrating Binghamton's creative writers. 

Fall 2021 Readings will take place:

Wednesday, October 13th at 7pm in UU (University Union) 209

Wednesday, November 17th at 7pm in UU (University Union) 209

If you are interested in reading your work at a Common Ground event or would like more information, please email Shin: or Nicoletta:


Shin Watanabe

Shin Watanabe was born in Gainesville, Florida and has lived in New York, New Jersey, Minnesota, and Nevada. He studied philosophy at the University of Minnesota and received an MFA in poetry at the University of Las Vegas. Shin is currently a PhD candidate in English with a creative dissertation in poetry at Binghamton University.

Nicoletta Lamarca-Sacco

Nicoletta LaMarca Sacco is passionate about languages and taught ESOL to speakers of 18-20 different languages for 27 ½ years. She is in her first year of the Creative Writing doctoral program at Binghamton University writing poetry and CNF. Her writing has been published in New York Magazine’s The Cut, Honeysuckle, and Quill and Parchment, and forthcoming from PLR (Paterson Literary Review), issue #49, and