Creative writing faculty video reading series, 'Writers & Poets,' Nov. 30-Dec. 23

Fri, 11/20/2020

Faculty in the Creative Writing Program recorded short videos throughout the Fall 2020 semester, each reading a selection from their own work. An exhortation by alumna Toni Morrison (M.A. ’55) was the inspiration for the project. Morrison famously wrote, “we speak, we write, we do language,” in considering the artist’s task in troubled times.

“The video project is to reaffirm to our students and wider community how seriously we take our twin duties as artists and professors,” said Creative Writing Program director Ishion Hutchinson. “‘We do language’ is our ethos. It is intrinsic to our writing, teaching, and programming.”

The Writers & Poets Faculty Reading Series begins on Monday, November 30 and continues with a new video release every other weekday until its final reading on Wednesday, December 23. The reading video release time will be 10 a.m. ET on the following dates: 

Monday, November 30
Valzhyna Mort (Poetry)

Wednesday, December 2          
Nafissa Thompson-Spires (Fiction)

Friday, December 4                   
Helena María Viramontes (Fiction)

Monday, December 7                 
Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon (Poetry)

Wednesday, December 9          
J. Robert Lennon (Fiction)

Friday, December 11                    
Ernesto Quiñonez (Fiction)

Monday, December 14            
Ishion Hutchinson (Poetry)

Wednesday, December 16        
Robert Morgan (Fiction)

Friday, December 18
Emily Fridlund (Fiction)

Monday, December 21                
Joanie Mackwoski (Poetry)

Wednesday, December 23        
Stephanie Vaughn (Fiction)

Links to view the readings will be found on the English events website (scroll down to "Writers & Poets Faculty Reading Series" under "Fall 2020 Schedule") and Facebook. The link for each reading will become active on its release date at 10 a.m. ET, and released videos will remain available for viewing on the department YouTube channel.

We hope that these video readings connect and inspire students and the wider community during these last, virtual weeks of the semester.

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