Visiting Writers Series – September 17

The Visiting Writers Series goes virtual! Mason’s Creative Writing Program, along with the Libraries and Fall for the Book, has announced the lineup for the Fall 2020 Visiting Writers Series, featuring two writers each in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Writers will meet for virtual afternoon workshops with students from Mason’s MFA program in creative writing and will then participate in virtual programs that same evening—open to the public and combining brief readings and conversation with hosts from Mason’s creative writing community. All evening programs will begin at 7 p.m.

The first event of the semester will feature Robin Hemley, in conversation with Professor Tim Denevi. Hemley’s latest book, Borderline Citizen: Dispatches from the Outskirts of Nationhood, focuses on his journey across the world, and the way such a trip impacts the mind of the traveler. Part of the Fall for the Book Festival, the event will take place on Thursday, September 17, at 7 p.m. via Crowdcast.

Future events include:

  • Thursday, September 24: Joan Naviyuk Kane (poetry), in conversation with Mason MFA student Ana Pugatch and BFA alum Eli Vandegrift
  • Thursday, October 8: Marjan Kamali (fiction), in conversation with Professor Courtney Brkic—Part of the Fall for the Book Festival
  • Thursday, October 22: Dan Beachy-Quick (poetry), in conversation with Professor Sally Keith —Part of the Fall for the Book Festival
  • Thursday, November 5: Michele Morano (nonfiction), in conversation with Professor Kyoko Mori
  • Thursday, November 12: Laura Sims (fiction), in conversation with Professor Courtney Brkic

The Libraries at Mason – Spring Issue

Our annual issue of The Libraries at Mason magazine is now available. Special features include our Oral History Program and partnership with the Mason Osher Lifelong Learning Institute; faculty research endeavours; and our inaugural Artist-in-Residence program. We hope you enjoy this issue!

DiSC Research Connections: Noel Johnson

March 12 , 2020: THIS EVENT IS CANCELED

Join us for the next DiSC Research Connections presentation on Tuesday, March 24, 3 – 4 p.m. Noel Johnson, Associate Professor, Department of Economics will present “Using GIS to Uncover the History of Persecution and Toleration in Europe” in 2001 Fenwick Library (Main Reading Room). This event is hosted by Mason Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Center (DiSC).

For most of European history, religious minorities were in a precarious position. Toleration was conditional and could fall apart quite easily. Jewish communities, for example, were more likely to be persecuted when environmental shocks such as the Black Death or bad weather occurred. Dr. Johnson will discuss how tools from GIS have played a vital role in his study of religious minorities in Europe and the gradual emergence of religious freedom.

For more information, please contact Wendy Mann, datahelp@gmu.edu

Visiting Writer Series: Kaveh Akbar, Poet

March 13, 2020: THIS EVENT IS CANCELED

Poet Kaveh Akbar is the author of Calling a Wolf a Wolf. He is also the author of a chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic. Akbar is the recipient of the Levis Reading Prize, Pushcart Prize, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship, and Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. He’s the founding editor of Divedapper, a home for interviews with major voices in contemporary poetry. With Sarah Kay and Claire Schwartz, he writes a weekly column for the Paris Review called “Poetry RX.” Born in Tehran, Iran, he teaches at Purdue University and in the low-residency MFA programs at Randolph College and Warren Wilson. His poems appear in The New YorkerPoetry, PBS NewsHour, The New RepublicBest American PoetryThe New York Times, and elsewhere.

Mason’s Creative Writing Program welcomes Visiting Writers in poetry, fiction and nonfiction to give readings and craft talks during fall and spring semesters. The series is hosted by Mason Libraries. For more information, contact Professor Art Taylor, 703-993-1160, etaylori@gmu.edu