Readings, Panels, Presentations

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

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Colson Whitehead/Fiction Reading

Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center, 4:30 pm

Sponsored by the Africana Studies Institute, the UConn Humanities Institute, and the Creative Writing Program.

Colson Whitehead is the author of seven novels including The Intuitionist (2000), which was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway and a winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club’s New Voices Award, John Henry Days (2002), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Fiction Award, and the Pulitzer Prize, and The Underground Railroad (2016), which won the Pulitzer Prize, The National Book Award, the Carnegie Medal for Fiction, and was a #1 New York Times Bestseller. His recent novel is The Nickel Boys (2019). He has received a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, the Dos Passos Prize, and a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. He lives in New York City.


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Justin Torres/The Inaugural Mark Twain Distinguished Writer-in-Residence Program

UConn Bookstore, Storrs Center 6:00 pm

Sponsored by the Bloom Endowment Fund and the Creative Writing Program.

Justin Torres has published short fiction in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Granta, Tin House, The Washington Post, Glimmer Train, Flaunt and other publications, as well as nonfiction pieces in The Guardian and The Advocate. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, his novel We the Animals has been translated into fifteen languages and was recently adapted into a film. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for five independent Spirit Awards. He was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and a Cullman Center Fellow at the New York Public Library. The National Book Foundation named him one of the 2012’s 5 under 35. He lives in Los Angeles where he is Assistant Professor of English at UCLA.


Thursday, November 14, 2019

Margaret Gibson/Creative Sustenance Poetry Reading

UConn Bookstore, Storrs Center, 6:00 pm

Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program.

**This event is a benefit for the Covenant Soup Kitchen in Willimantic. Audience members are invited to make a donation after the reading.**

Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and the UConn Bookstore.

Margaret Gibson, the current Connecticut Poet Laureate, is the author of 12 collections of poetry including Not Hearing the Wood Thrush (2018), a poem from this collection “Passage” was included in The Best American Poetry 2017. Her 2014 collection Broken Cup was a Finalist for the 2016 Poet’s Prize, and the title poem won a Pushcart Prize for 2016. Her awards include the Lamont Selection for Long Walks in the Afternoon (1982), the Melville Kane Award (co-winner) for Memories of the Future (1986), the Connecticut Book Award in Poetry for One Body (2008), and The Vigil (1993) was a Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry. Her memoir The Prodigal Daughter was published in 2008. She is Professor Emerita of English at the University of Connecticut.