Evening Receptions

The main event of the National Day on Writing is an  evening reception that recognizes the winners of student writing contests and features readings from invited authors, followed by a reception and book signing.


Place:  UCEW, GS 215
Time: Monday, October 20th, 6:00-7:30

2014's NDOW reading will welcome three recently-published creative-writing faculty members from the department of English: Andrew Furman, Kate Schmitt, and Mark Scroggins.  




Andrew Furman is the author, most recently, of Bitten: My Unexpected Love Affair with Florida (UFP, 2014). His work has appeared in such publications as Poets & Writers, Oxford American, Ecotone, Agni Online, JewishFiction.Net, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Forward, Image, Tikkun, and the Miami Herald.


Kate Schmitt


A writer and visual artist, Kate Schmitt has an MFA and a PhD from the University of Houston. Her lyric memoir Singing Bones won the 2013 Zone 3 Press Creative Nonfction Book Award. Her work has been published in a number of anthologies, as well as the literary journals The Florida Review, Third Coast, The Texas Review, and New South, among others.



Mark Scroggins

 Mark Scroggins is a poet, biographer, and literary critic. His books of poetry are Red Arcadia (Shearsman, 2012), Torture Garden: Naked City Pastorelles (The Cultural Society, 2011), and Anarchy (Spuyten Duyvil, 2002). He is the author of Louis Zukofsky and the Poetry of Knowledge (U of Alabama P, 1998) and The Poem of a Life: A Biography of Louis Zukofsky (Shoemaker & Hoard, 2007). His graduate degrees in creative writing and literature are from Cornell University. His forthcoming book is titled Intricate Thicket: Some Late Modernist Poetries .





Place: UCEW, GS 215
Time: 6:00 - 7:30

In 2013, the UCEW and Department of English welcomed poet and essayist Julie Marie Wade at our evening reading and reception as well as the student winners of the flash fiction writing contest. 


 Julie Marie Wade


Julie Marie Wade, a Seattle native, is the author of Wishbone: A Memoir In Fractures (2010), winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir, Without: Poems (2010), selected for the New Women's Voices Chapbook Series, Small Fires: Essays (2011), selected for the Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature, and the newly released, Postage Due: Poems & Prose Poems (2013), winner of the Marie Alexander Poetry Series.  She is the newest member of the graduate faculty in creative writing at Florida International University in Miami.



Place: UCEW, GS 215
Time: 6:00-7:30

The 2012 reception recognized the student finalists and winners of this year's Flash Fiction contests and featured a reading by fiction writer and poet, Barbara Hamby.


Barbara Hamby


In 2010, Barbara Hamby’s book of linked stories, Lester Higata’s 20th Century, won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize/John Simmons Award, and she was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in poetry. She is the author of four books of poetry, most recently All-Night Lingo Tango and Babel. She and her husband, David Kirby, co-edited Seriously Funny, an anthology of poems that are both dramatic and comedic. Her poems have been honored in Best American Poetry numerous times, including five poems in 2010. Born in New York and raised in Hawai’i, Hamby now lives in Tallahassee and teaches creative writing at Florida State University, where she is a Distinguished University Scholar.  



Place: UCEW, GS 215
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

In celebration of writing, this event will honor the winners of the 2011 NDOW writing contests and feature a reading by noted Cuban novelist Cristina García. Christina Garcia

Cristina García's first novel, Dreaming in Cuban, was a bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Award. With four subsequent novels, a poetry collection, and three books for young readers, including her most recent novel, Dreams of Significant Girls, García has firmly established herself as a major American writer with an international reputation. She has received accolades from numerous institutions, including the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, and her work has been translated into fourteen languages.   Born in Havana, but raised in New York, before becoming a full time fiction writer, García was a journalist and Miami Bureau Chief for Time Magazine. She is also the founder and artistic director of Las Dos Brujas Writers' Workshops.





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