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Sophie Kerr Lecture Series

2016-17 EVENTS

September 7th, 2016

September 18th, 2016

September 29th, 2016

October 6th, 2016

October 18th, 2016

October 21st, 2016

October 27th, 2016

November 15th, 2016

November 21st, 2016

November 22nd, 2016

November 29th, 2016

  • 7:00pm: First-Year Reading

    Come hear Washington College first-year writers read from their original work!

January 31st, 2017

  • 4:30pm: So You Want to Submit a Sophie Kerr Portfolio? An Informational Session
    Led by Professor James Allen Hall, this brief informational session is designed for graduating seniors who are preparing to submit Sophie Kerr Prize portfolios in spring 2017. The session will cover the guidelines for submitting a portfolio and offer helpful advice about constructing a portfolio that highlights each writer’s strengths.

February 8th, 2017

  • 9:00am: AWP Conference & Bookfair
    Visit the Rose O’Neill Literary House in the Bookfair at the 2017 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference in Washington, DC. Our students are excited to be there! At the Bookfair, we will be debuting our 2017 AWP Commemorative Broadside (a collaborative project with the literary organization Split this Rock) and the third issue of Cherry Tree: A National Literary Journal @ Washington College. Visit awpwriter.org to register.
    until 11:59pm on February 11, 2017

February 9th, 2017

  • All Day: AWP Conference & Bookfair
    Visit the Rose O’Neill Literary House in the Bookfair at the 2017 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference in Washington, DC. Our students are excited to be there! At the Bookfair, we will be debuting our 2017 AWP Commemorative Broadside (a collaborative project with the literary organization Split this Rock) and the third issue of Cherry Tree: A National Literary Journal @ Washington College. Visit awpwriter.org to register.
    until 11:59pm on February 11, 2017

February 10th, 2017

  • All Day: AWP Conference & Bookfair
    Visit the Rose O’Neill Literary House in the Bookfair at the 2017 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference in Washington, DC. Our students are excited to be there! At the Bookfair, we will be debuting our 2017 AWP Commemorative Broadside (a collaborative project with the literary organization Split this Rock) and the third issue of Cherry Tree: A National Literary Journal @ Washington College. Visit awpwriter.org to register.
    until 11:59pm on February 11, 2017

February 11th, 2017

  • 12:00am: AWP Conference & Bookfair
    Visit the Rose O’Neill Literary House in the Bookfair at the 2017 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference in Washington, DC. Our students are excited to be there! At the Bookfair, we will be debuting our 2017 AWP Commemorative Broadside (a collaborative project with the literary organization Split this Rock) and the third issue of Cherry Tree: A National Literary Journal @ Washington College. Visit awpwriter.org to register.
    until 11:59pm

February 21st, 2017

February 28th, 2017

March 30th, 2017

April 4th, 2017

April 6th, 2017

April 20th, 2017

  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm: Senior Reading
    Graduating Seniors read from their writing.

2014-15 EVENTS

September 10th, 2014

September 16th, 2014

November 19th, 2014

February 26th, 2015

March 18th, 2015

March 26th, 2015

2013-14 EVENTS

May 28th, 2013

  • 4:30pm - 7:30pm: The First Summer Poetry Salon of 2013
    The first of our three Summer Poetry Salons, featuring readings by poets Michelle Chan Brown, Ryan Teitman, and a performance by Chester River Runoff. Good conversation, literature, music, and wine!

June 25th, 2013

July 23rd, 2013

  • 4:30pm - 6:00pm: The Third Summer Poetry Salon of 2013
    This Literary House Summer Poetry Salon features poets Sarah Arvio and Elana Bell, as well as a classical violin and viola duet performance.

September 17th, 2013

September 19th, 2013

September 22nd, 2013

September 30th, 2013

October 8th, 2013

October 15th, 2013

  • 5:00pm: Nature Wars
    Author Jim Sterba seeks to describe the backyard tension emerging between humans and wild animals in his recent book Nature Wars. Sterba discusses the disassociation from the natural world that became prevalent the baby boomer generation and continues in subsequent generations and the effects that it has on how we interact with the animals in our own back yards. There will be a book signing and a reception following the lecture in the Literary House. This lecture is sponsored by the Center for Environment & Society.

October 22nd, 2013

November 5th, 2013

November 12th, 2013

February 4th, 2014

February 18th, 2014

April 25th, 2014

2012-13 EVENTS

October 9th, 2012

  • 4:30pm: Jewish Voices: An Evening of Fiction
    Dylan Landis is the author of Normal People Don’t Live Like This, a debut novel-in-stories that made Newsday’s Ten Best Books of 2009.

October 18th, 2012

  • 4:00pm: Tim O’Brien: A Fiction Reading
    Tim O’Brien received the National Book Award in Fiction in 1979 for his novel Going After Cacciato.  In 2005, The Things They Carried  was named by The New York Times as one of the twenty best books of the last quarter century.

November 1st, 2012

  • 4:00pm: Ron Hansen: A Fiction Reading
    His novel The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and was made into a movie starring Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck.

November 13th, 2012

  • 4:30pm: Jewish Voices: An Evening of Words & Music
    Weaving together story, song, and images in a seamless performance, writer Anna Solomon and musician Clare Burson present a song cycle inspired by Solomon’s debut novel, THE LITTLE BRIDE. A unique collaboration exploring memory, loss, love, immigration, and the creative process itself.

November 19th, 2012

  • 4:30pm: Sophie Kerr Lecture Series: “Spiritual Committee-Work: The Yeatses and a Vision” by Meg Harper
    Margaret Mills Harper is Glucksman Professor of Contemporary Writing in English at the University of Limerick. She specializes in Irish literature, literary modernisms, and poetry of the long twentieth century. Works include Wisdom of Two (Oxford 2006), on the occult collaboration between W. B. Yeats and his wife Georgina Hyde-Lees, and The Aristocracy of Art (LSU Press 1990), an examination of the autobiographical fictions of James Joyce and Thomas Wolfe. She is the co-editor of two volumes in the four-volume series Yeats’s “Vision” Papers (Macmillan 1992 and 2001). With Catherine Paul of Clemson University, she has edited A Vision (1925) as Volume 13 of The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats (Scribner 2008) and is now preparing the 1937 version of A Visionfor the same series.

December 4th, 2012

February 19th, 2013

March 26th, 2013

April 2nd, 2013

April 18th, 2013

  • 5:00pm: Writing in Wartime with Anthony Swofford
    Author of the critically acclaimed and best selling memoir, Jarhead, A Marine’s Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles, Anthony Swofford served as a lance corporal in a U.S. Marine Corps Surveillance and Target Acquisition/ Scout-Sniper platoon during the 1991 Gulf War.