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Connections Literary Readings

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Spring 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

Philip Metres headshotPhilip Metres
Poet, Translator, Scholar

October 11 | 7:30 p.m. | Leonardtown Campus, Building A, Auditorium

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

Born in San Diego on July 4th, 1970, Philip Metres grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. He graduated from Holy Cross College in 1992, and spent the following year in Russia on a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship pursuing an independent project called “Contemporary Russian Poetry and Its Relationship to Historical Change.” Since receiving a Ph.D. in English and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Indiana University in 2001, Metres has written and translated a number of books and chapbooks, including Pictures at an Exhibition (2016), Sand Opera (2015), I Burned at the Feast: Selected Poems of Arseny Tarkovsky (2015), Compleat Catalogue of Comedic Novelties: Poetic Texts of Lev Rubinstein (2014), Concordance of Leaves (2013), abu ghraib arias (2011), Ode to Oil (2011), To See the Earth (2008), Behind the Lines: War Resistance Poetry on the American Homefront since 1941 (2007),  Instants (2006), Primer for Non-Native Speakers (2004), Catalogue of Comedic Novelties: Selected Poems of Lev Rubinstein (2004), and A Kindred Orphanhood: Selected Poems of Sergey Gandlevsky (2003).

His work has been called “beautiful, powerful, magnetically original” (Cleveland Arts Prize citation). Lawrence Joseph has written that “Philip Metres’s poetry speaks to us all, in ways critical, vital, profound, and brilliant.” His poems have been translated into Arabic, Polish, Russian, and Tamil.

He is a professor of English at John Carroll University in Cleveland, where he teaches literature and creative writing, and lives with his wife Amy and their two daughters.

For more information, videos, and relevant links to articles and interviews, selected clips, etc., go to: philipmetres.com



Jericho Brown headshotJericho Brown
Acclaimed Poet, American Book Award Winner

November 1 | 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

Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Brown’s first book, Please (2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront, and the Academy of American Poets. He is also the author of the collection The Tradition (2019). His poems have appeared in Buzzfeed, The Nation, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Time, and The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and several volumes of The Best American Poetry anthologies. He is an associate professor and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University in Atlanta.

“Erotic and grief-stricken, ministerial and playful, Brown offers his reader a journey unlike any other in contemporary poetry.” —Rain Taxi

“There are countless poets of the body, but the body in Brown’s poetry serves as a nexus of the corporeal and conceptual. The “body” of his work isn’t just a physical, individual one; it’s a stand-in for various (flawed) institutions of power and belief: national history, religion, mythology, the justice system.” —New York Times

“Brown’s poetry might be perceived as a speech act, an attempt to fight back against hate in its many guises.” —Glint Journal

For more information, videos, and relevant links to articles and interviews, selected clips, etc…, go to: blueflowerarts.com/artist/jericho-brown


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

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


Wayne Karlin
Author

April 3, 2020 | 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


Nguyen Phan Que Mai
Author

April 10, 2020 | 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


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.

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