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Events

FALL 2014

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  • Phillips After Hours: Dada Evening
  • Thursday, October 2 • 7:00pm
    Students and faculty will present poetry,  films,  and art works of the post-WWI European avant-garde art movement known as Dada. The Dadaists expressed their horror at the ravages of World War I by mocking the nationalist and materialist values that had preceded it, engaging in artistic techniques, performances and provocations that were designed to shock. Dada-inspired food will be served, and costumes and other expressions of irreverent reverie are encouraged. This event is free and open to the public and co-sponsored with the Phillips Museum of Art.
  • September

  • Common Hour Artie Van Why
  • Common Hour with Artie Van Why
  • Thursday, September 11 • 11:30am 
    Mayser Gymnasium
    Join Artie Van Why, playwright, author, and survivor, who will vividly and poignantly recapture what it was like to live through “that day”–September 11th, 2001–in downtown New York City at Ground Zero. Artie presents from the heart and provides a beautiful tribute to the men and women who lost their lives on 9/11.  Co-sponsored by the Franklin & Marshall Common Hour Committee.
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  • Writers House Road Trip: Small Press Expo
  • Sunday, September 14 • 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
    We’re hitting the road and travelling to Bethesda, MD for this year’s Small Press Expo  (SPX2014). SPX was created in 1994 to promote artists and publishers who produce independent comics. Special guests include Charles Burns and the editors of Fantagraphics and Drawn & Quarterly, among many others.  This event is free and open to all current students on a first-come, first-served basis.  To RSVP, contact Assistant Director Joanna Underhill at joanna.underhill@fandm.edu.
     
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  • Welcome Back BBQ and Open Mic
  • Tuesday, September 16  
    Welcome Back BBQ • 5:30pm
    Open Mic •  6:30pm
    Kick off the start of the 2013-14 school year at the Writers House. All are welcome: first years, seniors, faculty, staff and everyone in between, including WH denizens and those new to the Writers House this year.  The Welcome Back BBQ will start at 5:30, and the Open Mic follows at 6:30. Come prepared to share your poetry, prose, and music--or just join the crowd to celebrate your friends and neighbors who will perform!  To sign up for the Open Mic, contact Joanna Underhill at joanna.underhill@fandm.edu. All current members of the F&M community are welcome.                      
     
  • October

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  • A Reading with Arvind Krishna Mehrotra
  • Wednesday, October 8 • 7:00pm
    Poet, translator, and essayist, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra was born in Lahore and educated at the universities of Allahabad and Bombay. He is the author of four books of poems, Nine Enclosures, Distance in Statute Miles, Middle Earth, and The Transfiguring Places. As the journal Fulcrum proclaims, “His poems derive their power from what they leave out as much as what they say, as if a host of ghost lines stood behind each line on the page.” Co-sponsored by the departments of English, Anthropology, and International Studies, this event is free and open to the public.
     
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  • Writers House Community Meeting
  • Wednesday, October 15 • 4:30pm
    Come for the cupcakes, and stay for the conversation! Community meetings at the Writers House bring students, staff, and faculty together to imagine and oversee the programs and business of the Writers House and to share writing and reading-related opportunities. These meetings are open to current members of the F&M community.
     
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  • Painting With Light: The Art of Bunch Washington -- Art Jam & Music Improv Night
  • Friday, October 17 • 7:30pm
    In conjunction with the Phillips Museum of Art exhibit “Painting With Light: The Art of Bunch Washington,” visiting musicians and artists join F&M students for a jam session that blends live music with poetry and prose. Featured artists include Eric Dozier, Ian Rafalak and students. Dinner will be served before the event. For more information about the artists, the exhibit, and related programs, visit http://bunchwashington.com/programming.html.  This event is open to current members of the F&M community. 
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  • Poet Andrea Gibson on campus
  • Performance: Thursday, October 23 in the Green Room Theater • 7:00pm
    Workshop on gender activism: Friday, October 24 in the Alice Drum Women’s Center • 12:00pm
    Andrea Gibson’s raw fearlessness has led her to the forefront of the spoken word movement.  The first winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam, Gibson has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love, and spirituality. The performance is free and open to the public. The workshop is open to students by invitation only.  These events are co-sponsored by the Alice Drum Women’s Center. 
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  • Philadelphia Alumni Writers House and Klehr Center For Jewish Life Anniversary Celebration
  • Saturday, October 25 • 4:00pm
    (during Homecoming & Family Weekend)
    Did you know that the Writers House and the Klehr Center for Jewish Life both celebrate significant anniversaries this year?    October 2014 marks the tenth year of the existence of our cozy home for writers and readers on College Avenue, while the Klehr Center wraps up its fifth year this fall.  Help us celebrate these two generative “co-curricular spaces,” and the many people (including YOU!) who have made them thrive, at our joint anniversary celebration on the green in front of Steinman Student Center. A brief ceremony will be followed by open houses at both spaces.  RSVP’s are being taken by Jes Transue of the Office of Campaign Relations and Stewardship at jtransue@fandm.edu or 717-358-3983.  
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  • Writers House 10th Anniversary Party
  • Saturday, October 25 • 5:30pm-9:00pm          (followed by an alumni sleepover 9:00pm-10:00am)                                                                               You wrote your senior thesis at the Writers House.  Edited a student publication into the wee hours.  Took -- or taught -- your first creative writing class. Raided the kitchen for tasty leftovers every week.  You learned how much you love poetry during an Emerging Writers Festival.  Cooked your first turkey for our annual Thanksgiving.  Helped choose the writers whose names grace the Reading Room’s walls. Flipped burgers at the Bye-Bye barbecue.  You shared your own dreams about being a writer with your favorite living novelist.   Joined the alumni book club, or the Lancaster Dramatists Platform, or published a story in the Alumni Arts Review.  At least once a month, sometimes once a day, you communed with your fellow aspiring geeks, playwrights, stand-up comics, cooks, prose stylists, and literary critics.  Students, alumni, faculty, staff, Lancaster visitors--whether you have lived here or visited once in a while, your voices echo in the stairwell.  We find your fingerprints in the books. We have missed so many of you since you left F&M (in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, or 2013).  Please come back for our tenth anniversary.  We’ll have a big party where you’ll get to meet all of your fellow F&M Writers House community members, and then, for those of you who want to stay all night, we’ll have a sleepover (cheap and fun!) for alumni and their significant others and families followed by breakfast at 9 am.    

     

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  • Hausman Craft Talk and Lecture with Jennifer Egan:
  • Tuesday, October 28
    Hausman Craft Talk and Lecture: Jennifer Eagan
    Craft Talk at 4:30PM. Writers House
    Lecture at 8PM, Barshinger Center for Musical Arts
    Jennifer Egan’s most recent novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and the LA Times Book Prize. She is also the author of The Invisible Circus, a novel which became a feature film starring Cameron Diaz in 2001, Look at Me, a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction in 2001, Emerald City and Other Stories, and the bestselling The Keep, as well as numerous non-fiction feature essays for The New York Times Magazine.
     
     
  • November

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  • A Reading with Tom & Lorenzo
  • Friday, November 7 • 7:00pm
    More than mere pop culture bloggers, Tom & Lorenzo offer insight into the world of full-time blogging and explore the rarefied and ridiculous air of the celebrity lifestyle in their book Everyone Wants to Be Me or Do Me.
    This event is free and open to the Public.
     
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  • Writers House Thanksgiving
  • Wednesday, November 19 • 5:00pm-8:00pm
    Don’t miss our annual potluck feast!  Bring a dish to share with the community (if you’re without a kitchen, a bag of chips or something like that will do just fine.)Reply to Asst. Director Joanna Underhill, joanna.underhill@fandm.edu, to tell us what you’ll bring. This event is open to the F&M Community.
     
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  • An Evening with Anne Lamott
  • Saturday, November 22  • 7:00pm
    Good Shepherd Chapel at Lancaster Bible College 
    Anne Lamott writes and speaks about subjects that begin with capital letters: Alcoholism, Motherhood, Jesus.  But armed with self-effacing humor – she is laugh-out-loud funny – and ruthless honesty, Lamott converts her subjects into enchantment. Co-sponsored by the Parish Resource Center. Tickets can be purchased at www.parishresourcecenter.org/events  or by calling 299-9932.
     
  • December

  • White Elephant Party
  • Writers House Community Meeting & Gift Exchange
  • Wednesday, December 10 • 4:30pm
    Please join us for hot chocolate and cookies as we wrap up the fall semester. We will also have some fun with a White Elephant gift exchange. Bring something that you no longer need or want- that crocheted gnome from Aunt Marge, those book club books you loved and want to pass on, or a bag of M&Ms you picked up on the way to the meeting. We had a blast last year and everyone went home with something fun! This event is open to the Franklin & Marshall community.
     

PAST EVENTS

Spring 2014

  • April

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  • Poetry Aloud Spring 2014 with Jon Sands and Amanda Kemp
  • Friday, April 4 • 6:30-9pm @ The Ware Center  Poetry Aloud is a twice yearly literary event that takes place in Lancaster city at the Ware Center. In the past, Poetry Aloud has featured national spoken-word poets such as Anis Mojgani and Andrea Gibson. Join us again this spring, for the kickoff of National Poetry Month here in Lancaster. Friday, April 4th will offer a reading featuring Write Bloody poet, Jon Sands from NYC.  We will also be highlighting a Lancaster poet and professor Amanda Kemp with a 15 minute performance. 

    In addition, there will  be an open reading. In order to sign up to read, please email Tyler Barton at tylerstevenbarton@gmail.com. 
    You must send an email with your name and a short description of what you plan to read (poems, stories, drama, performance, etc.)

    This event is FREE but tickets are required. Reserve your tickets here: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=ba3b20429824fa1dfed3e55cbbc58880

  • Profile: Dr. David M. Stameshkin
  • A Reading with David Stameshkin
  • Wednesday, April 2 • 7:30pm                              From 1978 until he retired in 2012, David was an administrator and instructor at Franklin & Marshall College. He has taught a wide variety of American history courses, including classes in African-American history, the history of race relations and the history of education. He has published several historical monographs and co-edited another. Stameshkin is also a frustrated comedian, musician, and entertainer. Since 1985, he has written, produced, directed, and/or starred in nearly thirty popular musical comedy spoofs, including the infamous Fum Follies at F&M and annual Purimshpiels at his synagogue. His latest book is The F**ket List.

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  • 2014 Emerging Writers Festival
  • April 9-11 Times and Locations TBA                           The Emerging Writers Festival at Franklin & Marshall College is a three-day celebration of the work of talented and promising younger American writers. Each year, the Festival brings five fine younger writers to campus all at once for three days, giving them opportunities to mix often and informally with students and with one another.

