Loyola University Maryland

Writing Department


Spring 2018

Nahid Rachlin

Nahid Rachlin: Reading
Tuesday, Feb 13, 6pm
Knott Hall B03
Co-sponsored with department of Modern Languages

Nahid Rachlin went to Columbia University Writing Program on a Doubleday-Columbia Fellowship and then went on to Stanford University on a Stegner Fellowship. She’s written a memoir, PERSIAN GIRLS (Penguin), four novels, JUMPING OVER FIRE (City Lights), FOREIGNER (W.W. Norton), MARRIED TO A STRANGER (E.P.Dutton-Penguin), THE HEART'S DESIRE (City Lights), and a collection of short stories, VEILS (City Lights).  Rachlin has taught at Barnard College, Yale University and currently at the New School University.

Greg HowardGreg Howard: New York Times Reporter
Loyola Works
Feb 26, 6pm
McManus Theater

Greg Howard was named one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30 earlier in 2017. Currently on the Metro desk for The New York Times, Howard was a David Carr Fellow at The New York Times Magazine and covers a variety of topics, including sports, politics, race, and music.

Howard, originally from Bowie, Md., majored in writing and minored in business at Loyola. Global issues piqued his interest as an undergraduate student, and he’s spent his career exploring those issues more deeply. He has published pieces in Deadspin, Village Voice, Dallas Observer.  Mr. Howard graduated from Loyola University in 2010 and received his Master of Arts in journalism from New York University in 2011.

Writers At Work: Matthew Mulcahy and Diana Schaub
Wednesday April 11th, 6-7pm
3rd Floor Reading Room

Matt Mulcahy

Matthew Mulcahy teaches history and is chair of the history department at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore. He is the author of Hurricanes and Society in the British Greater Caribbean, 1624-1783 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006), Hub of Empire: The Southeastern Lowcountry and British Caribbean (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014), and numerous articles exploring the impact of natural disasters in colonial America. He received his B.A. from Macalester College and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Diana Schaub

Diana Schaub is professor of political science at Loyola University Maryland and a past member of the Hoover Institution’s Jill and Boyd Smith Task Force on the Virtues of a Free Society. She has also been a postdoctoral fellow of the Program on Constitutional Government at Harvard University (1994-95) and the Garwood Teaching Fellow at Princeton University (2011-12). From 2004 to 2009 she was a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics. She was the recipient of the Richard M. Weaver Prize for Scholarly Letters in 2001 and is the author of Erotic Liberalism: Women and Revolution in Montesquieu’s “Persian Letters” (Rowman and Littlefield, 1995), along with numerous book chapters and scholarly articles in the fields of political philosophy and American political thought. She is a coeditor (with Amy and Leon Kass) of What So Proudly We Hail: The American Soul in Story, Speech, and Song (ISI Books, 2011). She is a contributing editor of The New Atlantis and a member of the publication committee of National Affairs. Her essays and reviews appear in a variety of publications, among them the Claremont Review of Books, the Weekly Standard, and Law and Liberty. She is currently working on two books: a commentary on Montesquieu's Spirit of the Laws, and an examination of how black leaders from Frederick Douglass to Barack Obama have regarded Abraham Lincoln. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Kenyon College, with an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Rion ScottRion Amilcar Scott: Reading and Discussion
Writers at Work
Tuesday, April 17, 6 pm
Knott Hall B03

Rion Amilcar Scott’s work has been published in journals such as The Kenyon Review, Crab Orchard Review, PANK, The Rumpus, Fiction International, The Washington City Paper, The ToastAkashic Books, Melville House, and Confrontation, among others. A story of his earned a place on the Wigleaf Top 50 (very short) Fictions of 2016 and 2013 lists, and one of his essays was listed as a notable in Best American Essays 2015. He was raised in Silver Spring, Maryland and earned an MFA from George Mason University where he won both the Mary Roberts Rinehart award and a Completion Fellowship. He is a Kimbilio fellow. His short story collection, Insurrections (University Press of Kentucky) was published in August 2016 and was chosen for The Rumpus's Book Club. Presently, he teaches English at Bowie State University.

Richard FordRichard Ford: Reading
Modern Masters
Thursday, April 5,  5pm
McManus Theater

Richard 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. His latest book is a memoir, Between Them, about his parents. He is the 2016 recipient of the Princess of Asturias Award for Literature in Spain. He lives with his wife Kristina in East Boothbay, Maine.

Eliza GriswoldEliza Griswold: Poetry Reading
Modern Masters
Monday, April 23,  4 pm
Knott Hall B01

Eliza Griswold’s book, Wideawake Field was published in 2007 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Her poems have been published in Granta, the New Yorker and the Paris Review.  She won a 2010 Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Most recently, as a Berggruen fellow at Harvard Divinity School, Griswold has been using data to map the Syrian poets, artists, filmmakers who’ve fled the country. Her translations of Afghan women’s folk poetry, I am the Beggar of the World, won the 2015 PEN/Prize in Poetry Translation.

