Loyola University Maryland

Writing Department

Events

Fall 2019

Rebecca Makkai: Craft Talk 
Writers at Work Series
Tuesday, October 8, 4:30 pm
Fourth Floor Programming Room
Free & open to the public

Rebbecca Makkai - Photo by Benjamin BuschRebecca Makkai is a novelist and author of The Great Believers, shortlisted for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 2018 National Book Awards and winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal.  She has previously published The Hundred-Year House (winner of the Chicago Writers Association Award), The Borrower, and a short-story collection called Music for Wartime. In addition to the Andrew Carnegie Medal, Makkai is the recipient of the 2017 Pushcart Prize for her short fiction. Her books have been translated into ten languages, and her short fiction has been anthologized in The Pushcart Prize XLI, The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, New Stories from the Midwest, and Best American Fantasy.  Her work has also been featured in publications such as Harper’s and Tin House, and on Public Radio International’s Selected Shorts and This American Life. 
 
Craft Talk: I’m Stuck
A remarkable number of novel drafts never make it past page 50; many short stories don’t make it past page 3. It’s not that your muse has abandoned you, and it’s not that your idea was a non-starter. You’re probably making some common mistakes that dry a story out too quickly, that leave a writer with nowhere to go. Or perhaps you’re simply daunted by the enormity of the distance between Point A and Point Z. Rebecca Makkai can share concrete techniques for getting out of the rut and back on track, as well as what to do next time so you don’t get stuck in the first place

 

Jean Lee Cole and Nguyen Khoi Nguyen: Reading & Q&A
Writers at Work Series
Tuesday, October 29, 6 pm
McManus Theater
Free & open to the public

Jean Lee ColeJean Lee Cole is a Professor of English at Loyola University Maryland. She is the author of How the Other Half Laughs: The Comic Sensibility in American Culture, 1895-1920 (forthcoming, 2020) and The Literary Voices of Winnifred Eaton: Redefining Ethnicity and Authenticity (2002) and the editor or co-editor of several books, including Zora Neale Hurston: Collected Plays (2008) and Freedom’s Witness: The Civil War Correspondence of Henry McNeal Turner (2013). She was awarded Loyola's Nachbahr Award for scholarship in the humanities in 2017.

Nguyen Khoi NguyenNguyen Khoi Nguyen is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator. He is the author of the multimedia graphic novel, The Gulf, which includes original drawings, music and animation. He is the vocalist, pianist, composer and bandleader of the jazz trio: Superior Cling. Nguyen is currently a digital media lecturer at Loyola University Maryland. He teaches video, graphics, multimedia storytelling, and motion graphics courses. He served as the senior video producer/editor at Science Magazine and was a high school teacher at Georgetown Day School, Washington D.C. He has been awarded three American Graphic Design Awards, was a Strathmore Fine Artist in Residence, and a Thomas J. Watson Fellow.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Cyberwar: Coping with the challenges posed by trolls and hackers
Modern Masters Reading Series 
Friday, November 8th, 5 pm
McGuire Hall

Kathleen Hall JamiesonComputers, networks and online control systems are increasingly being used by state actors and others for espionage, sabotage and cyberattacks. In this lecture, Kathleen Hall Jamieson will marshal the 2016 Russian troll posts, the hacked content, and a synthesis of media effects research to show the ways in which the Russians manipulated the US public and press in 2016 and will ask how we can prevent a sequel.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, the Walter and Leonore Director of the university’s Annenberg Public Policy Center, and Program Director of the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands. Jamieson has authored or co-authored 16 books, most recently Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President (Oxford University Press), which won the 2019 R.R. Hawkins Award from the Association of American Publishers. IncludingCyberwar, six of the books that Jamieson has authored or co-authored have received a total of nine political science or communication book awards (Packaging the Presidency, Eloquence in an Electronic Age, Spiral of Cynicism, Presidents Creating the Presidency, and The Obama Victory.) She recently co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Political Communication and The Oxford Handbook of the Science of Science Communication.

