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Voices Events 2018-2019

Fall 2018

December 6th, 2018

 8:15 PM, DPC

VOICES Reading: Creative Nonfiction Writer Eddy Harris



     Eddy Harris is the author of six books of literary non-fiction. His books are sometimes classified as memoir, sometimes, as travel writing, sometimes as cultural reportage, and always as books about identity and race in America -- even when he's writing about traveling in Africa or living in Paris.  As USA Today put it "Eddy Harris isn't your everyday tourist.  His travels almost always have a purpose, and that purpose is to write about not only what he sees, but what he feels."

Born an Indiana Hoosier but raised in St. Louis, the city which claims him as a native son, he began his writing career immediately after graduating from Stanford University and three weeks working at IBM.  He lives in France and has just completed a documentary film River to the Heart -- an examination of the myth and reality of place.



Past Events


November 1st, 2018

 8:15 PM, DPC

VOICES Reading: Poet Joseph Ross




     Joseph Ross is the author of three books of poetry: Ache (2017, Gospel of Dust (2013) and Meeting Bone Man (2012). His poems appear in many places including, The Los Angeles Times, Poet Lore, Xavier Review, The Southern Quarterly and Drumvoices Revue. He has received multiple Pushcart Prize nominations and won the 2012 Pratt Library / Little Patuxent Review Poetry Prize. He recently served as the 23rd Poet-in-Residence for the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society in Howard County, Maryland. He teaches English and Creative Writing at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C. and writes regularly at www.JosephRoss.net.


October 4th, 2018

 8:15 PM, DPC

VOICES READING: Creative Nonfiction Writer Angie Chuang



     Angie Chuang is a nonfiction writer and journalism educator based in Denver, Colorado. Her debut memoir, The Four Words for Home (Willow Books 2014), won an Independent Publisher Book Award bronze medal, and was a finalist for the Saroyan, International Rubery, and Hoffer prizes. Her work has appeared in appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Litro, VelaThe Asian American Literary Review, Hyphen, The Washington Post, several editions of The Best Women's Travel Writing, and more. She is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and was at American University in Washington D.C. before that. She has received fellowships and residencies from Yaddo, Hedgebrook, Jentel, The Studios of Key West, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ragdale, and others. She is working on a second book, an enhanced memoir called The Other One: The Book of Choices and Choice-making.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

 8:15 PM, DPC

Knocking on the Door of the White House: Latina and Latino Poetry in Washington, D.C.

        VOICES is proud to present a reading by several D.C. area Latinx poets celebrating the publication of Knocking on the Door of the White House: Latina and Latino Poetry in Washington, D.C. (Zozobra Publishing, 2016). The first Spanish/English anthology of Latinx poetry from the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, this anthology features the work of 24 locally, nationally, and internationally recognized poetic voices that have helped establish D.C.’s powerful and vibrant poetry scene. This reading is sponsored by the Arts Alliance, the Lecture and Fine Arts Committee and Department of International Languages and Cultures.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

 8:15 PM, DPC

Crystal Brandt

        Crystal Brandt is a poet and songwriter living with her family in Southern Maryland. She has released four albums: Fixing to Break (MW Records, 2002), Bessie’s Last Stand (2003), Voter (2007), and Light it Up (2013). She received Henrietta Spiegel Creative Writing Award from the University of Maryland and earned her M.F.A. in Poetry from Brooklyn College.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

 8:15 PM, DPC

Writer's Harvest

        Writers’ Harvest Reading, A Benefit for Child Hunger Relief Featuring student writers from Jennifer Cognard-Black’s “Just Food: Food Writing for Social Justice” seminar All humans have a fundamental right to adequate food. The students of the “Just Food” seminar are considering just that: how food can bring people together, but it can also separate communities, creating food insecurity and hunger among certain populations, especially children. For the Writers’ Harvest, the “Just Food” students will share selections from Ethical Eating essays about their own relationships between food and family, eating and kinship—relationships that both reinforce and undermine food privilege. This reading is a moment of activism. It is meant to raise consciousness about the importance of food justice in the United States and also to raise money on behalf of Share Our Strength, a DC-based organization that has been fighting against child hunger for over thirty years. The suggested donation is $5.00, although any amount is welcome. After the reading, please stay to share a potluck of dishes that come from the students’ own Ethical Eating essays. All are welcome.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

 7:30 PM, DPC

Elizabeth Alexander and Aracelis Girmay

        Elizabeth Alexander is a renowned poet, essayist, playwright, scholar and social justice arts advocate who is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, the Wun Tsun Tam Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University and Director of Creativity and Free Expression at the Ford Foundation. She previously served as the inaugural Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University, where she taught for 15 years and chaired the African American Studies Department. In 2009, she composed and delivered “Praise Song for the Day” for the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Her latest book, The Light of the World, was released to great acclaim.

Aracelis Girmay is the author of the poetry collections Teeth and Kingdom Animalia, and the collage-based picture book changing, changing. Teeth was published by Curbstone Press under the generous and brilliant stewardship of Sandy Taylor. For Teeth, Girmay received the GLCA New Writers Award, and the book was a finalist for the Connecticut Book Award. Kingdom Animalia was the winner of the Isabella Gardner Award (BOA Editions) and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Most recently, Girmay’s poetry and essays have been published inGranta, Black Renaissance Noire, and PEN America, among other places. She has received grants and fellowships from the Jerome, Cave Canem, and Watson foundations, as well as Civitella Ranieri and the NEA..

