Amanda Marrone: “When a Seat-of-the-Pantser Embraces Plotting– Sort Of”

Young adult novelist Amanda Marrone will be presenting “When a Seat-of-the-Pantser Embraces Plotting– Sort Of” on November 8, at 6:00pm, in Austin 247. Marrone is the author of UninvitedRevealersDevoured, and Slayed, and her middle school series, The Magic Repair Shop Books, includes the titles The Multiplying MenaceThe Shape-Shifter’s Curse, and Master of Mirrors. For more information about Amanda Marrone, visit her website.



Paul Di Filippo Reading

Paul Di Filippo is a short story writer, humorist, and critic, with more than thirty books to his credit over the course of his three decades as a professional writer. Di Filippo has been nominated for the Nebula, Hugo, Theodore Sturgeon and World Fantasy Awards and has won the British Science Fiction Association Award. He has sold more than two hundred stories, as well as several novels and novellas, including the multi-award-nominated A Year in the Linear City. He was part of the first wave of both steampunk and biopunk, with influential volumes The Steampunk Trilogy and Ribofunk. He is also one of the preeminent critics and reviewers in the science fiction field, with work appearing regularly in the Barnes & Noble Review and elsewhere.

Di Filippo will be reading on November 9, at 6:30pm, in Austin 217.

Pam Brown: “Who’s It? Acting the Actress in ‘Twelfth Night’ or ‘What You Will'”

Pam Brown is an associate professor of English at UConn Stamford, and her talk explores how the famed actresses of Italian touring companies influenced and inspired the Shakespearean stage. Brown will be presenting at the UConn Humanities Institute on the fourth floor of Babbidge Library on Monday, November 6, at 5:00pm. Snacks and refreshments will be served at 4:30pm.

Tara Harney-Mahajan on Irish Women’s Literature

“The Politics of Illegitimacy in McKeon’s Solace” at 12:30 pm, November 2nd, in Austin 445

“Contextualizing Irish Women’s Writing and O’Brien’s Country Girls Trilogy: Revision and Resistance” at 3:30 pm, November 2nd, in Austin 217

Tara Harney-Mahajan received her PhD in English from UConn in 2016 and is currently the co-editor of LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory. Her research interests include 20th- and 21st-century Irish and South Asian literature, with a focus on women writers. Her scholarship has been published in Women’s StudiesNew Hibernia Review, and the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her talks will consider contemporary Irish novelist Belinda McKeon and canonical twentieth-century Irish writer Enda O’Brien.

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Aetna Writer-in-Residence Tara Betts

Wednesday, November 1

Tara Betts/Aetna Writer-in-Residence and Creative Sustenance Event

Barnes & Noble College Bookstore, Storrs Center, 6:3 0 pm

**This event is a benefit for the Covenant Soup Kitchen in Willimantic. Audience members are invited to make a donation after the reading.

Co-sponsored with the Aetna Chair of Writing and the Barnes & Noble College Bookstore


Tara Betts is the author of Break the Habit (2016) and Arc & Hue (2009). She is also one of the editors of The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives About Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century (2017). Betts has self-published small runs of several chapbooks: “Can I Hang?” (1999), “Switch” (2003), “Break the Habit” (2012), and “Circling Unexpectedly” (2013). Her most recent chapbook 7 x 7: kwansabas was published by Backbone Press in 2015. Her work has appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Essence Magazine, NYLON, and numerous anthologies. Betts was commissioned by the Peggy Choy Dance Company to write a series of poems and monologues for “THE GREATEST!: An Homage to Muhammad Ali” in 2011 and 2013. These writings were published on Winged City Press in April 2013 and were mentioned in the New York Times. In 2010, Essence named her as one of their “40 Favorite Poets.” After winning the 1999 Guild Complex’s Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award, she represented Chicago twice at the National Poetry Slam in 1999 and 2000. A Cave Canem graduate, she has had residencies from the Ragdale Foundation, Centrum and Caldera, and an Illinois Arts Council Artist fellowship. She holds a PhD in English from Binghamton University and a MFA in Creative Writing from New England College. She teaches at the University of Illinois, Chicago.