Month: October 2016

Writing Contest Winners Announced

The winners of the Writing Contest have been announced:

First-Year Writing Winner- $100

Aliyah Summer Walker, “What Happens in the Weight Room Doesn’t Quite Stay in the Weight Room.”

First-Year Writing Honorable Mention (tie)- $50 each

Damini Chelladurai, “The Innocent Muslim in the Post-9/11 World”

Anna Babbin, “A Dual Grief Paradox: The Unlivable Lives of LGBTQ+Homeless Youth.”

Aetna Graduate Essay Winnter- $750

Daniel Graham, “More Wonderful Than ‘Table-Turning’ Ever Was: Spiritualism, Counterfeit, and the Commodity Fetish after the American Civil War.”

Graduate Honorable Mention- $50 

Kerry Carnahan, “Which one I dey?” Ordinariness, Lack, and the Language of Testimony in Saro-Wiwa’s Sozaboy.”

Brian Sneeden

PhD student Brian Sneeden  read from his translations of the work of Phoebe Giannisi, an internationally acclaimed Greek poet, at the Onassis Cultural Center in New York City on October 15th as part of the four-day Antigone Now Festival of Art and Ideas, which incorporates a wide diversity of artistic and literary disciplines. The performance, directed by Isabella Martzopoulou, explores issues of gender, land, and dispossession through movement, music, and poetry.

Sean Forbes at Metro Cafe with Edwina Trentham

Director of Creative Writing Sean Forbes will appear with Edwina Trentham, founder of Freshwater poetry journal at Metro Cafe (580 Farmington Ave., Hartford). Saturday, October 22, 3pm. The event is free and open to the public, courtesy of The West End Poetry Society. Books and food will be available for purchase. For details, please contact Katie Irish at 860-965-8800.

Phoebe Giannisi in the Stern Lounge on Tuesday, Oct. 18

World-renowned Greek poet Phoebe Giannisi will offer a reading Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the Stern Lounge (Austin 217) from 6-7:30 pm. The event, Homerica, will consist of dramatic performances of poetry in Greek and English.

New American Writing compares Giannisi’s work to C.P. Cavafy and Jean Rhys, describing it as “completely original […] a complete rethinking of the myths. Perhaps it would be more accurate to call Giannisi’s re-tellings ‘re-weavings’ because they alter the fabric of the stories.”

Graduate student Brian Sneeden will read from his translations of Giannisi’s work at the event.


Aetna Writer-in-Residence Amber Dermont at the UConn Bookstore

Aetna Writer-in-Residence Amber Dermont will be at the UConn Bookstore in Storrs Center on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 6:00 p.m.. Dermont is the author of the novel, The Starboard Sea, and the short story collection, Damage Control. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Dermont received her PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Houston. Her short fiction appeared in TriQuarterly, Tin House, Zoetrope: All-Story, and in the anthologies Best New American Voices, Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Worst Years of Your Life, and Home of the Brave. She currently serves as an Associate Professor of English and creative writing at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Co-sponsored with the Aetna Chair of Writing and the UConn Bookstore.

Featured Poet Frank Ormsby at the UConn Bookstore

Featured Poet Frank Ormsby read at the UConn Bookstore in Storrs Center on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m.. Hailing from Belfast, Ireland, he has edited several anthologies and is the author of five collections of poetry: A Store of Candles, A Northern Spring, The Ghost Train, Fireflies, and Goat’s Milk. From 1976 until his retirement in 2010, he was the Head of the English Department at Royal Belfast Academical Institution.

Author Kiese Laymon

Kiese Laymon, associate professor at Vassar College, spoke at the Benton Museum on October 13, 4:30-6pm.

This black southern writer born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, is the author of the novel Long Division  and a collection of essays,  How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. Laymon has written essays, stories, and reviews for Esquire, ESPN the Magazine, Colorlines, NPR, LitHubThe Los Angeles TimesEbony, and Oxford American, and is a columnist at The Guardian.

Long Division was named one of the Best of 2013 by  Buzzfeed, Salon, Chicago Tribune, and the Crunk Feminist Collective; it was short-listed for numerous awards and won the 2014 Saroyan International Writing Award. Three essays in How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America have been included in the Best American series, the Best of Net award, and the Atlantic’s Best Essays of 2013. He was selected as a member of the Root 100 in 2013 and 2014 and Ebony Magazine Power 100 in 2015.

Kiese Laymon has two books forthcoming, including a memoir called Heavy, which will be released in 2016, and the novel And So On, which is expected for the Spring of 2017, both from Scribner.

Sponsored by English, American Studies, Asian and Asian American Studies, Associate Dean’s Office, Creative Writing, the Hartford Campus, History, the UConn Humanities Institute, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.