Writers Here and Now

Stanley Plumly addresses Welcome Assembly

Writers Here & Now brings writers of national and international prominence to the University of Maryland.  It provides an opportunity for the university community to hear and meet the best writers of contemporary poetry and fiction.  The visits by writers include a public reading preceded by a reception at Queen Anne's Hall and classroom visits with MFA graduate students and undergraduate students in residence at the Jimenez-Porter Writers House.  Recent visiting writers include Andrea Barrett, Madison Smartt Bell, Anne Carson, Lan Samantha Chang, Amy Hempel, Major Jackson, Tony Hoagland, George Saunders, Susan Stewart, C.K. Williams, and David Wojhan.

News

December 8, 2016
Join us in congratulating the following projects for receiving grants from the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies' Fall 2016 grant cycle.
December 6, 2016
Stanley Plumly published his most recent poetry collection Against Sunset. Of the collection, David Wojahn writes, "This degree of artistry is sadly rare in contemporary poetry, and it allows [Plumly] to bear, always with nobility, the losses and rueful reckonings that are forced upon us in our twilight years."
December 2, 2016
Danuta Hinc chaired two Slavic and Eastern European Languages and Literatures panels at the 2016 South Central MLA Conference in Dallas, TX in November.
December 2, 2016
Kellie Robertson has been appointed to the editorial board of the new Penn Literature and Science Series (University of Pennsylvania Press). She has also joined the editorial advisory board of The Sewanee Review. In November, she presented her research at the Oecologies seminar in Vancouver, BC, giving a talk entitled “Ecologies of Scale.”
December 2, 2016
In late October Scott Wible delivered a keynote address at the Thomas R. Watson Conference at the University of Louisville. Building on the conference theme, "Mobility Work in Composition: Translation, Migration, Transformation," Wible's talk examined his two-year collaboration with the University of Maryland Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to teach creative problem-solving methodologies in the professional writing classroom.In mid-November, Scott Wible served on the National Council of Teachers of English Resolutions Committee. In addition to preparing three resolutions submitted from the NCTE membership for discussion and voting at the annual NCTE business meeting, the five-person committee also drafted the "Resolution on Contemporary Discourse in the English Language Arts Classroom," which was unanimously approved at the business meeting and will be voted on by the full NCTE membership in the coming months.Scott Wible chaired the Graduate Research Award committee of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, which selected three graduate students in professional writing studies to present their research projects on a showcase panel at the 2017 ATTW Conference.
December 1, 2016
Jess Enoch's chapter, Transcribing Women’s Diaries in the Digital World," collaboratively written with Elizabeth Novara, curator of Historical Manuscripts in Hornbake Library, has been accepted to Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian.Her chapter “Abductive Historiography: This Is a (Feminist) Test” has been published in Abducting Writing Studies (Eds. Kyle Jensen and Sid Dobrin; Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP).Her book review, collaboratively written with UMD PhD Elizabeth Miller, of You Can’t Padlock an Idea: Rhetorical Education at the Highlander Folk School, 1932-1961 by Stephen Schneider was published in Rhetoric and Public Affairs
November 30, 2016
Linda Coleman will present a rhetorical analysis of President Roosevelt's "Day of Infamy" speech as part of the Bowie Library program commemorating Pearl Harbor Day on December 7.
November 30, 2016
MFA alumna Emily Flamm (fiction, 2013) published a series of shorts, "Prospects," in the Arizona issue of Territory. You can read "Prospects" here. 
November 30, 2016
Congratulations to the English Department's Writing Programs (AWP, PWP, and the Writing Center) on having been awarded the CCCC Writing Program Certificate of Excellence.
November 29, 2016
The MFA Program in Creative Writing is pleased to announce our nominees for AWP's Intro Journals Project (2017), an annual literary competition for the discovery and publication of new work by students currently enrolled in creative writing programs around the country.
November 22, 2016
Jhumpa Lahiri will  visit The Mercatus Center at George Mason University on Monday, December 5 at 6:00 PM in Founders Hall Auditorium.
November 18, 2016
Deadline: December 1, 2016 - 8:00 PM, EDT. Qualifications only (not proposals).
November 18, 2016
The next meeting of the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies 2016-2017 series will take place on Friday, November 18th, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Rosenwald Room (LJ 205), 2nd floor, Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. Drs. Holly Peppe and Tim Jackson will  discuss their recent edited collection: Selected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay: An Annotated Edition.”
April 21, 2016
With Professor Mortimer Sellers, Ulrich Recital Hall in Tawes Hall at 3:30 PM
December 16, 2015
Kseniya Melnik is the author of the linked story collection Snow in May, which was short-listed for the International Dylan Thomas Prize and long-listed for the Frank O’Connor.
