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

An evening with NAOMI SHIHAB NYE — reading and in conversation with MICHAEL S. GLASER

March 3 | 7:30 p.m.
La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center, Theatre

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

This program will explore how poetry can help us address the complex issues of our times, prod us to more fully embrace our own humanity, and shine light onto the ways that the long arch of history may bend towards the arch of justice and peace.

Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye is the author of numerous books of poems, including Transfer (BOA Editions, 2011); You and Yours (BOA Editions, 2005), which received the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award; 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East (Greenwillow Books, 2002), a collection of new and selected poems about the Middle East; Fuel (BOA Editions, 1998); Red Suitcase (BOA Editions, 1994); and Hugging the Jukebox (Far Corner Books, 1982). Nye’s honors include awards from the International Poetry Forum and the Texas Institute of Letters, the Carity Randall Prize, and four Pushcart Prizes. She has been a Lannan Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Witter Bynner Fellow. In 1988, she received The Academy of American Poets’ Lavan Award, selected by W. S. Merwin. Nye gives voice to her experience as an Arab-American through poems about heritage and peace that overflow with a humanitarian spirit. About her work, the poet William Stafford has said, “Her poems combine transcendent liveliness and sparkle along with warmth and human insight. She is a champion of the literature of encouragement and heart. Reading her work enhances life.” She was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2009. For more information on Naomi Shihab Nye, visit

Michael S. Glaser 

Michael S. 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

Author, Poet, Activist DEMETRIA MARTINEZ

April 1 | 7:30 p.m. | Leonardtown Campus, Building A, Auditorium 

The work of Demetria Martinez is particularly relevant now, at a time when issues of immigration have generated new national debates and passions. For Martinez, an author, poet, activist, creativity coach, and journalist, based in New Mexico, writing and activism are ways to explore---and bridge—the borders between people. “Being an activist,” she states, “is where I find meaning. Involvement with something larger than myself compels me to write.” Her widely translated novel, Mother Tongue, is based in part upon her 1988 trial in connection with allegedly smuggling Salvadoran refugees into the country, a charge she was acquitted of by a jury on First Amendment grounds. The novel, published by Ballantine in 1997, won a Western States Book Award for Fiction. In The Block Captain’s Daughter, activists in Albuquerque draw on the wisdom of their multiethnic/multinational roots in their struggle to better the world. Published by the University of Oklahoma Press, it won a 2013 American Book Award and also won the International Latino Book Award for best Latino focused fiction the same year. Martinez has published two books of poetry: Breathing Between the Lines (1997), and The Devil’s Workshop (2002), both with the University of Arizona Press. She also co-authored a bilingual children’s book, Grandpa’s Magic Tortilla, with Rosalee Montoya. Published by the UNM Press, it received the 2011 Young Reader’s Book Award from New Mexico Book Awards. She presently teaches creative writing in all genres, including poetry workshops at a youth detention center, and has taught creative at the Taos Writers Conference, and memoir at the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Event also sponsored by the Cafe des Artistes in Leonardtown.

Spring 2016 "Connections" Literary Magazine Publication Reading

May 6│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 Spring 2016 "Connections" Literary Magazine will read and discuss their published works.