Creative Writing Program



All readings are free and open to the public

Long River Reading Series

Tuesday, February 10 & Tuesday, March 3
UConn Co-op, Storrs Center, 7:00 pm

Come on down for our ever-popular reading series! The LRRS features writers from the UConn writing community, pairing undergraduate and graduate writers with professors and visiting writers. Everyone is welcome!

Connecticut Poetry Circuit Reading Tour

Date: TBD
UConn Co-op, Storrs Center, Time: TBD

Each year the Connecticut Poetry Circuit holds a contest for undergraduate student poets. Each college in the state of Connecticut is eligible to nominate one undergraduate poet for consideration for the reading tour. For 2015, five students were chosen: Kate Monica (University of Connecticut), Nikki Byrne (University of Saint Joseph), Lisa Gaudio (Central Connecticut State University), Justin Greene (Wesleyan University), and Jessica Yuan (Yale University).

Benjamin S. Grossberg/Writers Who Edit, Editors Who Write

Tuesday, February 24
UConn Co-op, Storrs Center, 6:00 pm

Co-sponsored with the UConn Co-op
Benjamin S. Grossberg is the author of three books of poetry, Space Traveler, Sweet Core Orchard, winner of the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry and a Lambda Literary Award, and Underwater Lengths in a Single Breath, winner of the Snyder Prize.  He has been the recipient of a Pushcart Prize as well as an Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council. He is currently Director of Creative Writing and an Associate Professor at the University of Hartford.

Camille Dungy/Aetna Writer-in-Residence

Tuesday, March 10
UConn Co-op, Storrs Center, 6:00 pm

Co-sponsored with the Aetna Chair of Writing
Camille Dungy is the author of three books of poetry What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison, Smith Blue, and Suck on the Marrow. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Callaloo, The Missouri Review, and Crab Orchard Review. Her honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. She is the recipient of the 2011 American Book Award, a two-time recipient of the Northern California Book Award, and a two-time NAACP Image Award nominee. She is Professor of English at Colorado State University.

Joy Ladin/Memoir and Poetry Reading

Thursday, March 12
UConn Co-op, Storrs Center, 4:00 pm

Sponsored by Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life
Joy Ladin's return to Yeshiva University as a woman after receiving tenure as a man made her the first openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution and made page-3 news in the New York Post. Her memoir of gender transition, Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders, was a finalist for a 2012 National Jewish Book Award, and winner of a Forward Fives Award, and she was named to the 2012 Forward 50 list of influential or courageous American Jews. She is also the author of six books of poetry, including Psalms and Lambda Literary Award finalist Transmigration; her seventh collection, Impersonation, is due out in 2015. She holds the David and Ruth Gottesman Chair in English at Yeshiva University. Her work has been recognized with a Fulbright Scholarship and an American Council of Learned Societies research fellowship. She has spoken about gender identity issues around the country, and was featured on NPR's “On Being” with Krista Tippett and other NPR programs. She serves on the Board of Keshet, a national organization devoted to full inclusion of LGTBQ Jews in the Jewish world. 

Claire Kilroy/Gerson Irish Reading

Tuesday, March 31
Alumni Center, 7:00 pm

Sponsored by the Irish Studies Program
Dubliner Kilroy is one of Ireland’s most prominent contemporary writers. She is the author of four novels with Faber and Faber: All Summer (2003), Tenderwire (2006), All Names Have Been Changed (2009), and The Devil I Know (2012), a carnivalesque fable of Ireland's recent property bubble that resurrects a character from Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. She was awarded the 2004 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and has been short-listed for the Kerry Group Novel of the Year Award three times. Kilroy was the Gerson Irish Reader six years ago, and we are delighted to see her return!

Susan Stewart/ The 52nd Wallace Stevens Poetry Program

Wednesday, April 1 & Thursday, April 2
Wednesday, April 1: Konover Auditorium, 7:00 pm
Thursday, April 2: Hartford Classical Magnet High School, 10:00 am

Sponsored by the Hartford Financial Services, Inc.
Susan Stewart is the Avalon Foundation University Professor in the Humanities and Director of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at Princeton University. She is the author of five books of poetry including Red Rover (2008) and Columbarium (2003), six books of criticism including The Poet’s Freedom: A Notebook on Making (2011), and two books of translations. Her honors include two National Endowments for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, A MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, a National Book Critics Circle Award, and a Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism. In 2005, Stewart was elected Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Rigoberto González/Aetna Celebration of Creative Nonfiction

Thursday, April 16
UConn Co-op, Storrs Center, 7:00 pm

Co-sponsored with the Aetna Chair of Writing
Rigoberto González is the author of four books of poetry including Unpeopled Eden, winner of the Lambda Literary Award and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, and Black Blossoms, two bilingual children’s books, four novels including Crossing Vines and The Mariposa Club, three books of nonfiction including Butterfly Boy: Memoirs of a Chicano Mariposa, winner of the American Book Award, a book of short stories and the editor of two anthologies. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Center Book Award. He is a contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine, and on the board of directors for the National Book Critics Circle. He is currently Associate Professor of English at Rutgers-Newark , the State University of New Jersey. 

Poetic Journeys Celebration

Wednesday, April 29
UConn Co-op, Storrs Center, 7:00 pm

Poets and designers will have a chance to meet each other, and where the new posters will be on display. The poets will each read their winning poems. The new series of posters will be featured on buses and buildings around UConn campus, as well as at E.O. Smith high school starting in the fall of 2015. Cake will be served.

This year’s poster series features poems by Erick Piller, Chitra Nidadavolu, Matthew Shelton, Marissa Stanton, Abby Kamphausen, Shaine Scarminach, Christiana Ares-Christian, and Zara Rix. This year’s posters feature design by Samantha Weiss, Franklin Canales, Rachael Conti, Marilyn O’Dowd, Hannah Lucca, Hunter French, Jocelyn Lau, Bria Caso, Drianne Laliberte and Haley Taylor. In addition to the eight poem posters, this year we have an event poster for the Poetic Journeys release party, designed by Samantha Weiss.Modeled after the

MTA’s “Poetry in Motion,” Poetic Journeys is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Creative Writing Program and the Art Department's Design Center. This year a new series of eight posters under the direction of CW Assistant Director, Miller Oberman will be unveiled on April 29. The program features poetry by students and, occasionally, faculty, printed on professionally designed placards, posted on campus transportation in spaces normally occupied by advertisements. This year the Creative Writing Program, in addition to taking nominations, had an open submission policy for the Poetic Journeys series, in which all students were allowed to submit their best work. The 2015 series features, for the first time, work by high school student Abby Kamphausen from UConn neighbor, E.O. Smith, where a creative writing class taught by UConn graduate Denise Abercrombie was invited to submit poems for Poetic Journeys.

This event is co-sponsored by UConn Creative Writing and the UConn Co-op Bookstore.

Long River Review Release Party

Tuesday, April 28
UConn Co-op, Storrs Center, 6:00 pm


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