    The Emerging Writers Festival is generously supported by Richard and Edna Hausman, parents of a Franklin & Marshall graduate and tireless and generous supporters of the arts at the College

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  • Take Back the Night with poet Stacyann Chin
  • Thursday, April 17 • 7:30pm at the Barshinger Center for Musical Arts                             

    Staceyann Chin is an award-winning spoken-word poet, performing artist, and LGBT rights political activist. Her work has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Pittsburgh Daily, and has been featured on 60 Minutes and The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is widely known as co-writer and original performer in the Tony-Award-winning Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway and for her one-woman shows off-Broadway and writing workshops. Chin is the recipient of the 2007 Power of the Voice Award from The Human Rights Campaign, the 2008 Safe Haven Award from Immigration Equality, the 2008 Honors from the Lesbian AIDS Project, and the 2009 New York State Senate Award.

    Co-sponsored by the Alice Drum Women's Center,  Women’s and Gender Studies, the Provost Office, SISTERS, New College House, Bonchek College House

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  • End of Year Party and Farewell to Seniors
  • Wednesday,  April 23 • 5:00pm                                     Enjoy a cookout while we celebrate the Seniors of the Writers House Community who are graduating. Come see what this year’s theme will be (and maybe get your picture taken with a mermaid!) This event is open to current members of the F&M Community.

     
  • March

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  • A Reading with Skyler White '90
  • Monday, March 3 • 7:30pm                                 Skyler White crafts challenging fiction for a changing world. Populated with angels and rock stars, scientists, demons and revolutionaries, her dark stories explore the secret places where myth and modernity collide. Her books include Lands of Sex & Magic, The Incrementalists (with Steven Brust), In Dreams Begin, and Falling Fly. The child of two college professors, Skyler grew up in an environment of scholarship and academic rigor, so naturally left high school to pursue a career in ballet. She’s been dancing around research and thinking through muscle cramps ever since. She has a master’s degree in theater and work experience in advertising; she’s won awards as a stage director and appeared on reality TV. 

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  • Craft Talk and Reading with Louise Gluck
  • Wednesday, March 5
    Craft Talk 4:30pm at the Writers House 
    Reading 8:00pm at the Ann & Richard Barshinger Center for Musical Arts

    This year's Hausman Lecture is presented by Louise Gluck, one of America’s finest contemporary poets. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Glück is a former Poet Laureate of the United States and the author of a dozen widely acclaimed books. Stephen Dobyns, writing in the New York Times Book Review, said “no American poet writes better than Louise Glück, perhaps none can lead us so deeply into our own nature.” Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Hass has called her “one of the purest and most accomplished lyric poets now writing.” Evocative and lyrically graceful, Glück's work is noted for its emotional intensity and technical precision. Her language, staunchly straightforward, is clear and refined, so-much-so one does "not see the intervening fathoms.” Glück's considerable accomplishments as a poet are apparent in her newest volume, Poems: 1962-2012.

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  • Craft Talk with Valerie Weaver-Zercher
  • Thursday, March 6  4:30pm                               Valerie Weaver-Zercher is the author of Thrill of the Chaste: The Allure of Amish Romance Novels. Her writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Review of Books, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Orion, Publishers Weekly, The Christian Century, Sojourners, and other venues. She is managing editor of trade books for Herald Press. Co-Sponsored by the Alice Drum Women's Center. This event is free and open to the public.

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  • Lapine Family Visiting Theatre Artist: Madeleine George
  • Tuesday, March 18 • 7:30pm                           Madeleine George’s plays, including The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence, Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England, Precious Little,  and The Zero Hour, have been produced at theaters around the country.  She was a founding member of the Obie-winning playwrights’ collective 13P (Thirteen Playwrights, Inc.), and is a resident playwright at New Dramatists. Her two novels are published by Viking Children’s Books. Her first book, Looks, was one of Booklist’s 2008 Top Ten First Novels for Youth, and a 2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Her second book, The Difference Between You and Me, was a Kirkus Best Teen Book of 2012, a Junior Library Guild selection and an ALA Rainbow List selection, and was chosen as the Atlantic Wire’s Best Complicated Romance of 2012. Madaeliene Geotge comes to Franklin & Marshall to speak and meet with students and faculty thanks to the generosity of alumnus James Lapine, accomplished director and librettist, who created the annual Lapine Family Visiting Theatre Artist Fund.

     
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  • Writers House Community Meeting with guest Travis Kurowski
  • Wednesday, March 19   4:30pm                                           Travis Kurowski teaches creative writing and publishing at York College of Pennsylvania. He is founding editor of Luna Park, soliciting editor for Opium Magazine, and Literary MagNet columnist for Poets & Writers. He recently published Paper Dreams: Writers and Editors on the American Literary Magazine. This rich, collective history of literary magazines illustrates the significance of what has become a longstanding creative pillar and cultural linchpin of American society. The book features essays and interviews by and with literary icons (Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harriet Monroe and Ezra Pound) and influential contemporaries (Frederick Barthelme, T.C. Boyle, Roxane Gay, Herbert Leibowitz, Rick Moody, Speer Morgan, Jay Neugeboren, Jim Shepard, Laura van den Berg, and dozens of others), along with a back section of manifestos, timelines, and advice to writers and teachers. An up-to-date, comprehensive resource for the writing world — from publishers, editors and writers to educators, booksellers and librarians, Paper Dreams is a living testament to the resilience of the imagination, both on paper and off.

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  • Common Hour with Richard Blanco
  • Thursday, March 27 • 11:30am in Mayser Gymnasium                                                           Richard Blanco is one of the most beloved and influential poets and storytellers writing today. As a historic inaugural poet, public speaker, teacher and memoirist, he continues to travel the world, inviting audiences to reconnect to the heart of the human experience and all of its beautiful diversity. Through the power of his words and presence, Blanco taps into our unspoken dreams, hopes and frustrations. He captures the human spirit and condition, in all of its complexities, opening up our minds and encouraging us to see beyond our differences to share in the universal experience of our humanity. Just as Carl Sagan brought cosmology into our living rooms, Blanco is appealing to audiences everywhere and inspiring a new way to think and feel about the poetry of our day, making it an accessible, inclusive and transformative part of our everyday lives.

  • February

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  • Bank Prize Reading and Craft Talk with Rick Moody
  • Tuesday, February 4

    Craft Talk • 1:30pm

    Bank Prize Reading • 7:30pm 

    The Bank Short Story Prize was endowed by Lawrence H. Bank, Esq. ‘65 to honor and preserve the memory of his late brother, Jerome Irving Bank, Esq.  Jerome Bank, a graduate of Hobart and of the New York University School of Law, always wanted to be a writer, but died before realizing this dream. Each year, any F&M student can submit a work to be judged. The winner of the $1,000 Bank Prize is chosen by a visiting short story fiction writer.  This event is free and open to the public.

     

    Rick Moody’s first novel, Garden State, was the winner of the 1991 Editor’s Choice Award from the Pushcart Press and was published in 1992. The Ice Storm was published in May 1994. Foreign editions have been published in twenty countries. (A film version, directed by Ang Lee, was released by Fox Searchlight in 1997, and won best screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival.) His other novels are Purple America, The Diviners, and The Four Fingers of Death.  Short fiction collections include The Ring of Brightest Angels Around Heaven, Demonology, and Right Livelihoods.  His nonfiction works are The Black Veil: A Memoir with Digressions and On Celestial Music: And Other Adventures in Listening.

     
     
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  • Writers House Community Meeting
  • Wednesday, February 19  4:30pm

    Come for the cupcakes and stay for the conversation! Community meetings at the Writers House bring students, staff and faculty together to imagine and oversee the programs and business of the Writers House and to share writing and reading-related opportunities. These meetings are open to current members of the F&M community.

     
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  • Craft Talk and Reading with Sarah Manguso
  • Thursday, February 20
    Craft Talk 4:30pm
    Reading 7:30pm 

    Sarah Manguso is the author, most recently, of The Guardians (2012), named one of the top ten books of the year by Salon. Her previous book, the memoir The Two Kinds of Decay (2008), was named an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times Book Review and a Best Book of the Year by the Independent, the San Francisco Chronicle, theTelegraph, and Time Out Chicago. Her other books include the story collection Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape (2007) and the poetry collections Siste Viator (2006) and The Captain Lands in Paradise (2002), which was named a Favorite Book of the Year by the Village Voice. Honors for her writing include a Fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. This event is free and open to the public.

     
     
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  • Craft Talk with filmmaker Diane Crespo
  • Thursday, February 27 • 4:30pm

    Born in Queens, New York, Diane Crespo was drawn to the dramatic arts at a young age. She received a B.A. in theatre from Roger Williams College, and later studied at the graduate level at the London School of Dramatic Arts. She met Stefan Scafer working off-Broadway, where she directed and produced a series of one-act plays he had written. The two went on to form the production company Cicala Filmworks in 1997. 

     
  • January

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  • Writers House Community Meeting
  • Wednesday, January 22  • 4:30pm

    Come for pizza and stay for the converstion! Community meetings at the Writers House bring students, staff and faculty together to imagine and oversee the programs and business of the Writers House and to share writing and reading-related opportunities. These meetings are open to current members of the F&M community.

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  • Writers Coffee House
  • Friday, January 24 • 8:00pm

    Join us for drinks (of the coffee persuasion), food, some talent and good times. Contact Nodar Kipshidze, nodar.kipshidze@fandm.edu, to sign up to read, recite, play music, sing, etc. This event is open to current members of the F&M community.

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  • A Reading with Poet Katie Peterson
  • Wednesday, January 29 • 7:30pm

    Katie Peterson is the author of two new collections of poetry, Permission  and The Accounts. Her first book, This One Tree, was selected by William Olsen for the New Issues Poetry Prize and published in 2006. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Summer Literary Seminars and Yaddo. Her poem “Translations” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2005. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, and teaches at Tufts University. 

FALL 2013

  • September

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  • Poetry Aloud Poetry Aloud Fall 2013 featuring Andrea Gibson
  • Friday, September 6 • 6:00pm                                     Ware Center, 42 North Prince Street

    The Poetry Aloud series is a twice yearly poetry reading that features local poets as well as nationally renown performers. The event will include: an open reading (please email tylerstevenbarton@gmail.com if you are interested in reading), a performance from featured Philadelphia poet Maryan Captan a performance from featured local poet: Barbara Decesare, and a full-length performance by Andrea Gibson.

    Co-sponsored by Millersville University Creative Writers Guild

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  • Volunteering with Young Writers
  • Thursday, September 19 • 4:45 pm

    Writers House is offering a training session on best practices and guidelines for volunteering with children for members of the Creative Writers Corp and other interested students. This one-hour session will be led by staff from CompassMark, a non-profit that places full-time staff at schools within the School District of Lancaster to support school-community partnerships.  Please rsvp to delphine.martin@fandm.edu.

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  • Writers House Welcome Back Party
  • Tuesday, September 17 • 7:00pm

    We missed you and are glad you're back!  Come kick off the start of the 2013-14 school year at the Writers House. All are welcome; first years, seniors, faculty,  staff and everyone in between, even if you’ve never been to Writers House before.  Catch up with friends and meet some new ones! Food will be served and musical entertainment will be provided by Second Hand Suits.

