Readings, Panels, Presentations

University of Connecticut
Creative Writing Program of the English Department
Visiting Authors, Spring 2019
All readings are free and open to the public

Long River Reading Series: Dates, Times, and Location TBD

Come on down for our ever-popular reading series showcasing an open mic and feature readers! Bring a poem, short prose piece, or music to share at the open mic; enjoy coffee, tea, and snacks with other members of the UConn Creative Writing community. Everyone is welcome.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

UConn Hartford Campus, 10 Prospect Street

Hartford Times Building, Room 209, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Stanford M. Forrester/Haiku Writing Presentation and Workshop

Austin Building, Milton Stern Room, 2nd floor, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Space is limited for both workshops. RSVP

Sponsored by the English Speaker’s Fund, the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute, and the Creative Writing Program.

Stanford M. Forrester is a past president of the Haiku Society of America as well as the editor of bottle rockets: a collection of short verse, which boasts its 20th year in print. Forrester has had poems published in many journals and anthologies worldwide. He perhaps is most proud of his haiku being included in Haiku edited by Peter Washington in the Everyman’s Pocket Poetry Series published by Knopf and Haiku in English: The First 100 Years by Norton. In 2004, he took first seat in the 57th Annual Basho Anthology Contest in Ueno, Japan, and in 2012, one of his haiku won second place in the International Robert Frost Poetry & Haiku Contest. Most recently, one of his poems was featured on Haiku Masters in Japan on NHK TV and this past summer a haiku of his won in the Ito-En Japanese Green Tea Contest. He now drinks a lot of green tea.


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Aimee Nezhukumatathil/Writers Who Edit, Editors Who Write

UConn Bookstore, Storrs Center 6:00 pm

Sponsored by the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute and the Creative Writing Program.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil was born to a Filipino mother and Malayali Indian father, and is the author of four books of poetry: Oceanic (2018), Lucky Fish (2011), winner of the Hoffer Grand Prize for Prose and Independent Books; At the Drive-In Volcano (2007), and Miracle Fruit (2003). Her collection of nature essays World of Wonder is forthcoming. With Ross Gay, she co-authored Lace & Pyrite (2014) a chapbook of nature poems. She serves as the poetry editor for Orion magazine. In 2014, she became one of the country’s youngest poets to achieve the rank of full Professor of English. She is now professor of English and teaches environmental literature and poetry writing in the MFA program at the University of Mississippi.


Monday, March 4, 2019
Ginny Lowe Connors/Forgotten Women: A Writing Workshop Celebrating Women’s History Month
Austin Building, Milton Stern Room, 2nd floor, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Space is limited. Please RSVP

Sponsored by the Aetna Chair of Writing, the English Department and the Creative Writing Program.

Acting CT State Poet Laureate Ginny Lowe Conners will lead a writing workshop in turning facts into poems about current or historical women (esp. those of color) whose contributions have not been fully appreciated. Connors is the author of several poetry collections, including Toward the Hanging Tree: Poems of Salem Village, as well as The Unparalleled Beauty of a Crooked Line and Barbarians in the Kitchen. Her chapbook, Under the Porch, won the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize and she has earned numerous awards for individual poems. As Publisher of her own press, Grayson Books, Connors has also edited a number of poetry anthologies, including Forgotten Women: A Tribute in Poetry. A Board Member of the Connecticut Poetry Society, she is the editor of Connecticut River Review. Voluntary Open mic will follow. Free refreshments!


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Claudia Rankine/The 56th Wallace Stevens Poetry Program

The Greater Hartford Classical Magnet School, 12:30 pm

Konover Auditorium, The Dodd Center, Storrs campus, 7:00 pm

Sponsored by The Hartford with additional support from UConn’s African American Cultural Center, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ English Department, Humanities Institute, and the Creative Writing Program.

Claudia Rankine, a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, is the author of five collections of poetry including Don’t Let Me Be Lonely (2008), and the bestselling Citizen: An American Lyric (2014), which uses poetry, essay, cultural criticism, and visual images to explore what it means to be an American citizen in a “post-racial” society. A defining text for our time, Citizen was the winner of the 2015 Forward Prize for Best Collection, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, the NAACP Image Award, the PEN Open Book Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award for poetry. She teaches at Yale University as the Fredrick Iseman Professor of Poetry.


Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Nick Laird/The Gerson Irish Reading
Wilbur Cross Reading Room, 7:00 pm

Sponsored by the Gerson Family Fund, Irish Studies, and the Creative Writing Program.

Nick Laird is the author of three novels including Utterly Monkey (2005) and Modern Gods (2017) and four poetry collections including To A Fault (2005), Go Giants (2013) and Feel Free (2018). Born in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland in 1975, Laird was educated at Cookstown High School and Cambridge University. He worked as a lawyer for several years before leaving law to write full-time. The recipient of many prizes for his poetry and fiction, including the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Ireland Chair of Poetry Award, the Betty Trask Prize, a Somerset Maugham award, and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, he has lived in London, Warsaw, and Rome. He is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia University in New York.


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Emily Rapp Black/Aetna Celebration of Creative Nonfiction

UConn Bookstore, Storrs Center, 6:00 pm

Sponsored by the Aetna Chair of Writing and the Creative Writing Program.

Emily Rapp Black is the author of Poster Child: A Memoir (2017) and The Still Point of the Turning World (2014), which was a New York Times bestseller, and 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), and 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

Poetic Journeys was developed by the Creative Writing Program at the University of Connecticut and inspired by the New York MTA’s Poetry in Motion series, itself inspired by London’s Poems on the Underground. Poetic Journeys features poems written by UConn students, faculty, and staff on placards designed by students in the University’s Design Center.

Poetic Journeys began in the Fall of 2000, and subsequent series have been published annually. Poetic Journeys grants writers and designers a unique collaborative experience. It offers the campus community and visitors a poetic respite from their busy days, and an opportunity, each time they board a bus, to embark on a different kind of journey. Program sponsors include the Creative Writing Program, the Design Center, the Aetna Chair of Writing, the UConn Bookstore, and UConn Transportation.

Thursday, April 30, 2019
Long River Review Release Party
Location: TBD, 6:00 pm

Founded in 1997, the Long River Review is an annual literary journal of art and literature staffed entirely by undergraduates at the University of Connecticut. With a regular staff turnover, we gain fresh perspectives each year. We think it’s better this way!

“Here at the Long River Review, we want to publish all kinds of voices: voices from the mouth of the river and beyond, voices drowned out by other voices, voices that might not have otherwise been heard. At Long River, we want to create a space where new and established artists can mingle and share a glass of water or wine (or whiskey). We believe that the unpublished artist deserves as much time and consideration as the artist with a foothold. For here at Long River, we believe that we are standing here, all souls bent over, harvesting the words and images on the current, all knee to neck deep in the same, long river.” ~Nicholas DiBenedetto (UConn class of 2017)