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

September 12, 2016
The English Department is a certified Green Office within the University, which means that our department does its part in order to help the University be more sustainable. The UMD Sustainability Fund currently has $390,000 available for projects that promote environmental sustainability and positively impact the student experience at UMD.
September 12, 2016
Jess Enoch was the keynote speaker at the Naylor Conference for Undergraduate Research at York College in York, Pennsylvania (Sept. 9-11). She presented with two of her students from the spring 2016 semester Keith Wise and Sean McGovern. Their presentation "Reflections on Method: Undergraduate Research and Digital Transcription" discussed the digital transcription project of Madge Preston's diaries that students completed in Enoch's spring's course Women in Public Memory in Material and Digital Worlds. Additionally, Jess Enoch was a featured speaker at the Humanities Lecture Series at York College on Sept. 8th where she  presented "Remembering (and Forgetting) Women: Exploring Complexities of the Public Memory Archive." 
September 8, 2016
The English Department hosted its annual Welcome Assembly on September 7th. Faculty, staff, and students gathered to hear introductions, announcements, and news of plans for the year ahead. Following the formal program in Ulrich Hall was a brunch reception on the third floor patio.
September 7, 2016
Emily Mitchell has been asked to participate in the PEN/Faulkner Writers in the Schools program.
September 7, 2016
Joshua Weiner's Berlin Notebook, prose about the refugee crisis, will be published this fall by the Los Angeles Review of Books. An outtake from it appeared in the summer issue of The Threepenny Review. Keep reading to learn more.
September 7, 2016
Emily Flamm (MFA '13) received second place and $500 in Carve Magazine's Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. Her story, "Come Down to the Water," will be published in the fall issue.
September 2, 2016
MFA Student Leigh McDonald completed work on the first season of the Lean & Hungry Podcast, which breaks down classic literature and makes works entertaining and accessible.
September 2, 2016
Stanley Plumly's The Immortal Evening: A Legendary Dinner with Keats, Wordsworth, & Lamb is just out in paperback (W.W. Norton); and his new collection of poems, Against Sunset is due out in November, 2016 (also W.W. Norton).  Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography has been selected by Jonathan Bate as one of the five best books ever written about the Romantics. 
September 2, 2016
Click here to see the latest news from PWP! 
August 30, 2016
Peter Witte's essay, "He and I (and Her Too)," was published in the fall 2016 issue of The Threepenny Review. 
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).
November 19, 2014
Click here to access the playlist for Jonathan Auerbach's Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Lecture.
November 18, 2014
This Folger Friday event is free, however registration is strongly encouraged. Please click on the link on the Folger Shakespeare Library's website to register/RSVP. The Folger Theatre production of JULIUS CAESAR will follow the poetry reading at 8 PM in the theatre, but you do need to purchase tickets to see the play.
November 5, 2014
On Monday, November 17th at 7:30 p.m., the Folger Shakespeare Library's O. B. Hardison Poetry Series hosts the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, featuring Geoffrey Brock and Heather McHugh for what's sure to be a great night of readings. Tickets are $15.
September 12, 2016
The English Department is a certified Green Office within the University, which means that our department does its part in order to help the University be more sustainable. The UMD Sustainability Fund currently has $390,000 available for projects that promote environmental sustainability and positively impact the student experience at UMD.
September 12, 2016
Jess Enoch was the keynote speaker at the Naylor Conference for Undergraduate Research at York College in York, Pennsylvania (Sept. 9-11). She presented with two of her students from the spring 2016 semester Keith Wise and Sean McGovern. Their presentation "Reflections on Method: Undergraduate Research and Digital Transcription" discussed the digital transcription project of Madge Preston's diaries that students completed in Enoch's spring's course Women in Public Memory in Material and Digital Worlds. Additionally, Jess Enoch was a featured speaker at the Humanities Lecture Series at York College on Sept. 8th where she  presented "Remembering (and Forgetting) Women: Exploring Complexities of the Public Memory Archive." 
September 8, 2016
The English Department hosted its annual Welcome Assembly on September 7th. Faculty, staff, and students gathered to hear introductions, announcements, and news of plans for the year ahead. Following the formal program in Ulrich Hall was a brunch reception on the third floor patio.
September 7, 2016
Emily Mitchell has been asked to participate in the PEN/Faulkner Writers in the Schools program.
September 7, 2016
Joshua Weiner's Berlin Notebook, prose about the refugee crisis, will be published this fall by the Los Angeles Review of Books. An outtake from it appeared in the summer issue of The Threepenny Review. Keep reading to learn more.
September 7, 2016
Emily Flamm (MFA '13) received second place and $500 in Carve Magazine's Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. Her story, "Come Down to the Water," will be published in the fall issue.
September 2, 2016
MFA Student Leigh McDonald completed work on the first season of the Lean & Hungry Podcast, which breaks down classic literature and makes works entertaining and accessible.
September 2, 2016
Stanley Plumly's The Immortal Evening: A Legendary Dinner with Keats, Wordsworth, & Lamb is just out in paperback (W.W. Norton); and his new collection of poems, Against Sunset is due out in November, 2016 (also W.W. Norton).  Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography has been selected by Jonathan Bate as one of the five best books ever written about the Romantics. 
September 2, 2016
Click here to see the latest news from PWP! 
August 30, 2016
Peter Witte's essay, "He and I (and Her Too)," was published in the fall 2016 issue of The Threepenny Review.