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  • Writers House Community Meeting
  • Wednesday, September 25 • 4:30pm

    Please join us for  the the first Community meeting of the year. Community meetings at the Writers House bring students, staff and faculty together to imagine and oversee the programs and business of the Writers House and to share writing and reading-related opportunities.  All are welcome! Food will be served.

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  • Advanced Studies in England Presentation & Dinner
  • Monday, September 30 • 6:00pm

    Join Jonathan Hope, the Director of the Advanced Studies in England program, along with Professors Carol and Andy deWet, to learn more about opportunities for summer and semester study in Bath, England. From the Geology of Southern England to the Triumph of Georgian Bath (led by F&M faculty), to the Myths and Legends of Britain and Ireland to the Mystery of Consciousness, the ASE program offers students in Literature, History, Government, Theatre, Philosophy and Science opportunities for interesting classwork in the UK.

  • October

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  • Writing the River: A Creative Writing Contest
  • October 1 to November 8

    The Phillips Museum and the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House invite you to participate in our first creative writing contest! We seek pieces of creative writing that respond to the images of the Phillips Museum’s current exhibit, “The Hudson River to Niagara Falls: 19th-Century American Landscape Paintings from the New-York Historical Society.” Featuring paintings from many of the best artists of the Hudson River School, including Thomas Cole, Asher Brown Durand, and Albert Bierstadt, this exhibit invites viewers to experience the beauty of the landscape around the Hudson River Valley, be enticed and inspired by these earlier artists’ visions of the natural world, contemplate 19th century approaches to appreciating and preserving nature, and consider other themes that the paintings evoke. 

     

    Submission guidelines: Please submit one piece of creative writing in the genre of your choice – poem, story, essay, play, song, etc. –that responds, directly or obliquely, as you see fit, to the themes and images of the Hudson River exhibit.   Your submission may be up to 10 pages long.   Submissions should be email to Delphine Martin, Writers House Coordinator, at delphine.martin@fandm.edu. 

     

    Deadline: Friday, November 8, 2013. No late submissions will be accepted.  

     

    Winners will be announced at a public reception for contest participants at the Phillips Museum on November 19, 2013.

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  • A Reading with Lisa Klein and T.M. Goeglein

  • Wednesday October 9 • 4:30pm

    Lisa Klein is an American author known for her Shakespearean works including Ophelia and Lady Macbeth's Daughter. Her other books include Two Girls of Gettysburg and Cate of the Lost Colony, based on the tale of the Roanoke Colony. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two sons.


    T.M. Goeglein began his career as a writer of print and television ads for a host of advertising and media companies. His debut young adult novel, Cold Fury, was published by Penguin/Putnam in 2012 and is the first in a trilogy. The second installment in the Cold Fury series, Flicker & Burn, was published in August 2013.

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  • Friends of the Library lecture with Esther K. Smith & Dikko Faust of Purgatory Pie Press
  • Wednesday, October 16

    Academy Room, 

    Shadek-Fackenthal Library, 

    Refreshments at 4:15 pm, Talk at 4:45 pm

     

    The Purgatory Pie Press mission is to beautify American Typography, one piece of metal (or wood) type at a time. Dikko hand-sets wood and metal type and uses letterpress as an experimental relief printmaking medium. Esther edits and designs and stitches books. Faust and Smith collaborate with other artists and writers, making limited editions and artist books. Visit their website at http://www.purgatorypiepress.com/about.html. This event is co-sponsored by and is free and is open to the public.

     
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  • Reading with Joshua Henkin
  • Thursday October 17 • 8:00pm

    Joshua Henkin is the author of the novels Matrimony, a New York Times Notable Book, and Swimming Across the Hudson, a Los Angeles Times Notable Book. His new novel, The World Without You, has just been released in paperback. It has been named an Editors' Choice Book by The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune and is the winner of the 2012 Edward Lewis Wallant Award for Jewish American Fiction and a finalist for the 2012 National Jewish Book Award. His short stories have been published widely, cited for distinction in Best American Short Stories, and broadcast on NPR's "Selected Shorts." He lives in Brooklyn, NY, and directs the MFA program in Fiction Writing at Brooklyn College.

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  • Film and Q&A: A Cartoonist in the Classroom
  • Tuesday, October 22  •  7:30pm
     
    Filmmaker Mary Dilullo documents legendary cartoonist Lynda Barry teaching her unique “Writing the Unthinkable” workshop. A Cartoonist in the Classroom explores the effect the workshop has on students with little or no knowledge of her work. Lynda inspires with theories and stories that illustrate her belief in storytelling as an inherent biological function. Q&A with Mary Dilullo afterward.  This event is free and open to the public.
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  • Craft Talk and Reading With Rebecca Lee
  • Wednesday, October 23

    Craft Talk at 4:30 pm, Reading at 7:30 pm

     

    Rebecca Lee is the author of the critically acclaimed novel The City Is a Rising Tide and the short story collection Bobcat and Other Stories. She has been published in The Atlantic and Zoetrope, and in 2001 she received a National Magazine Award for her short fiction. Lee is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is now a professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. The craft talk is open to F&M students, staff, and faculty. The reading is free and open to the public.

     

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  • Writers House Community Meeting
  • Wednesday, October 30 • 4:30pm

    Community meetings at the Writers House bring students, staff and faculty together to imagine and oversee the programs and business of the Writers House and to share writing and reading-related opportunities.  All are welcome! Food will be served. These meetings are open to current members of the F&M community.

     
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  • Dead Writers Night
  • Thursday, October 31 •  7:30 
     
    This Halloween, come celebrate your favorite deceased author, poet, or dramatist, and bring along an excerpt of his or her work or a spooky Halloween-appropriate piece to share. It’s a macabre night of fun costumes, good literature, and tasty Halloween treats. Costumes not required but encouraged. Contact Assistant Director Joanna Underhill, joanna.underhill@fandm.edu, for costume assistance. She is happy to help! This event is open to the F&M Community only
  • November

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  • Road Trip to Philadelphia to meet with Mighty Writers
  • Sunday, November 3 • 10:00am

    Current students and interested alumni are invited to join the members of English 229: Writing & Community, for a road trip to Philadelphia to visit Mighty Writers. Mighty Writers (MW) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to teach Philadelphia kids (ages 7 to 17) to think and write with clarity so they can achieve success at school, at work and in life. MW offers a daily afterschool Academy, plus long- and short-term writing classes at night and on the weekends, a Mighty Teen Scholars program, mentorships, intensive SAT Prep courses and college essay writing classes. All MW programs are free to Philadelphia students, and most of MW's 300 teachers and mentors are volunteers. More than forty percent of Philadelphia’s students drop out before high school graduation and half of all working-age adults are functionally illiterate. Everything Mighty Writers does is designed to help combat Philadelphia’s literacy crisis. Mighty Writers center is located on Christian Street at 15th in the heart of one of Philadelphia’s most historic African-American neighborhoods.   We will take the train from Lancaster to Philadelphia at 10 am, meet with Mighty Writers staff at 12:30 pm, and get back to Lancaster at about 5 pm. To rsvp, please email delphine.martin@fandm.edu.

     
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  • Writing Circle with Scott D. Feifer '87
  • Tuesday, November 5 • 4:30pm

    Scott D. Feifer's Writing Circle is an event of fast, reflective, meaningful writing and sharing (no experience necessary!)  

    WHAT IT IS ABOUT:
    •Fast paced, short writing about whatever comes to mind. 
    •Writing about the world and your experiences as you know them.
    •Writing, hearing, and perhaps speaking with attention, empathy, courage, and compassion.

    A public school educator for more than 20 years, Scott Feifer values the opportunity to bring others to voice through “Writing Circles,” which he facilitates in classrooms, detention centers, recovery programs, homeless shelters, support groups, prisons, probation programs, and transitional houses in Lancaster, Philadelphia, York, Harrisburg, NJ and NY. 

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  • A Talk with Jim English: Having Our Literature and Quantifying It, Too.
  • Tuesday, November 12  • 11:30am to 12:30pm

    Jim English is a professor and former chair of the English department at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is the author of The Economy of Prestige  and The Global Future of English Studies, and Director of the Penn Humanities Forum. 

    His talk, Having Our Literature and Quantifying It, Too,  will explore the combination of  the discipline of literary studies with that of sociology, and consider what it would mean to present his main field of study -- contemporary fiction -- in the form of a dataset, a form that  can literally be  read by the numbers.  He asks, "Can we be scientific about literature and yet still remain 'literary'?"

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  • Making Movies: The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, The Dark World w/ Director/Producer Alan Taylor
  • Wednesday, Nov. 6, 4:30-5:45pm                                Lisa Bonchek Adams Auditorium

    Alan Taylor, the director of the new movie Thor: The Dark World (opening in theaters on Nov. 8) will be will be holding a shop talk open to all students and faculty members. In addition to his new feature film, Taylor has directed the pilot episodes of Mad Men, the finale of The Sopranos, episodes of Game of ThronesSex in the CityBoardwalk Empire, and many other popular and critically acclaimed television shows. If you wish to meet him and learn about his work, please attend the shop talk. 

    The event is being sponsored by the Theatre, Dance, and Film Dept., the Dept. of German and Russian, the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House, and the Brooks College House.
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  • Writers House Thanksgiving and Reading with Kelseyleigh Reber '16
  • Wednesday, November 13 • 5:30-7:30pm

    Don’t miss our annual potluck feast!  Bring a dish to share with the community (if you’re without a kitchen, a bag of chips or something like that will do just fine.)Reply to Asst. Director Joanna Underhill, joanna.underhill@fandm.edu, to tell us what you’ll bring. This event is open to the F&M Community.

    AND

    Stay for a reading by Kelseyleigh Reber '16 from her recently published novel If I Fall at 7:30pm. If I Fall is the first in a trilogy called The Circle & Cross series, about the power struggle between good and evil supernatural forces. 

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  • Small Press Festival featuring writers and editors Ilya Bernstein, Catherine Taylor and Matvei Yankelevich
  • Monday, November 18
    Panel discussion about Small Press Publishing  • 4:30pm
    Reading  • 7:30pm
     
    Small, independent publishing companies publish most of the poetry and much of the best new writing and translations of international work by literary authors in the United States.  The founders of these presses share a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) ethos and the activist desire to interject exciting and challenging writing into American arts and letters  To celebrate small presses, we've invited poet Ilya Bernstein, essayist and publisher Catherine Taylor, and poet and publisher Matvei Yankelevich to come to the Writers House. At 4:30 pm, we'll gather for a panel discussion with Taylor and Yankelevich on the why's and how's of small press publishing, and then at 7:30 we'll host a reading by all three writers from their recent books.  
     
