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

February 8, 2016
Reginald Dwayne Betts, who earned his BA in English in 2009, is reading in the O.B. Hardison Poetry series at the Folger Shakespeare Library at 7:30 PM on Monday, 2/8/16. 
February 1, 2016
Todd Kilman ('91) Washingtonian Food Critic and author of The Wild Vine: A Forgotten Grape and the Untold Story of American Wine was featured in TERP Magazine.
January 20, 2016
Sarah Schexnayder (formerly Hall), a graduate of the English Language and Literature department at University of Maryland, was recently promoted to president of Syscom Services.  
December 16, 2015
English Alumnus Reginald Dwayne Betts was interviewed on NPR's Fresh Air about his book, Bastards of the Reagan Era and how his experiences shaped his poetry.
December 16, 2015
Jess Enoch was recently elected to the Conference on College Composition and Communication's Executive Committee as well as the Rhetoric Society of America's Executive Committee. Her collaborative essay "Archival Literacy: Reading the Rhetoric of Digital Archives in the Undergraduate Classroom" was published in December's issue of College Composition and Communication. She also co-edited a special issue of Peitho: The Journal of the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition titled "Looking Forward: The Next 25 Years of Feminist Scholarship in Rhetoric and Composition."
December 16, 2015
Ph.D Student Danielle Griffin recently presented on October 30, 2015 at the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference in Tempe, AZ. The title of Danielle's talk was "'The rendring of Conversation agreeable': Madeleine de Scudéry, Gender, and Genre."
December 10, 2015
MFA Student Leigh McDonald has two poems, "70° in December" and "J.R.S., 1962," appearing in Gargoyle Magzine in January.
December 9, 2015
Jeanne Fahnestock, Professor Emeritus, was invited by the Rhetoric Programs of the University of Lund, Sweden (October 11-17), and the University of Copenhagen (October 17-24), and gave a seminar and public lecture at each school.
December 9, 2015
Carlea Holl-Jensen and Lindsay Fowler presented our paper, "Reading Weird: Teaching Experimental Fiction in the Creative Writing Classroom," at the University of Central Missouri's Creative Writing & Innovative Pedagogies Conference. 
December 2, 2015
Professor Howard Norman has won a Creative and Performing Arts Award (CAPAA) to work on his new novel-in-progress, Thirteen Crowded Hours. We wait in anticipation!Join us in congratulating Howard!
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.
February 8, 2016
Reginald Dwayne Betts, who earned his BA in English in 2009, is reading in the O.B. Hardison Poetry series at the Folger Shakespeare Library at 7:30 PM on Monday, 2/8/16. 
February 1, 2016
Todd Kilman ('91) Washingtonian Food Critic and author of The Wild Vine: A Forgotten Grape and the Untold Story of American Wine was featured in TERP Magazine.
January 20, 2016
Sarah Schexnayder (formerly Hall), a graduate of the English Language and Literature department at University of Maryland, was recently promoted to president of Syscom Services.  
December 16, 2015
English Alumnus Reginald Dwayne Betts was interviewed on NPR's Fresh Air about his book, Bastards of the Reagan Era and how his experiences shaped his poetry.
December 16, 2015
Jess Enoch was recently elected to the Conference on College Composition and Communication's Executive Committee as well as the Rhetoric Society of America's Executive Committee. Her collaborative essay "Archival Literacy: Reading the Rhetoric of Digital Archives in the Undergraduate Classroom" was published in December's issue of College Composition and Communication. She also co-edited a special issue of Peitho: The Journal of the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition titled "Looking Forward: The Next 25 Years of Feminist Scholarship in Rhetoric and Composition."
December 16, 2015
Ph.D Student Danielle Griffin recently presented on October 30, 2015 at the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference in Tempe, AZ. The title of Danielle's talk was "'The rendring of Conversation agreeable': Madeleine de Scudéry, Gender, and Genre."
December 10, 2015
MFA Student Leigh McDonald has two poems, "70° in December" and "J.R.S., 1962," appearing in Gargoyle Magzine in January.
December 9, 2015
Jeanne Fahnestock, Professor Emeritus, was invited by the Rhetoric Programs of the University of Lund, Sweden (October 11-17), and the University of Copenhagen (October 17-24), and gave a seminar and public lecture at each school.
December 9, 2015
Carlea Holl-Jensen and Lindsay Fowler presented our paper, "Reading Weird: Teaching Experimental Fiction in the Creative Writing Classroom," at the University of Central Missouri's Creative Writing & Innovative Pedagogies Conference. 
December 2, 2015
Professor Howard Norman has won a Creative and Performing Arts Award (CAPAA) to work on his new novel-in-progress, Thirteen Crowded Hours. We wait in anticipation!Join us in congratulating Howard!