Wednesday, February 14, 2018

V-Day Open Mic

The Beanery, Benton Museum, 6:00 pm

Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and the UConn Coalition of Writers.

Come by, read poems, play music, proclaim your affections, complain bitterly, wonder aloud, flirt into our amp, and tell stories! Open to everyone. Co-hosted by Daniela Doncel, President of UConn Coalition of Writers, and Kerry Carnahan, Assistant Director of Creative Writing.


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Susanne Davis/Fiction Reading

UConn Bookstore, Storrs Center, 6:00 pm

Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and the UConn Bookstore.

Susanne Davis comes from six generations of dairy farmers in Connecticut. Her short stories have been published in American Short Fiction, Notre Dame Review, descant, St. Petersburg Review, Zone 3, Carve and numerous other journals, while Harvard Magazine, Harvard Law Bulletin, Mothers Always Write, and others have published her nonfiction. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and teaches creative writing at Trinity College and the University of Connecticut and conducts writing workshops at the Mark Twain House in Hartford, CT, as well as privately. She will be reading from her short story collection The Appointed Hour (2017).


Thursday, March 8, 2018

Heidi Lynn Staples/Writers Who Edit, Editors Who Write Series

UConn Bookstore, Storrs Center, 6:00 pm

Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and the UConn Bookstore.

Heidi Lynn Staples’ debut collection Guess Can Gallop was selected by Brenda Hillman as a winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize. She is the author of three other collections including A**A*A*A* (forthcoming from Ahsahta, 2018). With the poet Amy King, she co-edited Poets for Living Waters, an international poetry response to the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, and Big Energy Poets: Ecopoetry Thinks Climate Change. She teaches at the MFA Program at the University of Alabama.


Wednesday, March 28 & Thursday, March 29, 2018

Joy Harjo/The 55th Wallace Stevens Poetry Program

March 28: Konover Auditorium, 7:00 pm

March 29: Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, 1:30 pm

This program is sponsored by The Hartford. Additional support is provided by American Studies, UConn’s English Department, the Creative Writing Program, the English Speaker’s Fund, the Humanities Institute, and the Rightors Fund, all housed in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Joy Harjo’s eight books of poetry include Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems, and She Had Some Horses. Harjo’s memoir Crazy Brave won several awards, including the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative NonFiction and the American Book Award. She is the recipient of the 2015 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets for proven mastery in the art of poetry; a Guggenheim Fellowship, the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the United States Artist Fellowship. In 2014, she was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. A renowned musician, Harjo performs with her saxophone nationally and internationally, solo and with her band, the Arrow Dynamics. She has five award-winning CDs of music including the award-winning album Red Dreams, A Trail Beyond Tears and Winding Through the Milky Way, which won a Native American Music Award for Best Female Artist of the Year in 2009. She is Professor of English and American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In the fall of 2016, she assumed the Chair of Excellence in Creative Writing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Emily Rapp Black/Aetna Celebration of Creative Nonfiction

UConn Bookstore, Storrs Center, 6:00 pm

Sponsored by the Aetna Chair of Writing and co-sponsored with the Creative Writing Program and the UConn Bookstore.

Emily Rapp Black is the author of Poster Child: A Memoir and The Still Point of the Turning World, which was a New York Times Bestseller, an Editor’s Pick, and a finalist for the PEN Center Literary Award in Nonfiction. A former Fulbright scholar, she was educated at Harvard University, Trinity College-Dublin, Saint Olaf College, and the University of Texas-Austin, where she was a James A. Michener Fellow in Fiction and Poetry. While at Harvard, she worked with the GLBT Speaker’s Foundation (SpeakOut), an organization that professionally trained speakers to tell their coming out stories in high schools, churches, and other public forums in an effort to increase awareness and understanding between the GLBT and straight communities.


Date, Location and Time: TBD

Poetic Journeys Release Party


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Long River Review Release Party

UConn Bookstore, Storrs Center, 6:00 pm