Loyola University Maryland

Writing Department


Fall 2020

Ramón Espejo-Saavedra – Writer’s At WorkRamon Espejo-Saavedra presents Karsonya (Kaye) Wise Whitehead
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

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Ramón Espejo-Saavedra is Professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Loyola University Maryland. After studying Spanish and Philosophy at Occidental College in Los Angeles, he received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on Spanish fiction of the 19th and 20th centuries, with particular emphasis on the relationship between literature and history. He has published nationally and internationally in journals such as the Bulletin of Spanish Studies¸ Hecho teatral, Decimonónica, Crítica Hispánica, and Hispanic Review, among others. His last book is entitled Autenticidad y artificio en el costumbrismo español (Ediciones de la Torre, 2015). His most recent research, to be published this year, consists of two articles, one on monsters and freak shows in a short story by Leopoldo Alas, “Clarín”, and another on the figure of the war veteran in three short stories from the 1890s.

Karsonya (Kaye) Wise Whitehead - Recently selected as one of the Essence “Woke 100 Women” changing the world; the “Best Radio Host” in Baltimore by the Baltimore Sun; as one of the “Top 100 Women” in Maryland by The Daily Record; one of the “25 Women to Watch” by the Baltimore Sun; and, as the recipient of the 2019 Collegium Visionary Award, Karsonya (Dr. Kaye) Wise Whitehead is an Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies in the Department of Communication at Loyola University Maryland and the host of the award-winning radio show, Today With Dr. Kaye on WEAA 88.9 FM. Dr. Kaye is one of the most sought-after speakers in the country and has given over 500 Keynotes.

Kaye Whitehead

As one of only a handful of daily drive-time afternoon radio shows hosted by a black woman, Today With Dr. Kaye received the 2019 Associated Press Award for Outstanding Talk Show and the second place Award for Outstanding Editorial and Commentary. Dr. Whitehead also writes a bi-monthly column, “Dispatches from Baltimore,” for the Baltimore Afro newspaper based upon her deep ethnographic study within the Black Butterfly neighborhoods of Baltimore City. She is the author of four books including RaceBrave: new and selected works; Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis, which received both the 2015 Darlene Clark Hine Book Award from the Organization of American Historians and the 2014 Letitia Woods Brown Book Award from the Association of Black Women Historians; and, Letters to My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America. She is a K-12 master teacher in African American History; an award-winning curriculum writer and lesson plan developer; an award-winning former Baltimore City middle school teacher; and, a three-time New York Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker.

From 2013-2015, Dr. Whitehead was selected as one of only four experts to participate in the White House's Black History Month Panel co-sponsored by President Obama and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) on topics ranging from the Emancipation Proclamation to the president’s policies on women and girls. In 2014, she was one of the featured speakers at the Youth Mentoring Summit at the U.S. Capital in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. She has received various fellowships and grants to support her work including a 2012 Gilder Lehrman Fellowship in American History, a 2011 Lord Baltimore Fellowship from the Maryland Historical Society, a 2010 NEH Summer Stipend, and a 2007 SREB Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for Maryland (only one doctoral fellowship is awarded per state).

In February 2016, Dr. Whitehead received the Joan B. Kroc’s Institute for International Peace Studies “Distinguished Alumni” Award for her work as a peace activist, scholar, filmmaker, writer, and poet. In 2014, she received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC); was selected as one of the top 25 women professors in Maryland by Online Schools Maryland; and in 2013, she was the recipient of Loyola University Maryland's Faculty Award for Excellence in Engaged Scholarship for her work documenting the stories of women who are temporarily experiencing homelessness. Whitehead has also received the 2006 Gilder Lehrman Preserve America Maryland History Teacher of the Year Award (sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Maryland State Department of Education); was one of fifty alumni to receive the Distinguished Black Alumni Award from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana (2005); and, was a winner of both the Langston Hughes, David Diop, Etheridge Knight Poetry Award (1999, 2000) and the Zora Neale Hurston Creative Writing Award (1998) from the Gwendolyn Brooks Creative Writing Center at the University of Chicago.

Prior to her work in academia, Dr. Whitehead was a documentary filmmaker with MetroTV, a PBS-affiliate and a senior producer for Music Television Networks (MTV). In 2001, she directed and produced Twin Towers: A History, a documentary film that describes the technical problems that were overcome, including the challenge to the ironworkers and it recounts the daredevil stunts that the buildings attracted. The film was nominated for a New York-Emmy in 2002 (Dr. Whitehead’s third nomination). It has since become the second-largest selling film about 9/11 and airs regularly on PBS stations around the country.