     
     
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  • Writing the River Contest Winners Reception
  • Tuesday, November 19  4:45 pm

    Phillips Museum of Art Curriculum Gallery

     

    Please join us in celebrating the winners of the Writing the River Creative Writing constest, co-sponsored by The Phillips Museum and the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House. Participants submitted creative writing that responded to the images of the Phillips Museum’s current exhibit, “The Hudson River to Niagara Falls: 19th-Century American Landscape Paintings from the New-York Historical Society.” Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

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  • Craft Talk & Reading with Lia Purpura
  • Thursday, November 21 

    Craft Talk • 4:30pm

    Reading • 7:30pm

     

    Lia Purpura is the author of three collections of poems, King Baby, Stone Sky Lifting, and The Brighter the Veil, three collections of essays,  Rough Likeness, On Looking, Increase,  and one collection of translations, Poems of Grzegorz Musial: Berliner Tagebuch and Taste of Ash. In addition to a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship, Lia Purpura has also been awarded an NEA Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship (Translation, Warsaw, Poland), three Pushcart Prizes, a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, and multiple residencies and fellowships at the MacDowell Colony. This event is free and open to the public.

     

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  • Road Trip to New York to see This is My Office by Andy Bragen
  • Sunday, November 24

     

    Come along to see former Visiting Professor (2012-2013) Andy Bragen’s play This is My Office, a ghost story for the theater. One night, hunkered down in the office provided to him by an arts grant, battling intense writer’s block, Andy Bragen discovers an old photograph that spurs a revelation: the very office he currently inhabits was once his father’s office. You are invited along for the journey through this mysterious office as a story of family, redemption and love is revealed. RSVP to Joanna Underhill, joanna.underhill@fandm.edu.

  • December

  • White Elephant Party
  • Writers House Community Meeting & White Elephant Gift Exchange
    • Wednesday, December 4 • 4:30pm

      Please join us for hot chocolate and cookies as we wrap up the fall sememster. We will also have some fun with a White Elephant gift exchange. Bring something that you no longer need or want- buffalo finger puppets from South Dakota, the bright orange socks your uncle gave you because he thinks orange is your favorite color (t's not) or that dress in the back of your closet that you loved last year but just doesn't wow you anymore. We had a blast last year and everyone went home with something fun! This event is open to the Franklin & Marshall community.

Spring 2013

  • April

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  • Faculty Writer: Andy Bragen
  • Wednesday, April 3  • 7:30pm

    Andy Bragen was a 2009-2010 Workspace Resident with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.  His plays The Hairy Dutchman, commissioned by the University of Rochester, was produced at the university in April 2009.  Spuyten Duyvil, which Andy developed at the 2004 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, was produced by Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep. in July 2008.  Greater Messapia was produced at Queens Theatre in the Park in March 2004.  This Is My Office was produced by Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep in July 2010, and at Studio Roanoke in May 2011.  It is scheduled to be produced Off-Broadway in the autumn of 2013 by The Play Company. Other plays and translations have been seen and heard at numerous theatres in New York and elsewhere, including The Guthrie Theatre, The Goodman Theater, Ars Nova, Rattlestick, and LAByrinth, He is a core member of the Playwrights Center, and a member of New Dramatists.  More information is available at www.andybragen.com

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  • The Way to Wanakena
  • Thursday, April 4  4:30 pm

    "The Way to Wanakena" by Lancaster resident Kristin V. Rehder is a photodocumentary in portraits and interviews, exploring the concept of community through a distinctive Adirondack hamlet.  Join us for an opening reception, with remarks by Kristin Rehder in conversation with Professor Susan Dicklitch, Director of the Ware Institute for Civic Engagement at Franklin & Marshall.

     
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  • Open Mic/Poetry Slam featuring Anis Mojgani
  • Friday, April 5 • 6pm

    @ Ware Center, 42 North Prince Street

     

    The Writers House and Poetry Paths are collaborating with the Creative Writers Guild and Ware Center at Millersville University to host a a poetry open mic followed by a performance by nationally recognized spoken word artist Anis Mojgani.

    6pm Open mic poetry reading.

    7pm Competitive poetry slam followed by Anis Majgoni.

    Contact Tyler Barton at tylerstevenbarton@gmail.com to sign up for reading or slam.

     

    Anis Mojgani is a two time National Poetry Slam Champion and winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam. A TEDx Speaker and former resident of the Oregon Literary Arts Writers-In-The-Schools program, Anis has performed at numerous universities, festivals, and venues around the globe. He has performed for audiences as varied as the House of Blues and the United Nations, and his work has appeared on HBO and  NPR. Anis is also the author of three poetry collections, all published by Write Bloody Publishing: Over the Anvil We Stretch (2008), The Feather Room (2011), and the newly published Songs From Under the River (2013).

     

     

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  • Alumni Arts Review Publication Party
  • April 12th, 5:30-6:30pm

    in the Druker Humanities Common

     

    Please join us to celebrate  the publication of the F&M Alumni Arts Review, Volume Two: Doorway.  The AAR publishes the literary and fine art of F&M alums. This issue contains work from those who graduated last year, and one who graduated in 1943. Meet the editors and contributors at this publication party.

     
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  • Emerging Writers Festival 2013
  • Readings and Craft Talks April 17, 18, 19

    The Emerging Writers Festival at Franklin & Marshall College is a three-day celebration of the work of talented and promising younger American writers. Each year, the Festival brings five fine younger writers to campus all at once for three days, giving them opportunities to mix often and informally with students and with one another.

    2013 marks the twelfth year of the Festival, which has grown into a treasured tradition at the College and a nationally recognized honor for the writers who are invited to participate.

    This year's Festival will run from April 17-19, and features writers  Paul Bogard, Caitlin Horrocks, Louise Krug, Jeffrey Pethybridge, and Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi.

    The Emerging Writers Festival is generously supported by Richard and Edna Hausman, parents of a Franklin & Marshall graduate and tireless and generous supporters of the arts at the College.
    For more information and schedule, click here.
     
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  • Poetry Night featuring Joshua Bennett
  • Saturday, April 20 • 6:00pm

    in the Atrium, Steniman College Center

     
    Join us for a Poetry Night featuring nationally acclaimed spoken word poet Joshua Bennett. Please contact co-organizers Aime Silfa (angelica.silfa@fandm.edu) and Astrid Barerras (astrid.barreras@fandm.edu) to sign up to read or perform.
     
    Joshua Bennett is an award winning performance poet from Yonkers, NY.  He has recited his original works at events and venues such as The Sundance Film Festival, The NAACP Image Awards,  The Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Poetry Africa and President Obama’s Evening of Poetry and Music at the White House.  This event is free and open to the public.
     
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  • Common Hour with Joe Queenan
  • Thursday, April 25 • 11:30am in Mayser Gymnasium

    Joe Queenan is the author of nine books, including, most recently, One for The Books. His memoir Closing Time was a New York Times Notable Book of 2009.

    Queenan writes the Moving Targets column for the weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal. He has written thousands of stories for publications as varied as The New York Times, GQ, The Washington Post, People, The Guardian, The New Republic, Newsweek, Time, Forbes, Spy, Men’s Health, Barron’s, Rolling Stone, Vogue, and TV Guide. He regularly writes and hosts radio features for the BBC. In 2005, he won a Sports Emmy for his work on HBO’s Inside the NFL.

     

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  • Writers House End of Year Party and Farewell to Seniors
  • Thursday, April 25 • 4:30pm 

     

    Enjoy a barbecue and pot luck dinner while we celebrate the Seniors of the Writers House Community who are graduating. Please email Asst. Director Joanna Underhill to sign up for the pot luck. joanna.underhill@fandm.edu. This event is open to current members of the F&M community

     
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  • Writers House End of Year Party and Farwell to Seniors
  • Thursday,  April 25 • 4:30pm 

     

    Enjoy a barbecue and pot luck dinner while we celebrate the Seniors of the Writers House Community who are graduating. Please email Asst. Director Joanna Underhill to sign up for the pot luck. joanna.underhill@fandm.edu. This event is open to F&M students and FPS only.

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  • Study Break with Jaws to the World: A Holiday Sock Opera
  • Saturday, April 28 • 4:30pm 

     
    Creative Works of Lancaster presents an encore performance of their hit holiday sock puppet parody of the film Jaws. Take a break from studying for finals and relax and laugh while watching the hour long performnce and stay for a brief question and answer session with the playwright and puppeteers. 
     
  • March

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  • English Department Social
  • Monday, March 18 • 4:30pm

     Are you already an English major, or are you English-curious? Do you wonder what English courses are out there, what an English major can do for you now, or what you might do with your English major after you graduate? Bring your questions to our English department spring social and enjoy a reception and conversation with members of the faculty. 

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  • Shakespeare Aloud
  • Tuesday, March 19 • 7:00pm 

    Like Shakespeare? We do, and we're performing rehearsed readings of a selection of the Bard's best scenes, from Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Winter's Tale, and more. You need not participate--other than listening!--but for certain scenes we will welcome you to take part in the readings. 

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  • Writers House Community Meeting with Special Guest Amy Margolis
  • Wednesday, March 20 • 4:30pm

    Community meetings at the Writers House bring students, staff and faculty together to imagine and oversee the programs and business of the Writers House and to share writing and reading-related opportunities.  All are welcome! Food will be served.

    A former dancer, Amy Margolis brings her stories to the page and creates a place for others do the same as Director of the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. She received her M.F.A. from The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow in fiction. She has taught workshops in fiction writing as part of the Festival and at The University of Iowa.

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  • A Reading with Virginia Morell
  • Tuesday, March 26 • 7:30pm

    Virginia Morell is a prolific contributor to National Geographic, Science, and Smithsonian, among other publications. She is also the author of Ancestral Passions, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; Blue Nile; and coauthor with Richard Leakey of Wildlife Wars. Her newst book, Animal Wise, will be released in February.

  • February

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  • Bank Prize Reading with Hannah Tinti
  • Wednesday, February 13 • 7:00pm 

    The Bank Short Story Prize was endowed by Lawrence H. Bank, Esq. '65 to honor and preserve the memory of his late brother, Jerome Irving Bank, Esq. Jerome Bank, a graduate of Hobart and of the New York University School of Law, always wanted to be a writer, but died before realizing this dream.

    Hannah Tinti's short story collection, Animal Crackers, has sold in sixteen countries and was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her best-selling novel, The Good Thief, is a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, recipient of the American Library Association’s Alex Award, winner of the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, and winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club’s New Voices Award.

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  • Writers Coffee House
  • Saturday, February 16 • 8:00pm

    Join us at the Writers House for an exciting open mic filled with original readings, musical performances, and delicious coffee drinks and snacks.
    Show off our skills, or just relax and enjoy the talents of your friends with a latte on a comfy couch. See you all there!

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  • Lapine Family Visiting Theatre Artist: Sarah Ruhl
  • Tuesday, February 19 • 7:30pm                         @ Rochel Performing Arts Center

    Sarah Ruhl’s plays include, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play(Broadway 2009, 2010 Pulitzer Prize Finalist), The Clean House(2005 Pulitzer Prize Finalist; The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 2004); Passion Play, a cycle (Pen American Award, The Fourth Freedom Forum Playwriting Award from The Kennedy Center);Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play);Melancholy Play; Demeter in the City (9 NAACP Image Award nominations), EurydiceOrlando; and Late: a cowboy song. Her plays have been produced at Lincoln Center Theater, Goodman Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, Arena Stage, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Yale Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Cornerstone Theater, The Wilma Theater, Madison Repertory Theatre, and the Piven Theatre, among others. Her plays have also been produced internationally, and have been translated into Polish, Russian, Spanish, Norwegian, Korean, German and Arabic.

