Month: February 2020

AETNA Celebration of Student Writing

Now Accepting Submissions: 2020 AETNA Student Writing Poster Fair & Showcase

Present your writing or writing-related research in the AETNA Celebration of Student Writing for the chance to win cash prizes. This event is open to UConn undergraduate students (individual and group presentations).

The Aetna Celebration of Student Writing (ACSW) is an annual UConn event held by the Aetna Chair of Writing to showcase student writing work and writing-related research. Students present their writing work completed in writing-intensive UConn courses (First-Year Writing, “W” courses) and/or research on the subject of writing, rhetoric, or a related topic. Individual and group projects are accepted.

The ACSW opens with a poster fair, where students present their work first to a circulating panel of faculty judges and then to the public. The judges create awards based on the selection of projects that are presented each year. The poster fair awards are then announced at the reception that follows.

Takes place: Apr. 27, 3-5:30pm

Storrs Campus, Wilbur Cross, North Reading Room

Submission Deadline: Apr. 1, 2020

For more details and to submit work, visit

“UConn Writes”: Poetry Reading and Open Mic

“UConn Writes” Poetry Reading and Open Mic with Sophie Buckner and Nicole Catarino

All are welcome to attend “UConn Writes” Poetry Reading and Open Mic. This meeting will feature extended readings from English graduate student Sophie Buckner and undergraduate Nicole Catarino, a short informational session about the Long River Review (with copies of previous editions available for sale), and plenty of time for open mic contributions!

Pizza, snacks, and other refreshments will be provided.

Tues., Mar. 3, 5-7pm, Austin 217

57th Annual Wallace Stevens Poetry Program

The 57th Annual Wallace Stevens Poetry Program with D. A. Powell has been postponed until next spring due to the Governor’s State of Emergency and the shifting situation with Covid-19. We are sorry to have to reschedule this event that is a highlight of the year,  but we look forward to gathering and celebrating poetry at a time that’s safer for all.

Acclaimed poet D. A. Powell has been praised for both his gravity and his wit. As one critic wrote, “No accessible poet of his generation is half as original, and no poet as original is this accessible.” Powell’s early books, Tea (1998), Lunch (2000), and Cocktails (2004), are often read as a  trilogy on the AIDS epidemic. Powell’s fourth book, Chronic (2009), won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest collection, Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys (2012) won the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry. Fellow writer Carl Phillips describes Powell’s poems as “entirely of-the-moment while at every turn [announcing]… not merely an awareness, but an actual confidence with such prosodic traditions as the heroic couplet and the pentameter line, such cultural and literary traditions as those of the Old Testament and of meaningfully comic punning…. No fear, here, of heritage nor of music nor, refreshingly, of authority. Mr. Powell recognizes in the contemporary the latest manifestations of a much older tradition: namely, what it is to be human.” Powell has taught at Harvard and Columbia University, and is currently a Professor at the University of San Francisco.

Jennifer Baker Reading: “Writers Who Edit, Editors Who Write”

“Writers Who Edit, Editors Who Write” reading, featuring Jennifer N. Baker

All are invited to attend a reading of “Writers Who Edit, Editors Who Write,” featuring Jennifer N. Baker. Baker is the author of The Pursuit of Happiness (2015), editor of the anthology Everyday People: The Color of Life (2018), and is the current Managing Editor of Penguin Random House.

This reading could be particularly useful and exciting for English majors considering careers in editing and publishing.

Thurs., Feb. 27, 6pm, UConn Bookstore in Storrs Center


Jenny Spinner: “It’s a Woman Speaking”

Tues., Feb. 25, 4-5pm

Storrs Campus, Austin (217)


‘It’s a Woman Speaking’: Revising the Essay Canon

All are invited to attend a talk by Jenny Spinner, Associate Professor of English at St. Joseph’s University (and UConn English PhD ’04). Spinner will be joined by Lynn Bloom, UConn Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Emerita, who will serve as a respondent.

Spinner will discuss her 2018 book, Of Women and the Essay: An Anthology from 1655 to 2000, the result of her decade-long feminist recovery project that was designed to re-write the history of the essay to include women who have been erased and omitted. This talk will explore some of the reasons for the long neglect of women, and women of color in particular, from the essay’s history and discuss some of the women essayists from earlier centuries who belong in that history (and on readings lists, conference panels, journal articles, dissertations, and syllabi).

This event is sponsored by the English Department and the Humanities Institute.