She received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program, her M.A. from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana in International Peace Studies, her graduate degree in Advanced Documentary and Narrative Filmmaking from the New York Film Academy, and her B.A. from Lincoln University, PA. Dr. Whitehead can be reached by e-mail kewhitehead@loyola.edu, via twitter @kayewhitehead, or at her website www.kayewisewhitehead.com. She lives in Baltimore with her family.


Camille Dungy:  Modern Masters
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 6:00 PM, Virtual Zoom Webinar

Registration required for Camille Dungy Webinar
https://loyola.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WZJdfuJXQnCTldNTRayqeACamille Dungy

Camille T. Dungy is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Trophic Cascade (Wesleyan UP, 2017), winner of the Colorado Book Award, and the essay collection Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood and History (W.W. Norton, 2017), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Dungy has also edited anthologies including Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry and From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great. A 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, her honors include NEA Fellowships in poetry (2003) and prose (2018), an American Book Award, t

wo NAACP Image Award nominations, and two Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominations. Dungy’s poems have been published in Best American Poetry, The 100 Best African American Poems, the Pushcart Anthology, Best American Travel Writing, and over thirty other anthologies. She is University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University.  https://blueflowerarts.com/artist/camille-dungy/



Fall 2020

Eula Biss:  Modern Masters
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 6:00 PM, Virtual Zoom Webinar
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Eula Biss

Eula Biss is the author of four books: Having and Being Had; On Immunity: An Inoculation, a finalist for the National Book Critic Circle Award for nonfiction; Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays, winner of the National Book Critic Circle Award for criticism, and a collection of poetry, The Balloonists. Her work has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, an NEA Literature Fellowship, and a Jaffe Writers’ Award. She holds a B.A. in nonfiction writing from Hampshire College and a M.F.A. in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa. Her essays have recently appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading and the Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Nonfiction as well as in The Believer, Gulf Coast, Denver Quarterly, Third Coast, and Harper’s. Eula Biss and John Bresland are the Chicago-based band STET Everything.

For more info: https://blueflowerarts.com/artist/eula-biss/

Author Bookshare available for purchase here.

"Dinner and a Conversation" with Professors Ross and Hofling after Eula Biss at 7:00 p.m.
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Allen Brizee, Commitment to Justice Annual Pane:  Disability Justice
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 7:30 PM, Zoom


Phil Klay’s 2020 Humanities Symposium Keynote Lecture (“War, Literature, and the Long Road Home”)

 Monday, September 14, 2020 at 6:00 PM, Virtual Zoom Webinar
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Phil Klay is a product of Jesuit education and a veteran of the US Marine Corps. He served in Iraq during the Surge and subsequently r

eceived his MFA from Hunter College. Redeployment, his 2014 story collection, received the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s James Webb award for fiction dealing with U.S. Marines or Marine Corps life, the National Book Critics’ Circle John Leonard Award for best debut work in any genre, the American Library Association’s W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction, among other awards. His writing appears widely in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and the Brookings Institution’s Brookings Essay series.
"Dinner and a Conversation" with Professors Zimmerelli and Crotty after Phil Klay Lecture
Professor Crotty - Zoom Meeting Room (password Crotty)
Professor Zimmerelli - Zoom https://loyola.zoom.us/my/profzimmerelli


Julia Elliott, Writers At Work on Genre MixingJulia Elliott

Monday, September 28, 2020 at 6:00 PM, Virtual Zoom Webinar

Julia Elliott’s writing has appeared in Tin House, The Georgia Review, Conjunctions, The New York Times, Granta online, and other publications. She has 

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Writer’s Award, and her stories have been anthologized in Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses and The Best American

 Short Stories. Her debut story collection, The Wilds, was chosen by Kirkus, BuzzFeed, Book Riot, and Electric Literature as one of the Best Books of 2014 and was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Her first novel, The New and Improved Romie Futch, arrived in October 2015. She teaches English and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

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"Dinner and Conversation" with Professor Southworth - Zoom Link - https://loyola.zoom.us/my/lsouthworth

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 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


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Christa Constantine

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