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 us at 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 29, at the UConn Bookstore in Storrs Center. Peter Constantine, Brian Sneeden, and Jordan Holmes will be sharing their most recent poetry and translations. Audience members are also invited to bring their own work – poetry, prose, translation, etc. – to share as part of a short open mic session preceding the reading.
Peter Constantine is a literary translator and editor, and the director of the Literary Translation Program at the University of Connecticut. His recent translations, published by Random House (Modern Library), include The Essential Writings of Rousseau, The Essential Writings of Machiavelli, and works by Tolstoy, Gogol, and Voltaire. His translation of the complete works of Isaac Babel received the Koret Jewish Literature Award and a National Jewish Book Award citation. He co-edited A Century of Greek Poetry: 1900-2000, and the anthology The Greek Poets: Homer to the Present, which W.W. Norton published in 2010. A Guggenheim Fellow, he was awarded the PEN Translation Prize for Six Early Stories by Thomas Mann, and the National Translation Award for The Undiscovered Chekhov. Peter Constantine has been a fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library and a Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.
Brian Sneeden’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Denver Quarterly, Harvard Review, Ninth Letter, Quarterly West, Southern Humanities Review, TriQuarterly, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other publications. Translations of his poems have appeared in international magazines in both Greek and Serbian. He received his MFA from the University of Virginia, where he held a Poe/Faulkner Fellowship in creative writing and served as poetry editor of Meridian.
Jordan Holmes got their start with a Seattle-based theatre program called Queer Teen Ensemble Theatre in which they collaborated with other LGBT youth to write, produce, and act in four original plays over a period of years. They are now a senior at UConn, where they are studying English with a concentration in creative writing. They have yet to be published, though they are currently working on an urban fantasy novel and often perform spoken word at poetry slams and open mics held by the student organization Poetic Release.
For more information, check out the UConn Creative Writing webpage at creativewriting.uconn.edu/visiting-authors-fall-2016