Jamieson has won university-wide teaching awards at each of the three universities at which she has taught and has delivered the American Political Science Association’s Ithiel de Sola Poole Lecture, the National Communication Association’s Arnold Lecture, and the NASEM Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education Henry and Bryna David Lecture. Her paper “Implications of the Demise of ‘Fact’ in Political Discourse” received the American Philosophical Society’s 2016 Henry Allen Moe Prize. Jamieson’s work has been funded by the FDA and the MacArthur, Ford, Carnegie, Pew, Robert Wood Johnson, Packard, and Annenberg Foundations. She is the co-founder of FactCheck.org and its subsidiary site, SciCheck, and director of The Sunnylands Constitution Project, which has produced more than 30 award-winning films on the Constitution for high school students. 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, and a past president of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

sponsored by the Center for the Humanities, Messina, Office of Mission Integration & the Writing department

Spring 2020

Karen Fish: Reading
Modern Masters Reading Series 
Wednesday, January 22, 6pm
McManus Theater
free & open to the public

Picture of Karen FishKaren Fish was trained as a visual artist and then did her graduate work in the Writing Seminars at the Johns Hopkins University. She's the author of two books, The Cedar Canoe (University of Georgia) and What is Beyond Us (Harper Collins). Her work has appeared in numerous magazines over the years including The New Yorker, Yale Review, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic and Slate. During the 1990's she taught at Princeton University. Currently, she serves as the chair of the Writing department at Loyola University Maryland.

Jia Tolentino: Craft Talk & Q&A
Writers at Work Series
Wednesday, February 5, 4:30 pm
Fourth Floor Program Room
Free & open to the public

Jia ToletinoJia Tolentino is a staff writer at the New Yorker and the author of the essay collection Trick Mirror. Formerly, she was the deputy editor at Jezebel and a contributing editor at the Hairpin. She grew up in Texas, went to the University of Virginia, and got her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan.

 

 

Danielle Evans: Reading & Q&A
Writers at Work Series
Wednesday, February 26, 6:00 pm
McManus Theater
Free & open to the public

Danielle EvansDanielle Evans is the author of the story collection Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, winner of the PEN American Robert W. Bingham prize, Hurston-Wright Award, and the Paterson Prize, and a National Book Foundation 5 under 35 selection, and the forthcoming collection The Office of Historical Corrections. Her stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies including The Paris Review, A Public Space, American Short Fiction, Callaloo, New Stories From the South, and The Best American Short Stories. She teaches creative writing at Johns Hopkins University.

Ocean Vuong: Reading
Modern Masters Reading Series
April 17 at 6pm
McGuire Hall
Free & open to the public

Ocean VuongOcean Vuong is the author of the debut novel, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, out from Penguin Press (2019) and forthcoming in 19 languages worldwide. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Whiting Award, the Thom Gunn Award, and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. A Ruth Lilly fellow from the Poetry Foundation, his honors include fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, and the Pushcart Prize.

Vuong's writings have been featured in The Atlantic, Harpers, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. Selected by Foreign Policy magazine as a 2016 100 Leading Global Thinker, alongside Hillary Clinton, Ban Ki-Moon and Justin Trudeau, Ocean was also named by BuzzFeed Books as one of “32 Essential Asian American Writers” and has been profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” PBS NewsHour, Teen Vogue, VICE, The Fantastic Man, and The New Yorker.

Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he serves as an Assistant Professor in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at Umass-Amherst.

Greg Jackson: Reading
Modern Masters Reading Series
Monday, April 27th, 6pm
McManus Theater
Free & open to the public

Greg JacksonGreg Jackson grew up in Boston and coastal Maine. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and Granta. He is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Virginia and has been a Fiction Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center and a resident at the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. A winner of the Balch and Henfield prizes, he was a finalist for the 2014 National Magazine Award in Fiction. Prodigals is his first book.

“There are ethics at stake and, more important, crackling and careening Fitzgerald-worthy sentences that gather into Cheeveresque specimens of narrative architecture. Even stories that come apart (deliberately, in the case of 'Metanarrative Breakdown') feel like the work of a writer with several books behind him, instead of none.” ―Boris Kachka, New York

“[A] fervent debut . . . with a language both hallucinatory and philosophical . . . [Prodigals] is a profound allegory of our addiction to success.” ―Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, The New York Times Book Review