Month: April 2015

Rigoberto González/Aetna Celebration of Creative Nonfiction

The University of Connecticut’s Creative Writing Program, in conjunction with the Aetna Chair of Writing and El Instituto, Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies, is pleased to announce the Aetna Celebration of Creative Nonfiction with Rigoberto González. The reading will take place at the UConn Co-op in Storrs Center on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7pm. Everyone is welcome!

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.

González’ poems rattle with the unexpected, imaginative, surreal, and painful. Speaking about such subjects as war, deportation, immigration, and sexuality, his poetry is both intimate and inviting to all readers. As Luis Martinez said in a review of Unpeopled Eden in Cutbank Reviews, “Rigoberto Gonzalez’s poems are surreal, visceral, and most of all, important—not just for the reader but for American poetry— they root and uproot so much they’ll leave the reader asking if they themselves are displaced. A wide-ranging and fearless collection, where we see U.S.-Mexico bordercrossers, a gay man asking his dead father for acceptance, and a brother looking for his lost brother.”

The reading, sponsored and organized by the UConn Co-op, the Aetna Chair of Writing, El Instituto, Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies, and the Creative Writing Program, is free and open to the public. The UConn Co-op is the campus bookstore, located at One Royce Circle, 101 in Storrs Center. For more information, please visit the Co-op’s webpage at, or the Creative Writing Program’s website at


Conversations in Digital Scholarship: Mary Isbell

Join us for our last “Conversations in Digital Scholarship” event of the semester: a talk and informal workshop by Mary Isbell  (PhD ’13). Isbell will share best practices for preparing digital editions with and for students. She’ll focus on two digital tools that she uses in her English courses at University of New Haven: Annotation Studio and Oxygen. Annotation Studio is an open source suite of annotation tools currently under development at MIT. Oxygen is the preferred XML (Extensible Markup Language) editor for many digital editing projects, including Isbell’s The Digital Young Idea. Participants interested in playing around with these tools at the event are encouraged to bring a device with them, register for an account with Annotation Studio at and download a free trial of Oxygen Editor at beforehand. For more information visit our website:

Friday, April 17, 2015
2:30pm – 3:30pm

Storrs Campus
Scholars’ Collaborative, Fourth Floor, Homer Babbidge Library