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The Shapiro Creative Writing Center Exists

Email irode[at]wesleyan[dot]edu with a FABULOUS NAME for  animal-cracker-filled bear-- and like the Shapiro FB page-- and if your name is the best, you'll win a prize!

Like the Shapiro FB page and message us with a FABULOUS NAME for animal-cracker-filled bear and if your entry is the best, you’ll win a prize! [You can like the Shapiro Center on Facebook to stay updated here.] —Professor Bloom

In 2009, two alums, Shonni Silverberg ’76 and John Shapiro ’74 donated approximately one shit-ton (followed by another $3 million pledge last year march) to establish the Shapiro Creative Writing Center at Wesleyan. We should all send them a thank-you note, because even though a young entity on campus, the Shapiro Center is wonderful. In regard to the second gift:

“We were gratified that the university moved quickly and got this program launched and established,” Shapiro said. “I’ve had good feedback from people both at Wesleyan and elsewhere. It has generated a bit of a buzz.”

Bit of a buzz, yes. Enough of a buzz, no. More on what you can do at Shapiro after the jump!

Shapiro Writing Center Access


From the folks over at the Shapiro Creative Writing Center:

Did you know that if you’re enrolled in a creative writing course, you can access the chillest study space on campus? Shapiro, located at 167 High (the corner of Church and High), is here for you!

For access, email irode[at]wesleyan[dot]edu with the info below.

1. Name
3. Name of the creative writing course you’re enrolled in this semester

Spread the word!

Table Talk on Hiatus

AmyBloomAmy Bloom ’76 has a new headshot and Izzy Rode ’14 has some unrelated news:

Table Talk with Amy Bloom will be taking a break until January 30th. See you then!


Liz Bradbury: Lesbian Fiction, Self-Publishing, and Queer Activism

From Izzy Rode ’14 and Eric Stephen ’13:

Liz Bradbury, author of the critically acclaimed Maggie Gale Mystery series, will be visiting campus to talk about and read from her newest hot Lesbian romance/mystery Being the Steel Drummer and share her experiences as a Lesbian writer/publisher and activist.

Recently featured in Diversity Rules Magazine and Lesbian.com Magazine, Liz has also written over 350 nonfiction published articles, columns, and essays. She founded the Valley Gay Press newspaper in 1998, has served as co-editor of Sinister Wisdom Magazine, and is the co-creator of the Medusa Literacy Society for Fiercely Independent Lesbian Publishers.

A full time Queer activist, Liz founded Pennsylvania Diversity Network in 2004. PDN is now the largest LGBT advocacy organization by membership in Pennsylvania.

Liz will be discussing her history of Queer activism, her experiences as a fiction writer, and how self-publishing is a way many Queer authors have made a successful living. She will take questions during the presentation and will be available afterwards to speak individually with those who have questions about writing and publishing their work.

Date: Thursday, November 1
Time: 7pm
Place: Judd 116
Cost: Zero

Marriage and Queers: A Discussion with Greg Goldberg

From the ridiculously involved Izzy Rode ’14:

Open House and QueerWes present:

This Thursday, Open House will be hosting Greg Goldberg to facilitate an open, informal discussion on marriage and what it means for the queer community.

Dinner will be served!

Date: Tomorrow, October 25
Time: 6pm
Place: Open House (154 Church)

Queer Pancakes at Open House

From Izzy Rode ’14 and the super spiffy bangin’ breakfast bandits of Open House:

On Sunday, October 21st, Open House will be hosting queer pancakes—a time to come and enjoy delicious pancakes with the residents of Open House and chat.

Date: Sunday, October 21
Time: 11am-1pm
Place: Open House
Cost: Free