10/17/2019 – Poetry Reading: Derrick Harriell

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @7:30pm – 10:30pm

Hefter Center 3271 North Lake Drive

Please join us in celebrating 50 years of Creative Writing at UWM with a reading by poet and essayist Derrick Harriell.

Derrick Harriell resides in Oxford MS and teaches in the English and African American Studies programs at the University of Mississippi where he also directs the Master of Fine Arts in creative writing program. His poem collections are Cotton (Aquarius Press- Willow Books 2010), Ropes (Aquarius Press- Willow Books 2013- winner of the 2014 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Book Award), and Stripper in Wonderland (LSU Press 2017). His poems and essays have been published widely.


10/16/2019 – 10 x 5: Celebration and Alumni Reading

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 @7:30 pm

Greene Hall 148

UWM Creative Writing Program’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

Featuring recollections from 50 years of our graduate Creative Writing Program and a showcase of 10 alumni reading for 5 minutes each, mixed with lots of reconnecting, friendship and, of course, cake!


Featuring readings by…

Camille Banks (Richard J. Daley College, Chicago)

Debra Brenegan (Mount Mary University)

Peter Burzynski (Woodland Pattern Book Center)

Christi Clancy

Lindsay Daigle (UWM Honors College)

Chris Fink (Beloit College)

Janet Jennerjohn (Milwaukee Area Technical College)

Stephen McCabe (UW-Oshkosh)

Jozi Tatham (Siddhi Yoga)

Thomas Vollman (Milwaukee Area Technical School)


10/15/2019 – René Steinke: “A Certain Quality of Attention”: Writing, the Environment, and Now

2:00 pm: Craft Talk
Mitchell Hall 361

7:30 pm: Reading
Hefter Center
3271 N. Lake Dr.

Please join us in celebrating 50 years of Creative Writing at UWM with a reading by René Steinke’s most recent novel, Friendswood. The book was named one of National Public Radio’s “Great Reads” of 2014, shortlisted for the St. Francis Literary Prize, and was an Amazon Book of the Month.

Her previous novel, Holy Skirts, an imaginative retelling of the life of the artist and provocateur, Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, was a Finalist for the National Book Award. Her first novel is The Fires. She was a 2016 Guggenheim fellow, and her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, O Magazine, Redbook, Houstonia, Salon, and Bookforum. She lives in Brooklyn and is the Director of the MFA program in Creative Writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Co-Sponsored by the Center for 21st Century Studies


10/11/2019 – Professor Bhaskar Sarkar Lectures on “Cosmoplastics, or, Bollywood’s Global Gesture”

Friday, October 11 2019 @3:30 pm

Curtin Hall 368

“The World in South Asia” lecture series welcomes Professor Bhaskar Sarkar (UC-Santa Barbara) who will deliver the talk entitled “Cosmoplastics, or, Bollywood’s Global Gesture”

Indian cinema, more specifically the Bombay-based Hindi cinema industry, is now widely referred to as Bollywood. What work has this portmanteau term been doing as the industry has “gone global”? Drawing on salient aspects of Bombay cinema’s industrial reorganization and aesthetic modulations, this talk will seek to develop a theory of cosmoplastics as the art of forging worlds from shifting relations and local perspectives. At stake is 1) an understanding of the political domain that is shaped by the sheer plasticity of cinema, and 2) the recognition of “the global” as always locally grounded, always multiple.

This talk is sponsored by the Villas Trust and the Film Studies program.


10/03/2019 – United We Read: Seth Copeland, Maria Ortiz, Amanda Reavey, and Valerie Laken

United We Read: Seth Copeland, Maria Ortiz, Amanda Reavey, and Valerie Laken

Thursday, October 3rd, 7:30-9:30 pm

Riverwest Public House

United We Read is Plan C’s student-faculty reading series that takes place is venues throughout the community. It’s a wonderful opportunity to get to know people’s work and hear about their writing projects!

This edition will take place at Riverwest Public House (815 E Locust St ) and will feature Seth Copeland, Maria Ortiz, Amanda Reavey, and Valerie Laken.