Connections Literary Readings

Author speaks at a podium at a literary 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

Evie Shockley


September 30 | 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

Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, poet Evie Shockley earned a BA at Northwestern University, a JD at the University of Michigan, and a PhD in English literature at Duke University. The author of several collections of poetry, including a half-red sea (2006) and the new black (2011), Shockley is also the author of the critical volume Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (2011). Her poetry and essays have been featured in several anthologies, including Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (2009), Poets on Teaching: A Sourcebook (2010), A Broken Thing: Contemporary Poets on the Line (2011), and Contemporary African American Literature: The Living Canon (2013).

Shockley’s honors include the Holmes National Poetry Prize and fellowships from Cave Canem, the Millay Colony for the Arts, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library. Coeditor of the journal jubilat from 2004 to 2007, Shockley is a professor at Rutgers University. She lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.

The event is sponsored in part by a grant from the Arts Council of Calvert County and Maryland State Arts Council.

Rick Benjamin


November 4 | 7:30 p.m.
Leonardtown Campus, Building A, Auditorium

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

Rick Benjamin is the State Poet of Rhode Island. He teaches or has taught at Brown University, the Rhode Island School of Design, the MFA Program in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College, in many schools, and in community and assisted living centers—where he has passed good time in the company of people who range in age from six to ninety-six. He also serves as a Fellow at New Urban Arts—an afterschool arts mentoring program for Providence high school students. His poems and essays have appeared in PRØOF, Watershed, The Providence Journal, Tongue,, The Writer’s Circle, American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics (Wesleyan University Press), Urthona: An International Buddhist Journal of the Arts, Poem, Home: An Anthology of Ars Poetica (Paper Kite Press), and La Petite Zine. He lives with his family in a very small village in the smallest state.

Rick Benjamin believes that poetry can play a primary role in helping to build community and that communities are vibrant and connected when they are engaged with the medium of poetry. At Brown & RISD, his poetry classes always include a community component so that his students can more fully experience what it means to circulate in communities outside of higher education, and his own creative practice includes work in many schools, community and elder centers, among other places.

The event is sponsored in part by a grant from the St. Mary’s County Arts Council and Maryland State Arts Council.

Fall 2016 "Connections" Literary Magazine Publication Reading

December 2│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 2016 “Connections” Literary Magazine will read and discuss their published works.