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  • Writers House Community Meeting
  • Wednesday, February 20 • 4:30pm

    Community meetings at the Writers House bring students, staff and faculty together to imagine and oversee the programs and business of the Writers House and to share writing and reading-related opportunities.  All are welcome! Food will be served.

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  • Dacia Maraini
  • Monday, February 25 • 7:30pm at Ware College House Commons

    One of Italy's foremost women writers, Dacia Maraini is the author of more than fifty books, including novels, plays, collections of poetry, and critical essays. Her historical novel, The Silent Duchess, received the Premio Campiello, and her collection of short stories, Darkness, was awarded the most prestigious Italian literary prize, the Premio Strega. Several of her works have been adapted for the stage or screen, and she herself has directed both plays and films. Ms. Maraini is also well-known as a theorist and activist in the Italian feminist movement.

    Sponsored by CLAS, The Writers House, Comparative Literary Studies, Women and Gender Studies, Ware College House, and the Department of Italian.

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  • Faculty Writer: Nicholas Montemarano
  • Tuesday, February 26 • 7:30pm                         @ Green Room Theatre with reception to follow at the Writers House 

    Come celebrate the release of professor Montemarano's new novel The Book of Why at a public reading and reception.

    Nicholas Montemarano is the author of the short story collection If the Sky Falls , a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, and the novel A Fine Place.

    His short stories have appeared in Esquire, Zoetrope: All-Story, Tin House, The Southern Review, AGNI, The Gettysburg Review, and many other publications. His fiction has been reprinted in The Pushcart Prize (2003) and cited as distinguished stories of the year in The Best American Short Stories for 2001, 2002, 2005, and 2006.

     
  • January

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  • Writers House Community Meetinng
  • Wednesday, January 23 • 4:30pm

    Community meetings at the Writers House bring students, staff and faculty together to imagine and oversee the programs and business of the Writers House and to share writing and reading-related opportunities.  All are welcome! Food will be served.

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  • Faculty Writer: Jerome Hodos
  • Wednesday, January 30 • 5:30pm

    Jerome Hodos is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Franklin & Marshall.  He is the author of Second Cities: Globalization and Local Politics in Manchester, England, and Philadelphia, which earned the 2012 Urban History Association’s Kenneth Jackson Best Book Award, an annual honor presented for the best work relating to North American Urban History. The book explores the economics, culture, migration patterns and other qualities of Manchester and Philadelphia, comparing urban centers that are often viewed as second fiddles to their larger counterparts on the global scene.  This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology and the Ware College House and is free and open to the public.

     
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  • A Reading with Stephanie Reents
  • Thursday, January 31 • 7:30pm

    Stephanie Reents is a fiction writer whose short story collection, The Kissing List, was published in 2012. Stephanie has been a Bread Loaf Conference Scholar, a Stegner Fellow, and a Rhodes Scholar, and her fiction has been included in the O. Henry Prize Stories, noted in Best American Short Stories, and has appeared in numerous journals, including Epoch. A former Visiting Professor of English at Franklin & Marshall College, she teaches creative writing at College of the Holy Cross.  This event is co-sponsored by the English department and is free and open to the public.


     

Fall 2012

  • September

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  • Writers House Community Meeting & Welcome Back BBQ
  • September 12, 2012 • 4:30pm

    Don’t miss the first Writers House Community Meeting of the year, for first years, seniors, faculty,  staff and everyone in between, even if you’ve never been to Writers House before.  Catch up with friends and meet some new ones and help plan events for the year! Free book giveaway!

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  • A Reading with Robert Strauss
  • Friday, September 21 • 7:30pm

    Join team members and coaches from the College’s fabulous women’s athletic teams for an evening with journalist Robert Strauss.  Strauss  has been a reporter at Sports Illustrated,  a feature writer for the Philadelphia Daily News, and a news and sports producer at KYW-TV in Philadelphia, but now he is the (often perplexed) dad of teenaged girls, Ella and Sylvia. His book, Daddy’s Little Goalie, chronicles the Strausses’ negotiation of the dad-daughter life in the harrowing 21st Century. This event is co-sponsored by the Athletics Department.


     
  • October

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  • Akhmatova Reading and Exhibit
  • Tuesday, October 2, 2012 • 7:30pm

    The Writers House will be partnering with Laura Brady '13 and Katie Tucci '15, students in Comparative Literary Studies, and their advisor Professor Jon Stone to host a visual exhibit and literary reading that explore the work and legacy of the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova.  Her career spanned the emergence of the Russian avant-garde and the brutal repression of the Stalin era.

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  • City-Wide Celebration of Poetry Paths
  • Friday, October 5, 2012

    From 3-5 pm, look for Poetry Paths tour guides and fun activities throughout downtown Lancaster and at many of our completed sites. 

    From 6-8 pm, come to the Ware Center for a community party as we celebrate the many people who have supported and created Poetry Paths -- including you!  Look for live music, food, poetry, free stuff, and fun!    

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  • A Conversation with Stanley Brand ‘70
  • “From The Anatomy of Melancholy to Criminal Trials: How the English Major Shaped a Career”  

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012  • 4:30pm

     

    Stanley Brand is a 1970 graduate of the college where he majored in English and earned Departmental Honors for his independent study: The Anatomy of Melancholy: A Mean in All Things. He has a J. D. from Georgetown University Law School. From 1976-1983 he was General Counsel to the US House of Representatives under Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill. He entered private practice in 1984 and as former client George Stephanopoulos wrote in his autobiography, he “specializes in cases at the intersection of politics, criminal law and communicating in the Washington echo chamber”. Since 1992 he has served as vice president of Minor League Baseball  and was counsel to MLB in the congressional steroid hearings in 2005.  He has been a trustee of the College since 2005. 

     
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  • A Reading with Alan Cheuse
  • Saturday, October 20, 2012  • 7pm

    Alan Cheuse has been reviewing books on All Things Considered since the 1980s. His challenge is to make each two-minute review as fresh and interesting as possible while focusing on the essence of the book itself. Formally trained as a literary scholar, Cheuse writes fiction and novels and publishes short stories. He is the author of five novels, two collections of short fiction, and the memoir Fall out of Heaven. His prize-winning novel To Catch the Lightning is an exploration of the intertwined plights of real-life frontier photographer Edward Curtis and the American Indian. His latest work of book-length fiction is the novel Song of Slaves in the Desert, which tells the story of a Jewish rice plantation-owning family in South Carolina and the Africans they enslave.

  • WH Reading Room Group
  • Writers House Community Meeting
  • Wednesday, October 17  • 6:00 pm

     

    Community meetings at the Writers House bring students, staff and faculty together to imagine and oversee the programs and business of the Writers House and to share writing and reading-related opportunities.  All are welcome! Food will be served.

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  • Diane Ackerman on Campus
  • Thursday, October 25

    Craft Talk: Philadelphia Alumni Writers House, 4:30pm

    The Hausman Lecture Series:  Barshinger Center for Musical Arts, 8:00pm

     

    Poet, essayist, and naturalist, Diane Ackerman is the author of two dozen highly acclaimed works of nonfiction and poetry, including The Zookeeper’s Wife and A Natural History of the Senses. Her most recent book, One Hundred Names for Love, has been described by Booklist as: “A gorgeously engrossing, affecting, sweetly funny, and mind-opening love story of crisis, determination, creativity, and repair.” It was a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Circle Critics Award.

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  • Writers House Road Trip to New York City: Exploring Writing & Community
  • Friday, October 26

     

    On this trip to NYC, students will visit world-renowned places devoted to helping writers and readers of all ages, including Poets House and 826NYC. Open to all students. Contact Assistant Director Joanna Underhill, joanna.underhill@fandm.edu, to reserve a space.

     
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  • Writers Coffee House
  • Saturday, October 27 • 8:00pm
     
    Join us at the Writers House for an exciting open mic filled with original readings, musical performances, and delicious coffee drinks and snacks. Show off your skills, or just relax and enjoy the talents of your friends with a latte on a comfy couch.
     
  • November

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  • Faculty Writer: A Reading with Erik Anderson
  • Thursday, November 1 • 7:30pm

    Erik Anderson is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the English Department, specializing in creative nonfiction and hybrid forms. As an essayist, his attention is wide-ranging, and his 2010 book, The Poetics of Trespass, deals with everything from the environmental art of Robert Smithson to the Paris riots of 2005, from the work of American poet James Schuyler to the research of contemporary physicists, from building projects in Dubai to the films of director Wong Kar-Wai. Educated at the Universities of Michigan and Denver, and at Naropa University’s Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Anderson has also published extensively as a poet and book critic. 

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  • Graffiti in Braille Book Release Party
  • Thursday, November 8 • 7:30 pm

    Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St.

     

    Please join us in celebrating Poetry Paths Poet-in-the-Schools Barbara Buckman Strasko’s first full length book of poems Graffiti in Braille. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing. This event is co-sponsored by The Millersville University Writers Guild, The Philadelphia Alumni Writers House, and The Lancaster Literary Guild in conjunction with the Ware Center and Millersville University

     
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  • Writers House Thanksgiving
  • Wednesday, November 14 • 5:30-7:30pm

    Don’t miss our annual potluck feast! Make and bring a dish to share with the community (if you’re without a kitchen, a can of cranberry sauce will do just fine). And make sure to get here early - the line has been known to wrap upstairs and through the second floor! Please reply to Asst. Director Joanna Underhill, joanna.underhill@fandm.edu to tell us what you’ll bring. This event is open to the F&M Community.

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  • A Reading with Mohan Sikka
  • Wednesday, November 28 • 5:30pm

    Sikka’s story “Uncle Musto Takes a Mistress” was selected for a 2009 PEN/O. Henry Prize. His fiction has been published in the journal One Story, the Toronto South Asian ReviewTrikone MagazineTehelka, and in anthologies. Mohan’s story “The Railway Aunty” (Delhi Noir, Akashic Books and HarperCollins India) was adapted into an award-winning feature film entitled B.A. Pass. Cities and neighborhoods feature as characters in much of Mohan’s work. He recently had a non-fiction debut in National Geographic Traveler, India edition, writing about his current home borough, Brooklyn. Mohan is completing a story collection and working on a novel, both based in a fictitious town resembling Delhi.

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  • Paradise Lost Marathon
  • Friday, November 30 • 9:00am

    Join in a marathon reading of Milton's epic poem. Professor Tamara Goeglein's English Renaissance students will read aloud the entire poem at Writers House, on November 30th. The reading begins at 9:00 and will continue throughout the day. Plenty of apples.
     
    "Of man's first disobedience, and the fruit 
    Of that forbidden tree, whose mortal taste
    Brought death into the world, and all our woe"  
  • December Events

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  • Writers Coffee House
  • Saturday, December 1 • 8:00-10:00pm

     

    After the success of the October coffee house, hosts  Elyse Flick ‘13,  Deirdre Roche ‘13, Ryann McMurry ‘15 , and Keiran Miller ‘15 are organizing another evening filled with coffee, tea, food, readings, instruments, and literary musings. Bring a poem, song, and a friend!  This event is open to the Franklin & Marshall community. 

