News & Announcements Archive


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 […]


“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 […]


Helena Chung, Writing Seminars Junior, Awarded Fellowship to Seminar for Younger Poets at Bucknell University’s Stadler Center for Poetry

Each year, the Seminar for Younger Poets awards ten fellowships (tuition, room & board) to undergraduate poets from around the country to participate in a 3-week program of workshops, readings, and writing time. Alumni have gone on to win National Book Awards, Lannan Foundation Fellowships, and Ruth Lilly Fellowships; to publish with such presses as Copper […]


John Barth Loves Us: A Valentine to Fiction

Sunday, February 14 at 2 PM – 4 PM, George Peabody Library Join the Sheridan Libraries for a celebration of fiction, in conjunction with the exhibition “Lost & Found in the Funhouse: The John Barth Collection.” Readings by Rafael Alvarez, Madison Smartt Bell, Matt Porterfield, Rosalia Scalia, and Jason Tinney, followed by a roundtable discussion. […]


Writing Seminars Graduate and Faculty Member Receive 2015 Rubys Artist Grants

Writing Seminars graduate Courtney Sender (MFA 2012) and faculty member James Arthur are among the nine Baltimore-area artists selected to receive 2015 Rubys Artist Project Grants in the amount of up to $10,000. Established in 2013 by the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance with the aid of the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, Rubys Artist Grants of […]


Joanne Cavanaugh Simpson Receives Arts Innovation Grant, Launches Francis Bacon Fellowship Program for Undergraduate Science Essayists

Writing Seminars Lecturer Joanne Cavanaugh Simpson (MA Writing Seminars 1997) has received a 2015 Arts Innovation Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Cavanaugh Simpson will use the grant to support a seminar series, “Scientist Essayists: The Next Generation,” in which a cohort of undergraduate science majors will learn the techniques of the essay form. The four-part seminar […]