Creative Writing Program



Long River Writers Group Workshops

Workshops, Thursdays: January 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24
Stern Room (Austin 217), 7:30 pm

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

Sean Frederick Forbes/Poetry Reading

Wednesday, March 5
UConn Co-op, 6:00 pm
Co-Sponsored with the UConn Co-op

Sean Frederick Forbes is the author of Providencia: a book of poems, his debut collection of poetry. His poems have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Midwest Quarterly, Chagrin River Review, and Sargasso: A Journal of Caribbean Literature, Language, and Culture. In 2009, he received a Woodrow Wilson Mellon Mays University Fellows Travel and Research Grant for travel to Providencia, Colombia. Born in Heidelberg, Germany, he currently lives in Thompson, Connecticut and teaches writing and poetry and is the Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Connecticut.

Antonio DiRenzo/Lecture and Fiction Reading

Monday, March 10
UConn Co-op, 4:00 pm
Co-sponsored with Humanities House

Anthony Di Renzo, a fugitive from advertising, teaches writing at Ithaca College. His books, such as Bitter Greens: Essays on Food, Politics, and History from the Imperial Kitchen (State University of New York Press, 2010) and Trinàcria: A Tale of Bourbon Sicily (Guernica Editions, 2013), satirize the ongoing culture war between Italian humanism and American business and technology. Italy usually loses. As Pasquino, Rome’s talking statue, he contributes a column to L’Italo-Americano, the oldest bilingual Italian-American weekly in the United States. He lives near the West End, Ithaca, New York’s former Italian neighborhood, an Old World man in a New Age town.

Ayad Akhtar/Fiction Reading and Lecture

Tuesday, March 11
Konover Auditorium, 4:30 pm
Sponsored by the Asian American Cultural Center

Ayad Akhtar is the author of the critically acclaimed coming-of-age novel American Dervish. Since its debut, the book has been embraced around the world for the richness of its characters and illuminating the everyday lives of Muslim Americans, earning Akhtar a rightful place alongside today’s most compelling storytellers. In 2013, his stage play Disgraced won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as the Jeff Equity Award for Best New Play in 2012. He is also a noted screenwriter (The War Within) and has received commissions from Lincoln Center and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Eduardo Corral/Aetna Writer-in-Residence

Wednesday, March 12
Konover Auditorium, 7:00 pm
Co-sponsored with the Aetna Chair of Writing

Eduardo Corral was born in Casa Grande, Arizona and received his MFA from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. His poems have been published in various journals including Black Warrior Review, Colorado Review, and The Nation. His first book of poetry Slow Lightning was chosen by Carl Phillips for the prestigious Yale Younger Series Poets Prize. He is the first Latino poet chosen for this prize.

Not4Prophet/Poetry Reading

Tuesday, March 25
UConn Co-op, 4:00 pm
Co-sponsored with the UConn Co-op

Not4Prophet was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and raised in East Harlem and the South Bronx in New York City. He is a community activist, underground-Hip Hop MC, street-soul-slinger or singer of sorts, graffiti writer/vandal, off-peak-hours actor, and last but never, not least, a poor (man’s) poet and/or barrio bard. Not4Prophet has released several indie music cds, two self-published poetry chapbooks, and his work has been featured in a few books and magazines as well.  He currently teaches “resistance writing” to those identified as homeless folks at the Homeless Organizing Academy located in the South Bronx section of New York City.

Sy Montgomery/Aetna Celebration of Creative Nonfiction

Thursday, March 27
Konover Auditorium, 7:00 pm
Co-sponsored with the Aetna Chair of Writing

Sy Montgomery is a naturalist, author, and scriptwriter who writes for children as well as for adults. She is the author of 15 books, most popular of which is The Good Good Pig, her memoir of her life with her pig, Christopher Hogwood. She also writes a popular nature writing column for The Boston Globe, which has described her as part Indiana Jones, part Emily Dickinson. Her book for children, Quest for the Tree Kangaroo, was the recipient of the 2007 Orbis Pictus Award and was selected as an Honor book for the ALA Sibert Award.

Matt Hart and Nate Pritts/Writers Who Edit, Editors Who Write

Tuesday, April 1
UConn Co-op, 6:00 pm
Co-sponsored with the UConn Co-op

Matt Hart is the author of five books of poems, including Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless and Debacle Debacle. For the last 18 years, he has edited FORKLIFT, OHIO: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety, which publishes fiction, poetry, and more. He is the poet-in-residence at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and plays in the band TRAVEL.

Nate Pritts is the founder and editor of H_NGM_N journal and H_NGM_N books. He is the author of five poetry collections, including The Wonderfull Yeare: a shepard’s calendar and Big Bright Sun. His reviews and critical prose appear regularly in Rain Taxi Review of Books, Boston Review, and Coldfront.

Glenn Patterson/Gerson Irish Reading, Northern Irish Literature Week

Tuesday, April 8
Bishop Center, room 146, 7:00 pm
Sponsored by the Irish Studies Program

Belfast novelist Glenn Patterson teaches creative writing at Queen’s University, Belfast. He is a graduate of the prestigious University of East Anglia creative writing program and has been awarded both the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and the Betty Trask Award. In addition to publishing eight novels since 1988, he also produces documentaries for the BBC and has published his journalism in the collection Lapsed Protestant (2006). His habitual theme is the reevaluation of the recent Northern Irish past, particularly of “The Troubles.” Patterson’s most recent novel is The Mill for Grinding Old People Young (London: Faber, 2012).

Paul Muldoon/ The 51st Wallace Stevens Poetry Program

Wednesday, April 9 & Thursday, April 10
Wednesday, April 9: Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 10: Poetry Reading, Alumni Center, Storrs Campus, 7:00 p.m.
Sponsored with the Hartford Financial Services, Inc.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Griffin Poetry Prize, Muldoon has been described by The Times Literary Supplement as "the most significant English-language poet born since the second World War." Author of twelve books of poetry, Muldoon is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In addition to the Pulitizer and Griffin Prizes, Mr. Muldoon's other Awards include an American Academy of Arts and Letters award, the T. S. Eliot Prize, the Irish Times Poetry Prize, the American Ireland Fund Literary Award, the Shakespeare Prize, the Aspen Prize for Poetry, and the European Prize for Poetry.

Ellen Litman and V. Penelope Pelizzon/Fiction and Poetry Reading

Friday, April 11
UConn Co-op, 6:00 pm
Co-sponsored with the UConn Co-op

Ellen Litman is the author of the novel Mannequin Girl and the novel in stories The Last Chicken in America, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Award and for the Young Lions Fiction Award. She has been the recipient of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and her work has appeared in Best New American Voices, Best of Tin House, American Odysseys: Writing by New Americans, Dossier, Triquarterly, Ploughshares, and other publications. Born in Moscow, she currently lives in Mansfield and teaches writing at the University of Connecticut.

V. Penelope Pelizzon is the author of two poetry collections, Whose Flesh Is Flame, Whose Bone Is Time (2014) and Nostos (2000); a poetry chapbook, Human Field (Center for Book Arts, 2012); and is co-author of Tabloid, Inc: Crimes, Newspapers, Narratives (2010), a study of sensation journalism, photography, and film. Her poetry and essays have appeared widely, and her awards include the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship, The Norma Farber First Book Award, The Hollis Summers Prize, and a "Discovery"/The Nation Award.

Poetic Journeys Celebration

Thursday, April 24
Stern Lounge, (Austin 217), 7:00 pm

Long River Review Release Party

Tuesday, April 29
UConn Co-op, 6:00 pm




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