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

August 23, 2016
Elle magazine recently recognized the English Department’s course Literature by Women of Color in its list of the 63 most compelling courses that examine the female experience.
August 9, 2016
Leigh Ryan was an invited speaker at the National Park Service’s “Network to Freedom” 2016 conference in June at Hilton Head, SC.  She presented “’Be all you seem to be; aim to be more than you seem to be’: Chaplain Henry Vinton Plummer’s Life in Freedom.”  Earlier in June, she and the Rev. L Jerome Fowler presented “Emily Saunders Plummer: An Ordinary/Extraordinary Enslaved Woman’s Story” at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad conference in Cambridge, MD.   
July 26, 2016
MFA student Peter Witte's story, "They Were," was recently published in The Sun.
July 26, 2016
Tom Earles presented at the European Writing Centers Association Conference at Łódź University in Poland, July 8-10. His paper, "A Creative Writing Center?" considers student, tutor, and instructor attitudes about tutoring creative writing in writing centers. The trip was partially funded by a UMD Writing Program Award.
July 21, 2016
The MFA faculty have works forthcoming this year and next.
July 20, 2016
Howard Norman will be at the Bogliasco artist's retreat in November and December. (Our colleague Maud Casey was in residence there earlier in the year.)  Howard's new novel, My Darling Detective,will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in June, 2017. 
July 20, 2016
Scott Wible has been appointed to a two-year term on the editorial board of College English, which is the flagship professional journal of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Wible has also been named to the NCTE Committee on Resolutions for 2016. Keep reading to learn more.
July 1, 2016
A number of recent publications by our faculty engage wide audiences by weaving together narrative and research.  Their inclusion in public library collections, bookstore speaker series, and online media outlets mark their successful popular appeal.
June 9, 2016
The English Department congratulates and thanks Leigh Ryan for her 30+ years of service and unwavering dedication.
June 8, 2016
Sarah, who graduated from UMD with a Bachelor's in English in 2011, was named a finalist for Tupelo Press's 2016 Dorset Prize for her poetry manuscript, Country of Glass, by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky.
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.
August 23, 2016
Elle magazine recently recognized the English Department’s course Literature by Women of Color in its list of the 63 most compelling courses that examine the female experience.
August 9, 2016
Leigh Ryan was an invited speaker at the National Park Service’s “Network to Freedom” 2016 conference in June at Hilton Head, SC.  She presented “’Be all you seem to be; aim to be more than you seem to be’: Chaplain Henry Vinton Plummer’s Life in Freedom.”  Earlier in June, she and the Rev. L Jerome Fowler presented “Emily Saunders Plummer: An Ordinary/Extraordinary Enslaved Woman’s Story” at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad conference in Cambridge, MD.   
July 26, 2016
MFA student Peter Witte's story, "They Were," was recently published in The Sun.
July 26, 2016
Tom Earles presented at the European Writing Centers Association Conference at Łódź University in Poland, July 8-10. His paper, "A Creative Writing Center?" considers student, tutor, and instructor attitudes about tutoring creative writing in writing centers. The trip was partially funded by a UMD Writing Program Award.
July 21, 2016
The MFA faculty have works forthcoming this year and next.
July 20, 2016
Howard Norman will be at the Bogliasco artist's retreat in November and December. (Our colleague Maud Casey was in residence there earlier in the year.)  Howard's new novel, My Darling Detective,will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in June, 2017. 
July 20, 2016
Scott Wible has been appointed to a two-year term on the editorial board of College English, which is the flagship professional journal of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Wible has also been named to the NCTE Committee on Resolutions for 2016. Keep reading to learn more.
July 1, 2016
A number of recent publications by our faculty engage wide audiences by weaving together narrative and research.  Their inclusion in public library collections, bookstore speaker series, and online media outlets mark their successful popular appeal.
June 9, 2016
The English Department congratulates and thanks Leigh Ryan for her 30+ years of service and unwavering dedication.
June 8, 2016
Sarah, who graduated from UMD with a Bachelor's in English in 2011, was named a finalist for Tupelo Press's 2016 Dorset Prize for her poetry manuscript, Country of Glass, by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky.