Monday, October 7, 2013

Center for Creative Writing in the Arts: Events Newsletter 10/5/2013

Just passing along this resource created by Shawn Delgado for the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts at UNCG. 


UNCG-Sponsored Literary Events:
UNCG Spoken Word Competition—Wednesday, October 9th, 7:00PM
Stirling Auditorium, Elliott University Center, UNCG
Free and open to the public
This will be the preliminary round of the Spoken Word competition during UNCG’s celebration of Hip-Hop in October. UNCG students will compete for cash prizes and your applause. For more information, visit: http://performingarts.uncg.edu/upas/hip-hop/.

Tom Kealey Fiction Reading—Thursday October 10th, 7:00PM
Faculty Center, UNCG
Free and open to the public
Tom Kealey is the author of The Creative Writing MFA Handbook. His stories have appeared in Best American NonRequired, Glimmer Train, Story Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, the San Francisco Chronicle, and elsewhere. His nonfiction has appeared in Poets and Writers and The Writer. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award. This reading will celebrate the release of Kealey’s Flannery-O’Connor-Award-Winning collection, Thieves I’ve Known.
A former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction, Tom teaches a variety of courses at Stanford, including all levels of Fiction Writing, Creative Nonfiction, The Art of Dialogue, The Graphic Novel, and Fiction Into Film. As Outreach Coordinator for the Creative Writing Program Tom manages The Four Minute Reading Series, the Levinthal Tutorials, and Residence Hall Writing Outreach. As the Writers Studio Coordinator Tom oversees the Adult Education writing courses at Stanford Continuing Studies. Tom has also taught creative writing at Google and 826 Valencia.

“Loving Jane,” A Discussion of Jane Austen’s Work and Impact—Monday, October 21st, 4:00PM
Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, UNCG
Free and open to the public
This event will be a public discussion led by Dr. Hephzibah Roskelly about Jane Austen and why she is so popular 200 years after Pride and Prejudice was first published.

Noon@ the Spoon: POV with Dr. Anjail Rashida Ahmad
—Tuesday, October 22nd, 12:00PM
Free and open to the public
Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNCG
Noon @ the Spoon POV is a 30 minute program that brings scholars and artists from diverse fields to the museum to share their points-of-view on a particular exhibition or work of art.
Dr. Anjail Rashida Ahmad is author of two collections of poetry: the color of memory and necessary kindling which was a finalist in the Binghamton University Milt Kessler book competition. She is also Associate Professor and Director of the Creative Writing Program at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro. Noon @ the Spoon POV will be a special opportunity to hear Dr. Ahmad share several of her poems followed by a question and answer period in the Weatherspoon’s McDowell Gallery, surrounded by the sculptures and prints of artist Willie Cole.
Dr. Ahmad says, “I believe in the power of and the necessity for ordinary, everyday people (who often live extraordinary lives) to tell their stories, speak their truths, value their experiences and share that which makes us whole. This life transforming necessity propels me to share my poems and stories because a people who do not own or value the validity of their own stories, lives and their places in the historical record, will suffer at the hands of those who usurp this power.”
As a poet who experiences blindness, Dr. Ahmad explores the dusky realms of place, belonging and identity along the margins where sight becomes tentative and vision extends into possibilities, as in this excerpt from what some women wear in their bones:

Matt Hart Poetry Reading—Wednesday, October 23rd, 9:00PM
Faculty Center, UNCG
Free and open to the public
Matt Hart is the author of Who's Who Vivid (Slope Editions, 2006) and Wolf Face (H_NGM_N BKS, 2010). A co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety, he lives in Cincinnati where he teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

Kelly Cherry and Jennifer Habel Reading of Literature—Friday, October 25th, 7:00PM
Faculty Center, UNCG
Free and open to the public
Kelly Cherry is a graduate of the UNCG MFA Program in Creative Writing and is the author of twenty books of fiction (long and short), poetry, memoir, essay, and criticism. She has also published eight chapbooks and translations of two classical dramas. Her fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, The Pushcart Prize, and New Stories from the Southand has won three PEN/Syndicated Fiction awards. Her story collection The Society of Friends (which has nothing to do with the Society of Friends) received the Dictionary of Literary Biography Award for Short Fiction for the best collection published in 1999. For my poetry she received the Hanes Prize for a body of work.
Jennifer Habel, another fine graduate of the UNCG MFA Creative Writing Program, is the author of Good Reason, winner of the 2011 Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition, and In the Little House, winner of the 2008 Copperdome Chapbook Prize. Her poems have appeared in The Believer, Blackbird,Gulf Coast, LIT, The Massachusetts Review, The Southeast Review, and elsewhere. Before coming to the University of Cincinnati, she taught at the University of Massachusetts, Colorado College, and American University.

