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.
Modern Masters poster 2013-2014

Through visiting writers who represent diverse backgrounds and a variety of genres, our student-writers learn to see literature as a living art produced by actual people whose anecdotes and asides offer illuminating insights into their vision and approach to craft. From small-group workshops to class visits to open question-and-answer sessions, Loyola’s writing students have the rare opportunity to speak directly to successful authors.

In recent years, the most gratifying responses to our guests—contemporary writers of distinguished achievement—have come from Loyola students: apprentice writers who, in many cases, have never before attended a reading, have never been part of a "great audience," and do not know what to expect from such an event.

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

2013-2014 Schedule
All readings are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, September 11: Stephen Graham Jones
6:00 p.m., 4th Floor Program Room, Andrew White Student Center
Picture of Stephen Graham JonesBorn in West Texas, Stephen Graham Jones is a Blackfeet Native American author of experimental, crime, horror, and science fiction. He has written thirteen books including The Fast Red Road: A Plainsong, The Bird is Gone: A Manifesto, Growing up Dead in Texas, and most recently, Flushboy. Stephen has earned many distinctions and awards, including the Texas Institute of Letters Jesse Jones Award, first prize in the Literal Latte Short Story Contest, an Independent Publishers Award for Multicultural Fiction, and a National Endowment for the Arts Award in Literature. Jones lives in Colorado, where he is Associate Professor of English at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Monday, October 28: Robert Olen Butler
6:00 p.m., 4th Floor Program Room, Andrew White Student Center
Pulitzer Prize winning author Robert Olen Butler has published thirteen novels including Fair Warning, Hell, A Small Hotel, and most recently The Hot Country; six collections of short fiction including Tabloid Dreams, Had a Good Time, Severance, and A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, which won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Butler is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and the Richard and the Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has twice won a National Magazine Award in Fiction was a charter recipient of the Tu Do Chinh Kien Award given by the Vietnam Veterans of America for “outstanding contributions to American culture by a Vietnam veteran.” 

Thursday, November 14: David Yezzi
6:00 p.m., 4th Floor Program Room, Andrew White Student Center
Picture of David YezziDavid Yezzi’s most recent book of poetry is Birds of the Air (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2013). He is also author of The Hidden Model (TriQuarterly, 2003) and Azores (Swallow, 2008), a Slate magazine best book of the year. He is the editor of The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets (2009), foreword by J. D. McClatchy. His libretto for a chamber opera by David Conte, Firebird Motel, received its premiere in San Francisco in 2003 and was released on CD from Arsis in 2007. Yezzi’s poems, literary essays and reviews have appeared in The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The New Republic, The Best American Poetry, The Yale Review, Poetry, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Sun, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Times Literary Supplement, and elsewhere.  A former director of the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y in New York, he is executive editor of The New Criterion

Spring 2014

Thursday, April 3: Dr. Sandra Steingraber
6:30 p.m., McGuire Hall
Environmental writer Sandra Steingraber is a biologist, poet, and investigative reporter whom the Sierra Club hasPicture of Sandra Steingraber called “the new Rachel Carson.” Steingraber, who confronted a bout with cancer between her sophomore and junior years of college, combines memoir with scholarship in several books that illuminate the complexities of living in contemporary industrialized society. Steingraber’s Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment (1997, 2010) investigates the impact on the human body of the carcinogens employed in daily industrial use. The People’s Picture Company released a documentary film version of Living Downstream in 2010. Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood, examines the complicated and startling ecology of pregnancy. Raising Elijah: Protecting Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis, explores the environmental lives of children.

Steingraber, who is Scholar in Residence at Ithaca College, holds a Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of Michigan and an M.S. in English/Creative Writing from Illinois State University. She is a columnist for Orion Magazine and has received numerous awards, including Ms. Magazine’s Woman of the Year and Chatham College’s Rachel Carson Leadership Award.

Thursday, April 10: Paisley Rekdal
6:00 p.m., 4th Floor Program Room, Andrew White Student Center
Paisley Rekdal is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee; the hybrid genre, photo-text memoir Intimate; and four books of poetry: A Crash of Rhinos, Six Girls Without Pants, The Invention of the Kaleidoscope, and Animal Eye, the winner of the 2013 UNT Rilke Prize. Her work has received the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship, a Village Voice Writers on the Verge Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, and a Fulbright Fellowship. Rekdal grew up in Seattle, Washington, the daughter of a Chinese American mother and a Norwegian father. She earned a BA from the University of Washington, an MA from the University of Toronto Centre for Medieval Studies, and an MFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Rekdal is currently Professor of English at the University of Utah.