Kicking off the spring literary events March 4 will be author Frederick Reuss who has written novels including “Mohr,” “Horace Afoot” and “Henry of Atlantic City.” Author Barbara Hurd, who teaches creative writing at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Md., and in the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine will be featured on April 1. Rounding out the series will be the Connections literary magazine publication reading, May 6.
CSM’s Neal Dwyer, a literature and languages professor as well as a coordinator of the college’s Connections programs and literary magazine, views the college’s literary series as an opportunity to connect and inspire people who may not realize that they have an interest, or talent, in the arts. This is accomplished not only through the writers who are featured as guest speakers each semester but also through the college’s twice-yearly literary magazine that features the poetry, stories, artwork and photography of Southern Maryland residents.
Since it began in 1990, Connections has featured US Poet Laureate Kay Ryan, National Book Award winners Tim O'Brien and Robert Stone, Pulitzer Prize winning poets Yusef Komunyakaa and Henry Taylor, and Maryland Poet
Laureates Lucille Clifton and Michael Glaser.
Author of five books, Reuss will read from his latest, “A Geography of Secrets,” beginning at 7:30 p.m., March 4, at CSM’s Leonardtown Campus, Building A, Auditorium, as a part of First Friday in Leonardtown. In it, Reuss tells the story of two men, connected only by different secrets. His character Noel Leonard works for the Defense
Intelligence Agency, analyzing satellite images to map targets in the Global War on Terror. When Leonard learns that his error has caused a school in Afghanistan to be atomized, he realizes how heavily secrets weigh on his and his family’s lives. A parallel plot concerns another man, unnamed, who is a mapmaker and comes to suspect that his late father’s foreign-service career also harbors secrets, and he travels to Europe to uncover them.
Library Journal calls “A Geography of Secrets,” “An understated but masterly work for fans of cosmopolitan, contemplative, contemporary prose.” Tickets are $3 in advance and for CSM students with IDs, and $5 at the door for the general public.
Reuss’ works have appeared in various media forms including journals and newspapers. Reuss lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and two daughters.
Hurd, an essay writer, will read excerpts from her latest book, “Walking the Wrack Line: On Tidal Shifts and What Remains,” beginning at 7:30 p.m., April 1, at CSM’s La Plata Campus, Building for Business and Industry, Room BI-113. Tickets are $3 in advance and for CSM students with IDs, and $5 at the door for the general public.
For information, call the box office, 301-934-7828.
Hurd is the author of five books beginning with “Objects in the Mirror” written in 1994 and her latest, “Walking the Wrack Line,” completed in 2008. Author of “Five Terraces” Ann Fisher-Wirth calls “Walking the Wrack Line,” “a series of fascinating, informative nature essays, but more deeply it is a series of meditations on what might be rescued from near-destruction, from silence, from invisibility. It becomes a spiritual autobiography with a great deal to say, though almost always indirectly, about human aging and loss.”
Hurd’s essays have appeared in numerous journals including “Best American Essays,” “The Yale Review,” “The Georgia Review,” “Orion” and “Audubon.” She is the recipient of numerous awards including a 2002 NEA Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction and winner of the Sierra Club’s National Nature Writing Award and Pushcart
Prizes in 2004 and 2007.
Completing the Connections series will be readings by contributors to the spring literary magazine, beginning at 7:30 p.m., May 6, at the La Plata Campus, Business and Industry Building, Room BI-103. The event is free. Deadline to submit poetry, short stories or black-and-white photography for consideration in the magazine is March 17.
For information on Connections, study guides and author links visit www.csmd.edu/connections. Books featured are available at any CSM College Store or online at www.csmd.edu/CollegeStore.
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