Readings, Panels, Presentations

University of Connecticut
Creative Writing Program of the English Department
Visiting Authors, Spring 2020
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.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Jennifer N. Baker/Writers Who Edit, Editors Who Write

UConn Bookstore, Storrs Center, 6:00 pm

Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and the UConn Bookstore.

Jennifer N. Baker is a long-time publishing professional, creator and host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, and contributing editor to Electric Literature. In 2017, she received a NYSCA/NYFA Fellowship and a Queens Council on the Arts New Work Grant for Nonfiction Literature. Her essay “What We Aren’t (or the Ongoing Divide)” was listed as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2018. She is also the editor of the BIPoC short story anthology Everyday People: The Color of Life (2018). Her fiction, nonfiction, interviews and criticism have appeared in various print and online publications.


D. A. Powell/The 57th Wallace Stevens Poetry Program


Sponsored by The Hartford and co-sponsored by UConn’s Rainbow Center, the Humanities Institute, the Creative Writing Program, and the English Department Speaker’s Fund.

Acclaimed poet D. A. Powell has been praised for both his gravity and his wit. As one critic wrote, “No accessible poet of his generation is half as original, and no poet as original is this accessible.” Powell’s early books Tea (1998), Lunch (2000), and Cocktails (2004) are often read as a trilogy on the AIDS epidemic. His fourth book Chronic (2009), won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry. His latest collection, Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys (2012) won the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry. He has taught at Harvard University, Columbia University, and is currently a Professor at the University of San Francisco.


Emilie Pine/The Gerson Irish Reading


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

Emilie Pine is Associate Professor of Modern Drama at the School of English, Drama, and Film at University College Dublin, Ireland. Her memoir Notes to Self (2018) was shortlisted for the Royal Irish Academy Michael Deon award, and was the winner of the Irish American Cultural Institute Butler Literary Award, the Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year Award, and the An Post Irish Book of the Year Award for 2018.


Stephen Kuusisto/The Aetna Celebration of Creative Nonfiction


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

Stephen Kuusisto directs The Burton Blatt Institute’s Interdisciplinary Programs in disability studies at Syracuse University where he holds a University Professorship. He is the author of the memoirs Planet of the Blind (1997), which was a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year,” Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening (2006), Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet’s Journey (2018), and of the poetry collections Only Bread, Only Light (2000) and Letters to Borges (2013). A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and a Fulbright Scholar, he has taught at the University of Iowa, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, and The Ohio State University. His daily blog “Planet of the Blind” is read globally by people interested in disability and contemporary culture.


Date, Location and Time: TBD
Poetic Journeys Release Party

Date, Location, and Time: TBD
Long River Review Release Party