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Tracy K. Smith Reads at the Chapel

tracy k smithSophia Franchi ‘GRAD writes in:

Award-winning poet and memoirist Tracy K. Smith will read from her work on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at 8:00 P.M. in Wesleyan University’s Memorial Chapel, 221 High St, Middletown, CT.

Tracy K. Smith is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light, which was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in nonfiction and was selected as a Notable Book by The New York Times and The Washington Post. She has also written three acclaimed books of poetry: Duende, The Body’s Question, and Life on Mars, which won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize. Her other honors include a Whiting Award, an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award, the Robert Creeley Award, the James Laughlin Award, and the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. She is currently the director of Princeton University’s creative writing program.

At times political, whimsical, and always meditative, Smith’s poems speak to the role of art and to the conception of what it means to be American. “In Life on Mars, Smith shows herself to be a poet of extraordinary range and ambition,” says The New York Times Book Review. “. . . As all the best poetry does, Life on Mars first sends us out into the magnificent chill of the imagination and then returns us to ourselves, both changed and consoled.”

Booklist calls Ordinary Light “a gracefully nuanced yet strikingly candid memoir about family, faith, race, and literature” and praises Smith for her ability to “hold our intellectual and emotional attention ever so tightly as she charts her evolving thoughts on the divides between races, generations, economic classes, religion and science.’” BBC’s Between the Lines says, “Ordinary Light is a lament, an homage, a discovery, a blessing.”

Free and open to the public. Reception and book signing to follow the reading. For more information, please call 860.685.3448 or visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/writingevents.

Date: Wednesday, February 3
Time: 8-10 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel

Poetry reading, career-related talk by [Heather] Claudine Nash ’92 on psychology and writing

Headshot-211x300From Ali Goldberg ’15:

On Thursday, April 23rd from 12-1pm in Judd Hall room 113 Wesleyan alumna, Clinical Psychologist, and writer [Heather] Claudine Nash ’92 will join us for a reading of her recently published book, The Problem with Loving Ghosts, and to share the story of her career journey and the practice of combining the fields of psychology and writing.

[Heather] Claudine Nash ’92 was an English and Psychology double major at Wesleyan, and has since earned two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in Psychology. She currently lives in New York, where she practices Clinical Psychology and writes poetry infused with images and concepts from science and psychology. Her most recent work, The Problem with Loving Ghosts, is a collection of poems about the consequences of clinging too tightly to the past.

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about translating interdisciplinary studies into a post-college career, and to support the work of a successful Wesleyan alum.

The event is hosted by the student leaders of Psi Chi, Wesleyan’s chapter of the National Honor’s Society in Psychology. All Wesleyan students and faculty are welcome.

Date: Thursday, April 23
Time: 12-1 PM
Place: Judd Hall, room 113

Nash’s poetry can be found here, on her website.

Shapiro Creative Writing Center: Late Night with Wright


Sofia Goode ‘17 writes:

The Shapiro Creative Writing Center invites you to an intimate poetry reading and book signing with renowned author/poet C.D. Wright.  Wright has published over dozen books and several book-length poems, in addition to founding Lost Roads Press. Join us for an evening of snacks, Q&A, book signing, and reading of her works!

Date: Tuesday, October 14th
Time: 9:00-11:00 PM
Place: Shapiro Creative Writing Center, 167 High Street
Cost: Free $$!!

Poetry Reading with Amy Nawrocki


Courtesy of Amy Nawrocki herself:

Award winning poet Amy Nawrocki will be reading from her latest collection Four Blue Eggs on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 5:00 at Broad Street Books, Wesleyan’s Bookstore and Cafe. Amy is the author of 4 poetry collections and 2 Connecticut History Books. Four Blue Eggs was a Finalist for the 2013 Poetry Prize from Homebound Publications.

Date: Today, April 11th, 2014
Time: 5PM
Place: Broad Street Books, 45 Broad Street, Middletown, CT 06457
Cost: Free and open to the public

Writing at Wesleyan presents poet Myung Mi Kim


Celebrated poet Myung Mi Kim will read from her upcoming work on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. at Russell House. Earlier that day, at 4:15 p.m., Myung Mi Kim will hold a Q&A session in Allbritton 311.

Myung Mi Kim’s books of poetry include PenuryCommonsDURA, and The Bounty. Her first book, Under Flag, won the Multicultural Publisher’s Exchange Award of Merit. A professor of English in the Poetics Program at the University at Buffalo, Kim is the subject of the book Building Is a Process / Light Is an Element: essays and excursions for Myung Mi Kim.

For more information, please call 860.685.3448 or click here. For program information contact Anne Greene at agreene[at]wesleyan[dot]edu or 860.685.3604.

Date: Wednesday, March 26
Time of Q&A: 4:15 p.m.
Location of Q&A: Allbritton 311
Time of reading:
8:00 p.m.
Location of reading: Russell House, 350 High St.
Cost: $0

Low Budget Poetry Reading

Paul Klee reading

Josh Krugman ’13 writes in with a chance to take a break from the books and get a taste:


Reading never-before-heard work:
Amy Mattox
Ben Guilmette
Jackie Soro
Josh Krugman
Mariama Eversley
Bring a friend, a frenemy, a familymember, a crush, a teacher, a teacher-crush, this is no time to be shy it’s the end of the semester you know how time is.Hot assam tea courtesy of Adit Baruah for all!

  • Date: Tomorrow, Sunday, December 8
  • Time: 5pm
  • Place: 155 Lincoln St. 1F
  • Facebook: event


Poetry Reading at Russian House – 4:30 TODAY

The HM of Russian House, Marjorie Hunt ’15, wants to tell you about a poetry reading today!


This Friday is the anniversary of the Charge of the Light Brigade during the Battle of Balaclava, Crimean War, 1854–British against Russia, result inconclusive. 159 years later, we still can’t decide whether we want to speak English or Russian, so come join Russian House and Professor Priscilla Meyer for a participatory poetry reading of works by Russian poets. We will read poems IN ENGLISH, so non-Russian speakers are welcome!

Date: October 25, 2013
Time: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Place: Russian House (163 High Street)

English Department Open Mic Ft. Elizabeth Willis


From the world famous English Major’s Committee:

We are excited to invite you to our first open mic night of the year! The open mic is a time for anyone to get up and share their work (poem, stories, plays, etc) with an audience of their peers (and perhaps faculty).  All you have to do is sign up is write your name in a 5 minute slot in the google doc I have attached below or come a few minutes early to the event. This semester’s open mic will be this Friday, October 4 at 7 pm in Downey House Lounge.

We are also honored to announce that Professor Elizabeth Willis will be out headliner! She will start the night by reading her own poetry. And for those of you who are not familiar with her award winning work, get excited by reading  a few of her poems here and here.

Come join us for a wonderful evening of coffee, cookies, and student work. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet other passionate writers and lovers of writing. Bring your friends!

Click me! I’m a link to the sign-up google doc!

Date: Friday, October 4
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Place: Downey House Lounge