Connections Literary Series

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Connections Magazine

Connections magazineConnections Literary Magazine is a regional literary journal published twice a year that features the very best poems, stories, artwork and photography of Southern Maryland. Also included in each issue is featured material from visiting writers. Publication readings take place in December and May each year.

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Want to be published? Connections Literary Magazine is now accepting submissions. Poetry, short stories, and black and white photography are accepted for consideration. See submission guidelines for more information.

Connections Literary Readings

Since it began in 1990, the program has featured writers such as National Book Award winners, Tim O'Brien and Robert Stone, Pulitzer Prize winning poets, Yusef Komunyakaa and Henry Taylor, and Maryland Poet Laureates Lucille Clifton and Michael Glaser. Connections readings offer the Southern Maryland community a chance to hear from and meet established and emerging local writers up-close-and-personal.

Spring 2021 Readings

Come out and meet the most engaging and interesting authors in literature today as they read from and reflect on their works.

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.

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 and George
Award-Winning Poets

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. Her essays, articles, and translations have been widely published, and her poetry appears in anthologies in thirty languages, including the Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry. Bilingual collections of her work in England and the USA include The Violent Foam and Riverbed of Memory. 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, working with fellow poet and mentor Ernesto Cardenal. Among her literary awards are the Mariano Fiallos Gil National Poetry Prize of Nicaragua, and the California Arts Council Fellowship for poetry. She was featured in Bill Moyer’s popular PBS series The Language of Life, and most recently featured in director Jenny Murray’s award winning documentary ¡Las Sandinistas! A political activist and advocate for women’s rights, she has given poetry readings and lectures throughout the world, including many venues in the U.S. She currently teaches at San Francisco State University.

George Evans is the author of poetry collections published in the US, UK, and Latin America, including The New World, Sudden Dreams, and the bilingual Espejo de la Tiera/Earth’s Mirror. His poetry, fiction, essays, and translations have appeared in magazines and anthologies throughout the US, and in Australia, England, Ireland, France, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Viet Nam. His literary awards include two fellowships for poetry from the US National Endowment for the Arts, a writing fellowship from the California Arts Council, a Monbusho fellowship from the Japanese government, and two Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowships for poetry. He is also editor of Charles Olson & Cid Corman: Complete Correspondence, published by the National Poetry Foundation; translator of The Violent Foam: New and Selected Poems, by Daisy Zamora; and co translator, with Nguyen Qui Duc, of a collection by Vietnamese poet Huu Thinh, The Time Tree.

George and Daisy are married and have lived in San Francisco for over twenty years while intermittently traveling the world.

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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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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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