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Connections Literary Readings

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Fall 2019 Connections

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

For advance tickets, please e-mail your request to connections@csmd.edu. Copies of the books featured in the Connections Literary Series can be purchased at any CSM College Store location or online.

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 bxoffc@csmd.edu 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 www.csmd.edu/CollegeStore.
  • Audio Files of Previous Readings are available on the CSMDTube YouTube site.

Upcoming Readings


Fall 2019 "Connections" Literary Magazine Publication Reading

December 6 │ 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 2019 “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 NEW deadline to submit for the fall issue is October 26. Learn more here.


Jake Shore
Playwright

March 13, 2020 | 4 p.m. Round Table, 7:30 p.m. Reading | Leonardtown Campus, Building A, Auditorium

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

In his newest play, Jake Shore examines the intellectualization of murder in higher education.

Jake Shore is an award-winning playwright whose play Holy Moly premiered at the Flea Theater in 2016 and was simultaneously released with its tandem novel, A Country for Fibbing. His play Down the Mountain and Across the Stream won the Overall Excellence in Playwriting Award at the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival. Shore's short stories have been published by HobartLitroGinosko Literary JournalEunoia ReviewSoft CartelNew American LegendsThe Pitkin Review, and others.


Karlin illustrationWayne Karlin
Author and CSM Professor Emeritus

April 3, 2020 | 4 p.m. Round Table, 7:30 p.m. Reading | La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry (BI Building) Dr. John M. Sine Conference Room (Room 103)

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

During the War of 1812, thousands of enslaved people from plantations across the Tidewater rallied to the British side, turning against an American republic that had barred them from the promises of freedom and democracy. Set against the backdrop of rebellion and war, Wayne Karlin’s A Wolf by the Ears follows the interconnected stories of Towerhill and Sarai, two slaves, and their master, Jacob Hallam. Educated side-by-side and inseparable as children, as the three come of age, they are forced to grapple with—and break free of—the fraught linkage of black and white Americans and how differently each defined what it meant to fight for freedom: Sarai and Jacob caught in the tension between the dream of equality, the reality of slavery and their own hearts, and Towerhill at the head of a company of black marines  that is part of the force that takes Washington and helps  to burn the Capitol and the White House. 

Wayne Karlin is the author of seven novels and three non-fiction books, including Wandering Souls: Journeys with the Dead and the Living in Viet Nam. He is the recipient of two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Patterson Prize in Fiction, the Vietnam Veterans of America Excellence in the Arts Award, and the Juniper Prize in Fiction for A Wolf by the Ears.

 A Wolf by the Ears is a splendid novel filled with well-honed characters who offer a new perspective on American slavery and what it did to us. Karlin’s picture of wartime is vivid, haunting, and unforgettable. This novel is inspired, a gift, and a pure treasure.” —Edward P. Jones, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Known World 

For more information, go to http://wayne-karlin.squarespace.com/


Nguyen Phan Que Mai photoNguyen Phan Que Mai
Author

April 10, 2020 | 4 p.m. Round Table, 7:30 p.m. Reading | Leonardtown Campus, Building A, Auditorium

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

With the epic sweep of Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko or Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing and the lyrical beauty of Vaddey Ratner’s In the Shadow of the Banyan, The Mountains Sing tells an enveloping, multigenerational tale of the Trần family, set against the backdrop of the Việt Nam War. Trần Diệu Lan, who was born in 1920, was forced to flee her family farm with her six children during the Land Reform as the Communist government rose in the North. Years later in Hà Nội, her young granddaughter, Hương, comes of age as her parents and uncles head off down the Hồ Chí Minh Trail to fight in a conflict that tore not just her beloved country, but her family apart. Vivid, gripping, and steeped in the language and traditions of Việt Nam, The Mountains Sing brings to life the human costs of this conflict from the point of view of the Vietnamese people themselves, while showing us the true power of kindness and hope. The Mountains Sing is celebrated Vietnamese poet and writer Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai’s first novel in English.

"An epic account of Việt Nam’s painful 20th century history, both vast in scope and intimate in its telling . . . Moving and riveting."

-VIET THANH NGUYEN, author of The Sympathizer, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

For more information, visit http://www.nguyenphanquemai.com/page/the-mountains-sing.html.


Spring 2020 "Connections" Literary Magazine Publication Reading

May 1, 2020 │ 7:30 p.m. | Prince Frederick Campus, John E. Harms Academic Center (Building A), Room 119

This event is FREE; no tickets required.

Contributors to the Spring 2020 “Connections” Literary Magazine will read and discuss their published works.


Connections sponsorsThe Connections Literary Series is sponsored by CSM's English, Communication, and Languages Division, and, in part, by the Arts Council of Calvert County, the Charles County Arts Alliance, the St. Mary’s County Arts Council, and the Maryland State Arts Council.

GRANTS

Arts Council of Calvert County
Charles County Arts Alliance
Maryland State Arts Council
St. Mary’s County Arts Council