CREATIVE WRITING EVENTS, Fall 2014
Long River Reading Series
Stern Room (Austin 217), 7:30 pm
Wednesday, September 10
UConn Co-op, 6:00 pm
Co-sponsored with the UConn Co-op
Jason Koo is the author of two collections of poetry, America’s Favorite Poem (C&R Press, 2014) and Man on Extremely Small Island (C&R Press, 2009), winner of the De Novo Poetry Prize and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Members’ Choice Award for the best Asian American book of 2009. He has published his poetry and prose in numerous journals, including the Yale Review, North American Review and Missouri Review, and won fellowships for his work from the National Endowment for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center and New York State Writers Institute. An assistant professor of English at Quinnipiac University, Koo is also the founder and executive director of Brooklyn Poets, a nonprofit organization celebrating and cultivating the poets, poetry and literary heritage of Brooklyn, where he lives.
This reading is jointly sponsored by The Creative Writing Program, The Asian and Asian American Studies Institute, the English Department Speaker’s Fund, and the UConn Co-op Bookstore.
Monday, September 22
UConn Co-op, 6:30 pm
Margaret Gibson is the author of ten books of poetry, including Second Nature (2010), Icon and Evidence (2001), and Earth Elegy: New and Selected Poems (1997) and a memoir The Prodigal Daughter: Reclaiming an Unfinished Childhood (2008). A native of Virginia, now a resident of Preston, Connecticut, she is a nationally and internationally recognized poet. She has received numerous honors, including the Connecticut Book Award and the Melville Kane Award, and her collection The Vigil: A Poem in Four Voices was a finalist for the 1993 National Book Award in Poetry.
Thursday, September 25
UConn Co-op, 7:00 pm
Co-sponsored with the UConn Co-op
Vanessa Manko earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Hunter College where she was the recipient of a Hertog Fellowship. Prior to writing, she trained in ballet at the North Carolina School of the Arts and danced professionally before returning to school to earn her B.A. in English from the University of Connecticut. She went on the receive her M.A. from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study where she focused on dance history and performance studies. She has taught writing at NYU and SUNY Purchase and she is the former Dance Editor for The Brooklyn Rail. The Invention of Exile is her first novel.
Wednesday, October 15
UConn Co-op, 6:00 pm
Jared Demick is an English PhD student at the University of Connecticut. He served as the Assistant Director of the Creative Writing Program from 2013-2014. He edits The Jivin’ Ladybug: A Skewered Journal of the Arts. He has published poems in BlazeVOX, Sugar Mule, Long River Review, OMEGA, and Gastronomica. The Hunger in Our Eyes is his first book of poems.
Jo-Ann Mapson/Aetna Writer-in-Residence
Tuesday, October 28
Konover Auditorium, 7:00 pm
Co-sponsored with the Aetna Chair of Writing
Jo-Ann Mapson is the author of eleven novels and a book of short stories. Her novels include Hank & Chloe, Blue Rodeo which was made into a CBS TV movie starring Kris Kristofferson, The Wilder Sisters and Bad Girl Creek were both Los Angeles Times bestsellers, and Solomon’s Oak won the American Library Association’s RUSA award for women’s fiction. Her work is widely anthologized and her literary papers are being collected by Boston University’s Twentieth Century Author’s Collection. She is core faculty and co-creator of The University of Alaska Anchorage’s low-residency MFA Program in Writing. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Denise Abercrombie and John Andersen/Creative Sustenance
**This event is a benefit for the Covenant Soup Kitchen in Willimantic. Audience members are invited to make a donation after the reading.
Denise Abercrombie teaches creative writing, theater, and American literature and serves as English department head at E.O. Smith High School in Storrs, Connecticut. She has also taught Creative Writing and Expressive Writing in Performance at the University of Connecticut and Quinebaug Valley Community College. Her writing has appeared in Minnesota Review, Fireweed, Connecticut Review, Phoebe: Journal of Feminist Scholarship, Theory and Aesthetics, Writing on the Edge, and other journals. She was a featured reader at the 49th International Poetry Festival in Belgrade (2012) and Smederevo’s Poetry Autumn (2014). Denise performs and occasionally directs original and existing works with Stage Left Ensemble in small theaters, cafes, and prisons. She lives with her husband, Jonathan Andersen, and their two sons in Storrs.
Jon Andersen is the author of Stomp and Sing (Curbstone/ Northwestern University Press 2005) and The Burden Note (Smederevo 2014), a bilingual (English/ Serbo-Croatian) collection of poems. He is also the editor of the anthology Seeds of Fire: Contemporary Poetry from the Other U.S.A. (Smokestack Books 2008). His poems have appeared in English Journal, Freshwater, Rattle, The Progressive, and other journals. He has been a featured reader in the Ledbury and Southwell Poetry Festivals in the United Kingdom, the 49th International Poetry Festival in Belgrade, and Smederevo’s Poetry Autumn in 2014. Andersen is an Associate Professor of English at Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson and Willimantic, and lives with his wife, Denise Abercombie, and their two sons in Storrs.
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