Jill McCorkle Fiction Reading—Tuesday, October 29th, 4:00PM
Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, UNCG
Free and open to the public
Jill McCorkle will be reading from her new novel, Life after Life. Jill McCorkle’s first novel in seventeen years is alive with the daily triumphs and challenges of the residents and staff of Pine Haven Estates, a retirement facility now home to a good many of Fulton, North Carolina’s older citizens. Among them, third-grade teacher Sadie Randolph, who has taught every child in town and believes we are all eight years old in our hearts; Stanley Stone, once Fulton’s most prominent lawyer, now feigning dementia to escape life with his son; Marge Walker, the town’s self-appointed conveyor of social status who keeps a scrapbook of every local murder and heinous crime; and Rachel Silverman, recently widowed, whose decision to leave her Massachusetts home and settle in Fulton is a mystery to everyone but her. C.J., the pierced and tattooed young mother who runs the beauty shop, and Joanna, the hospice volunteer who discovers that her path to a good life lies with helping folks achieve good deaths, are two of the staff on whom the residents depend.

Sarah Lindsay Poetry Reading—Thursday, November 14th, 8:00PM
Faculty Center, UNCG
Free and open to the public
Sarah Lindsay is the author of the chapbooks Bodies of Water and Insomniac’s Lullaby along with her full-length collections Primate Behavior (finalist for the National Book Award), Mount Clutter, and Twigs and Knucklebones which was listed as a notable book of the year in Poetry Magazine. He earned her MFA in Creative Writing from UNCG and has stayed in Greensboro as a copy editor.

Will Read for Food—Thursday, November 21st, 6:30PM
Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNCG
Suggested Donation: $5 Students; $10 General Public
This reading is a charity extravaganza featuring many acclaimed faculty and faculty emeritus from UNCG’s Creative Writing Program as well as friends from the larger Greensboro literary world. More details to come, but rest assured, it’s going to be an event loaded with top-tier writers.

4th Annual MFA Poetry Showcase at Tate St. Coffee—Monday, November 4th, 7:30PM
Tate St. Coffee, 334 Tate St., Greensboro
Free and open to the public
The MFA Writing Program is proud to host its fourth annual reading to feature current students focused on poetry. These fine emerging writers will be sharing selections from their work which will ultimately become a part of their creative graduate theses. Please feel free to come enjoy the poetry stylings of some talented young writers who are on their way to great things.
Community Literary Events:
Friends of the Public Library Fall Book Sale—Friday, October 4th, 10:00AM-6:00PM; Saturday, October 5th, 9:00AM-3:00PM; Sunday, October 6th, 2:00PM-5:00PM
Central Branch Library, 219 N. Church St., Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
You’re invited to buy gently used books at affordable prices at the Friends of the Greensboro Public Library Semi-Annual Used Book Sale. You can find bestsellers in fiction and non-fiction along with a variety of popular children and youth books, cookbooks, coffee table books, art, history, and science books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, and much more. There is a real possibility you can find that "rare" book that you have been looking for or some other treasure.
Proceeds from the sale go to the Friends of the Greensboro Public Library, a diverse nonprofit organization whose purpose is to support the community’s cultural and literary needs. The Friends of the Library helps support the mission of the Greensboro Public Library.
A special pre-sale event/reception for members of the Friends of the Library is from 5:30-8 pm Thursday, October 3. Friends memberships will be available at the door. For more information call336-373-3777.