Thursday, February 15, 2018

 8:15 PM, DPC

Porsha Olayiwola

Porsha Olayiwola is the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and 2015 National Poetry Slam Champion. She bested more than seventy of the highest ranked slam poets in the world to earn these titles and is now one of the most sought after spoken word artists on the national circuit. Black, poet, dyke-god, hip-hop feminist, womanist: Porsha separates herself from the field of issue-based performance poets by applying advanced political analysis to examine injustice while providing perspective on concrete solutions. A native of Chicago, Porsha now resides in Boston where she organizes, writes and teaches.

Student-Selected Reader: Co-sponsored by SGA, BSU and YPDA.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

 8:15 PM, DPC

Alan King

        Alan King is a Caribbean American, whose parents emigrated from Trinidad and Tobago to the U.S. in the 1970s. He’s a husband, father, and communications professional who blogs about art and social issues at alanwking.com. A Cave Canem graduate fellow, he holds a master’s of fine arts degree in creative writing from the Stonecoast Program at the University of Southern Maine. He’s a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and was nominated three times for a Best of the Net selection. He lives with his family in Bowie, Maryland.


Past Events: Fall 2017

Thursday, December 7, 2017

 8:15 PM, DPC











Christopher Merrill

Christopher Merrill has published six collections of poetry, including Watch Fire, for which he received the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets; many edited volumes and translations; and six books of nonfiction, among them, Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars; Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain; The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War; and Self-Portrait with Dogwood. His writings have been translated into nearly 40 languages; his journalism appears widely; his honors include a Chevalier from the French government in the Order of Arts and Letters. As director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, Merrill has conducted cultural diplomacy missions to more than 50 countries. He serves on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, and in April 2012 President Obama appointed him to the National Council on the Humanities.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

 8:15 PM, DPC

Joy Castro

        Winner of an International Latino Book Award and the Nebraska Book Award and a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award, Joy Castro is the author of the memoir The Truth Book (2005), the crime novel Hell or High Water (2012), the essay collection Island of Bones (2012), the crime novel Nearer Home (2013), and the short fiction collection How Winter Began (2015). Her creative and critical work has appeared in Fourth Genre, Seneca Review, North American Review, Salon, Women’s Review of Books, Gulf Coast, Brevity, and the New York Times Magazine. Editor of Family Trouble: Memoirists on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing Family (2013) and of Machete: The Ohio State Series in Literary Nonfiction, she is a professor at the University of Nebraska, where she teaches creative writing, literature, and Latina/o studies.

Thursday, October 26, 2017 

8:15 PM, DPC

Jennifer Chang    

Jennifer Chang is the author of two books of poems, “The History of Anonymity” and “Some Say the Lark,”which will be published by Alice James Books in October. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, The New Yorker, A Public Space, and elsewhere, and as a scholar of poetics, ecocriticism, and modernism, she has published and presented work on the Harlem Renaissance, modernist pastoral, and Emily Dickinson’s global imagination. She teaches at George Washington University and lives in Washington, D.C. with her family.

    Thursday, October 5, 2017

  8:15 PM, DPC

Elena Passarello

Elena Passarello is the author of two essay collections, Let Me Clear My Throat and Animals Strike Curious Poses, which was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and will be reprinted in Germany, Italy, and the UK. Her essays on performance, pop culture, and the natural world recently appeared in Oxford American, Virginia Quarterly Review, Paris Review Daily, and the New York Times, as well as the anthologies After Montaigne, How We Speak to One Another, and Cat is Art Spelled Wrong. She is the recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award and she teaches at Oregon State University.

    Thursday, September 21, 2017

  8:15 PM, DPC


James Arthur

James Arthur was born in Connecticut and grew up in Canada. His first book, Charms Against Lightning, was published in 2012 by Copper Canyon Press; his individual poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The London Review of Books, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, and Ploughshares. He has received the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Hodder Fellowship, a Stegner Fellowship, a Discovery/The Nation Prize, a Joan Nordell Fellowship from Harvard’s Houghton Library, and a Fulbright Scholarship to the Seamus Heaney Centre in Northern Ireland. Arthur lives with his family in Baltimore, where he teaches in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

Charley Henley

Born in Maryland, Charley Henley bounced around as a child, living everywhere from a back-to-the-land community in Eastern Washington to rural Rankin County, Mississippi, disparate locales and people that have fueled the stories of this present volume. He attended the University of Montana, studying philosophy, working in restaurants, and wandering in the woods. He did his graduate work at the University of Alabama and Florida State University. His fiction has appeared in Best New American Voices, The Greensboro Review, and Copper Nickel, among other places. Currently, he lives with his wife and children in the Seattle area. He teaches at the University of Cincinnati. The Deep Code is his debut collection of short stories.

Grateful thanks is offered to the Arts Alliance, the Lecture and Fine Arts Committee and the Department of English for support for all these events.