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Jaimy Gordon Reads at Russell House

portrait bei diethers grabSophia Franchi ‘GRAD writes in:

Award-winning author Jaimy Gordon will read from her work on Wednesday, November 4th, 2015, at 8:00 pm in Wesleyan University’s Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown, CT.

Gordon is the author of four novels, including Lord of Misrule, winner of the 2010 National Book Award for Fiction. She is a past fellow of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Bunting Institute at Harvard University. She has been awarded multiple Literature Fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts and teaches in the Prague Summer Program for Writers. She grew up in Baltimore and now lives in Michigan.

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, November 4
Time: 8-10 PM
Place: Russell House

More info about Gordon after the jump!

Apply to Be a Writing Tutor!

bunny with glassesFrom Ford Fellow Elana Rosenthal ‘GRAD:

Have you always dreamed of having your name on one of those colorful Writing Workshop posters? Are you chill with the editing process? If you’re an articulate writer, organized student, and all-around gregarious person looking for a job next year, look no further. Apply to be a writing tutor!

The Writing Workshop is currently hiring Workshop Tutors, Course Tutors, and Writing Mentors for the Spring 2016 semester.

If you have any questions, contact Professor Anne Greene at agreene[at]wesleyan[dot]edu or Ford Fellow Elana Rosenthal at writingworks[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Pre-Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 28 at 5 PM

Application Deadline: Monday, November 2 at 5 PM

Writing at Wesleyan Poetry Contest

From Sophia Franchi GRAD:


  • Submit 5 pages of poetry as a file attachment to Sara Neelysneely[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 Neelysneely[at]wesleyan[dot]edu, or Sophia Franchirussellhouse[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Date: Wednesday, October 7
Time: 5:00 PM

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

Headspace, Volume 2


From Shyam Desai ’15:

Submit your work to Headspace, a student run publication! Headspace examines all topics related to the mind, the brain, and behavior. This year we are looking for submissions related to the topic, “What is the mind to you?” We seek submissions of a variety of formats including prose, poetry, science writing, visual art, or anything in two dimensions. Some ideas to get you started: How does your field interpret the mind?, How does the mind work?, How does the mind communicate (e.g. through emotion, behavior, etc)?, What is the purpose of the mind? Students and faculty are welcome to submit work from any academic discipline.

Email your submissions with your name and class year (if applicable) to wes.headspace[at]gmail[dot]com by Sunday, January 4th at 11:59 PM. Anonymous submissions are welcome.

Our only guideline for submission is that it be under 1200 words.

Thanks very much for your consideration and, of course, do not hesitate to contact us at wes.headspace[at]gmail[dot]com for questions or comments.

Engl. Dept. Millet Fellow MARY GAITSKILL speaks at Russell House

Stop the presses: MARY GAITSKILL is returning to campus. If, like me, you missed her at the Narrative Conference back in November, this is our chance to right our grievous wrong. Kim-Frank Fellow Sarah Chrystler ’13/GRAD writes in with the specifics:

Celebrated author Mary Gaitskill will read from her upcoming work on Wednesday, April 23rd2014 at 8:00 p.m. in Wesleyan University’s, Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown, CT. Earlier that day, at 4:15 p.m., Mary Gaitskill will hold a Q&A session in Allbritton 311.

Mary Gaitskill is the author of the novel Veronica, a finalist for the 2005 National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Award. Her other books include Two Girls, Fat and Thin and the story collections Bad BehaviorBecause They Wanted To, and Don’t Cry. Her writing has appeared in The New YorkerHarper’s, and The Best American Short Stories, and she has received a Guggenheim Fellowship from the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library.

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, April 23
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

Have a slice and learn about the Writing Certificate

Smiling Teenagers Eating Pizza by Ambro

Interested in the Writing Certificate? Feeling peckish?

Stop by 41 Wyllys room 115 at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 3 to learn about the Writing Certificate from Prof. Anne Greene, Director of the Writing Certificate, and to procure some piping-hot oven-baked pizza.

The Writing Certificate is open to students from all majors and offers you a change to develop your writing in many forms, both creative and critical. Poetry, fiction, screenwriting, playwriting, biography, science writing, political and literary journalism, and academic writing for nonspecialists—your Writing Certificate experience could include all this and more.

Pizza will be served.

Date: Thursday, April 3
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: 41 Wyllys, room 115

Volunteer at the Shasha Seminar on “The Novel”


Shapiro Creative Writing Center Director Amy Bloom ’76 wants your help:

Volunteers needed for the 2014 Shasha Conference for Basic Human Concerns on Saturday, April 5th.

We are in need of student volunteers to direct registrants and accompany speakers. Contact Senior Fellow Izzy Rode at irode[at]wesleyan[dot]edu for more information!

Website here.

Hermes Mag Taking Submissions

From Ethan Hoffman ’14:

The Hermes – REINCARNATE! – is back from the ashes.

And we’re accepting submissions for our first issue, slated for publication this December! We’re looking for “alternative,” “subversive,” “creative,” “radical,” and “inflammatory” pieces, whether they be reportage, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, theory, visual art, or something uncategorizable – anything that you feel wouldn’t fit into mainstream campus media coverage. WE WANT YOU.

We are receiving submissions on a rolling basis, so hit us with yer best shot. Send it to wesleyanhermes[at]gmail[dot]com or drop it off at the Hermes office on the second floor of the University Organizing Center.

You can also send us tips (to the same email address) if you want the Hermes to investigate any interesting campus incidents or goings-on. Email us if you want to get involved in any aspect of the Hermes’ production! [WE WANT YOU.]

Writing Certificate Informational Meeting @ 4:15 TODAY


From Ford Fellow Piers Gelly:

Interested in the Writing Certificate? Join us at this official informational meeting!

The Writing Certificate is open to students from all majors and offers you a change to develop your writing in many forms, both creative and critical. Poetry, fiction, screenwriting, playwriting, biography, science writing, political and literary journalism, and academic writing for nonspecialists—your Writing Certificate experience could include all this and more.

Stop by Allbritton 311 at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6, to learn about the Writing Certificate from Prof. Anne Greene, Director of the Writing Certificate; to speak with Certificate students and alumni; and to hear a reading by two prize-winning student writers who are pursuing the Certificate.

Refreshments both sweet and savory will be served.

Date: Today
Time: 4:15 pm
Place: Allbritton 311