Update: All Spring 2020 events have been canceled due to COVID-19.


Literary Series Spring 2020

March 9, 2020 - Poetry Reading with Peter Filkins. Poet, translator, critic, essayist, and biographer Peter Filkins was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He has published four collections of poetry: What She Knew (1998), After Homer (2002), Augustine's Vision (2010), and The View We're Granted (2012), co-winner of the Shiela Motton Best Book Award from the New England Poetry Club. He is also the translator of Ingeborg Bachmann's collected poems, Darkness Spoken (2006); H.G. Adler's novels The Journey (2008), Panorama (2011), and The Wall (2014); and the author of a biography, H.G. Adler: A Life in Many Worlds (2019).

Ena Thompson Reading Room Crookshank Hall #108 at 4:15 pm

March 12, 2020 - Reading by Barbara Browning. Barbara Browning is the author of three novels - The Gift (2017), published by the Emily Books imprint of Coffee House Press, and The Correspondence Artist (2011) and I’m Trying to Reach You (2012), both published by Two Dollar Radio. With Sebastien Regnier, she co-authored Who the Hell is Imre Lodbrog? (Outpost 19, 2018). She has also published an audionovel (Who Is Mr. Waxman?) and two academic books (Samba and Infectious Rhythm). She has a PhD in comparative literature from Yale University and teaches in the Department of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. She’s also a poet, a dancer, and an amateur ukuleleist.

Ena Thompson Reading Room Crookshank Hall #108 at 4:15 pm

March 24, 2020 - Poetry Reading with Sarah Gambito. Sarah Gambito is the author of the poetry collections Loves You (Persea Books),  Delivered (Persea Books) and Matadora (Alice James Books). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, POETRY, Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, The New Republic and other journals. She holds degrees from The University of Virginia and The Literary Arts Program at Brown University. Her honors include the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets and Writers, The Wai Look Award for Outstanding Service to the Arts from the Asian American Arts Alliance and grants and fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts and The MacDowell Colony. She is Associate Professor of English / Director of Creative Writing at Fordham University and co-founder of Kundiman, a non-profit organization serving writers and readers of Asian American literature.

 Ena Thompson Reading Room Crookshank Hall #108 at 4:15 pm

April 2, 2020 - Ovidian Figures: Pop-Up Class at the Hive. Join professors Jessica McCoy and Colleen Rosenfeld for their pop-up class! Ovid’s Metamorphoses begins with the poet’s intention: “To tell of bodies changed / To different forms.” How does one body, one constellation of matter, assume another shape? We will answer this question by analyzing and creating, describing and drawing.

We have limited spots available, so make sure to RSVP on our website to reserve yours.

April 13, 2020 - Andrew Smith.  Andrew Smith is filmmaker, writer, and teacher who hails from Montana. A graduate of Pomona College and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, he’s a professor at the University of California-Davis, in the Department of Cinema and Digital Media.

Working with his twin brother Alex, Andrew writes and directs feature films, and writes for television. The Smiths' features include WALKING OUT (2017), WINTER IN THE BLOOD (2013), winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Montreal First Peoples Festival, and THE SLAUGHTER RULE (2012). 

Andrew has published numerous poems and a few essays. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Courtney, and two daughters, Tilly and Elodie.

Ena Thompson Reading Room Crookshank Hall #108 at 4:15 pm

As An English Major Lunch Series

Dates: February 10, March 2, April 13, and May 1. Please join us for a series of lunch conversation in which we think about how to move from the English major to life and work post-degree.  Possible topics include: internships and job opportunities; literary knowledge outside of the academy; and the political, social, and economic value of literary thinking.

Ena Thompson Reading Room Crookshank Hall #108, 12-1pm

Senior Symposium

May 1, 2020 -  Ena Thompson Reading Room, 9am-12pm     Seniors will present their capstone projects. Breakfast preceding and lunch following.

Alumni Panel Reception

May 1, 2020 -  Ena Thompson Reading Room, 2-4pm

Reception for Graduating Seniors

May 16, 2020 - Ena Thompson Reading Room, 12pm