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Connections Literary Readings

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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

NOVELISTS MOLLY McCLOSKEY AND KRISTA KEYES
Reflections on Ireland

March 8 | 7:30 p.m. | Leonardtown Campus, Building A, Auditorium

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

molly mccloskeyMOLLY McCLOSKEY was born in Philadelphia and grew up in North Carolina and Oregon. In 1989, she moved to Ireland, spending ten years on the west coast before moving to Dublin. She is the author of two short story collections, Solomon’s Seal and The Beautiful Changes, and a novel, Protection. Her first work of non-fiction, Circles Around the Sun: In Search of a Lost Brother, appeared in 2011. Her new novel, Straying (2018), is published in the US by Scribner and by Penguin in the UK and Ireland, where it appeared as When Light is Like Water. She was shortlisted for the 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. Her work has appeared in the Irish Times, the Dublin Review, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She currently lives in Washington, DC, where she recently served as a judge for the DC-based PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

Krista KeyesKRISTA KEYES is a professor of English and Creative Writing at the College of Southern Maryland. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from University College Dublin in 2018 and an MA in English from the University of California, Davis in 2007. She is currently an associate editor of the college’s Connections Literary Magazine and formerly the editor of Creative Nonfiction for The HCE Review. Her short stories, poems, and essays have been published in Connections and The Greenbelt Review. She spent the 2017-2018 academic year on sabbatical in Dublin, Ireland, and is currently writing a book that takes place there.

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NOVELIST EDNA TROIANO
Uncle Tom’s Journey from Maryland to Canada: The Life of Josiah Henson

April 5 | 7:30 p.m. | 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

Edna TroianaEDNA M. TROIANO, who holds a PhD in comparative literature, is professor emerita of the College of Southern Maryland, where she chaired the Languages and Literature Department from 1986 to 2006. She coauthored two college rhetoric texts (Write to Know and The Contemporary Writer) and co-edited an anthology of Christmas literature (The Roads from Bethlehem). Her articles, book reviews, and essays have been published widely in academic journals and popular magazines. Troiano’s latest book, Uncle Tom’s Journey from Maryland to Canada, traces the life of Josiah Henson from his birthplace in La Plata, Maryland.

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A Special Evening of Artworks and Poetry:
VISIONS OF VERSES

April 13 | 5 - 8 p.m. | calvART Gallery, 110 South Solomons Island Road, Prince Frederick

Visions of Verses graphicCSM, in collaboration with the Arts Council of Calvert County and the CalvART gallery, will host a very special evening to celebrate the value of art in our lives. The program will feature paintings by CalvART Gallery member artists and  a reading of poems by Southern Maryland poets inspired by the artwork. The evening is offered as an opportunity for the Southern Maryland community to come together to experience and reflect on the ways the arts can serve to enrich our lives with beauty and understanding, pointing us toward that more perfect world our hearts know is possible. For more information, visit www.calvertarts.org.


Spring 2019 "Connections" Literary Magazine Publication Reading

May 3 │ 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 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.


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.

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