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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.

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

This semester, the Connections Literary Series program will present a special series centered around writing on war and after war. Three veterans who are also award-winning writers, two from the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and one from the Vietnam War, will present and read from their work and speak to the concept of writing as a way of healing after war, and as a way of sharing that experience with that large part of the American population which has no experience of waróa sharing which, in itself, is both a necessary part of the healing process for veterans and a necessary knowledge for any citizen of a country that sends its youth to war.

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Literary Reading Schedule:

  • Friday, April 3, 2015 - Poet W.D. Ehrhart
  • Friday, April 24, 2015 -  Retired Lieutenant Colonel Ron Capps and Author/Poet Fred Foote
  • Friday, May 1, 2015 - Spring 2015 Connections Magazine Publication Reading

Audio Files of Previous Readings

 


Poet/Author W.D. Ehrhart will Read from His Works

Poet W.D. Ehrhart

April 3, 7:30 p.m.
Leonardtown Campus, Building A, Auditorium
Tickets: Free for Veterans and Active Duty Service Members (with military ID);
$3 in advance; $5 at the event; or $3 with CSM Student ID
 

W.D. Ehrhart Image

W.D. Ehrhart is one of the best-known poets and memoirists to come out of the Vietnam War. After his service as a Marine, during which he was wounded in the battle of Hue in 1968, Ehrhart attended Swarthmore College. He subsequently earned bachelorís and masterís degrees, and (at the age of 52) a doctorate. Over the years, he has held a wide variety of jobs, from merchant seaman to newspaper reporter to high school teacher. Through the 1990s, he made his living primarily as a writer and speaker, but early in the new millennium, he returned to fulltime high school teaching at The Haverford School in suburban Philadelphia, PA. Ehrhart began writing when he was 15 years old, and has been writing and publishing continuously ever since. Exclusively a poet until he was almost 30, he has since written and pubilshed a wide variety of nonfiction prose. The influence of Ehrhartís encounter with the Vietnam War can readily be seen in his writing, but though he is known primarily as a ďVietnam War poet,Ē in fact his subject matter ranges widely; his poems also reflect his respect for nature, his love of friends, his active engagement with the world around him, and his consternation at the human condition.

In 2014, a book of essays, The Last Time I Dreamed About the War: Essays on the Life and Writing of W.D. Ehrhart by Jean-Jacques Malo, was published about Ehrhartís work. W.D. Ehrhart is appearing as part of CSMís 50th anniversary commemoration of the Vietnam War.

Poet W.D. Ehrhart's Web Site

Ehrhart Honors Module/Study Guide

Event also sponsored by the Cafe des Artistes in Leonardtown.

 

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Ron Capps and Author/Poet Fred Foote will Read from Their Works

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Ron Capps and Author/Poet Fred Foote

April 24, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
La Plata Campus, LR Building (Library), Room 102
Tickets: Free for Veterans and Active Duty Service Members (with military ID);
$3 in advance; $5 at the event; or $3 with CSM Student ID

  

Capps Image
 
   
Retired Lieutenant Colonel Ron Capps is the founder and director of the Veteransí Writing Project, a program he initiated to help veterans find their voices and tell their stories. Ron served 25 years in the Army and Army Reserve and is a combat veteran of Afghanistan. He has been a contributor to Time magazineís Battleland blog, The American Interest, and to Foreign Policy; his literary writing has been featured in JMWW, The New York Times, The Delmarva Review, The Little Patuxent Review, Prime Number, and Riverlit. The Washington Post called his 2009 essay, Back From the Brink, ďstunningly good.Ē His essay, The French Lieutenantís iPod, won first prize for creative non-fiction in Press 53ís 2011 Open Awards competition, and his 2011 essay, Yellow, was listed as a Notable in Best American Essays of 2012. He has been a featured speaker on National Public Radioís All Things Considered, PRIís The World, Pacifica Radio, and the BBC World Service, and has been a consultant to Time, Rolling Stone, and PBS Frontline. His book, Writing War: A Guide to Telling Your Own Story serves as the curriculum for VWP seminars and workshops. His memoir, Seriously Not All Right: Five Wars in Ten Years, is published by Schaffner Press. Ron Capps photo by Robert Turtil.

Capps/Foote Honors Module/Study Guide

Ron Capps--"The French Lieutenantís iPod"
(first prize for creative non-fiction in the Press 53 Open Awards 2011)

Ron Capps--"Yellow"
(listed as notable in Best American Essays 2012)
 
Foote Image
     
Author and Poet Fred Foote is the author of Medic Against Bomb, a book of poetry on the wounded (Americans, Iraqis, and Afghanis) of the Iraq/Afghanistan wars. It also describes the inspiring healing efforts of our nationís military medics and those at the Veterans Administration. Medic Against Bomb won the Grayson Books Poetry Prize for 2013. The individual poems have been published in a wide range of national magazines and are very popular in the military and veteransí communities. By putting a human face on our wounded warriors, Foote hopes to stimulate his readers to engage our veterans in arts activities. In the Warrior Poetry Project, which he leads, and other programs, he has found that art making can have powerful healing effects, particularly in those with brain injury and PTSD. Dr. Foote served in Operation Iraqi Freedom as a staff neurologist and assistant medical department head on the USNS COMFORT, a seagoing medical treatment facility. He was then deployed to West Africa, where he developed programs for improving health care at sea, In 2006, he was appointed project officer of the Epidaurus Project. In that role, he serves as a subject matter expert in advanced health facilities design, holistic medicine, use of the arts in health care, and patient/family centered care. He was assigned as an advisor to design teams forW alter Reed National MilitaryMedical Center (WRNMMC), Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, The National Intrepid Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (NICoE), and the Medical Home and Patient/Family Centered Care initiatives at NNMC.

Author/Poet Fred Foote's Web Site

Selected Poems from Medic Against Bomb


Spring 2015 Connections Magazine Publication Reading

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

May 1, 7:30 p.m.
La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry (BI Building)
Dr. John Sine Conference Room (Room 103)
Tickets: Free

Spring 2015 Cover

Connections Literary Magazine is a regional journal published twice a year that features poems, stories, artwork and photography of Southern Maryland. Also included in each issue is featured material from visiting authors. Contributors to the spring 2015 issue will read from and discuss their published works.

Free admission, no tickets required.

 

Spring 2015 Connections Magazine Submission Deadline: March 17, 2015