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Aetna Celebration of Student Writing

Aetna Celebration of Student Writing

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Aetna Celebration of Student Writing will take place on Tuesday, April 30 (3:00 – 6:30 PM), Wilbur Cross North Reading Room.

For the Aetna Freshman Writing Prize — and poster presentations at the Celebration itself — we’re accepting student writing completed during any term from Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019.

Further information on the Aetna Celebration of Student Writing & Poster Fair is also available at the Aetna Chair’s website.

To give you a better idea of what such a poster fair/celebration looks like, you can also see a short video of last year’s Celebration of Student Writing & Poster fair.

Aetna Celebration of Creative Nonfiction

Emily Rapp Black is the author of Poster Child: A Memoir and The Still Point of the Turning World, which was a New York Times Bestseller, an Editor’s Pick, and a finalist for the PEN Center Literary Award in Nonfiction. A former Fulbright scholar, she was educated at Harvard University, Trinity College-Dublin, Saint Olaf College, and the University of Texas-Austin, where she was a James A. Michener Fellow in Fiction and Poetry. While at Harvard, she worked with the GLBT Speaker’s Foundation (SpeakOut), an organization that professionally trained speakers to tell their coming out stories in high schools, churches, and other public forums in an effort to increase awareness and understanding between the GLBT and straight communities.

Sponsored by the Aetna Chair of Writing and co-sponsored with the Creative Writing Program and the UConn Bookstore.

Annual Aetna Writing Awards

Annual Aetna Writing Awards 

ECE English students: submit your work for the Aetna First-Year Writing Prize and/or the Poster Fair and Celebration of Student Writing. The deadline for the Aetna Writing Prizes and Poster Submissions will be Monday April 1, 2019.

For the Aetna Freshman Writing Prize we’re accepting student writing completed during any term from Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019. Further information on the Aetna First-Year Writing award, including detailed submission guidelines, is available on the Aetna Chair’s website.


Writers Who Edit, Editors Who Write Series

Aimee Nezhukumatathil was born to a Filipino mother and Malayali Indian father, and is the author of four books of poetry: Oceanic (2018), Lucky Fish (2011), winner of the Hoffer Grand Prize for Prose and Independent Books; At the Drive-In Volcano (2007), and Miracle Fruit (2003). Her collection of nature essays World of Wonder is forthcoming. With Ross Gay, she co-authored Lace & Pyrite (2014) a chapbook of nature poems. She serves as the poetry editor for Orion magazine. In 2014, she became one of the country’s youngest poets to achieve the rank of full Professor of English. She is now professor of English and teaches environmental literature and poetry writing in the MFA program at the University of Mississippi.

Sponsored by the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute, the Creative Writing Program and the UConn Bookstore.

Gloriana Gill Awards For Drawing and Cartooning, and for Photography

Gloriana Gill Awards For Drawing and Cartooning, and for Photography

Deadline: February 4, 2019

Prizes: Varies annually. Last year each prize was $1,000

Two awards given in memory of artist Gloriana Gill for 1) the best work of drawing or cartooning, and 2) the best work of photography (with preference given to B&W) appearing in the Long River Review. Entrants may submit multiple pieces to each prize.

Who’s Eligible

Undergraduates and graduates at the University of Connecticut’s main and regional campuses.


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Write On, Fight On

The Women’s March, the #Metoo movement, even Hulu’s remake of The Handmaid’s Tale, these events all have their roots in a movement that began, and ended, decades ago.

On view from November 26 through December 14, 2018 in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Archives & Special Collections Reading Room, the exhibition Write On, Fight On: Continuing Trends and Strategies of the Second-wave Feminist Movement features banners, buttons, graphics, magazines and periodicals from the second wave feminist movement’s independent presses and media outlets.

Curated by Anna Zarra Aldrich, undergraduate in UConn’s Department of English Writing Internship Program, the exhibition highlights, through historic artifacts preserved in the archives, the strategies feminist activists used to achieve their goals. The exhibition also brings into focus the shortcomings of the movement and how modern feminists are responding.

“The second wave achieved a lot, but by the time the movement started to fall apart, there was still a lot of work for women’s equality to be done and that’s where we get these later events,” Aldrich said.

Aldrich, an English, political science and journalism major at the University of Connecticut, had conducted an internship in Spring 2018 in which she studied and blogged about feminist publications from the collections of Archives and Special Collections.

This exhibition is free and open to the public Monday through Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm.

Presented by: Archives & Special Collections, UConn Library

For more information please contact


Poetry Rocks! Around the Holidays

Poetry Rocks Around The Holidays!
Wyndham County Poet Laureate Dan Donaghy Reads!
Date: Sunday, December 2
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: Free (Donations Welcomed)

Dr. Daniel Donaghy, Professor of English at Eastern State University, is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Somerset (NYQ Books, 2018), Start with the Trouble (U of Arkansas Press, 2009), which won the Paterson Prize for Literary Excellence and was a Finalist for the Connecticut Book Award, and Streetfighting (BkMk Press/U Missouri-Kansas City, 2005) which was a Finalist for the Paterson Prize. His poems and fiction have appeared in The Southern Review,  North American Review, Prairie Schooner, Paterson Literary Review, Missouri Review, Quarterly West, Southern Humanities Review, Cutthroat, Cimarron Review, Poet Lore, New Letters, The Texas Review, and many other journals.

Luisa Caycedo-Kimura is a Colombian-born poet, translator, and educator. She was the 2014 John K. Walsh Residency Fellow at The Anderson Center, the 2014 Adrienne Reiner Hochstadt Fellow at Ragdale, and a 2013 Robert Pinsky Global Fellow in Poetry (You may read about her adventures as a 2013 Global Fellow in her Alive in Spain travel blog). Luisa holds an MFA from Boston University. A former attorney, Luisa left the legal profession to pursue her passion for writing. She has received various awards for her poetry and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Sunken Garden Poetry 1992-2011, Mid-American ReviewJelly BucketConnecticut Review, Connecticut River ReviewFRIGG, PALABRASan Pedro River ReviewEllipsis… Literature and ArtCrack the SpinePilgrimage Magazine, Birch Gang Review,  and elsewhere.

Wallace Stevens Poetry Prize

Wallace Stevens Poetry Prize

Deadline: December 10, 2018

Prizes: $1,000 (first); $500 (second); $250 (third)

Each year since 1964, a prominent poet has been invited to give a reading at the University of Connecticut as part of the Wallace Stevens Poetry Program. A student poetry contest is held in conjunction with that program. First, second, and third place cash prizes are awarded. Prize winners read from their work at the annual program, and winning poems will be published in the Long River Review.

Who’s Eligible

Undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Connecticut’s main and regional campuses, except previous first place winners.


Submit a single MS Word document containing the cover sheet followed by 5-8 pages of poems (cleanly typed, only one poem per page). This can be up to eight short poems, or several longer pieces. Please submit your work via e-mail following these guidelines. The subject line of the email must indicate the full name of the contest. Note that while your student ID number should appear on every page, your name should appear only on the cover sheet.