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.

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February 18, 2020
Mary Dustin Turner passed away this past Saturday, February 15.
February 4, 2020
Danuta Hinc was in conversation with Michael Scott Moore about his bestselling memoir, "The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast."
February 4, 2020
December 2019's installment of the "In Your Ear," held at the DC Arts Center in Adams Morgan, featured Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes, Sabrina Islam, and Lucian Mattison
February 4, 2020
Sarah Elfreth, Maryland's youngest ever female senator, visited Shannon Zellars-Strohl's environmental writing class, speaking to students about how to write environmental policy proposals for an audience of law makers. Students in the class were then writing just such proposals for their final projects.
February 4, 2020
Steven Kleinman (MFA, University of Maryland, 2011) is the winner of the 2019 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry book contest, which includes the publication of his debut book, Life Cycle of a Bear. 
January 28, 2020
The Matador Review published Megan Howell's short story "Viva" in their Fall 2019 anthology. Kweli Journal will publish her short story "Blue Beard's First Wife." Megan is currently a fiction writer in the MFA program
January 26, 2020
Brian Richardson read a paper, “Dying Again and Again: Unruly Ecologies of Plot in Contemporary Fiction,” at the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present in October in College Park. His article, “I, etcetera: The Poetics and Politics of Multiperson Narration“ was translated into Portuguese and published in Revista Ribanceira 14 (2018) 123-43. His book, A Poetics of Plot for the Twenty-first Century: Theorizing Unruly Narratives, was published in November by Ohio State University Press in their Theory and Interpretation of Narrative series.
January 26, 2020
he MFA Program in Creative Writing is pleased to announce our nominees for the Intro Journals Project (2020), an annual literary competition for the discovery and publication of the best new work by students currently enrolled in AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) member programs: https://www.awpwriter.org/contests/intro_journals_project_overview
January 26, 2020
MFA fiction student Jehane Sharah has been awarded a Sterling Watson MFA Fellowship to attend the Sixteenth Annual Eckerd College Writers' Conference in Florida in January 2020.
January 26, 2020
In October 2019, Leigh Ryan (Writing Center Director Emerita) presented at the International Writing Centers Association/National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing conference: “The (HE)ART of It All: What Departing Writing Center Directors Carry with Them.” 
February 8, 2019
Takoma Park Busboys and Poets will feature Kelly Cresap and others to honor Valentine's Day.
October 18, 2018
Lindsay Bernal will read from What It Doesn't Have to Do With on October 21 in DC and October 22 in Baltimore.
May 6, 2018
Joshua Weiner will be reading his Trumpoems on SUNDAY, May 6th, 6:00 PM at Bridge Street Books with DAVID GEWANTER in celebration of the publication of Gewanter's fourth book, FORT NECESSITY, just out from the University of Chicago Press.
April 10, 2018
MFA Coordinator and recent winner of the National Poetry Series competition Lindsay Bernal and MFA Alumna Emily Flamm will read, along with Frank Montesonti and Jake Syersak. 
March 6, 2018
4:30 pm, Monday, April 9, 2018 | 1100 Cambridge Community CenterKate Starbird, assistant professor at University of Washington and expert on informatics, will share how alternative narratives of crisis information spread, creating confusion and clouding judgment.
February 21, 2018
Carlos Gamerro will give a public lecture on Thursday, March 1 at 5:00 PM in St. Mary's Hall Multipurpose Room. [...]
February 20, 2018
Mock Turtle has a new home at MilkBoy ArtHouse! We are thrilled about this new partnership with a venue that not only provides a gorgeous space but also strives to foster the arts on campus and around College Park. Our first reading is this Saturday, and we would love to see you there. Details below: 
February 20, 2018
The next meeting of the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies 2017-2018 series will take place on Friday, March 2nd, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Rosenwald Room (LJ 205), 2nd floor, Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. Dr. Victoria E. Burke will deliver a talk entitled “Collecting, Compiling, and Creating: Engaging with the Bible in Seventeenth-Century Women’s Manuscript Writing.”
January 17, 2018
On Saturday, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. at Politics & Prose, Maud Casey, Bill Beverly, and Amber Sparks will participate in a Tribute to Denis Johnson, celebrating the recent publication of Johnson's posthumous collection The Largesse of the Sea Maiden.
November 29, 2017
Join us on Monday, December 11 at 7:30pm, as we celebrate the genius of Emily Dickinson with scholar and poet Sandra Gilbert. This third reading in the 2017/18 O.B. Hardison Poetry Series is co-sponsored with The Poetry Society of America.
February 18, 2020
Mary Dustin Turner passed away this past Saturday, February 15.
February 4, 2020
Danuta Hinc was in conversation with Michael Scott Moore about his bestselling memoir, "The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast."
February 4, 2020
December 2019's installment of the "In Your Ear," held at the DC Arts Center in Adams Morgan, featured Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes, Sabrina Islam, and Lucian Mattison
February 4, 2020
Sarah Elfreth, Maryland's youngest ever female senator, visited Shannon Zellars-Strohl's environmental writing class, speaking to students about how to write environmental policy proposals for an audience of law makers. Students in the class were then writing just such proposals for their final projects.
February 4, 2020
Steven Kleinman (MFA, University of Maryland, 2011) is the winner of the 2019 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry book contest, which includes the publication of his debut book, Life Cycle of a Bear. 
January 28, 2020
The Matador Review published Megan Howell's short story "Viva" in their Fall 2019 anthology. Kweli Journal will publish her short story "Blue Beard's First Wife." Megan is currently a fiction writer in the MFA program
January 26, 2020
Brian Richardson read a paper, “Dying Again and Again: Unruly Ecologies of Plot in Contemporary Fiction,” at the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present in October in College Park. His article, “I, etcetera: The Poetics and Politics of Multiperson Narration“ was translated into Portuguese and published in Revista Ribanceira 14 (2018) 123-43. His book, A Poetics of Plot for the Twenty-first Century: Theorizing Unruly Narratives, was published in November by Ohio State University Press in their Theory and Interpretation of Narrative series.
January 26, 2020
he MFA Program in Creative Writing is pleased to announce our nominees for the Intro Journals Project (2020), an annual literary competition for the discovery and publication of the best new work by students currently enrolled in AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) member programs: https://www.awpwriter.org/contests/intro_journals_project_overview
January 26, 2020
MFA fiction student Jehane Sharah has been awarded a Sterling Watson MFA Fellowship to attend the Sixteenth Annual Eckerd College Writers' Conference in Florida in January 2020.
January 26, 2020
In October 2019, Leigh Ryan (Writing Center Director Emerita) presented at the International Writing Centers Association/National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing conference: “The (HE)ART of It All: What Departing Writing Center Directors Carry with Them.”