Visiting Authors, Spring 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Alan Michael Parker/Poetry Reading

UConn Bookstore, Storrs Center, 6:00 pm


Sponsored by the English Speaker’s Fund and co-sponsored with the Creative Writing Program and the UConn Bookstore.


Alan Michael Parker is the author or editor of sixteen books, including most recently The Manifesto Project (coedited with Rebecca Hazelton), The Ladder, a collection of poems, and The Committee on Town Happiness, a novel. Douglas C. Houchens Professor of English at Davidson College, and faculty in the University of Tampa low-residency M.F.A. program, his awards include three Pushcart Prizes, two inclusions in Best American Poetry, the Fineline Prize, the 2013 and 2014 Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize, the North Carolina Book Award, and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Allison Joseph/Writers Who Edit, Editors Who Write

Philip E. Austin Building, Stern Lounge (AUST 217), 6:00 pm


Co-sponsored with the English Speaker’s Fund

Allison Joseph was born in London, England to parents of Jamaican heritage. She earned her BA from Kenyon College and an MFA from Indiana University. She is the author of eight poetry collections including What Keeps Us Here (1992), Imitation of Life (2003), and My Father’s Kites (2010). Her honors include the John C. Zacharis First Book Prize, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, the Academy of American Poets Prize, and the Associated Writing Programs Prize. She is editor and poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review. She holds the Judge Williams Holmes Cook Endowed Professorship at the University of Illinois, Carbondale.



Tuesday, February 28

Long River Reading Series

UConn Bookstore, Storrs Center, 6:00pm

Co-sponsored with the UConn Bookstore

Come on down for our ever-popular reading series showcasing an open mic and featured 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.

Featured Readers:

Caitlyn Durfee is a Floridian pursuing a dual degree in English and Chinese with a concentration in Creative Writing. Last year, her poem “Fishbones” was published in Long River Review. She intends to ultimately earn an MFA in Creative Writing and contribute further to the body of creative literature regarding China.

Erick Piller received an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College in 2012. His writing has appeared in Best New Poets 2016, TriQuarterly, DIAGRAM, H_NGM_N, Fugue, Alice Blue, and elsewhere. He lives in Danielson, Connecticut, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition and creative writing pedagogy at the University of Connecticut.

Ellen Litman is the author of two novels: Mannequin Girl (2014) and The Last Chicken in America (2008). She grew up in Moscow, Russia, where she lived until 1992. After her family immigrated to the United States, she studied Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh and after graduation spent the next six years working as a software developer in Baltimore and Boston. She took her first writing class in the fall of in 1998. Three years later, she left Information Technology and went off to Syracuse to study writing. Since then, she has been writing and teaching. Ellen’s work won first prize in the Atlantic Monthly 2003 Fiction Contest, the 2006 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, as well as fiction fellowships at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Fine Arts Center in Provincetown, and scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her stories have appeared in Best New American Voices 2007, Best of Tin House, American Odysseys: Writing by New Americans, Dossier, Triquarterly, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. She is an Associate Professor of English and Associate Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Connecticut.



Wednesday, March 8 & Thursday, March 9, 2017

A. E. Stallings/The 54th Wallace Stevens Poetry Program

March 8: Konover Auditorium, UConn Storrs, 7:00 pm

March 9: Greater Hartford Classical Magnet School, 85 Woodland St., Hartford, 10:00 am

Both readings are free and open to the public


This program is sponsored by The Hartford.

Additional support is provided by UConn’s English Department, the Creative Writing Program, and the Literary Translation Program, all housed in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Acclaimed American poet A. E. Stallings studied Classics at the University of Georgia and Oxford. She has published three collections of poetry: Archaic Smile (1999), Hapax (2006), and Olives (2012). She is also a highly regarded translator; the TLS named her verse translation of Lucretius’s The Nature of Things “One of the most extraordinary classical translations of recent times.” Stallings’s awards include a translation grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and fellowships from United States Artists, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. She is also a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences.



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Kimiko Hahn /Aetna Writer-in-Residence

UConn Bookstore, Storrs Center, 6:00 pm


Co-sponsored with the Aetna Chair of Writing

Kimiko Hahn was born in Mt. Kisco, New York, the child of artists, a Japanese American mother from Hawaii and a German American father from Wisconsin. She received a BA from the University of Iowa and an MA from Columbia University. She is the author of ten collections of poetry including Air Pocket (1989), The Artist’s Daughter (2002), and Toxic Flora (2010). She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Theodore Roethke Memorial Award, and the American Book Award. She is a Distinguished Professor in the English department at Queens College/CUNY.



Tuesday, April 11, 2017

M. T. Anderson/Aetna Celebration of Creative Nonfiction

UConn Bookstore, Storrs Center, 6:00 pm


Sponsored by the Aetna Chair of Writing and the Rightor’s Fund for Children’s Literature

M. T. Anderson has written a wide variety of titles including works of fantasy and satire for a range of ages. He was educated in English literature at Harvard University and Cambridge University, and received his MFA in creative writing from Syracuse University. He is the author of fifteen novels including Thirsty (1997) and Avenue Q, or, The Smell of Danger (2010), and four picture books, Handel, Who Knew What He Liked (2001) and The Serpent Came to Gloucester (2005). In 2006, he won the National Book Award.


Wednesday, April 19

Long River Reading Series

UConn Bookstore, Storrs Center, 6:00pm

Co-sponsored with the Humanities Institute and the UConn Bookstore

Come on down for our ever-popular reading series showcasing an open mic and featured 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.

Featured Readers:

Jameson Croteau is an eighth semester undergrad pursuing an English and Business Management dual degree with concentrations in Creative Writing and Entrepreneurship. His poetry has been published in The Slag Review and his nonfiction and fiction will be published in the 20th anniversary edition of the Long River Review. Eventually, he intends to undertake an M.F.A and write historical fiction about the American Revolution and coming of age tales centered in the mill cities of New England.

Kerry Carnahan is pursuing doctoral studies in English at the University of Connecticut, where she is preparing a new translation of the Song of Songs with commentary. An urban environmentalist, former Fulbright Scholar, and MacDowell fellow in 2013, her poetry has appeared in Poetry Ireland, The Missouri Review, and is forthcoming in Boston Review.

Ciaran Berry is a 2012 Whiting Writers’ Award winner. His full-length collections are The Sphere of Birds (2008), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition, the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, and the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize, and The Dead Zoo (2013), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. His work has been featured in The Best of Irish Poetry, Best American Poetry, Pushcart Prize XXXIII: Best of the Small Presses, and Best New Poets, as well as in journals such as AGNI, Ecotone, Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry London, The Missouri Review, and The Southern Review. He grew up in Connemara and Donegal in the west of Ireland, and currently teaches in the creative writing program at Trinity College in Hartford, where he lives with his wife and two young sons.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Poetic Journeys Release Party

Art Building Room 109, 6:00 pm


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 Cooperative Bookstore, and UConn Transportation.

This year our release party will take place in room 109 of the Art Building, a beautiful gallery space ideal for showcasing this year’s Poetic Journeys designs. Come hear poets reading from their work, as well as UConn Design Center students discussing the artistic process of translating words into poetic images.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Long River Review Release Party

UConn Bookstore, Storrs Center, 6:00 pm


2017 marks 20 years that UConn students have come together to collaborate and produce the award-winning literary magazine the Long River Review, comprised of poetry, translations, fiction, creative nonfiction, interviews, and art. Come join your fellow writers and lovers of literature and the arts at the Storrs Center Bookstore on April 27th at 6pm for the release party of our 20th Anniversary Edition.