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Last Day on Earth: Stories

Last Days on Earth

From the award-winning author of Music Through the Floor and Model Home, a riveting and profoundly moving story collection by a writer “uncannily in tune with the heartbreak and absurdity of domestic life” (Los Angeles Times). A boy on the edge of adolescence fears his mother might be a robot; a psychotically depressed woman is […]


Coming in to Land: Selected Poems 1975-2015

From England’s former Poet Laureate, a collection of selected poetry spanning his celebrated career, presented for the first time by an American publisher Andrew Motion has said, “I want my writing to be as clear as water. I want readers to see all the way through its surfaces into the swamp.” Though the territory of his […]


David Yezzi Selected for Engaged Faculty and Community Fellows Program

David Yezzi

Writing Seminars chair, David Yezzi, has been awarded an Engaged Faculty Fellowship by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Social Concern. The Fellowship, which includes support for a graduate assistant, a $2,000 stipend, and formal training in the principles and practice of community-based learning, will allow Professor Yezzi to design and implement a 2016-2017 Writing Seminars course titled “Theater […]


The Writing Seminars Welcomes Writer-in-Residence, Dinaw Mengestu

Dinaw Mengestu

The Writing Seminars is happy to announce that Dinaw Mengestu will join the department as a Writer-in-Residence through the President’s Reading Series: Literature of Social Import in spring 2017. His undergraduate class, Readings in Fiction: Hybrid Forms, will focus on essays that have the texture and imagination of a short story. Dinaw Mengestu is an […]


Meantime: A Novel

Meantime: A Novel

“Nicole wasn’t actually my stepsister, but no other word fit any better. My father and her mother had fallen in love on a church committee. Breaking up two families would have caused needless damage, and so the adults decided that all seven of us should move to a new house together….” And so we’re introduced to […]


“T.S. Eliot and Matters of Principle”: A Turnbull Lecture by Christopher Ricks

Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 6:00 p.m., Mudd 26. Christopher Ricks is William M. Warren and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston University, where he has taught since 1986. He was the Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford, 2004-2009. He has edited The Poems of […]


Jean McGarry Named Elliott Coleman Professor in The Writing Seminars

Jean McGarry was appointed to the Elliott Coleman Professor in The Writing Seminars. In 1947 Elliott Coleman founded the Hopkins Writing Seminars, which was only the second such program in the country. Dr. Coleman, who published 18 volumes of poetry and essays, continued to chair the department until his retirement 30 years later. He was a […]


The Writing Seminars Presents: A Turnbull Lecture by Linda Gregerson

Linda Gregerson

Thursday, April 14, 2016, 6:30 p.m., Gilman 50 Linda Gregerson is the author of five poetry collections: The Selvage (2012), Magnetic North (2007), Waterborne (2002), The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep (1996), and Fire in the Conservatory (1982). She is the Caroline Walker Bynum Distinguished University Professor of English Language and Literature at the University […]