  • White Elephant Party
  • Writers House Community Meeting & White Elephant Gift Exchange
  • Wednesday, December 5 • 4:30pm

     

    Please join us for hot chocolate and cookies as we wrap up the fall sememster and look forward to the spring. We will also have some fun with a White Elephant gift exchange. Bring something that you no longer need or want (those potholders from aunt Agnes, the corn husk duck figurine that was a gift from a cousin’s trip to Mexico, that dvd of It’s A Wonderful Life your family keeps regifting to one another) and perhaps your gift will be just what someone else was looking for! This event is open to the Franklin & Marshall community.

 Spring 2012

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  • Poetry Paths Kids Poetry Reading
  • May 23 at 6:30 Roschel Performing Arts Center

    From December 2011 through March 2012, students from Lancaster’s public elementary schools have been studying and writing poetry inspired by our city. Help celebrate their work at our 3rd annual Kids Poetry Reading, featuring:

    • Original poetry and art by 60+ students from and Fulton, Martin, Price, Ross, and Wickersham Elementary Schools
    • Words from our Poet in the Schools, Barbara Strasko
    • Music performances to local school ensembles
    • Light reffreshments served afterwards
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  • Big Girls Small Kitchen: A guide to quarter-life cooking with Phoebe Lapine & Cara Eisenpress
  • Tuesday, January 24  7:30pm

    Big Girls Small Kitchen is a food website for twenty-something cooks looking for user-friendly, affordable ways to navigate their kitchens started by Phoebe Lapine and Cara Eisenpress in 2008.  Through their own experiences and experiments in their small kitchens (some good, some bad, some that went straight in the trash), they offer accessible recipes, entertaining tips, and kitchen strategies to help all home cooks of limited resources—whether time, space, money, or skill—make the most of their tools available, big kitchen or small.  Their first cookbook In the Small Kitchen: 100 Recipes from Our Year of Cooking in the Real World was published in 2011.

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  • Letters to a Young Poet: Reading and discussion with translator Mark Harman
  • Thursday, February 2 4:30pm

    The ten letters that Rainer Maria Rilke wrote to an aspiring young poet from 1902 through 1908 comprise a much-loved trove of advice on living a purposeful life in or out of the arts. Letters to a Young Poet is a new translation by Mark Harman, a Professor of English and German at Elizabethtown College whose translations of Kafka have been widely acclaimed. Harman’s view is that translation can be like a coating of dust on a painting, lending a patina that doesn’t actually reflect the underlying work. He undertook this new translation in an attempt to remove some of the accretion he saw in other English translations, so as to let the original art of Rilke’s letters show through.  Poet Billy Collins praises Harman’s “fresh translation” for reminding us that “Rilke is addressing not just his young correspondent but everyone, and that his advice is not only about how to write poems but how to live a deliberate, meaningful life. In these overly excited times, it is inspiring to listen to the patient counsel of this meditative man, this champion of solitude.”

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  • Writers House Community Meeting
  • Friday, February 10 at 11:30-12:30

    Come to our first ever lunchtime meeting to discuss the programs and business of the Writers House. First time attendees are welcome, and food will be served.

     
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  • Poetry reading with Professor Lorenzo Helguero Morales
  • Thursday February 16  • 7:30pm              

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish Lorenzo Helguero is originally from Lima, Peru and has published five books of poetry: Sapiente Lengua, Boletos, Beissán o el abismoEl amor en los tiempos del colePoeta en Washington D.C., and  Insomnio. He has also published a book of short stories, Fiesta de promoción, and the novel Entre el cielo y el suelo.                                                              

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  • Sister Friend: Phillis Wheatley and Obour Tanner on Freedom, Love and the Divine
  • Monday February 20 • 7:30pm in the Other Room Theatre

    Can someone be owned? Can a song free you? What's the cost of freedom? These are the gutsy questions Amanda Kemp takes on through her soulful dramas that will leave you tapping your feet and wiping your eyes. See for yourself at Theatre for Transformation's "Sister Friend:  Phillis Wheatley and Obour Tanner on Freedom, Love and the Divine" written by Dr. Amanda Kemp and directed by Dave Ebersole. "Sister Friend", a play infused with spirituals and gospel music, uses actual letters to imagine the friendship between enslaved  celebrity poet Phillis Wheatly and her best friend Obour Tanner. Come get informed and get inspired! Doors open at 7pm. Performance begins at 7:30pm.

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  • Wide Eyed Film Festival
  • Wednesday, February 22 through Friday, February 24

     

    The Wide Eyed Film Festival at F&M presents a collection of nationally recognized short and feature length films as well as a Student Cell Phone Movie Competition,  which guest filmmakers will jury.  A committee of students, professional staff, and faculty selected films and filmmakers that best represent new visions and approaches in cinematic exploration and expression. Sponsored by the Department of Theatre, Dance and Film, Brooks College House, and the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House.

    Wide Eyed Film Festival Schedule:

    Wednesday, February 22

     8:00pm Screening of Putty Hill with filmmaker Matt   

       Porterfield, Green Room Theatre

      9:30pm Opening Night Reception, Writers House

    Thursday, February 23 

    4:30pm Craft Talk with Matt Porterfield, Writers House

    8:00pm Screening of selected short films by Lauren  

       Wolkstein and Alex Tyson, Green Room Theatre

     9:30pm Second Night Reception, Writers House

    Friday, February 24

     5:30pm Craft Talk with Laura Wolkstein and Alex 

        Tyson, Writers House

     6:30pm Best of the 48 Hour Cell Phone Video Contest, 

        Green Room Theatre

     7:00pm Closing Reception, Writers House

     
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  • A Reading with Wayne Koestenbaum
  • Thursday, February 23 7:30 pm

    Wayne Koestenbaum is an American poet and cultural critic and is the Distinguished Professor of English at the City University of New York Graduate Center. His books of poetry include The Milk of Inquiry, Model Homes, and Best-Selling Jewish Porn Films. His nonfiction works include The Queen’s Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire, Jackie Under My Skin: Interpreting An Icon and his most recent, Humiliation.

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  • Amy Stewart on Wicked Bugs
  • Wednesday, February 29  • 4:30pm  

    In this darkly comical look at the sinister side of our relationship with the natural world, Stewart has tracked down over 100 of our worst entomological foes-creatures that infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human affairs. From the world's most painful hornet, to the flies that transmit deadly diseases, to millipedes that stop traffic, to the "bookworms" that devour libraries, to the Japanese beetles munching on your roses, Wicked Bugs delves into the extraordinary powers of six and eight-legged creatures.

    Amy Stewart’s appearance is made possible by a collaboration of the North Museum of Natural History & Science, the Eiserer-Hickey Foundation, and the Franklin & Marshall Philadelphia Alumni Writers House. Accommodations provided by Lancaster Arts Hotel.

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  • A Reading with Mat Johnson
  • Wednesday, March 7 • 7:30pm

    Johnson is a novelist who sometimes writes other things. He is the author of the novels Pym, Drop and Hunting in Harlem, the nonfiction novella TheGreat Negro Plot and the comic books Incognegro and Dark Rain. He is a faculty member at the University of Houston Creative Writing program.

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  • Faculty Writers: Book release party for Professor John Modern
  • Thursday, March 8 • 4:30pm

     

    Please join us as we celebrate  John Lardas Modern’s Secularism in Antebellum America. Professor Modern teaches in the Religious Studies Department and is the author of The Bop Apocalypse: The Religious Visions of Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Burroughs, and he is a contributing editor of The Immanent Frame  and co-curator of Frequencies: A Collaborative Genealogy of Spirituality.
     
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  • English Department Pizza Party
  • Wednesday, March 21 • 4:30 pm

    Are you English curious? Do you wonder what English courses are out there for you to take next fall, what an English major can do for you now, and what you can do with your English major when you graduate? For the answers to these questions come and enjoy some pizza while talking to members of the F&M English department. 

     
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  • Bank Prize Reading: Kevin Brockmeier
  • Wednesday, March 21  7:30pm

    Kevin Brockmeier is one of America's most acclaimed and inventive young fiction writers. He is the author of three novels, The Truth About Celia, The Brief History of the Dead, and, most recently, The Illumination. He has published two collections of short fiction, Things That Fall From the Sky and The View from the Seventh Layer, and two children's novels. His short stories have appeared in many publications, including The New Yorker, McSweeney's, Tin House, and The Oxford American, and have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, and Granta Best of Young American Novelists. He has taught at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.

    The Bank Short Story Prize was endowed by Lawrence H. Bank, Esq. ’65 to honor and preserve the memory of his late brother, Jerome Irving Bank, Esq. Jerome Bank, a graduate of Hobart and of the New York University School of Law, always wanted to be a writer, but died before realizing this dream. Each year, any F&M student can submit a work to be judged. The winner of the $1,000 Bank Prize is chosen by a visiting short story fiction writer. Larry Bank hopes the Bank Prize will encourage students to take a chance by following a dream, something that he, too, wishes he had tried a long time ago.

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  • Lapine Family Visiting Theatre Artist: John Guare
  • Thursday March 22  8:00pm at the Rochel Performing Arts Center

    John Guare is an American playwright who is best known as the author of The House of Blue Leaves, Six Degrees of Separation, and Landscape of the Body. His style, which mixes comic invention with an acute sense of the failure of human relations and aspirations, is at once cruel and deeply compassionate. In the foreword to a collection of Guare's plays, film director Louis Malle writes: “Guare practices a humor that is synonymous with lucidity, exploding genre and clichés, taking us to the core of human suffering: the awareness of corruption in our own bodies, death circling in. We try to fight it all by creating various mythologies, and it is Guare's peculiar aptitude for exposing these grandiose lies of ours that makes his work so magical.”

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  • Benjamin Skinner Lecture: Human Trafficking
  • Monday, March 26  • 7:30 pm Bonchek Lecture Hall, Barshinger Life Sciences & Philosophy building

    Human Rights Awareness Week

    Benjamin Skinner is a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy of Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a writer engaged in the study of the U.S. and global political economies, with a focus on the developing world and particularly modern slavery. He was named one of National Geographic’s “Adventurers of the Year 2008.” He is the author of A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery (Free Press; 2008), and a contributor to Crimes of War 2.0: What the Public Should Know (W.W. Norton & Company; 2007). He has served as Special Assistant to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and previously as Research Associate for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. His articles have appeared in Newsweek InternationalTravel + LeisureLos Angeles TimesThe Miami HeraldForeign AffairsForeign Policy and others.

    Sponsored by Writer’s House, Arabic Studies, International Studies, The Ware Institute for Civic Engagement; The Human Rights Initiative

    This event is open to the public.

