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Wesleyan Student Poets Read with CA Conrad at Russell House


Writing at Wesleyan presents the Wesleyan Student Poets:

Madalena Henning, Ryan Heffernan, Hui Yao Ong, Katherine Gibbel, and Justin Greene – CT Circuit Poet.

This year’s poets will be reading with special guest, CA Conrad. Conrad is the author of many books of poetry including Ecodeviance: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness, Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon, and The Book of Frank.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information please call 860.685.3448 or visit the writing events website.

Date: Wednesday, April 29
Time: 8 PM
Place: Russell House

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.

Rowan Ricardo Phillips Reads at Russell House

attachmentWesleyan, I will not lie. I am so excited about this event that I considered letting it get “lost in the internet ether” and go unposted so that I could be the only person in attendance. Alas, I am not so evil. Embrace the night and get thee to this event. From Rachel Warner ’14:

Rowan Ricardo Phillips is a poet, translator, and literary and art critic. He is the author of the forthcoming book of poems Heaven (FSG); of The Ground (FSG), his first book of poems; and When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness (Dalkey), a collection of literary criticism on poetry. He is translator of Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth, Salvador Espriu’s Catalan novel. A frequent contributor
to ArtForum, The New Republic and The New Yorker, Phillips is also a devoted writer of poetico-philosophical takes on soccer, which he contributes to Howler, The New Republic and The Paris Review, and a deep listener to cante hondo and The Wu.

Apply for Writing Prizes!

The deadline to apply for writing prizes awarded by the Writing Programs and the English Department is Monday, March 2. Applications for the Annie Sonnenblick Writing Award are due March 27.

The English Department and Writing Programs invite students to submit outstanding poetry, fiction, and other prose for consideration for prizes. These prizes recognize exceptional student writing and also support summer projects and graduate study. Prizewinners have included students from all majors and class years. Students have undertaken various ambitious projects through summer fellowships, including travel to Bangladesh, Kenya, and other foreign destinations. Students have also completed research, oral history projects, and personal writing initiatives. Wesleyan Writers Conference scholarships are also available.

Most awards include a cash prize. For a description of the awards, click here.

To apply, fill out the online application here, and send your submissions as email attachments to etinker[at]wesleyan[dot]edu (English Department Prizes) or swashburn01[at]wesleyan[dot]edu (Writing Programs Prizes) with the subject heading: Writing Prize—(Name of Prize). If submitting for more than one prize, please send in separate emails.

A Call For Poetry Submissions

Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 11.47.38 AMDo you consider yourself the Dylan Thomas of our generation? If so, Kate “Not Me” Malczewski ’15 and Wesleyan’s all-poetry magazine, the Hangman’s Lime wants your poetry. A “Do Not Go Gentle” joke would be too gratuitous here, right?

The Hangman’s Lime, Wesleyan’s oldest and only all-poetry magazine, wants your poems! If you want to send us some poetry lovin’, submit no more than five poems to hangmanslime[at]gmail[dot]com by January 23. All submissions are read anonymously. Don’t miss this chance to share your poetry with the world (aka the Wesleyan bubble)!
Start Date: Now (November 13)
Due Date: January 23rd

The Ankh’s Anonymous Poem

Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 10.40.15 PMAn anonymous someone from Wesleyan’s incredible publication The Ankh writes in to tell you about their anonymous collaborative poem project. The video is truly awesome, but Facebook won’t let me embed it so check it out here. And drop them a line by November 14th:

The Ankh blog’s anonymous poem is a bi-weekly collaborative poem in
which students of color can send in a line about the week’s topic.

This week’s topic is a reflection on #FergusonOctober.
Check out the vid for more info.

Send in your line by Friday the 14th to theank[at]wesleyan[dot]edu

Contribute a line, add a voice, and spread the word!

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 $$!!

Apply to Become a Wesleyan Student Poet!


From Rachel Warner ’14:

Submit 5 pages of poetry as an attachment to russellhouse(at)wesleyan(d0t)edu by 12:00 P.M. on Friday, October 3rd.

Wesleyan’s top contenders will become the Wesleyan Student Poets and will be published in the 2014-2015 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.

Date: Friday, October 3rd
Time: 12:00PM
Contact: russellhouse(at)wesleyan(dot)edu

Attend the Academy of American Poets Annual Forum!

IMG_4324Do you enjoy reading or writing poetry? Don’t have Fall Break plans yet? Already going to New York for Fall Break?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you should consider going to the Academy of American Poets Annual Forum on Saturday, October 18th in New York City. Poets including (but not limited to) C.D. Wright, Mark Doty, Jane Hirschfield, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Toi Derricotte will all explore different topics in a series of intimate talks over the course of the day. Essentially, it’s an incredible opportunity and the Wesleyan English Department and Writing Program have generously agreed to sponsor 10 students to attend. You must apply before October 1st at 8 PM in order to be considered. So CLICK HERE and get started on your application.  If you have any questions, feel free to email kgibbel[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Stethoscope Press Book Release and Final Reading


Alec Harris ’14, worth all the Wescams in the world, invites you to a lovely literary experience:

Stethoscope Press will be holding a final book release this Friday at 7:30 PM at Russell House! Our five remaining writers will be reading from and giving away their finished work. Come to Russell House to hear:

  • Oliver “Big Bird” James ’14
  • Sean Winnik ’14
  • Hailey Snowden ’15
  • Ananya Menon ’15 and
  • Amy Mattox ’17

Come support these wonderful, insanely talented writers and get all of their books FOR FREE. They have worked the entire year to produce some beautiful books for everyone to read.


We hope to see you there.

Date: Friday, April 25, 2014
7:30 PM
Russell House