Connections Literary Readings

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The Connections Literary Series is sponsored by the CSM Languages and Literature Department.

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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
  • Audio Files of Previous Readings are available on the CSMDTube YouTube site.

Upcoming Readings

Michael Archer


February 17 | 7:30 p.m. | Leonardtown Campus, Building A, Auditorium

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

Michael Archer grew up in northern California and served in Vietnam as a US Marine, 1967-68. His books include: A Patch of Ground: Khe Sanh Remembered, which VIETNAM magazine called “the best first-hand account of the battle of Khe Sanh,” and A Man of His Word: The Life and Times of Nevada’s Senator William J. Raggio. Archer will be discussing his most recent book, The Long Goodbye: Khe Sanh Revisited, which chronicles his search for the remains of a childhood friend who was killed in action near Khe Sanh, a quest which reveals both the reality of war and its long aftereffects.

His articles and essays have appeared in The Nevada Review, The Political History of Nevada; Reno-Tahoe Magazine, Red Clay Magazine, as well as a variety of newspapers. Archer’s research is frequently cited in works by writers of historical non-fiction. He was invited to Hollywood as a technical adviser on the 2013 short film Guarding Charlie and was a cast member in the 2015 documentary film, The Siege of Khe Sanh. He has participated in book events and spoken on a variety of topics at venues across the country, including: Eastern Kentucky University, University of Delaware, Bentley University in Massachusetts, Casper College in Wyoming, and the University of Nevada, Reno.

In addition to his writing, Archer is currently a staff member with the Senate Committee on Finance of the Nevada State Legislature and lives in Reno.

Sunil Yapa

Novelist Sunil Yapa

March 3 | 7:30 p.m. | Prince Frederick Campus, Flagship Building, Room 119

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

Sunil Yapa’s first novel, Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, is one of Time Magazine’s Best Books of the Year as well as one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Year, a Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writers Pick, and an Indies Next Pick. The New Yorker writes, “Fast-paced and unflinching…Yapa vividly evokes rage and compassion.” The Seattle Times writes, “Yapa’s melding of fact and fiction, human frailty, and geopolitics, is a genuine tour-de-force.” This timely novel weaves the stories of eight characters at the infamous World Trade Organization (WTO) protests in 1999, reminding readers of what happens when the political becomes personal.

Yapa’s work has appeared in Guernica, American Short Fiction, The Margins, Hyphen Magazine, The Tottenville Review, Pindeldyboz: Stories that Defy Classification, and others. The biracial son of a Sri Lankan father and a mother from Montana, Yapa has lived around the world, including The Netherlands, Thailand, Greece, Guatemala, Argentina, Chile, China, and India, as well as, London, Montreal, and New York City. He is currently 39 years old and lives in upstate New York.

Yapa holds a BA in economic geography from Penn State University, and received his MFA in fiction from Hunter College in New York City in 2010, where he worked with two-time Booker Prize winning author Peter Carey, and the 2009 National Book Award winner (Let the Great World Spin) Colum McCann. While at Hunter, Yapa was also awarded the Alumni Scholarship & Welfare Fund Fellowship, which is given to one fiction student every three years, and he was twice selected as a Hertog Fellow, working as a research assistant for Zadie Smith (Changing My Mind), as well as Ben Marcus (The Flame Alphabet).

He is the recipient of the 2010 Asian American Short Story Award, sponsored by Hyphen Magazine and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in New York, and has received scholarships to The New York State Summer Writers’ Institute, The Norman Mailer Writers’ Center in Provincetown, and The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

Frank X Walker

Poet Frank X Walker

April 7 | 7:30 p.m. | La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center, Theatre

This event is free and open to the public.

Former Kentucky Poet Laureate, Frank X Walker is a professor in the Department of English and the African American and Africana Studies Program at the University of Kentucky and the founding editor of Pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture. A Cave Canem Fellow and co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets, he is the author of eight collections of poetry including, Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers, winner of the 2014 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Poetry; Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York, winner of the Lillian Smith Book Award, as well as two new collections, The Affrilachian Sonnets and About Flight.

Walker has lectured, conducted workshops, and read poetry at over 400 national conferences, arts centers and universities across the globe including Derry, Northern Ireland; Santiago, Cuba; Shanghai and Beijing, China; Mainz, Germany; Toronto, Canada; New York’s Lincoln Center; the University of California at Berkeley; Notre Dame; and Appalachian State University.

Voted one of the most creative professors in the south, he is the originator of the word, Affrilachia, and is dedicated to deconstructing and forcing a new definition of what it means to be Appalachian. The Lannan Poetry Fellowship Award recipient has degrees from the University of Kentucky and Spalding University as well as three honorary doctorates from the University of Kentucky, Spalding University, and Transylvania University.

Sponsored in part by a grant from the Charles County Arts Alliance and Maryland State Arts Council; and sponsored by African American Heritage Society of Charles County, Inc. and the Diversity Institute at CSM.

Spring 2017 "Connections" Literary Magazine Publication Reading

May 5 │ 7:30 p.m.  |  La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry (BI Building),
Dr. John M. Sine Conference Room (Room 103)

This event is FREE; no tickets required.

Contributors to the Spring 2017 “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 March 17.