Connections Literary Readings

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Fall 2020 Connections

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. 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
  • Previous Readings are available on our YouTube playlist.

Spring 2021 Readings

Adam KarlinAdam Karlin
Author, Journalist, and Travel Writer

February 18, 2021, 1-3 p.m., Online via Zoom

Adam Karlin is an author, journalist, and travel writer. After growing up in St. Mary’s country, he began exploring the world, working as a bartender in Australia, editor in Thailand and Laos, correspondent in India and Sri Lanka, and bouncer in the Florida Keys.

Along the way he has written on travel, crime, politics, archaeology, and civil wars – both contemporary and historical – for outlets like the BBC, NPR, and Christian Science Monitor. He is also a regular author for Lonely Planet, where he has contributed to dozens of guidebooks, covering an alphabetical spread that ranges from the Andaman Islands to the Zimbabwe Border and every continent barring Antarctica (one day!). His essays and articles have featured in multiple non-fiction anthologies, including “The Places We’ve Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35,” and “Inheriting the War: Poetry and Prose by Descendants of Vietnam Veterans and Refugees.” His recent article “Welcome to the Land” was listed as notable in The Best American Travel Writing- 2020:

He has completed an MFA in Fiction Writing at the University of New Orleans, where he won the Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers’ first place graduate fiction award, the Ernest & Shirley Svenson Award for Fiction, and was a semi-finalist for American Short Fiction’s Halifax Ranch Prize. He also has a Master of Arts in International Studies from the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London.

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Daisy Zamora and George EvansDaisy Zamora and George Evans

March 18, 2021, 1-3 p.m., Online via Zoom

Daisy Zamora is the author of numerous poetry books in Spanish, a collection of political essays, and she edited the first comprehensive anthology of Nicaraguan women poets published in Latin America. Her latest poetry collection, La Violenta Espuma, was published in 2018 by Visor Libros (Spain). Her essays, articles, and translations have been widely published, and her poetry appears in anthologies in 30 languages, including the Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry. Bilingual collections of her work in England and the USA include The Violent Foam (Curbstone Press) and Riverbed of Memory (City Lights Books). She was a combatant for the Sandinista National Liberation Front during the Nicaraguan Revolution, and the voice of clandestine Radio Sandino. After the triumph of the revolution she became Vice Minister of Culture. She has given poetry readings and lectures throughout the world, including many venues in the US.

George Evans is the author of poetry collections published in the US, UK, and Latin America, including The New World (Curbstone Press), Sudden Dreams (Coffee House Press), and the bilingual Espejo de la Tiera/Earth’s Mirror (Colección Casa de Poesía, San José, Costa Rica). His poetry, fiction, essays, and translations have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies throughout the US, and in Australia, England, Ireland, France, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Viet Nam. From 1984 to 2000 he was the founder, editor, and director of Streetfare Journal, a national nonprofit public art and literature project that published and displayed contemporary world poetry, art, and photography posters on 14,000 buses to an audience of 10 million readers a day in 15 US cities. He is also the editor of Charles Olson & Cid Corman: Complete Correspondence (National Poetry Foundation, University of Maine); translator of The Violent Foam: New and Selected Poems (Curbstone Press), by Nicaraguan poet Daisy Zamora; and co-translator, with Nguyen Qui Duc, of a collection by Vietnamese poet Huu Thinh, The Time Tree (Curbstone Press).

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Sharon OldsSharon Olds
Award-Winning Poet and Educator

April 21, 2021, 1-3 p.m., Online via Zoom

Sharon Olds studied at Stanford University and Columbia University. Her numerous honors include a National Endowment for the Arts grant; a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship; the San Francisco Poetry Center Award for her first collection, Satan Says (1980); and the Lamont Poetry Selection and the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Dead and the Living (1983). Her other books of poetry are Strike Sparks: Selected Poems 1980-2002 (2004), Blood, Tin, Straw (1999), The Gold Cell (1997), The Wellspring (1995), One Secret Thing (2008), The Unswept Room (2002), The Father (1992), and Odes (2016). In 2018 her collection, Stag’s Leap, was made into a theatrical piece by Nancy Borgenicht. Her most recent book is a collection of poems titled Arias which was shortlisted for the 2019 TS Eliot Prize. Named New York State Poet Laureate (1998 – 2000), Olds teaches graduate poetry workshops at New York University and the writing workshop she helped found at a 900-bed state hospital for the severely disabled (now in its 30th year). She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science. Her poetry collection, One Secret Thing, was a finalist for the T. S. Eliot Prize & the Forward Prize, and her collection, Stag’s Leap (2012), was named one of Oprah’s Favorite Reads of 2012 and won the T.S. Eliot Prize, and also the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. In 2014, Olds was awarded the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry. In 2015, she was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2016, Olds received the Wallace Stevens Award, given annually to recognize outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry.

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Spring 2021 "Connections" Literary Magazine Publication Reading

May 4, 2021, 7-8 p.m., Online via Zoom

Contributors to the Spring 2021 “Connections” Literary Magazine will read and discuss their published works.

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Connections sponsors

Thank You to Our Sponsors

The Connections Literary Series is sponsored by CSM's English, Communication, and Languages Division, and, in part, by grants from 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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