Loyola University Maryland

Writing Department

Modern Masters Reading Series

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The Modern Masters Reading Series, sponsored by the writing department and with support from the Center for the Humanities, brings nationally and internationally known writers to Loyola's campus.

Through visiting writers from diverse backgrounds and genres, our students learn that writing is a living art produced by people whose life stories offer useful and meaningful insights. From small-group workshops to class visits to readings with open question-and-answer sessions, the Modern Masters series offers Loyola’s writing students the rare opportunity to speak directly with successful authors.

We’re open to suggestions for future readers from the entire Loyola community. Please feel free to contact the Modern Masters chair, Professor Karen Fish, with any questions or ideas for next year's program. Or, you may call 410-617-2228 for more information.

2015-2016 Schedule
All readings are free and open to the public. Persons with disabilities who may require special services should contact Disability Support Services at 410.617.2062 at least 48 hours prior to the event.

Fall 2015

Patricia Bizzell
Thursday, October 15th, 5 PM, McManus Theater

Patricia BizzellPatricia Bizzell has taught academic writing at Holy Cross since 1978, where she has also directed a writing-across-the-curriculum program and trained writing tutors. Her book The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings from Classical Times to the Present earned the National Council of Teachers of English Outstanding Book Award in 1992. Bizzell’s scholarship and service to the profession won her the Exemplar Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication in 2008. Among her current interests are global English literatures, translingual approaches to teaching English, and rhetoric and religion. A 1975 Ph.D. in English literature from Rutgers, Bizzell received a Masters in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College in 2013.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Friday, November 6th, 5 PM, McGuire Hall

Kathleen Hall JameisonKathleen Hall Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Walter and Leonore Annenberg Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Jamieson is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Political and Social Science and the International Communication Association. She is the author or co-author of 15 books including: Presidents Creating the Presidency (University of Chicago Press, 2008), Echo Chamber: Rush Limbaugh and the Conservative Media Establishment (Oxford, 2008) and unSpun: Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation (Random House, 2007). Jamieson has won university-wide teaching awards at each of the three universities at which she has taught, and political science or communication awards for four of her books. Her book, co-authored with Kate Kenski and Bruce Hardy, The Obama Victory: How Media, Money, and Messages Shaped the 2008 Election, received the 2010 American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Award) in the area of government and politics.

Susan Stewart
Thursday, November 19th, 5 PM, McManus Theater

Susan StewartSusan Stewart is the Avalon Foundation University Professor in the Humanities: Professor of English. She also serves as Director of Princeton's Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts and is a member of the associated faculty of the Department of Art and Archaeology. A poet and critic, she teaches the history of poetry, poetics, and issues in aesthetics. Her most recent books of criticism are The Poet's Freedom: A Notebook on Making, published last December by the University of Chicago Press; Poetry and the Fate of the Senses, which won the Christian Gauss Award for Literary Criticism in 2003 from Phi Beta Kappa and the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism in 2004; and The Open Studio: Essays on Art and Aesthetics, a collection of her writings on contemporary art. Her most recent books of poetry are Red Rover, Columbarium, which won the 2003 National Book Critics Circle award, and The Forest. Her translation, Love Lessons: Selected Poems of Alda Merini, appeared in 2009 with Princeton University Press and in 2012-2013 she will publish two co-translations with the University of Chicago Press: with her Princeton colleague Sara Teardo, Laudomia Bonanni's novel, The Reprisal; and, with Patrizio Ceccagnoli, the most recent two books of poetry by Milo De Angelis--Theme of Farewell and After-Poems. She also has translated Euripides' Andromache with Wesley Smith and the poetry and selected prose of the Scuola Romana painter Scipione with Brunella Antomarini. Her song cycle, "Songs for Adam," commissioned by the Chicago Symphony with music by the composer James Primosch, had its world premiere with baritone Brian Mulligan and the CSO, Sir Andrew Davis conducting, in October 2009.

A former MacArthur Fellow, Professor Stewart recently served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005 and in the Spring of 2009 she received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Spring 2016

Richard Ford
Thursday, January 28th, 5 PM, McManus Theater

Richard FordRichard Ford is the author of seven novels and three collections of stories. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Independence Day and the PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in short fiction. Richard Ford is the author of the Bascombe novels, which include the Sports Writer and its sequels, Independence Day—the first novel to win the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award—and The Lay of the Land, as well as the short story collections Rock Springs and A Multitude of Sins, which contain many widely anthologized stories. He lives in Boothbay, Maine with his wife, Kristina.

Beth Bachmann
Thursday, February 18th, 5 PM, McManus Theater

Beth BachmannBeth Bachmann’s first book, Temper (2009), won the AWP Donald Hall Poetry prize and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Do Not Rise, was selected for the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, and was recently published by Pitt Poetry Series. Bachmann was born and raised near Philadelphia, where her father, a non-combat veteran, worked as a shoe-shiner and locker-room attendant. She graduated from Loyola University Maryland and then earned graduate degrees at the Johns Hopkins University and Concordia University in Montreal. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including The New Republic, The Nation and The American Poetry Review. She teaches in the MFA program at Vanderbilt University.