From Sophia Franchi GRAD:
Eduardo C. Corral is the author of Slow Lightning, which won the 2011 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. His other honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in publications including Best American Poetry 2012, Beloit Poetry Journal, Huizache, Jubilat, New England Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry Northwest. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, he is currently the
Described by Junot Díaz as “wise and immense,” Slow Lightning invokes the work of Federico García Lorca, Félix González Torres, Robert Hayden, and Gloria Anzaldúa. The collection was a finalist for the Publishing Triangle Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry, and the Kenyon Review called it an exploration of “the shadowy borderlands of both gay and Chicano identity.” With Corral’s poems, writes Carl Phillips, “we can make of what would blind us a conduit for changed vision.”at North Carolina State University.Writer-in-Residence at
North Carolina State University.
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, November 11
Time: 8 PM
Place: Russell House, 350 High Street
From the Shapiro Writing Center:
Award-winning writer and President Obama’s inaugural poet, Richard Blanco is also a public speaker, author, and civil engineer. Blanco’s work has appeared in numerous poetry collections, including the Best American Poetry series, and he was the 2006 recipient of the PEN Open Book Award for his publication “Directions to the Beach of the Dead.” Blanco was the first immigrant, the first Latino, the first openly gay person, and the youngest person to be the U.S. inaugural poet.
Join us for an evening of poetry and discussion. Refreshments will be provided.
Date: Wednesday, November 18
Time: 9-10:30 PM
Place: Shapiro Creative Writing Center
Join WeSlam for the third preliminary poetry slam, where 10 poets will compete for one of 3 spots in the WeSlam Grand Slam to qualify for the traveling slam poetry team. Then stay and kick it at our short third round open mic to share some non-competitive poetry, music, freestyling, etc. and then possibly dance the night away, although we can’t make any promises.
WeSlam is THRILLED to be hosting this with Ladies First and Malcolm X House. (If you are interested in hosting an event with us, please hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org)
For those interested in signing up for the slam, all the necessary information is available in this PDF: https://goo.gl/qwiQI8
Watch one of Crystal Valentine’s performances here.
Date: Saturday, November 7
Time: 7 PM
Place: Malcolm X House
From Justin Greene ’16:
Sending poems to The Hangman’s Lime, Wesleyan’s oldest and zestiest poetry publication, entails many benefits: personal fulfillment, maybe conquering a fear of getting work out there, the possibility of becoming a literary superstar, a life full of lime trees, and all our beautiful limes, endless possibilities. It will make us very happy.
So what are you waiting for? Send us no more than five (5) poems to hangmanslime[at]gmail[dot]com. Prose or verse, as long as you consider it poetry, we want it! Send it over by November 21st at 11:59pm and you’re eligible for all the above rewards! How rewarding!
Here’s a Facebook event! https://www.facebook.com/events/1139179676110974/
Submit By: Saturday, November 21 at 11:59 PM
From Sophia Franchi GRAD:
APPLY TO BECOME A WESLEYAN STUDENT POET
- Submit 5 pages of poetry as a file attachment to Sara Neely, sneely[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.
- Please name your Word or PDF file: “Last Name shift-space FirstInitial” (e.g. Jones_M.docx).
- Subject line for your email: “Student Poet Contest”
The top contenders will become the Wesleyan Student Poets and will be published in the 2015-16 Russell House poetry pamphlet.
One nominee will be selected to enter the statewide competition for the Connecticut Student Poetry Circuit Team, who will read their work at universities across the state. The nominee must be enrolled at Wesleyan this spring and available for six to eight evening readings between Jan. 25 and March 11.
Questions? Contact Sara Neely, sneely[at]wesleyan[dot]edu, or Sophia Franchi, russellhouse[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.
Date: Wednesday, October 7
Time: 5:00 PM
Giorgia Peckman ’18 invites you to hear slam poetry:
WeSlam is hosting the first competitive poetry slam of the semester, featuring Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib. The top 3 poets from this slam will continue to our Grand Slam in November, where the top poets of the whole season will compete for a spot Wesleyan’s traveling slam team.