October 21, 2015
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building (ground floor)Our own Elizabeth Arnold and Charles Bernstein will celebrate the birthday of poet Ezra Pound by reading selections from his work and discussing his influence on their own writing. This event is free and open to the public, and will feature a display from the Library’s collections. Co-sponsored by the Library’s Rare Book and Special Collections Division.
March 10, 2015
Danish writer Christian Jungersen will read and discuss his novel You Disappear with European Reference Librarian Taru Spiegel. This event is free and open to the public. Books sales and a signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress European Division, and presented in partnership with the Royal Danish Embassy. Location: Dining Room A, sixth floor, James Madison Building Contact: (202) 707-5394
February 11, 2015
Patricia Smith, winner of the 13th Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, will read selections from her poetry collection Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. 
January 28, 2015
Nigerian-American writer Chinelo Okparanta will read selections from her work and participate in a moderated discussion with Angel Batiste, Africa Area Specialist in the African and Middle Eastern Division. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division, and presented in partnership with The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa.
January 22, 2015
Maud Casey and Josh Tyree will be reading from their most recent books at Kramerbooks in Dupont Circle (1517 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20036).
December 8, 2016
Join us in congratulating the following projects for receiving grants from the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies' Fall 2016 grant cycle.
December 6, 2016
Stanley Plumly published his most recent poetry collection Against Sunset. Of the collection, David Wojahn writes, "This degree of artistry is sadly rare in contemporary poetry, and it allows [Plumly] to bear, always with nobility, the losses and rueful reckonings that are forced upon us in our twilight years."
December 2, 2016
Danuta Hinc chaired two Slavic and Eastern European Languages and Literatures panels at the 2016 South Central MLA Conference in Dallas, TX in November.
December 2, 2016
Kellie Robertson has been appointed to the editorial board of the new Penn Literature and Science Series (University of Pennsylvania Press). She has also joined the editorial advisory board of The Sewanee Review. In November, she presented her research at the Oecologies seminar in Vancouver, BC, giving a talk entitled “Ecologies of Scale.”
December 2, 2016
In late October Scott Wible delivered a keynote address at the Thomas R. Watson Conference at the University of Louisville. Building on the conference theme, "Mobility Work in Composition: Translation, Migration, Transformation," Wible's talk examined his two-year collaboration with the University of Maryland Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to teach creative problem-solving methodologies in the professional writing classroom.In mid-November, Scott Wible served on the National Council of Teachers of English Resolutions Committee. In addition to preparing three resolutions submitted from the NCTE membership for discussion and voting at the annual NCTE business meeting, the five-person committee also drafted the "Resolution on Contemporary Discourse in the English Language Arts Classroom," which was unanimously approved at the business meeting and will be voted on by the full NCTE membership in the coming months.Scott Wible chaired the Graduate Research Award committee of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, which selected three graduate students in professional writing studies to present their research projects on a showcase panel at the 2017 ATTW Conference.
December 1, 2016
Jess Enoch's chapter, Transcribing Women’s Diaries in the Digital World," collaboratively written with Elizabeth Novara, curator of Historical Manuscripts in Hornbake Library, has been accepted to Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian.Her chapter “Abductive Historiography: This Is a (Feminist) Test” has been published in Abducting Writing Studies (Eds. Kyle Jensen and Sid Dobrin; Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP).Her book review, collaboratively written with UMD PhD Elizabeth Miller, of You Can’t Padlock an Idea: Rhetorical Education at the Highlander Folk School, 1932-1961 by Stephen Schneider was published in Rhetoric and Public Affairs
November 30, 2016
Linda Coleman will present a rhetorical analysis of President Roosevelt's "Day of Infamy" speech as part of the Bowie Library program commemorating Pearl Harbor Day on December 7.
November 30, 2016
MFA alumna Emily Flamm (fiction, 2013) published a series of shorts, "Prospects," in the Arizona issue of Territory. You can read "Prospects" here. 
November 30, 2016
Congratulations to the English Department's Writing Programs (AWP, PWP, and the Writing Center) on having been awarded the CCCC Writing Program Certificate of Excellence.
November 29, 2016
The MFA Program in Creative Writing is pleased to announce our nominees for AWP's Intro Journals Project (2017), an annual literary competition for the discovery and publication of new work by students currently enrolled in creative writing programs around the country.