June 22, 2024

Return of Thursday Poetry and Prose

What’s new at UMW?  Something old!  This academic year sees the return of a longstanding events series brought to you by the Department of English and Linguistics (with a little help from our friends in Modern Languages and literatures).  Thursday Poetry and Prose invites all members of the university community to attend short 30-minute weekly readings of great literature by various faculty (and sometimes their students).  All you do is show up to Combs 139 at 5 p.m., sit back, relax, and enjoy some literary inspiration and/or respite from the daily grind.

Here’s the Fall lineup:

September 14:     Kate Haffey reads from Lorrie Moore’s How to Become a Writer


September 21:    Chris Foss reads from the poetry of Charlotte Smith


September 28:     Jonathan Levin reads from Gary Snyder’s Mountains and Rivers without End


October 05:        Brenta Blevins (& friends) read Banned Books


October 12:        Antonio Barrenechea reads from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz


October 19:        Ana Chichester, Brooke Di Lauro, and the students of MDFL 201M: Afro-Caribbean Literature and Culture read Poetry in French and Spanish with English translations


October 26:        Terry Kennedy reads from the poetry of John Keats


November 02:     Gary Richards and the students of ENGL 357: Southern Lit read from As I Lay Dying


November 09:      Marie McAllister reads “First Feminists” (early pro-woman poems)


November 16:                  Marcelo Fajardo-Cárdenas and the students of SPAN 312: Intro to Lit Studies in Spanish, read poems in Spanish and English translation