Connections Literary Readings

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

Connections Reading

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

Jake Shore

Playwright JAKE SHORE

October 13 | 7:30 p.m. | Leonardtown Campus, Building A, Auditorium

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

Jake Shore teaches courses in creative writing and literature at Wagner College. His short stories have appeared in Litro, Halfway Down the Stairs, The Pitkin Review, Calico Tiger, and Fiction365. He ghostwrote “The 87 Rules for College” for New Chapter Press. Shore’s play entitled Down the Mountain and Across the Stream won the New York International Fringe Festival’s Overall Excellence in Playwriting Award in 2013. Shore also wrote and directed Sick City Blues, which premiered at The Connelly Theater as part of the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival. Joseph Verlezza of Theatre Reviews Limited praised Sick City Blues by stating “The plot is clever and complicated…a novelty that rarely exists in today’s bombastic theatre world…It is interesting, intriguing, involved and…appears to be real.” Shore received his MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College.

In summer, 2016, Shore released a play and a novel. Playbill’s news headline states “Off-Broadway’s Holy Moly Uniquely Connected to Real-Life Novel.” Broadwayworld says “The debut and simultaneous release of Holy Moly and A Country for Fibbing, an innovative multi-media experience, marks the first time a play with a correlating
novel have been simultaneously released in the United States.”

Tim Seibles


November 10 | 7:30 p.m. | Prince Frederick Campus, Building A, Room 119

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

Poet Tim Seibles was born and raised in Philadelphia. He approaches themes of racial tension, class conflict, and intimacy from several directions at once in poems with plainspoken yet fast-turning language. In a 2010 statement he shared in From the Fishouse, Seibles states, “I think poetry, if it’s going to be really engaging and engaged, has to be able to come at the issues of our lives from all kinds of angles and all kinds of ways: loudly and quietly, angrily and soothingly, with comedy and with dead seriousness. […] Our lives are worth every risk, every manner of approach.”

Seibles is the author of several collections of poetry, including Body Moves (1988), Hurdy-Gurdy (1992), Hammerlock (1999), Buffalo Head Solos (2004), Fast Animal (2012), which won the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize and was nominated for a 2012 National Book Award, and One Turn Around the Sun (2016). His work has also been featured in the anthologies In Search of Color Everywhere: A Collection of African American Poetry (1994, edited by E. Ethelbert Miller and Terrance Cummings), Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (2009, edited by Camille Dungy), and Best American Poetry (2010, edited by Amy Gerstler).

Seibles’ honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, as well as an Open Voice Award from the National Writers Voice Project. In 2013, he received the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for poetry.

Seibles is Poet Laureate of Virginia. He teaches at Old Dominion University.

Fall 2017 "Connections" Literary Magazine Publication Reading

December 1 │ 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 Fall 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 October 24.