Poetic Journeys Release Party

Poetic Journeys 2016-17 at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 24, Room 109 of the Art Building

The event will begin with a reception, followed by presentations by this year’s poets and designers.

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.

The reading and exhibition is free and open to the public. The Art Building is located on Bolton Road, next to the Connecticut Repertory Theater. Come on down for an exciting evening of words and images. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information go to the Creative Writing Program website at creativewriting.uconn.edu or the Poetic Journeys website at poeticjourneys.uconn.edu or email Matthew Shelton at matthew.shelton@uconn.edu.

Job Market Committee Workshop

Friday, April 21, 2:00 pm, Stern Lounge: Job Market Committee Workshop on showcasing your pedagogy (teaching philosophies and portfolios)

Graduate students who are planning on applying to academic jobs in the 2017-2018 academic year are particularly encouraged to attend. All faculty and graduate students are, of course, welcome.

UConn GALA teams up with Arts at the Capitol Theater

UConn’s Graduate Association for Literary Artists (GALA) will team up with Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) Magnet School for a joint reading at 6 pm on Friday, April 21, at the UConn Bookstore in Storrs Center. The reading will feature new work from ACT’s creative writing students alongside GALA’s graduate creative writers.


GALA is made up of graduate student creative writers from across the disciplines, working in poetry, prose, drama, and the other literary arts. The mission is to provide professional support for graduate creative writers, as well as to promote creative writing and the literary arts in the wider UConn community.

ACT is a public magnet high school located on Main Street in Willimantic, in the historic Capitol Theater building. ACT focuses on the performing arts and the integration of arts and academic curricula to enhance and enrich student learning. Students at the school choose between five disciplines or “majors” to study in depth. These include Acting, Audio/Visual, Creative Writing, Dance, and Theater Production. The Creative Writing department offers a range of classes including Introduction to Creative Writing, Advanced Fiction, Advanced Poetry, Mythology, Screenwriting (co-taught with Advanced A/V), and more.

The reading, co-sponsored by the UConn Bookstore, is free and open to the public. Please join us for what promises to be a memorable night of poetry in collaboration. Everyone is welcome.

For more information, visit the UConn Creative Writing Program’s website at www.creativewriting.uconn.edu.

What Happened to the Commonplace Book?

What Happened to the Commonplace Book? 

A Story of Technological Change in Nineteenth-Century England       

Prof. Jillian Hess (CUNY, Bronx Community College)

Thursday, April 13, 5 p.m.

Austin 217 (Stern Lounge)

In the midst of proliferating technologies, nineteenth-century writers registered an all too familiar problem: how does one organize information so that it is most useful? In response, many authors chose to take up the commonplace-book tradition by categorizing quotations and information in their own personal notebooks. Coleridge transcribed extracts in his “Fly-Catchers,” Tennyson wrote commonplaces in his “Butcher’s Books,” and George Eliot collected historical information in her “Quarry.” As Oscar Wilde wrote in his Oxford commonplace book, “nothing is easier than to accumulate facts, nothing is so hard as to use them.” This talk explores how Romantic and Victorian authors used their commonplace books as information management tools, while telling the story of what happened to this ancient tradition in the face of technological change, shifting practices of reading, and new conceptions of authorship.

Irish Studies Reading by Kelly Sullivan

11:00 am April 13 (Thurs.), BUSN 204

Kelly Sullivan is a poet and fiction writer and Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow of Irish Studies at NYU with an expertise in Irish late modernism. Her novel, Winter Bayou (2006), was published by Lilliput Press, Dublin, and her poems and short fiction have appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, Salmagundi, The Moth, Southword, The Hopkins Review, and UnderWater New York. She has an MA from University College, Dublin, and a PhD in literature from Boston College. She will read from her poetry chapbook, Fell Year, forthcoming with Green Bottle Press (London) in spring 2017. Her poems engage with questions of private experience and public address, and chart dark pastoral landscapes and experiences of loss through human connections to the environment.


Gerson Reading: Kevin Barry

7:00pm April 11 (Tues.), Alumni Center, in honor of Louis Gerson*

Kevin Barry is one of Ireland’s most internationally prominent contemporary fiction writers. His novel City of Bohane, winner of the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, was described by the New York Times as “an extraordinary first novel” exhibiting “marvels of language, invention, and surprise.” His 2015 novel Beatlebone won the 2015 Goldsmiths Prize, awarded to British and Irish fiction that extends the possibilities of the novel. Beatlebone is also a nominee for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award, the world’s most valuable annual literary fiction prize for books published in English. Barry has also published two collections of short stories and is co-editor and co-founder of influential annual Irish literary arts anthology, Winter Papers.

* This year’s reading will commemorate the late Louis Gerson, who died in recent months.

M.T. Anderson for the Aetna Celebration of Creative Nonfiction

On April 11 at 6:00pm, M.T. Anderson will read at the UConn Bookstore for the Aetna Celebration of Creative Nonfiction. Anderson has written a wide variety of titles including works of fantasy and satire for a range of ages. Winning the National Book Award in 2006, he is the author of fifteen novels including Thirsty (1997), 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 (2006). Sponsored by the Aetna Chair of Writing.