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Join us in celebration of the launch of our landmark anthology Lost Orchard:

Cover - "Lost Orchard"

Sunday,  March 23, 2014
3-5 p.m.
Arlington Center for the Arts
41 Foster Street, Arlington Mass.02474


Saturday, March 29, 2014
4-6 p.m.
Dweck Center @the Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, N.Y .11238

To order a copy of Lost Orchard, visit SUNY Press.

  • Includes fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction essays
  • 50 contributors, including Kirkland alumnae and faculty, and a collaboration between Sam and Natalie Babbitt about Natalie’s writing ofTuck Everlasting during their Kirkland years
  • Includes four commissioned one-act plays, which were performed at the 2007 All-Kirkland Reunion
  • Contains submissions that span the college’s lifetime, from nearly every Kirkland class beginning with 1972 through 1980
  • Selections by nearly all professors who taught creative writing at Kirkland
  • Represents one of a very few multi-genre anthologies from a single institution
  • Highlights and represents Kirkland’s creative writing program, one of the first in the country to confer an undergraduate degree
  • Gives voice to alumnae of the last private women’s college established in the U.S.
  • Has cover art by Kirkland alumna Linda Branch Dunn, K’77

This site captures many of the stories and memories of Kirkland College, Clinton NY.  Unlike our cherished alma mater, it is a living work-in-progress.  We hope you enjoy exploring the stories here.  Please consider subscribing to receive updates via email (your email address will never be shared without your permission).

You can navigate the stories in three ways: By selecting Categories (see menu at right), by searching for a specific term (see search box at right), or by clicking on one of these images:


Our Origins


Our Traditions


Our Innovative Education


Our Lasting Influence

Or start with A Note from Sam Babbitt. Explore, enjoy and we hope you enter the conversation.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Carolyn York K'75 permalink
    April 18, 2011 3:14 pm

    One of my favorite Clinton winter memories is leaving my Freshman dorm (Root) to walk the short distance to McEwen and seeing that a light snow had fallen just as dusk arrived. On many days, there wasn’t a large snowfall — just this early evening covering. I always think of it as Clinton’s version of the late afternoon thunderstorms you get in the tropics. Except our snow was quiet, understated, and quite lovely. Just a way to draw a fine line between afternoon and evening. By the time dinner was over, often the snow was too and most traces of it had been erased by our boots.

  2. Douglas Raybeck permalink
    October 30, 2013 10:08 am

    To those who care about the early learning center that was started by Kirkland in the early 70’s, Hamilton College is contemplating terminating it. There is now a petition to keep it:

  3. June 12, 2014 12:39 pm

    Reunion Weekend was terrific. the campus looks quite different with the new Arts Center under construction. It is big and modern goes the world. But there was a warm feeling among everyone and a huge display of Lost Orchard in the Book Store. Plus Sam’s book Final Engagement. Some kind a détente has taken place.
    Constance Stellas K72

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