Department Events

English & Communications Department Sponsored Events

A glance at the English & Communications sponsored events for this academic year

WIP Lecture Series

Works_in_Progress Spring 2023 Colloquium

Hosted by The Mind's Eye Directed by Dr. Victoria Papa

The Mind's Eye Works-in-Progress Colloquium presents the current academic research and creative projects of faculty across the MCLA campus.

Rage Hezekiah

Poetry Reading by Rage Hezekiah

Senior Flex Reading

A literary reading featuring our Senior Writing Contest judge and the two winners!

Paradise Lost

Readings from Paradise Lost

Hosted by Dr. J. Antonio Templanza

Know no Milton? Know no Problems!

Originally just a four-part series, this event was so well attended it expanded into a weekly event!

Jeffrey Yang

MCLA's Visiting Writers Series

An Evening with Jeffrey Yang - Poetry Reading + Q&A

Jeffrey Yang is the author of the poetry collections Line and Light (2022), Hey, Marfa (2018), Vanishing-Line (2011), and An Aquarium (2008), winner of the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award. He is the translator of Ahmatjan Osman’s Uyghurland, the Farthest Exile (with the author), Liu Xiaobo’s June Fourth Elegies, Su Shi’s East Slope, and Bei Dao’s autobiography City Gate, Open Up. Yang works as an editor at New Directions Publishing and New York Review of Books. He lives in Beacon, New York.

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Spires Event (MCLA's Student-Run Literary Journal)

Join us for an evening of readings by Spires' Fall 2022 Contest winners + Open Mic for all student writers interested in sharing their work.


Senior Flex Event

Come out and hear the daring work of Seniors in the Writing Concentration/Creative Writing Minor.  Come celebrate and be inspired!

Highlights of previous events

Sam Ace

Sam Ace

Visiting Writer Series

Samuel Ace is a trans and genderqueer poet and sound artist. He is a National Poetry Series finalist and the recipient of the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund Award in Poetry and the Firecracker Alternative Book Award, as well as a Lambda Literary Award.

Bob Davis

Bob Howard

Hardman Journalist in Residence

Bob Davis is a senior editor at the Wall Street Journal who covers economic issues out of Washington D.C.,and focuses on the trade and economic struggle between the United
States and China. He is co-author of a book about the fight, “Superpower Showdown,” which the New York Times lauded for its keen reporting.

Joanna Howard

Joanna Howard

Visiting Writer Series

Joanna Howard is Assistant Professor of Literary Arts specializing in prose writing and poetry hybrids, with a background in narrative theory and contemporary literature. 

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Grace Gilbert

MCLA & Mass MoCA Under 27 Writer-in-Residence

grace (ge) gilbert is an essayist, poet, and artist currently based in Pittsburgh, PA. they are the author of two chapbooks-- NOTIFICATIONS IN THE DARK (Antenna Books 2022) and the closeted diaries (Porkbelly Press 2022). grace has received support from Bread Loaf as well as Pittsburgh's City of Asylum. they are currently working on a hybrid poetry/nonfiction book, "holly," about their grandmother who was murdered in 1976. find their work in the Adroit Journal, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, ANMLY, and elsewhere, or check out their website at

Mary-Kim Arnold

Mary-Kim Arnold

Visiting Writer Series

Mary-Kim Arnold is a writer, artist, and teacher. She is the author of The Fish & The Dove (Noemi Press) and Litany for the Long Moment (Essay Press). Other writings have appeared in Hyperallergic, Conjunctions, The Denver Quarterly, The Georgia Review, and elsewhere. Mary-Kim teaches in the Nonfiction Writing Program at Brown University. She serves as Senior Editor for Collaborative & Cross-Disciplinary Texts at Tupelo Quarterly. Adopted from Korea and raised in New York, Mary-Kim lives in Rhode Island with her husband and children.