Loyola University Maryland

Writing Department

Writers At Work

Writers at Work is a new initiative that supplements the Writing Department’s Modern Masters Reading Series with literary events that encourage student interaction and involvement. The goal is to provide writing students the chance to meet with working writers in interactive settings, to be able to ask questions, to have one-on-one conversations, and take master classes with emerging writers. We believe these kinds of external mentorships are important for all writing students, but at a small university such as Loyola, which emphasizes hands-on, personal teaching, it should be part of the curriculum.
Writers at Work also introduces Loyola students to small press and literary journal publishing and encourages them to consider their writing from the perspectives of writers and editors. In this, the event supports Loyola’s goal of building interest in and enthusiasm for writing, creativity, and the humanities, and also strongly supports the Jesuit tradition of Eloquentia Perfecta and the core values of understanding self within the larger community

Spring 2018

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

Matt MulcahyMatthew 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 SchaubDiana 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 ScottWriters at Work: Rion Amilcar Scott
Tuesday, April 17 at 6 p.m.
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.

Fall 2017

Lisa Zimmerelli and Paul Lukacs
Thursday October 12 at 6 p.m.
McManus Theater

Lisa Zimmerelli

Lisa Zimmerelli is an Associate Professor in Writing and Writing Center Director. She has published essays on Nineteenth-century American rhetoric, feminist historiography, Writing Center tutor education, and Writing Center community engagement. Her co-authored Bedford Guide for Writing Tutors, in its 6th edition, is the most cited tutor training text. Her awards include the Rhetoric Society Quarterly Charles Kneupper Award for best essay, the Loyola University Maryland Faculty Award for Excellence in Engaged Scholarship, and the American Society for the History of Rhetoric Award for Best Dissertation.

Paul Lukacs

Paul Lukacs is chair of the English department at Loyola University Maryland.  He is the author of three books—Inventing Wine: A New History of One of the World’s Most Ancient Pleasures, The Great Wines of America: The Top Forty Vintners, Vineyards, and Vintages, and American Vintage: The Rise of American Wine. His books have been reviewed positively by many publications, including The New Yorker and The Washington Post. The New York Times, columnist Eric Asimov called Inventing Wine “fascinating,” and Yale professor Paul Freedman acclaimed it as “a premier grand cru of wine history.”  Inventing Wine was a finalist for both a James Beard and a Gourmand International award and American Vintage won the three major American wine “book of the year” awards—from the James Beard Foundation, Champagne Veuve Clicquot, and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. He has written about and reviewed wine for The Washington Times and Washingtonian magazine and edited for Saveur magazine. Lukacs is a leading authority on wine’s history and cultural place.

Eduardo C Corral

Eduardo C Corral: Craft Talk with Q&A
Wednesday, Nov 1 at 5 p.m.
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.