Announcing the CWIPs (Creative Writing & Innovative Pedagogies) Conference:

The Creative Writing & Innovative Pedagogies conference will be held on October 16-17, and will feature Keynote speakers Michael Kardos & Catherine Pierce, co-directors of the creative writing program at Mississippi State University. For more information, or to propose a panel or paper, click here.

The deadline for paper proposals is June 1st.

Introducing the Fall 2015 Pleiades Visiting Writers...

  Janice P. Harrington
Wednesday, September 2nd @2pm
Gallery of Art and Design on UCM Campus

Janice N. Harrington

Janice N. Harrington writes poetry and children’s books. She grew up in Alabama and Nebraska, and both those settings, especially rural Alabama, figure largely in her writing. Her first book of poetry, Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone (2007), won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize from BOA Editions and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Her second book of poetry, The Hands of Strangers: Poems from the Nursing Home, came out in 2011. She is also the winner of a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for Poetry and a 2009 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award for emerging women writers. Her children’s books, The Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County (2007) and Going North (2004), both from Farrar, Straus and Giroux, have won many awards and citations, including a listing among TIME Magazine’s top 10 children’s books of 2007 and the Ezra Jack Keats Award from the New York Public Library in 2005. Harrington’s poetry appears regularly in American literary magazines. She has worked as a public librarian and as a professional storyteller, telling stories at festivals around the country, including the National Storytelling Festival. She now teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Illinois.

  Michael Kardos & Catherine Pierce
Friday, October 16th @ 4pm
Gallery of Art and Design on UCM Campus

Michael Kardos

Michael Kardos is the author of the novels Before He Finds Her (2015) and The Three-Day Affair, an Esquire best book of 2012, as well as the story collection One Last Good Time, which won the Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters Award for fiction, and the textbook The Art and Craft of Fiction: A Writer’s Guide. His short stories have appeared in The Southern ReviewCrazyhorse,  Harvard Review, and many other magazines and anthologies, have won a 2015 Pushcart Prize, and were cited several times as notable stories in Best American Short Stories. Michael grew up on the Jersey Shore, received a degree in music from Princeton University, and played the drums professionally for a number of years. He has an M.F.A. in fiction from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. He lives in Starkville, Mississippi, where he is an associate professor of English and co-director of the creative writing program at Mississippi State University. He was named by Library Journal as a Big Breakout Author for February 2015.

Catherine Pierce

Catherine Pierce is the author of three books of poetry: The Tornado is the World (forthcoming, Saturnalia 2016), The Girls of Peculiar (Saturnalia 2012), winner of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Prize, and Famous Last Words (Saturnalia 2008), winner of the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. Her chapbook Animals of Habit (Kent State University Press) was published in 2004. Her poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry, Best New Poets, Slate, Boston Review, Ploughshares, Pleiades, FIELD, Ninth Letter, Crab Orchard Review, Indiana Review, Gulf Coast, Barrow Street, Mid-American Review, and elsewhere. Catherine grew up in Delaware, then earned her B.A. from Susquehanna University, her M.F.A. from the Ohio State University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. She now lives in Starkville, Mississippi, where she is an associate professor and co-director of the creative writing program at Mississippi State University.


  Elizabeth Svoboda
Wednesday, November 12th @11am
Charno Room in the Student Union on UCM Campus

Elizabeth Svoboda

Elizabeth Svoboda writes about the science behind what motivates people in a variety of situations. Svoboda has contributed to publications like Discover, Popular Science, Psychology Today, and the New York Times, and my first book, What Makes a Hero? The Surprising Science of Selflessness, was released in 2013. The subjects she has covered include creationist biology classes in Galapagos schools, suffering-inspired selflessness, and the relationship between helping and life satisfaction. 

What Makes a Hero?