7 on the 7th Reading and Open Mic
—Monday, October 7th, 7:00PM
Glenwood Coffee and Books, 1310 Glenwood Avenue Greensboro, NC 27403
Free and open to the public
You’re invited to Glenwood Coffee and Books for this monthly reading series that always takes place at 7:00PM on the seventh day of every month. There will be a few featured readers before the reading opens up to an open mic. This event presents a lot of opportunities for the audience to share their work, so whether you’re interested in hearing local authors or sharing your own work, this is a great opportunity.

Author Brown Bag Lunch with Sharyn McCrumb—Tuesday, October 8th, 12:00PM-1:30PM
Central Branch Library, 219 N. Church St., Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
Bring your lunch if you’d like to celebrate the release of New York Times best-selling author Sharyn McCrumb's new novel, King's Mountain. The book shares the true story of the Overmountain Men who fought the Revolutionary War battle at King's Mountain, NC, a battle that included a 'who's who' list of founding fathers from the colonial frontier.
Drinks will be provided. For more information, contact Beth Sheffield or call 336-373-3617.

One City, One Book Discussion—Tuesday, October 8th, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Central Branch Library, 219 N. Church St., Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
You’re invited to join a discussion of Into the Beautiful North­ by Luis Urrea hosted by the Greensboro Meetup Book Club. This One City, One Book novel focuses on themes of immigration, discrimination and hope. For more information, contact Beth Sheffield or call 336-373-3617.

One City, One Book Breakfast Book Discussion—Thursday, October 10th, 7:30AM-8:45AM
Greensboro Historical Museum, 130 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC 27401
$5, cash only
Tim Rice, CEO of Cone Health System, and Allen Johnson, editorial page editor for the News & Record, share their thoughts about Into the Beautiful North, this year's One City, One Book selection.
Due to limited seating, reservations are required. For reservations, e-mail Beth Sheffield.

Film Screening: Sense and Sensibility
—Saturday, October 12th, 2:00PM-4:15PM
Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library, 1420 Price Park Rd., Greensboro, NC
Free and open to the public
Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant star in this captivating romantic comedy. Sense and Sensibility tells of the Dashwood sisters, sensible Elinor, and passionate Marianne, whose chances at marriage seem doomed by their family's sudden loss of fortune. (1995, 136 minutes, rated PG)

Tom Kealey Reading and Book Signing
—Saturday, October 12th, 2:00PM
Barnes&Noble, Friendly Center, 3102 Northline Avenue, Greensboro 27403
Free and open to the public
Author Tom Kealey will read from his recently released collection of stories, Thieves I've Known. Kealey grew up in Greensboro and attended UNCG before getting his MFA in creative writing. He currently teaches in the MFA program at Stanford. Kealey is also reading at UNCG on Thursday, October 10th.

Reading & Discussion with Poet Richard Blanco
—Monday, October 14th, 3:00PM-4:00PM
Bluford Library, NC A&T State University, Benbow Rd. Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
Poet and teacher Richard Blanco immigrated to Miami from Madrid when he was an infant. In 2013, he became the first immigrant, first Latino, first openly gay person, and youngest person to serve as an inaugural poet, after "One Today."
Blanco received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in creative writing from Florida International University. Since then, he has published three collections of poetry, as well as individual poems in a variety of literary journals.
This event is held as part of the One City, One Book program.
For more information, contact Bluford Library at 336-285-4185.

An Evening with Poet Richard Blanco: Reception and Poetry Reading—Monday, October 14th, 6:00PM-8:30PM (Reading at 7:00PM)
Carolina Theatre, 310 South Green Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
This poetry reading, which begins at7 pm, features poet and teacher Richard Blanco, who immigrated to Miami from Madrid when he was an infant. In 2013, he became the first immigrant, first Latino, first openly gay person, and youngest person to serve as an inaugural poet, with this reading of "One Today."
Blanco received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in creative writing from Florida International University. Since then, he has published three collections of poetry, as well as individual poems in a variety of literary journals.
A reception with Blanco begins at 6 pm, before the reading.
This event is held as part of the One City, One Book program.

Greensboro Public Libraries Fiction Book Club
—Tuesday, October 15th, 2:00PM
Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library, 1420 Price Park Rd., Greensboro, NC
Free and open to the public
You’re invited to join a discussion of fiction titles. New members are welcome.