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  • Bugs in Three Dimensions: A Creative Writing Workshop for IU13's SEE program, led by Franklin & Marshall Students
  • Thursday, March 29

    Truly learning about a topic involves engaging yourself with it in a multidisciplinary way. On March 29, 2012 SEE seminar students will be given this opportunity through a day-long exploration of one of the most diverse and intriguing residents of our planet: the insect.   The students will begin with a visit to the North Museum Science and Engineering Fairs Public Day in order to see how student scientists approach these creatures in experimental studies. Then they'll progress to the North Museum to view Bugs: Out of the Box and Wicked Bugs, two premier travelling exhibits that show bugs through the eyes of some professional artists and writers. Finally, with the assistance of students from the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House, the SEE group will try their hand at creative writing, drawing inspiration from the day’s activities and their new six-legged friends.  

    This event is a collaboration between the Writers House, the North Museum, and IU13, and is designed for IU13's SEE students only. 

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  • A Reading with Mike Sacks
  • Thursday March 29 • 7:30pm

    Mike Sacks has worked at The Washington Post and currently works on the editorial staff of Vanity Fair magazine. He has written for The New Yorker, Time, EsquireVanity FairGQ, Radar, Believer, Vice, Women’s Health, Salon, PremiereNew York ObserverMcSweeney’sThe New York Times, The Washington Post, Cracked, MAD, and other publications.
     
    Sacks has published three humor books: And Here’s the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Humor Writers About Their Craft (F+W Press); SEX: Our Bodies, Our Junk (Random House); Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason (Tin House).
     

    Sacks contributed to the books Esquire Rules and Esquire Presents: Things A Man Shouldn’t Do After the Age of Thirty; and Mountain Man Dance Moves: The McSweeney’s Book of Lists.
     

    Sacks is also the editor of Care to Make Love in That Gross Little Space Between Cars (Random House), with contributions from Patton Oswalt, Judd Apatow, Dave Eggers, Nick Hornby, Sam Lipsyte, George Saunders, Amy Sedaris, and others.

     
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  • A Reading with the Physicians Writers Group
  • Monday, April 2 • 7:30pm

    One evening in the fall of 2009, five physicians, all from different specialties, sat down together in a room and decided to write—write about their patients’ suffering, about how that makes them feel, about the toll their sense of responsibility takes on them personally and on their families.  They decided to trust one another enough to write about their insecurities, mistakes that still haunt them, and how they feel when they become patients.  They also decided to write about happy things, like looking into the luminous brown eyes of a child whose life was spared because of surgery well done—and funny things, like watching a haughty attending physician, while teaching students on bedside rounds, confuse the symptoms and diagnoses of two patients sharing a room.

    The physicians’ creative and reflective writing has been featured in prestigious, professional journals including the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Annals of Internal Medicine, and Academic Medicine.  Publishing (so far 16 original pieces) in these forums enables our Penn State Hershey physician writers to promote human-centered dimensions of medicine and heighten professionalism on national and international levels.

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  • Poetry Reading with Dunya Mikhail
  • Thursday April 5 • 7:00pm             

    Dunya Mikhail is an Iraqi-American poet. She has published five books in Arabic and two in English. The Arabic titles include The Psalms of Absence and Almost Music. Her first book in English, The War Works Hard was shortlisted for the Griffin Prize, and was named one of the 25 best books of 2005 by the New York Public Library. It also won the PEN Translation Award (translated by Elizabeth Winslow). It was the first contemporary poetry book by an Iraqi woman published in the US. Her latest, Diary of A Wave Outside the Sea, won the Arab American Book Award. In 2001, she was awarded the UN Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing. She was born in Baghdad in 1965 and she left to the US in 1996.

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  • Poetry Open Mic Night with Spoken Word Artist Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz
  • Thursday April 5  8:30pm in Steinman College Center

     

    Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz is the author of five books of poetry as well as the nonfiction book, Words In Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam, about which Billy Collins wrote “[this book] leaves no doubt that the slam poetry scene has achieved legitimacy and taken its rightful place on the map of contemporary literature.” Her recent awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. Be inspired by Cristin and sign up to share your own poetry. This event is free and open to the public. Food will be served.

     
     
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  • Emerging Writers Festival
  • April  11-13 

    The Emerging Writers Festival at Franklin & Marshall College is a three-day celebration of the work of 5 talented and promising younger American writers. 2012 marks the eleventh year of the Festival, which is generously supported by Richard and Edna Hausman, parents of a Franklin & Marshall graduate and great supporters of the arts at the College. Unless otherwise noted all events take place at the Writers House

    WEDNESDAY 4/11

    • 8:00pm Opening Night Reading featuring Rebecca  

      Makkai and Jamaal May at the Green Room Theatre

    • 9:30pm Opening Night Reception

    THURSDAY 4/12

    • 10:00am Craft Workshop with Anna Moench 

    • 12:45pm Craft Workshop with Jamaal May

    • 4:30pm Craft Workshop with Rebecca Makkai

    • 8:00pm Second Night Reading featuring Megan 

      Mayhew Bergman, Christine Hemp and Anna Moench  

      at the Green Room Theatre

    • 9:30pm Second Night Reception

    FRIDAY 4/13

    • 10:00am Craft Workshop with Megan Mayhew Bergman 

    • 11:15am Craft Workshop with Christine Hemp 

    • 12:30pm Panel Discussion with the Emerging Writers

    • 2:00pm Bye-bye Barbecue 

    2012 Emerging Writers 

    Megan Mayhew Bergman was raised in North Carolina and now lives on a small farm in Shaftsbury, Vermont with her family.  Her first collection of short stories, Birds of a Lesser Paradise, was published in March 2012.

    Christine Hemp has been called a “poetry adventurer.” She has aired her poems on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, she has sent a poem of hers into space on a NASA mission, and her program Connecting Chord, which unites cops and youth offenders through poetry, was called a “milestone event” by the London, U.K. Chief of Police.

    Rebecca Makkai is a Chicago-based writer whose first novel, The Borrower,  is a Booklist Top Ten Debut, an Indie Next pick, an O Magazine selection and one of Chicago Magazine’s choices for best fiction of 2011. London’s Daily Mail called it an “astonishingly assured novel.”

    Jamaal May is a Cave Canem Fellow, Callaloo Fellow and graduate of Warren Wilson’s MFA for writers. He is the author of two poetry chapbooks, The God Engine and The Whetting of Teeth and editor of the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Series

    Anna Moench’s plays include Hunger, In Quietness, Great Eastern, and The Pillow Book.  Other productions of her work have been seen at the Old Vic, The Flea, Dance Theater Workshop, and Dixon Place.

     
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  • Craft Talk with Wilbert Rideau
  • Tuesday, April 17 • 4:30 pm

     

    Since his 2005 trial and release after 44 years in prison, former editor of  the prisoner-produced news magazine Angolite and award-winning journalist Wilbert Rideau has continued to devote himself to educating people about the realities of the world behind bars. His autobiography, In the Place of Justice: A Story of Punishment and Deliverance, was published in 2010. Co-sponsored by the English 276, U.S. Prison Poetry class. This event is free and open to the public and food will be served.

     
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  • Craft Talk with bloggers Tom & Lorenzo
  • Friday April 20 • 4:30pm

    A fabulous and opinionated gay couple of a decade-plus, Tom and Lorenzo decided the internet was incomplete without their voices, so they launched their first blog, Project RunGay in 2006 in order to enrich the masses with our thoughts and words. They thought they’d slap up some funny pictures and bitchy comments about Project Runway just to get it out of theirsystems. But an audience found them and, to their delight, encouraged them to keep posting. They renamed their site Tom+Lorenzo are now a pop culture blog  about those parts of pop culture that they personally find interesting; from runway shows to red carpets; Mad Men to Glee. Think of it like an extended water-cooler conversation with the two funny, bitchy gay guys you work with. In addition to blogging on their own site, they’ve been writing television reviews for The Huffington Post and celebrity interviews for the Metrosource magazine.  Tom and Lorenzo will also be serving as judges for the Trashion Show sponored by the Wohlsen Center for Sustainable Environment at 7pm.

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  • Alumni Arts Review Reception
  • Friday, April 20  •  5:30 pm

    at the Frey Atrium of the Barshinger Life Sciences & Philosophy Building

     

    Come celebrate the release of the inaugural issue of the Alumni Arts Review. F&M is proud that as a College it continues the fine tradition of a classic liberal arts education. The word “arts” in this case does not just mean the fine arts, or the literary arts; rather, it refers to educational disciplines that are considered essential if one is to be an effective citizen of the world. This event is free and open to the public.

     
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  • Writers House End of Year and Farewell to Seniors Party
  • Wednesday, April 25  5:00pm

    Enjoy a barbecue and pot luck dinner while we celebrate the Seniors of the Writers House Community who are graduating. Please email Asst. Director Joanna Underhill to sign up for the pot luck. joanna.underhill@fandm.edu. This event is open to F&M students and FPS only.

     
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  • Student Publications Party
  • Friday, April 27 •  7:00 pm

    A celebration to honor the work of  the  artists, writers, and staff members of Badaboom, The College Dispatch, The College Reporter, Epilogue, Kituhwan, and Plume. Food will be served, and there will be prizes to be won!

Fall 2011

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  • A Reading with Poet Mary Szybist
  • Thursday, September 1 at 7:30pm

    Mary Szybist is Assistant Professor of English at Lewis & Clark College and received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.  She is the author of Granted (2003). Her poem “All Times and All Tenses Alive In this Moment” is featured in the new Poetry Paths mural at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design.


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  • Writers House Community Meeting & Welcome Back BBQ
  • Wednesday, September 14 at 4:30pm 

    Don’t miss the first Writers House Community Meeting of the year, for first years, seniors, faculty,  staff and everyone in between, even if you’ve never been to Writers House before.  Catch up with friends and meet some new ones and help plan events for the year! Free book giveaway!

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  • For You By You: Open Workshop
  • Tuesday, September 27 at 6:00pm

    Bring no more than five minutes of your writing (poems, fiction, nonfiction, plays, songs) to share in an innovative and kinetic workshop forum with professor and novelist Sands Hall.   Come prepared to have a terrific time, and leave with some great in sights into your own writing. This event is free and open  to the Franklin & Marshall  Community.  Food will be served.

     
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  • Poetry Reading with Lynn Powell
  • Thursday, September 29 at 4:30pm

    After her Common Hour presentation Lynn Powell will give a reading of her poetry at the Writers House.

    Lynn Powell is the author of two books of poetry,Old & New Testaments and The Zones of Paradise, and a book of nonfiction, Framing Innocence: A Mother’s Photographs, A Prosecutor’s Zeal, and a Small Town’s Response, which was awarded the Studs and Ida Terkel Author Fund Award.
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  • The Handprint Identity Project: An Exchange Between Artists and Poets
  •  Thursday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m.

