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Fall 2021 Schedule
Thursday, September 9, 2021:
DPC 8:15: Luisa A. Igloria
Originally from Baguio City, Luisa A. Igloria is the author of Maps for Migrants and Ghosts (Co-Winner, 2019 Crab Orchard Open Poetry Prize, Southern Illinois University Press, 2020), The Buddha Wonders if She is Having a Mid-Life Crisis. (Phoenicia Publishing, Montreal, 2018), and 12 other books. Luisa was the inaugural recipient of the 2015 Resurgence Poetry Prize (UK) for ecopoetry and is a Louis I. Jaffe Professor of English and Creative Writing in the MFA Program at Old Dominion University. She also leads workshops for The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk. In July 2020, she was appointed Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Academy of American Poets awarded her one of 23 Poet Laureate Fellowships in 2021, in support of public poetry projects.
Thursday, October 21, 2021:
DPC 8:15: Eva Freeman
Eva Freeman is an Adjunct Lecturer at Baruch College and a former producer for ABC News. Her short story, “In the Aftermath,” was a finalist for the Missouri Review’s Jeffrey E. Smith Editor’s Prize and is published in Granta. Her work has also been published in The Catamaran Literary Journal, The Salt Hill Journal, and Black Renaissance Noire among others. She received a BA in English from Yale University and an MFA from the University of Maryland, College Park. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.
Thursday, November 4, 2021:
DPC 8:15: Quintin Collins
Quintin Collins (he/him) is a writer, editor, and Solstice MFA Program assistant director. His work appears in many print and online publications, and his first full-length collection of poems is The Dandelion Speaks of Survival (Cherry Castle Publishing, 2021). His second collection of poems, Claim Tickets for Stolen People, selected by Marcus Jackson as a winner of The Journal’s 2020 Charles B. Wheeler Prize, is forthcoming from The Ohio State University Press/Mad Creek Books. Quintin’s awards include a Pushcart Prize and the 2019 Atlantis Award from the Poet’s Billow, and his other accolades include Best of the Net nominations.
Thursday, December 2, 2021:
DPC 8:15: Paul Griner
Paul Griner is the author of the recently published novel The Book of Otto and Liam. Earlier work are the novels Collectors, The German Woman, and Second Life, and the story collections Follow Me (a Barnes and Nobel Discover Great New Writers pick) and Hurry Please, I Want to Know (winner of the 2016 Kentucky Literary Award). His work has been published in Playboy, Ploughshares, One Story, Zoetrope, Narrative, Tin House, and Bomb. He teaches writing and literature at the University of Louisville.
The VOICES Reading Series, established by poets Lucille Clifton and Michael Glaser over 30 years ago, features poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers and is intended to bring accomplished writers to the campus to interact with students and faculty. Invited writers read their works throughout the semester on Thursday evenings at 8:15 P.M at Daugherty-Palmer Commons, and all readings are free and open to the public. Once or twice a month, authors give a short reading and then respond during a brief question and answer period. Each reading is followed by a reception, where students and faculty can mingle with the author and other interested writers and readers. The author’s book(s) are also sold during the reception and can be signed by the author. Luminaries such as Mark Doty, Elizabeth Alexander, Toni Morrison, and Naomi Shihab Nye have read in the series.
Information on events are posted throughout campus, and emails are sent out near the date of the readings; please contact the director, Karen Leona Anderson (email@example.com) if you would like to be added to these notifications. In addition, all the events and information on the authors can be found at our Facebook page: Creative Writing Resources at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.