Past Events

Nov15

Poet Paul Legault on English-to-English Translation

Thursday, November 15, 2018 6:00 PM
Fenwick Library Main Reading Room, Second Floor

Join us for a poetry reading and discussion of creative translation, namely English-to-English translation, by poet-translator Paul Legault. This is the first event of Worlds in Words, a 2018/19 series of readings and talks at Mason on the subject of literary translation.

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Nov8

Visiting Writers Series Presents Liam Callanan

Thursday, November 8, 2018 7:30 PM
Fenwick Library, Reading Room

English 699 Workshop: 1-4 p.m., Robinson Hall B, Room 434; Reading: 7:30 p.m., Merten Hall, Room 1204 Liam Callanan is the winner of the 2017 George W. Hunt, SJ Prize in Arts, Letters & Journalism. He's the author of The Cloud Atlas, All Saints, Listen, and Paris by the Book. His short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of literary journals, including Gulf Coast, The New Haven Review, Tinge (where his story was named one of the Millions Writers Award Notable Stories of 2011 by storySouth), The Writers Chronicle, Blackbird, Crab Orchard Review, Southern Indiana Review, Caketrain, failbetter and Phoebe. Liam is also the creator and co-executive producer of the Poetry Everywhere animated film series. He serves in the English department of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and was previously its chair, as well as coordinator of its PhD program in creative writing.

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Nov8

Visiting Writers Series Presents Cynthia Marie Hoffman

Thursday, November 8, 2018 7:30 PM
Fenwick Library, Reading Room

Cynthia Marie Hoffman is the author of three full-length collections of poetry: Call Me When You Want to Talk About the Tombstones, Paper Doll Fetus, and Sightseer, as well as the chapbook Her Human Costume. Hoffman is the recipient of a Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, a Director’s Guest fellowship from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Wisconsin Arts Board. Her poems have appeared in The Believer, Pleiades, Fence, Blackbird, diode, The Journal, and elsewhere. Cynthia has taught creative writing and composition at George Mason University, the University of Wisconsin, and Edgewood College. She works at an electrical engineering firm in Madison, WI, where she lives with her husband and daughter.

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Oct13

Visiting Writers Series Presents Jennifer Percy

Saturday, October 13, 2018
Merten Hall (formerly University Hall), #1201

Workshop: Friday, October 12, 1-4 p.m., Robinson Hall B, Room 474; Reading: Saturday, October 13, 2:30 p.m., Merten Hall 1201 Jennifer Percy is a National Magazine Award-winning journalist and a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine. She is the author of the nonfiction book Demon Camp which was a New York Times Notable Book and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. Her work has taken her to places like Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, and Japan, and she was recognized by the Livingston Foundation in the category of international reporting for “Journalists under 35.” Her articles have been widely published in magazines like Harper's, The New York Times, Esquire, The New Republic, and elsewhere.

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Oct12

Visiting Writers Series Presents Marie-Helene Bertino

Friday, October 12, 2018 6:00 PM
Research Hall, #163

English 699 Workshop: 1-4 p.m., Robinson Hall B, Room 434; Reading: 6 p.m., Research Hall, Room 163 Marie-Helene Bertino is the author of the novel 2 A.M. At The Cat’s Pajamas and the story collection Safe As Houses, which the New York Journal of Books called “a collection of short stories making reading a truly healing and memorable experience.” Her work has received The Frank O'Connor International Short Story Fellowship in Cork, Ireland, The O. Henry Prize, The Pushcart Prize, The Iowa Short Fiction Award, and has been featured on NPR's Selected Shorts. She teaches at NYU, The New School, and in the low-residency MFA program at Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.

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Oct12

Visiting Writers Series Presents Jennifer Chang

Friday, October 12, 2018 6:00 PM
Off-Campus Location, Epicure Café, 11104 Lee Highway, Fairfax

English 699 Workshop: 1-4 p.m., HUB Meeting Room, VIP III; Reading: 6 p.m., Epicure Café, 11104 Lee Highway, Fairfax Poet and scholar Jennifer Chang is the author of two books of poetry: The History of Anonymity selected for the Virginia Quarterly Review’s Poetry Series and was a finalist for the Shenandoah/ Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, and Some Say the Lark. In a review of The History of Anonymity for the Boston Review, critic Kristina Marie Darling observed, “While formally diverse, the collection is unified by an ongoing engagement with the natural world, with Chang often presenting forests, rivers, and vast seaside landscapes as loci for her speakers’ search for self-knowledge and authenticity.” Chang earned her MFA and PhD from the University of Virginia and teaches at George Washington University.

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Sep27

Visiting Writers Series Presents Cheston Knapp

Thursday, September 27, 2018 7:30 PM
Johnson Center, Meeting Room G

English 699 Workshop: 1-4 p.m., Robinson Hall B, Room 434 Reading: 7:30 p.m., Johnson Center, Meeting Room G Cheston Knapp is the managing editor of Tin House and the author of Up Up, Down Down, essays which Jim Shepard called, “exhilarating and funny and endlessly smart on dads, fraternities, southerners, drinking games, retribution, tennis, the anxiety of influence, guilt, authenticity, UFO’s, aptronyms, revelation, uncertainty, nostalgia, diversity, identity, skateboarding, and community, and that’s just to start.

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