Writer’s Block (156 High Street program dorm) is hosting a writing workshop the day of the slam at 4:30pm at the Shapiro Creative Writing Center (across the street from 156 High) which will be led and taught by Hanif.
About Hanif: Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Hanif currently resides in New Haven, Connecticut. He has been published in various journals including Muzzle, Vinyl, and Radius and has his first full-length book of poems forthcoming from Button Poetry. “He thinks poems can change the world, but really wants to talk to you about music, sports, and sneakers.”
Read more about Hanif here.
Information about sign-ups available soon at here (Facebook).
Date: Friday, September 25th
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Place: 200 Church
PSA from Josh Davidoff ’18 and Will Barr ’18:
Come over to the West College Cafeteria this Wednesday for a buffet of
all things performative (legit all things). Also come perform! Sign
ups at 8:30pm sharp; show at 9pm.
(we’ve pushed everything back by a half hour in case you want to catch
the beginning of the State of the School by President Roth)
For any new souls, we limit sets to 5 minutes, just to ensure that we
can showcase as many acts as possible. Performers: you can do
ANYthing. Music, poetry, comedy, monologues, rants, ants, pants.
Someone came and did some contact juggling one time and it was sick.
Sometimes cool people with cool instruments jam afterwards.
Date: Wednesday, September 16th
Time: 8:30 PM-10:30 PM
Place: WestCo Cafe
Cost: Your beautiful presence
Giorgia Sage ’18 writes in:
Come kick off the start of the slam season with a noncompetitive
poetry event hosted by Wesleyan’s slam poetry community, WeSLAM!
Showcasing a variety of performers from all over campus, this reading
will serve as a space to welcome back poets who are already familiar
with WeSLAM’s work, and to introduce others (especially frosh) to what
we do as a group, and what we are trying to do in the future! However,
please note that this is a minuscule sampling of the range of voices,
styles, and identities present in the slam and non-slam poetry
communities of Wesleyan.
Date: Saturday, September 12th
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM
Place: WestCo Cafe
Selected student winners of the Wesleyan writing awards will read from their work on Wednesday, May 6th in the Russell House.
The speakers will include:
Anna Strzempko ‘17, winner of the Boylan Award for an outstanding piece of journalistic work
Nora Canby ‘17 and Rebecca Michelson ‘15, co-winners of the Herbert Lee Connelly Prize for an outstanding piece of creative nonfiction
Madalena Henning ‘15 and Markeisha Hill ‘16, co-winners of the Sarah Hannah Prize for an outstanding poem
Rachel Kaly ‘17, winner of the Horgan Prize for an exceptional short story
Hea-Ream Lee ‘15, winner of the James L. McConaughy Prize for the best essay on a specialized subject, written for general readers
Amy Mattox ‘17 and Katherine Gibbel ‘15, co-winners of the Sophie Reed Prize for the best poem or group of poems
Quinn Frenzel ‘16, winner of the Wesleyan Fiction Award for an outstanding piece of fiction
This event is free an open to the public. Click here for more info or call 860-685-3448.
Date: Wednesday, May 6
Time: 8:00 PM
Place: Russell House
Professor Anne Greene and Kim-Frank Fellow Rachel Warner ’14 write in:
Love the writers and poets who come to speak at the Russell House? Want to get paid to watch them read? Come work for the Russell Series of Prose and Poetry!
At the Writing Programs we are hiring several students to join the staff of the Russell House for the fall semester. You will work closely with the Kim-Frank Writing Fellow, helping to run the visiting writers’ talks. Duties include greeting the campus audience and members of the public, managing the reception, setting up and breaking down each event, and helping to meet the speaker’s needs. Perks include meeting the authors (and having your books signed!) and sharing the reception food after the event, including desserts from the Green Room. Applicants should be well-organized, polite, and calm in the face of last-minute problems.
To apply, please send the following material to Rachel Warner at
russellhouse[at]wesleyan[dot]edu by 4 p.m. on Monday, May 11:
1) A statement of interest that describes your work experience.
2) A resume, if you have one available.
3) Your spring class schedule and a list of any other time commitments you’ve already made.
Date and time: Applications due Monday, May 11th by 4:oopm
Send applications to: Rachel Warner, russellhouse[at]wesleyan[dot]edu