    Writers House welcomes this interdisciplinary art exhibit sponsored by Elizabethtown College. A diverse group of poets and visual artists were selected to collaborate on a project with a common theme for a period of seven months with an outcome of a unique traveling exhibition of poetry and art.  Project participants created new works and responded to each other’s perspectives for the theme. Three of the poets, Jennifer Foerster, Ravi Shankar, and Carmine Sarracino, will read from their work alongside the artwork that inspired them. Featured artsists include Milt Freidly, Donald J. Forsythe, Carol Cole, and Claire Giblin. The exhibit will be in the Writers house through December. This event is free and open to the public


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  • Poetry Reading with Nick Lantz
  • Thursday, October  at 7:30pm

    Nick Lantz is visiting assistant professor in the English Department at F&M, where he teaches creative writing.He is the author of two books of poetry—We Don't Know We Don't Know and The Lightning That Strikes the Neighbors' House. His third book, How to Dance When You Do Not Know How to Dance, is due out in 2014. Lantz received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been awarded fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. His work has been published in journals such as Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Mid-American Review, Southern Review, and FIELD.

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  • Writers House Community Meeting
  • Wednesday, October 12 at 4:30 p.m.

    Writers House  community meetings bring students, staff and faculty together to imagine and oversee the programs and business of the Writers House and to share writing and reading-related opportunities. This event is open to the Franklin & Marshall community.  First time attendees are welcome, and food will be served.

    This event is open to F&M students and FPS only.

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  • Film Screening: A Cartoonist in the Classroom
  • Thursday, October 13 at 6:00pm

    Legendary cartoonist and former hula dancer Lynda Barry has been teaching her unique “Writing the Unthinkable” workshop to captivated fans across the country for over a decade. A Cartoonist in the Classroom explores the effects the workshop has on students with little or no knowledge of her work - a group of Haverford College students, members of an English as a Second Language, and finally, those behind bars at a Philadelphia prison.  With enthusiasm and humor, Lynda solicits the imagery of her student writers’ early days.  She inspires with theories and stories that illustrate her belief in storytelling as an inherent biological function. Q&A with the filmakers to follow and pizza will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

     

     
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  • Craft Talk with Amy Tan
  • Thursday, October 20 at 4:30pm

    Amy Tan, author of the novels The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, and Saving Fish, a memoir, The Opposite of Fate, and two children’s books, The Moon Lady and Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat, visits the Writers House for a craft talk.

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  • Annual Hausman Lecture by novelist Amy Tan
  •  Thursday, October 20 at 8:00pm at the Ann & Richard Barshinger Center for Musical Arts

    Born in the U.S. to immigrant parents from China, Tan rejected her mother's expectations that she become a doctor and concert pianist. She chose to write fiction instead. Her novels are The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses,The Bonesetter's Daughter and Saving Fish from Drowning.

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  • For You By You: Open Workshop
  • Tuesday, October 25 at 6:00pm 

    Bring no more than five minutes of your writing (poems, fiction, nonfiction, plays, songs) to share in an innovative and kinetic workshop forum with professor and novelist Sands Hall.   Come prepared to have a terrific time, and leave with some great in sights into your own writing. This event is free and open  to the Franklin & Marshall  Community.  Food will be served.

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  • Teaching in Community Panel Discussion
  • Thursday, October 27 at 4:30pm

    Join us for a panel discussion with Scott Fiefer, Barry Kornhauser, and Barbara Buckman Strasko as they share their experiences writing  with youth and adults out in the community.  

    Scott Feifer is a 1987 graduate of Franklin and Marshall and conducts  “Writing Circle” workshops in a variety of schools,  shelters, placements, support groups, rehabilitation programs, detention centers, and prisons.

     

    Barry Kornhauser is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Franklin and Marshall and is the founder of the Fulton’s Youtheatre program, which has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts as a national model for providing arts education for at-risk, disabled and disadvantaged teens. 

     
    Barbara Buckman Strasko was the Poet Laureate of Lancaster County 2009-10. For many years, she has been a teacher, counselor and literacy coach in the School District of Lancaster. She currently teaches in the Poetry Paths in the Schools program.
     
     
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  • English Department Pizza Party
  • Monday, October 31 at 4:30pm

     

    Are you English curious? Do you wonder what English courses are out there, what an English major can do for you now, and what you can do with your English major when you graduate? For the answers to these questions come and enjoy some pizza while talking to members of the F&M English department.

     
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  • Dead Writers Night
  • Monday, October 31 at 7:00p.m.

     

    This Halloween, help us revive a fantastic Writers House tradition: Dead Writers Night! Come dressed as your favorite deceased author, poet, or dramatist, and bring along an excerpt of his or her work or a spooky Halloween-appropriate piece to share. It’s a macabre night of fun costumes, good literature, and tasty Halloween treats.

     
  • Lunch with editor Chris Chappell ‘01
  • Friday, November 4 at 12:00 pm

     

    Chris Chappell, editor at Palgrrave McMillan,  will meet with students and faculty to discuss his work and offer career guidance and insight. A 2001 graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, where he majored in Music and English, Chris manages the scholarly programs for history, African American studies, and African studies at Palgrave. He has had the opportunity to work with a number of leading scholars, including Manning Marable, Sean Wilentz, Margaret Jacob, Akira Iriye, Mamadou Diouf, and Steven Aschheim, and he has at various points managed lists in religion, cultural studies, business, and economics. In his spare time he produces off-off-Broadway theater with his company Sneaky Snake Productions.  This event is open to students and FPS.  Food will be served.

     
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  • Craft Talk with Rajesh Gopie
  • Tuesday, November 1 at 4:30pm

    Rajesh Gopie is a director/performer/writer from South Africa. In his play, Out of Bounds,  he takes audiences into the life and times of a South African Indian family, bringing to life some twenty-eight characters in this one-man show. Nobel-Prize winning Nadine Gordimer writes that “Rajesh Gopie is the most multi-talented young artist whose work I have come across in more than a decade of deep interest in theatre. He is a phenomenon to celebrate as a playwright, just as he is an actor.”

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  • Poetry Aloud/Poetry Slam
  • Friday, November 4, 5-8:00 pm. at the Ware Center, Millersville Lancaster, 42 North Prince St.

    Poetry Paths,  The Writers House, Millersville University, and the MU Creative Writing  Guild  join in the First Friday fun downtown with a combination poetry reading and poetry slam.   For those not quite ready for a competition, poets may share their work in an open reading from 5:00pm-6:00pm. For those ready to perform their spoken word pieces, there will be a slam between 6:00pm and 7:00pm. The evening wraps up with performances by New York City poets Tyrek Greene and Mega.  Contact Astrid Barreras astrid.barreras@fandm.edu to sign up for the slam. This event is free and open to the public

    Transportation will be provided: Look for  F&M vans  in  front  of  the  Writers  House going to and from downtown bewteen 4:45pm and 8:30pm.

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  • Writers House Thanksgiving
  • Wednesday, November 16 at 5:30 p.m.

    Don’t miss our annual potluck feast! Make and bring a dish to share with the community (if you’re without a kitchen, a can of cranberry sauce will do just fine). And make sure to get here early - the line has been known to wrap upstairs and through the second floor! Please reply to Asst. Director Joanna Underhill, joanna.underhill@fandm.edu to tell us what you’ll bring. This event is open to the F&M Community

     
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  • For You By You: Open Workshop
  • Tuesday, November 29 at 6:00pm

    Bring no more than five minutes of your writing (poems, fiction, nonfiction, plays, songs) to share in an innovative and kinetic workshop forum with professor and novelist Sands Hall.   Come prepared to have a terrific time, and leave with some great in sights into your own writing. This event is free and open  to the Franklin & Marshall  Community.  Food will be served.

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  • Writers House Community Meeting
  • Wednesday, December 7 at 4:30 p.m.

    Writers House  community meetings bring students, staff and faculty together to imagine and oversee the programs and business of the Writers House and to share writing and reading-related opportunities. This event is open to the Franklin & Marshall community.  First time attendees are welcome, and food will be served.

    This event is open to F&M students and FPS only.

     

 Spring 2011 Events

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  • American Shakespeare Center On Tour: Macbeth
  • Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m., Roschel Performing Arts Center
    The American Shakespeare Center on Tour, the touring arm of the American Shakespeare Center and the Blackfriars Playhouse, presents Macbeth as part of its 2010/2011 Restless Ecstasy Tour.  More >

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  • For You By You
  • Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. Bring no more than five minutes of your writing (poems, fiction, nonfiction, plays, songs) to share in an innovative and kinetic workshop forum with professor and novelist Sands Hall.

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  • Epilogue Launch Party
  • March 3, from 8-9:30 p.m. The Editors of Franklin & Marshall's literary and arts magazine, Epilogue, invite you to a launch party celebrating their spring 2011 issue. For more information, contact Sarah Medeiros at sarah.medeiros@fandm.edu.

  • Careers in Writing and the Arts: A Road Trip to New York City
  • Friday, March 4. Time TBD.
    This event is open to current Franklin & Marshall students only. For more information and to register, contact Debra Saporetti at 358-4758.

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  • A Reading with Laura Tohe
  • March 9 at 7:30 p.m. Join us for Tohe's visit to Franklin & Marshall, an event curated by Professor Jill Ahlberg Yohe in the department of anthropology. More >

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  • Writing Workshop with Lynda Barry
  • March 21 at 4:30 p.m., Stahr Auditorium
    This event is co-sponsored by Dog Star Books and is free and open to the public. Seating is limited; please call the Writers House at 291-4244 to reserve your seat.

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  • Bank Prize Reading: Charles D'Ambrosio
  • March 23 at 7:30 p.m. D’Ambrosio comes to Franklin & Marshall to give a reading of his own work and announce the winner(s) of this year’s annual Jerome Irving Bank Short Story Contest. More >

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  • Writers House Community Meeting
  • March 23 at 4:30 p.m. First time attendees are welcome, and food will be served.

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  • Poetry Slam featuring Carvens Lissaint
  • Saturday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in the Steinman College Center Atrium. Join us for our first-ever Poetry Slam featuring nationally acclaimed spoken word poet Carvens Lissaint, with a slam to follow. More >

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  • For You By You
  • March 29 at 6 p.m. Bring no more than five minutes of your writing (poems, fiction, nonfiction, plays, songs) to share in an innovative and kinetic workshop forum with professor and novelist Sands Hall.

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  • A Reading with Joanne Diaz
  • April 4 at 7:30 p.m. Joanne Diaz’s poems have recently appeared in AGNI, The American Poetry Review, DIAGRAM, and The Missouri Review. More >

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  • A Reading with Leslie Daniels
  • Wednesday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m.
    Leslie Daniels is the former fiction editor of Green Mountains Review. Her first novel, Cleaning Nabokov’s House, will be published spring 2011. More >

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  • For You By You
  • April 19 at 6 p.m. Bring no more than five minutes of your writing (poems, fiction, nonfiction, plays, songs) to share in an innovative and kinetic workshop forum with professor and novelist Sands Hall.

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  • Writers House End of Year Party and Farewell to Seniors
  • Monday, April 25 at 6:00 p.m. Serenade the members of the Writers House community who are about to graduate and allow them to serernade you with readings of their work. Then stay to enjoy a barbecue and party for all.  Ping-pong, door prizes, and food galore! 

    This event is open to F&M students and FPS only.