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.

Upcoming Events

Wed May 4

7:00 PM
Ulrich Recital Hall, 1121 Tawes Hall

News

April 25, 2016
Casey Patterson has been selected as one of Maryland's "Undergraduate Researchers of the Year" for 2016. Casey was nominated by Prof. Randy Ontiveros. This recognition includes an award of $1000 and a plaque. Congratulations to Casey on this acknowledgement of his fruitful pursuit of learning and scholarship beyond the classroom!
April 25, 2016
Jenna Bachman was selected to receive a James F. Harris Arts and Humanities Visionary Scholarship for the academic year 2016-2017. The recognition includes an award of $1,100. Join us in congratulating Jenna and wishing her continued success in her academic career!
April 20, 2016
Ann Bracken, a lecturer in the Professional Writing Program, has had a second collection of poems accepted for publication this year by New Academia Publishing. The book is titled No Barking in the Hallways: Poems from the Classroom, and "explores the student-teacher relationship as well as systemic challenges faced by teachers in the age of standardization." Ann hopes to open the hearts and minds of readers with her authentic counter narrative.  
April 6, 2016
Join us in congratulating Michelle Sauer for receiving the 2016 Library Award for Undergraduate Research for her paper "The Liminality of Irene Redfield: a Reading of Ambiguous Identity in Nella Larsen’s Passing", which she wrote for ENGL 301 Critical Methods in the Study of English Literature. Michelle's paper explores the complexity of Irene Redfiled, "the main character of Passing, a Harlem Renaissance novel by Nella Larsen," and examines, "how [Irene's] identity is liminal, or in an in-between state both in her racial identity and sexual orientation."
April 6, 2016
The Association of Writers & Writing Programs held their annual conference, AWP, this past week in Los Angeles. The creative writing undergraduate and graduate programs were well represented at the event. Keep reading to learn more. 
March 21, 2016
First Place winners receive $150.00; 2nd Place $100, and 3rd place $50.00.Thanks to all who submitted work to the contest! Many submissions were received.  
March 10, 2016
Holly Smith will be moderating the morning plenary session, "Books and Books: Industry Overview" during the Washington Independent Review of Books' annual Washington Writers Conference on Sat., Apr. 30, in Bethesda, MD.
March 9, 2016
Amanda Fiore's short story "One Millimeter, Either Way" was recently accepted for publication in New Madrid, which is a literary journal out of Murray State University.
March 9, 2016
Alexandra Calloway was named a 2016 Stamp Service-Learning Faculty Fellow. The Fellows will meet monthly to learn about incorporating service-learning in classes. They will spend the first part of the year learning what service-learning is and how to apply those principles to our classes, as well as developing a syllabus for Fall 2016 that will incorporate a service-learning component in the class. Mark Fitzgerald was invited to the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, where he read from a selection of poems included in his new manuscript. His poem “Afterglow” will be published this summer in Slipstream. Elizabeth Fixsen’s band The Bumper Stickers appeared at the Second Chance Saloon in Columbia on March 5. Check their Facebook page for upcoming gigs! James Mattson’s personal essay “Guilt” was published in Catapult this month. Joan Mooney published a review of a book on environmental issues in China in Urban Land magazine: http://tinyurl.com/hhul8nh. Jonathan Rick’s article “The 13 Worst Mistakes Everyone Makes When Writing a News Release” was published by PRNewser in February: http://www.adweek.com/prnewser/the-13-worst-mistakes-everyone-makes-when-writing-a-news-release/121520. In December, Caroline Wilkins facilitated a contemplative practice at “Exhale: Meditation, Movement, & Mindfulness.”  Billed as a one day “restorative retreat for the UDC community,” Exhale brought together faculty and staff from all departments for yoga, meditation, drawing, and dance.  Caroline’s session integrated meditation and writing with a focus on “the beautiful.”
March 9, 2016
English 292/388C: Writing for Change students Skyped with students from Northwestern High School last week.
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.
April 25, 2016
Casey Patterson has been selected as one of Maryland's "Undergraduate Researchers of the Year" for 2016. Casey was nominated by Prof. Randy Ontiveros. This recognition includes an award of $1000 and a plaque. Congratulations to Casey on this acknowledgement of his fruitful pursuit of learning and scholarship beyond the classroom!
April 25, 2016
Jenna Bachman was selected to receive a James F. Harris Arts and Humanities Visionary Scholarship for the academic year 2016-2017. The recognition includes an award of $1,100. Join us in congratulating Jenna and wishing her continued success in her academic career!
April 20, 2016
Ann Bracken, a lecturer in the Professional Writing Program, has had a second collection of poems accepted for publication this year by New Academia Publishing. The book is titled No Barking in the Hallways: Poems from the Classroom, and "explores the student-teacher relationship as well as systemic challenges faced by teachers in the age of standardization." Ann hopes to open the hearts and minds of readers with her authentic counter narrative.  
April 6, 2016
Join us in congratulating Michelle Sauer for receiving the 2016 Library Award for Undergraduate Research for her paper "The Liminality of Irene Redfield: a Reading of Ambiguous Identity in Nella Larsen’s Passing", which she wrote for ENGL 301 Critical Methods in the Study of English Literature. Michelle's paper explores the complexity of Irene Redfiled, "the main character of Passing, a Harlem Renaissance novel by Nella Larsen," and examines, "how [Irene's] identity is liminal, or in an in-between state both in her racial identity and sexual orientation."
April 6, 2016
The Association of Writers & Writing Programs held their annual conference, AWP, this past week in Los Angeles. The creative writing undergraduate and graduate programs were well represented at the event. Keep reading to learn more. 
March 21, 2016
First Place winners receive $150.00; 2nd Place $100, and 3rd place $50.00.Thanks to all who submitted work to the contest! Many submissions were received.  
March 10, 2016
Holly Smith will be moderating the morning plenary session, "Books and Books: Industry Overview" during the Washington Independent Review of Books' annual Washington Writers Conference on Sat., Apr. 30, in Bethesda, MD.
March 9, 2016
Amanda Fiore's short story "One Millimeter, Either Way" was recently accepted for publication in New Madrid, which is a literary journal out of Murray State University.
March 9, 2016
Alexandra Calloway was named a 2016 Stamp Service-Learning Faculty Fellow. The Fellows will meet monthly to learn about incorporating service-learning in classes. They will spend the first part of the year learning what service-learning is and how to apply those principles to our classes, as well as developing a syllabus for Fall 2016 that will incorporate a service-learning component in the class. Mark Fitzgerald was invited to the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, where he read from a selection of poems included in his new manuscript. His poem “Afterglow” will be published this summer in Slipstream. Elizabeth Fixsen’s band The Bumper Stickers appeared at the Second Chance Saloon in Columbia on March 5. Check their Facebook page for upcoming gigs! James Mattson’s personal essay “Guilt” was published in Catapult this month. Joan Mooney published a review of a book on environmental issues in China in Urban Land magazine: http://tinyurl.com/hhul8nh. Jonathan Rick’s article “The 13 Worst Mistakes Everyone Makes When Writing a News Release” was published by PRNewser in February: http://www.adweek.com/prnewser/the-13-worst-mistakes-everyone-makes-when-writing-a-news-release/121520. In December, Caroline Wilkins facilitated a contemplative practice at “Exhale: Meditation, Movement, & Mindfulness.”  Billed as a one day “restorative retreat for the UDC community,” Exhale brought together faculty and staff from all departments for yoga, meditation, drawing, and dance.  Caroline’s session integrated meditation and writing with a focus on “the beautiful.”
March 9, 2016
English 292/388C: Writing for Change students Skyped with students from Northwestern High School last week.