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 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 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

Fleda Brown


March 2 | 7:30 p.m. | Prince Frederick Campus,
John E. Harms Academic Center (Building A), Room 119

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

Fleda Brown’s works include My Wobbly Bicycle: Cancer and the Creative Life, The Woods Are On Fire: New & Selected Poems (University of Nebraska Press), and a memoir titled Driving With Dvořák (University of Nebraska Press). In 2010, she donated Loon Cry, a new and selected collection of Michigan poems, to the Watershed Center, a non-profit organization. The author of seven previous collections of poems, she has won the Felix Pollak Prize, a Pushcart Prize, the Philip Levine Prize, and the Great Lakes Colleges New Writer’s Award, and her work has twice been a finalist for the National Poetry Series. She is professor emerita at the University of Delaware, where she taught for 27 years and directed the Poets in the Schools program. She was poet laureate of Delaware from 2001-07. She now lives in Traverse City, Michigan, and is on the faculty of the Rainier Writing Workshop, a low-residency MFA program in Tacoma, Washington.


April 6 │ 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

Nickole Brown

Nickole Brown received her MFA from the Vermont College, studied literature at Oxford University, and was the editorial assistant for the late Hunter S. Thompson. She worked at Sarabande Books for ten years. Her first collection, Sister, a novel-in-poems, was first published in 2007 by Red Hen Press, and a new edition will be reissued by Sibling Rivalry Press in 2018. Her second book, a biography-in-poems called Fanny Says, came out from BOA Editions in 2015, and the audio book of that collection became available in 2017. She was an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock for four years until she gave up her beloved time in the classroom in hope of writing full time. Currently, she is the editor for the Marie Alexander Poetry Series and teaches periodically at a number of places, including the Sewanee School of Letters MFA Program, the Great Smokies Writing Program at UNCA, and the Hindman Settlement School. She lives with her wife, Poet Jessica Jacobs, in Asheville, North Carolina, where she volunteers at a four different animal sanctuaries.

Jessica Jacobs

Jessica Jacobs is the author of Pelvis with Distance, winner of the New Mexico Book Award in Poetry, an Over the Rainbow selection by the American
Library Association, and a finalist for the Lambda Literary and Julie Suk Awards. Her chapbook, In Whatever Light Left to Us, was published by Sibling
Rivalry Press, and her second full-length collection, Take Me with You, Wherever You’re Going, is forthcoming from Four Way Books in 2019. Jacobs holds
an M.F.A. from Purdue University, where she served as the editor-in-chief of Sycamore Review, and a B.A. from Smith College. Her poetry, essays, and
fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in publications including Orion, The New England Review, The Missouri Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and the
Oxford American. An avid long-distance runner, Jessica has worked as a rock climbing instructor, bartender, editor, and professor, and is now the associate
editor of the Beloit Poetry Journal. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her wife, Poet Nickole Brown.

Spring 2018 "Connections" Literary Magazine Publication Reading

May 4 │ 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 2018 “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 March 17.

A Special Evening of Artworks and Poetry: VISIONS OF VERSES

April 14 | 5 - 8 p.m. | calvART Gallery, 110 South Solomons Island Road, Prince Frederick

Visons of Verses

CSM, in collaboration with the Arts Council of Calvert County and the calvART Gallery, will host an evening of artworks and poetry readings to celebrate the value of art in our lives. The program will feature poetry by CSM faculty and students and other Southern Maryland poets as well as paintings, jewelry, ceramic, and fused glass pieces by CalvART Gallery member artists inspired by the poems. The evening is offered as an opportunity for the Southern Maryland community to come together to experience and reflect on the ways in which 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