Loyola University Maryland

Writing Department

2021-2022 Writing Department Events

Sept. 21, 2021 - Kefaya Diab and Nabila Hijazi: Faculty Reading

Diab Hijazi

Loyola University Maryland postdoctoral fellows Kefaya Diab and Nabila Hijazi will present new work and answer questions about the writing process. Dr. Diab is currently working on a book about the Arab Spring and a documentary about the Tunisian revolution; Dr. Hijazi researches translingual writing and Muslim, immigrant, and refugee women’s rhetorics and literacy practices.

Oct. 5, 2021 - Kali Fajardo-Anstine: Fiction Reading


Award-winning fiction writer Kali Fajardo-Anstine will speak about how claiming one’s identities can be an act of resistance. Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s debut story collection, Sabrina & Corina was a finalist for the National Book Award, a finalist for the Story Prize, a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize,and the winner of the American Book Award.

Nov. 1, 2021 - Becoming Bulletproof: Movie Screening

The Writing Department is screening "Becoming Bulletproof", a documentary about a group of individuals with disabilities. The evening is a movie event, complete with popcorn and candy, followed by some conversation. 

Feb. 8, 2022 - Ross Gay: Poetry Reading

Ross Gay

Award-winning writer Ross Gay will give a craft talk and answer questions about the writing process. Gay is the author of four books of poetry as well as his New York Times bestselling essay collection The Book of Delights.

Feb. 24, 2022 - Tom Sleigh: Poetry Reading

Tom Sleigh

Tom Sleigh is the author of several volumes of poetry, including The Chain, Far Side of the Earth, Space Walk, and Station Zed. Space Walk won the 2008 Kingsley Tufts Award and earned Sleigh considerable critical acclaim.

April 7, 2022 - Andrew Ross and Masudul Biswas: Faculty Reading

Andrew Ross and Mas Biswas

Loyola University Maryland professors Masudul Biswas and Andrew Ross will present new work and answer questions about the writing process. Dr. Biswas is an Associate Professor of Communication whose interests include diversity in online news and approaches to diversity in journalism and communication education; Dr. Ross is an Assistant Professor of History whose current research project investigates the campaign to abolish the morals police in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Paris.

April 21, 2022 - Lucas Southworth: Fiction Reading

Lucas Southworth

Lucas Southworth's short stories often incorporate elements of genres such as science fiction, fantasy, fairy tales, and horror, to explore themes such as violence, trauma, voicelessness, and the nature of storytelling.

Jane Satterfield, MFA

Jane Satterfield, MFA

A poet and essayist, Jane Satterfield encourages her students to take risks and be flexible in writing different genres