Long River Reading Series

Tuesday, February 28

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 2016TriQuarterly, 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.