Winston-Salem Writers Open Mic
—Tuesday, October 15th, 7:00PM
Community Arts Café, 411 West Fourth St., Winston-Salem, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
You’re invited to join the Winston-Salem Writers on the third Tuesday of each month for open mic. Writers read 5-minute excerpts from their prose and poetry to a friendly and receptive audience. Unlike a “slam,” there’s no judging. Sign-up begins at 6:30PM.
Sun & Wind—Novels and Madness with Author Jay Nuegeboren—Wednesday, October 16th, 7:00PM-8:30PM
Central Branch Library, 219 N. Church St., Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
Award winning author Jay Neugeboren will read from his most recent novel, The American Sun & Wind Moving Picture Company, a tale set in the silent film era. He will talk about the relationship in his own life, the lives of the characters he creates, and the people he writes about. There will be a question and answer session following the reading. This event is co-sponsored by the Mental Health Association in Greensboro. For more information, call 336-373-1402.

The Painted Veil—A Lit/Flix Event by BookMarks—Wednesday, October 16th, 7:30PM
a/perture cinema, 311 W 4th St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101
$8 in advance $11 at the door
Read the book by Somerset Maugham and come to watch the film. There will be a discussion following the film led by UNCG's Fausto Barrionuevo. Originally from Miami, Florida, Fausto earned his MFA in Creative Writing from UNCG where he currently is a Lecturer. Tickets $8 in advance, $11 at door through a/perture. Books available for purchase from BookMarks.

Greensboro Public Libraries Mystery Book Club
—Thursday, October 17th, 2:00PM
Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library, 1420 Price Park Rd., Greensboro, NC
Free and open to the public
The group will discuss Cover of Snow by Jenny Milchman.

Film Screening: Emma—Thursday, October 17th, 6:45PM-8:45PM
Benjamin Branch Library, 1530 Benjamin Parkway, Greensboro 27408
Free and open to the public
Gwyneth Paltrow shines as Emma, a mischievous young beauty who sets up her single friends. Funny thing is that she is not very good at it. Eventually, Emma herself falls in love, finally freeing everyone from her outrageously misguided attempts at matchmaking. (1996, 121 minutes, rated PG)

Reading and Book Signing by Donna Gillote, Secret of a Medici Mistress—Thursday, October 17th, 7:00PM
Central Branch Library, 219 N. Church St., Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
Mystery author Donna Gillotte will read from her most recently released book, The Secret of a Medici Mistress. This program is co-sponsored by the Reading Connections. For more information, call 336-230-2223.

International Book Club at Glenwood Branch Library—Saturday, October 19th, 1:00PM
Glenwood Branch Library, 1901 W. Florida St., Greensboro, NC 27403
Free and open to the public
This month, the group invites you to join as they discuss the One City, One Book selection, Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea. They will discuss the enthusiastic and brave journey that Nayeli takes with three friends in an effort to find the men of her village, Tres Camarones. Light refreshments will be served.
Film Screening: Bride and Prejudice—Saturday, October 19th, 4:00PM
Glenwood Branch Library, 1901 W. Florida St., Greensboro, NC 27403
Free and open to the public
This Bollywood modern musical retelling of Jane Austen's classic Pride And Prejudice is a hilariously entertaining tale of one girl's unlikely search for love. In a swirl of music, dance and comic misunderstandings, love eventually conquers all in this acclaimed treat from the director of Bend It Like Beckham, Gurinder Chadha. (2004, 112 minutes, rated PG-13)

Monday Night Poetry Featuring Mark Smith-Soto—Monday, October 21st, 7:00PM-8:30PM
Central Branch Library, 219 N. Church St., Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
You’re invited to celebrate rhythm and rhyme every third Monday, sponsored by the Friends of the Greensboro Public Library. On this date, Mark Smith-Soto, a Spanish professor and editor of International Poetry Review at UNCG, reads selections from his work. An open mic session follows. For more information, visit the Triad Poetry Meet Up website. Questions? Contact Beth Sheffield at 336-373-3617.

