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Spring 2015 Edition

Literary Readings

Come out and meet the most engaging and interesting authors in literature today as they read from and reflect on their works. Readings take place on the campuses of CSM. All readings begin at 7:30 p.m.

For advance tickets please contact the CSM Box Office at or 301-934-7828. Copies of the books featured in the Connections Literary Series can be purchased at any CSM College Store location or online at

** Books by all authors are available at the CSM College Store.

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October 9 | 7:30 p.m. |
La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry (BI Building), Dr. John M. Sine Conference Room (Room 103)

Tickets: $3 in advance; $5 at the event; or $3 with CSM Student ID

Philip Metres is the author and translator of a number of books, including Sand Opera (Alice James 2015), To See the Earth (2008), and Behind the Lines: War Resistance Poetry on the American Homefront (University of Iowa 2007). His work has appeared in Best American Poetry and, among other awards, has garnered two NEA fellowships, the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, the Beatrice Hawley Award, two Arab American Book Awards, and the Cleveland Arts Prize. He is a professor of English at John Carroll University in Cleveland.

This program will focus on the role literature can play in peace building and conflict transformation, how literature can serve as a source of and a model for healing and reconciliation in conflicts from Iraq, Israel/Palestine, and Northern Ireland—as well as right here at home, in Southern Maryland.

For more information on Philip Metres: or



November 6 | 7:30 p.m. | Leonardtown Campus, Building A, Auditorium

Tickets: $3 in advance; $5 at the event; or $3 with CSM Student ID



They say three feet
separate us from heaven,
but in thin places
the gap’s a hair’s width–

Neal Dwyer is a poet and a professor for the Languages and Literature Division at the College of Southern Maryland. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals, anthologies, and online reviews. He is currently working on a series of poems based on the sectarian divide in Northern Ireland.


(all the things as yet unsaid
fill this page
surround these parentheses)

Michael Glaser served as Poet Laureate of Maryland from 2004 – 2009. He is a professor emeritus at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, serves on the Board of the Maryland Humanities Council, and co-leads retreats which embrace the reading and writing of poetry as a means of self-reflection and personal growth. He has published seven collections of his own poetry, edited three anthologies, and co-edited The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton (BOA 2012). For more information on Michael Glaser, visit


She said even with her hands on the window
it didn’t fly away, and it was cool
and amazing and beautiful

Rachel Heinhorst received her MFA from Goddard College in Vermont and currently teaches in the Language and Literature Division at the College of Southern Maryland. Her work has been published in Calico Tiger, Ascent Aspirations, Connections and the Pitkin Review, among others. In 2014, Seasonings Press published her broadside, "The Space between Us." She takes great pleasure in writing about her family and believes poetry offers the purest examples of the human experience.

Fall 2015 "Connections" Literary Magazine Publication Reading

December 4 ¦7:30 p.m. | La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry (BI Building), Dr. John M. Sine Conference Room (Room 103)

Tickets: FREE

Contributors to the Fall 2015 "Connections" Literary Magazine will read and discuss their published works.

Want to be published?

The "Connections" Literary Magazine is a regional literary journal published twice a year that features poems, stories, artwork, and photography. Sometimes included is material from visiting authors. The deadline to submit for the spring issue is October 31.


Spring 2016 Connections Magazine Submission Deadline: October 31, 2015