Eliza Griswold

Eliza Griswold: Tracking the World
Modern Masters
Monday, April 23,  6 pm
McGuire West

Eliza Griswold was a fellow at the New America Foundation from 2008 to 2010 and is a former Nieman Fellow. Her journalism has been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, The Nation, Slate and the New York Times Magazine.

Eliza Griswold is the author of The Tenth Parallel (Farrar Straus Giroux), a book that explores the fraught space where Christianity and Islam meet in Africa and Asia.  Griswold’s new book is, Burden of Proof: The Blessing and Curse of Energy in Amity, Pennsylvania, which explores water, poverty, fracking and the resource curse in America, has just been published by Farrar Straus Giroux.  Griswold was a 2014 Ferris Professor at Princeton University and currently teaches at the Arthur L.Carter Journalism Institute of New York University as a Distinguished Writer in Residence.

Corridors Release Party 
Friday, April 27 6pm
3rd Floor Reading Room

Fall 2017

Karen Fish

Karen Fish: Poetry Reading
Monday, Sept 25th, 6pm
McManus Theater

Karen Fish has published two collections of poems, The Cedar Canoe and What Is Beyond Us. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Yale Review, Antioch Review, The American Poetry Review, Poetry, The New Republic and Slate. Currently, she serves as chair of the Writing department.

Marian CrottyMarian Crotty & Martin Camper: Book Release Conversation
Thursday, Oct 5th, 6pm
Knott Hall, B03

Marian Crotty is an assistant professor of writing at Loyola University Maryland. Her first book, What Counts as Love, won the John Simmons Short Fiction Award from The University of Iowa Press. Her short stories and essays have appeared in literary journals such as the Alaska Quarterly Review, the Southern Review, the Gettysburg Review, and The Kenyon Review. She has received grants from the Yaddo Corporation, The Camargo Foundation, and the U.S. Fulbright Commission. 

Martin Kamper
Martin Camper is an assistant professor of writing at Loyola University Maryland. In addition to Arguing over Texts, he has published articles in Rhetoric Review, College Composition and Communication, and Advances in the History of Rhetoric. He is working on his second book, tentatively titled How the Bible’s Meaning Changes: Argument and Controversy in the Christian Church, which has been supported by grants from the International Society for the History of Rhetoric and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  

Becoming Bulletproof: Film Screening
Monday, Oct 23rd, 7pm
4th Floor Program Room

Becoming Bulletproof Film Poster

"Becoming Bulletproof" (working title) is a feature length documentary about a camp for people with and without disabilities that gathers in Los Angeles once a year to make an original narrative film. This year the Zeno gang made a Western film. This documentary is about the making of that Western.  In "Becoming Bulletproof" we explore the close friendships that are made between people living with and without disabilities. People of all ages and abilities, including people with Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Autism, Cognitive Delay, Williams Syndrome and Spina Bifida, come together to take part in the filmmaking process at the Zeno Mountain Farm Film Camp. At the camp, they get the chance to do amazing activities that would otherwise be impossible to do without assistance. They get the opportunity to experience and discover the creative and adventurous sides of their lives.

Eduardo C CorralEduardo Corral: Poetry Reading
Writers At Work
Wednesday, Nov 1, 5pm
Knott Hall B03

Eduardo C. Corral’s book of poetry, Slow Lightening (2012) won the Yale Younger Poets Prize, making him the first Latino to win the prestigious award. Corral’s poetry has won the Discovery/The Nation Award, the J. Howard and Barbara M.J. Wood Prize, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has won a CantoMundo fellowship, an Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship, and was the Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. His poems are known for blending English and Spanish, while exploring the experiences of being a son of Mexican immigrants. He is currently an assistant professor at North Carolina State. 

Khaled Mattawa: Poetry Reading
Modern Masters
Thursday, Nov 16, 6 pm
McManus Theater

Born Khaled Mattawaand raised in Benghazi, Libya, poet Khaled Mattawa relocated to the United States as a teenager in 1979. He received an undergraduate degree in political science and economics from the University of Tennessee; an MA and an MFA from Indiana University, where he also won an award from the Academy of American Poets; and a PhD from Duke University.   Mattawa has published several collections of poetry, including Tocqueville (2010), Amorisco (2008), Zodiac of Echoes (2003), and Ismailia Eclipse (1995). He has translated numerous volumes of contemporary Arabic poetry, including Shepherd of Solitude: Selected Poems of Amjad Nasser (2009) and Miracle Maker: Selected Poems of Fadhil Al-Azzawi (2004), in addition to co-editing the anthologies Dinarzad’s Children: An Anthology of Arab American Fiction (2004) and Post Gibran: Anthology of New Arab American Writing (1999). His own work has been widely anthologized as well.   Mattawa has been awarded several Pushcart Prizes and the PEN Award for Literary Translation, in addition to a translation grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, the Alfred Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and a MacArthur fellowship. He has taught at Indiana University; California State University, Northridge; and the University of Michigan.