BookMarks Presents Lemony Snicket
—Tuesday, October 22nd, 6:30PM
$15 General Admission; $25 with a copy of his new book When Did You See Her Last?
Wait Chapel, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
BookMarks and Wake Forest University are thrilled to host Lemony—as he does not appear regularly for book events. He will be on tour for his new book, When Did You See Her Last? - Book Two in his All the Wrong Questions series. Please send questions for Lemony ahead of time to info@bookmarksnc.org.
Tickets may be purchased for general admission ($15) or for general admission and a copy of his new book When Did You See Her Last? ($25) through www.bookmarksnc.org. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Lemony will sign books after the event. All ticket sales are final.
Additional questions: 336-747-1471 / info@bookmarksnc.org
Friends of the Greensboro Public Library: Lunch with Lee Smith—Wednesday, October 23rd, 11:30AM
$18.00 Reserve seats at (336)-856-8707 or email agcox@scrainc.com by October 14th
Starmount Forrest Country Club, 1 Sam Snead Drive, Greensboro, NC 24710
In collaboration with O’Henry’s Women’s Club, the Friends of the Greensboro Public Library are having a lunch and book release with author Lee Smith. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Friends of the Greensboro Public Library, which funds programming for local libraries. Barnes & Noble will be on site for purchase and Lee Smith will be available for autographs after the luncheon.

BookMarks Presents Lee Smith—Thursday, October 24th, 7:00PM
Free and open to the public for main event, $65.00 for Premier Reception at5:30PM
Hanes Auditorium, Robert E. Elberson Fine Arts Center, Winston-Salem, NC
BookMarks and the Salem College Center for Women Writers are thrilled to host Lee Smith, the award-winning author of 16 previous books of fiction. She will be on tour for her newest book, Guests on Earth, a mesmerizing novel about a time and a place where creativity and passion, theory and medicine, fact and fiction are beautifully intertwined by a writer at the height of her craft.
Tickets are not required for this free event with general admission seating. However, tickets can be purchased through www.bookmarksnc.orgfor the Premier Reception, which includes one ticket for the Conversation Event at 7:00 p.m. with reserved premier seating and parking as well as a private reception with Lee Smith beginning at 5:30 p.m. featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres, Raffaldini wines, a hardback copy of Guests on Earth, and a book signing.
Additional questions: 336-747-1471 / info@bookmarksnc.org
Pride and PrejudicePresentation and Book Discussion—Saturday, October 26th, 12:00PM-1:30PM
Central Branch Library, 219 N. Church St., Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
This event features a presentation on Pride and Prejudice by Dr. James Evans from UNC-G. It will be followed by a book discussion of the title.

Film: Pride and Prejudice—Saturday, October 26th, 1:30PM-3:30PM
Central Branch Library, 219 N. Church St., Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
As part of an afternoon with Jane Austen, the library will be screening this is the classic 1940 MGM adaptation starring Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier.

Film: Jane Austen’s Life—Saturday, October 26th, 3:30PM-4:30PM
Central Branch Library, 219 N. Church St., Greensboro, NC 27401
Free and open to the public
As part of an afternoon with Jane Austen, the library will be screening a film which looks at how Jane Austen lived and wrote, as well as her unfortunate early death. A visit to the family's Chawton cottage home gives a nice image of the environment in which Austen found herself.

Free Verse Interactive Poetry Writing Workshop
—Saturday, October 26th, 12:00PM-2:00PM
Hemphill Branch Library, 2301 Vandalia Rd., Greensboro, NC 27407
Free and open to the public
Facilitated by Alfred Harrell of the Triad Poetry Meetup, this workshop has been designed for ages 12 and up to create poems based on prompts in an environment that is conducive to immediate feedback. This event takes place on the fourth Saturday of each month and concludes with an open mic.

Jeffrey Stepakoff Reading and Book Signing: Melody of Secrets—Saturday, November 2nd, 2:00PM
Barnes&Noble, Friendly Center, 3102 Northline Avenue, Greensboro 27403
Free and open to the public
Jeffrey Stepakoff has come to town to read from his new novel Melody of Secrets.

Remains of the Day
—A Lit/Flix Event by BookMarks
—Wednesday, November 20th, 7:30PM
a/perture cinema, 311 W 4th St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101
$8 in advance $11 at the door
Read the book by Kazuo Ishiguro and come to watch the film. There will be a discussion following the film led by Wake Forest's Dr. Ed Wilson. Tickets $8 in advance, $11 at door through a/perture. Books available for purchase from BookMarks.

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