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

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Wed Oct 23

Wed Dec 4

7:00 PM
Tawes Hall, Ulrich Recital Hall

Wed Feb 12

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Tawes Hall, Ulrich Recital Hall

Wed Mar 11

7:00 PM
Tawes Hall, Ulrich Recital Hall

Wed Apr 1

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News

September 13, 2019
Memorial services for each Virginia Beauchamp and Stanley Plumly will take place this month.
September 12, 2019
First year graduate student, Claudia Rojas (MFA, Poetry), has been selected for the 2019 Writer's Relief Peter K. Hixson Memorial Award for Creative Writers.  The award is presented to one poet and one short story writer for three cycles of Writer’s Relief submission services free of charge. To learn more about the award and Writer's Relief visit the Writer's Relief website.
September 12, 2019
A new poem by Joshua Weiner led off the summer prose poem issue at the online journal B O D Y, which also ran his review of Tom Pickard's Fiends Fell journal.  You can read them here.He was interviewed by Thomas Whyte in June.  You can read the short interview here.Joshua also read poems by Bertolt Brecht at an evening devoted to his work sponsored by the Goethe-Institut of Washington D.C.  You can read about it here.
September 12, 2019
Tom Earles's article, "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Asynchronous Online Tutoring," will appear in the forthcoming issue of Research in Online Literacy Education.
September 11, 2019
William Fargason's Love Song to the Demon-Possessed Pigs of Gadara has been awarded the 2019 Iowa Poetry Prize. Fargason graduated from the University of Maryland with an MFA in Poetry in 2014. He currently teaches creative writing at Florida State University.
September 5, 2019
With Jordynn Jack, Jess Enoch published her edited collection Retellings: Opportunities for Feminist Research in Rhetoric and Composition Studies through Parlor Press.With David Gold, Jess Enoch published her edited collection Women at Work: Rhetorics of Gender and Labor through the University of Pittsburgh Press.
September 5, 2019
At the Council of Writing Program Administrators conference in July, Jess Enoch, Justin Lohr, Britt Starr, Brandy Williams, Sarah Bonnie Humud, and Marina Seamans presented on their revisions to the English 101 curriculum so that it better emphasizes rhetorical education's relationship to civic engagement and social justice.
September 5, 2019
Jess Enoch (English, faculty), Katie Bramlett (English, PhD student), and Elizabeth Novara (former UMD curator) published "Decoding (a Woman's) Diaries: The Transcribe-a-thon as a Public Memory Project" in the May 2019 issue of College English. This essay reflects on their pedagogical work, which was supported by the English department's "Beyond the Classroom" grant, in which they collaborated with their students in their Women and Public Memory course to engage the UMD public in the digital transcription of Margaret Preston's diaries.
September 5, 2019
On October 12, Mark Fitzgerald will lead a poetry workshop at the Fall for the Book Festival in Fairfax, Virginia.
September 5, 2019
Maud Casey's story, "The City Itself," is forthcoming in New England Review. The story is part of a larger collaboration with the photographer Laura Larson called The City of Incurable Women.Maud was the Visiting Writer at the Vermont Studio Center in July and gave a lecture, "Hello, Darkness, My Old Friend: The Sound of Silence in Fiction," at the 2019 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, available as an audio recording here: http://sites.middlebury.edu/blwc/bread-loaf-writers-conference/2019-audio-recordings/
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.
September 13, 2019
Memorial services for each Virginia Beauchamp and Stanley Plumly will take place this month.
September 12, 2019
First year graduate student, Claudia Rojas (MFA, Poetry), has been selected for the 2019 Writer's Relief Peter K. Hixson Memorial Award for Creative Writers.  The award is presented to one poet and one short story writer for three cycles of Writer’s Relief submission services free of charge. To learn more about the award and Writer's Relief visit the Writer's Relief website.
September 12, 2019
A new poem by Joshua Weiner led off the summer prose poem issue at the online journal B O D Y, which also ran his review of Tom Pickard's Fiends Fell journal.  You can read them here.He was interviewed by Thomas Whyte in June.  You can read the short interview here.Joshua also read poems by Bertolt Brecht at an evening devoted to his work sponsored by the Goethe-Institut of Washington D.C.  You can read about it here.
September 12, 2019
Tom Earles's article, "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Asynchronous Online Tutoring," will appear in the forthcoming issue of Research in Online Literacy Education.
September 11, 2019
William Fargason's Love Song to the Demon-Possessed Pigs of Gadara has been awarded the 2019 Iowa Poetry Prize. Fargason graduated from the University of Maryland with an MFA in Poetry in 2014. He currently teaches creative writing at Florida State University.
September 5, 2019
With Jordynn Jack, Jess Enoch published her edited collection Retellings: Opportunities for Feminist Research in Rhetoric and Composition Studies through Parlor Press.With David Gold, Jess Enoch published her edited collection Women at Work: Rhetorics of Gender and Labor through the University of Pittsburgh Press.
September 5, 2019
At the Council of Writing Program Administrators conference in July, Jess Enoch, Justin Lohr, Britt Starr, Brandy Williams, Sarah Bonnie Humud, and Marina Seamans presented on their revisions to the English 101 curriculum so that it better emphasizes rhetorical education's relationship to civic engagement and social justice.
September 5, 2019
Jess Enoch (English, faculty), Katie Bramlett (English, PhD student), and Elizabeth Novara (former UMD curator) published "Decoding (a Woman's) Diaries: The Transcribe-a-thon as a Public Memory Project" in the May 2019 issue of College English. This essay reflects on their pedagogical work, which was supported by the English department's "Beyond the Classroom" grant, in which they collaborated with their students in their Women and Public Memory course to engage the UMD public in the digital transcription of Margaret Preston's diaries.
September 5, 2019
On October 12, Mark Fitzgerald will lead a poetry workshop at the Fall for the Book Festival in Fairfax, Virginia.
September 5, 2019
Maud Casey's story, "The City Itself," is forthcoming in New England Review. The story is part of a larger collaboration with the photographer Laura Larson called The City of Incurable Women.Maud was the Visiting Writer at the Vermont Studio Center in July and gave a lecture, "Hello, Darkness, My Old Friend: The Sound of Silence in Fiction," at the 2019 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, available as an audio recording here: http://sites.middlebury.edu/blwc/bread-loaf-writers-conference/2019-audio-recordings/