Contemporary Writers Series at Aquinas College
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    Contemporary Writers Series

About the Contemporary Writers Series

Maria Mazziotti Gillan, September 27, 2017
Leslie Pietrzyk, November 9, 2017
Deborah Blum, February 7, 2018
Levi Romero, April 11, 2018

Note: Unless otherwise noted, all readings are at 7:30 p.m. in the Wege Ballroom on the Aquinas College campus.

headshot of a woman Maria Mazziotti Gillan - Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the author of 22 books, including What Blooms in Winter, The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets, Ancestors' Song, The Silence in an Empty House, Writing Poetry to Save Your Life: How to Find the Courage to Tell Your Stories, and The Place I Call Home. She is professor of English and Binghamton University - SUNY.


headshot of a woman Leslie Pietrzyk - Thursday, November 9, 2017

Leslie Pietrzyk is the author of the novels, Pears on a Willow Tree and A Year and a Day, and the story collection, This Angel on My Chest. Pietrzyk is a member of the core fiction faculty at the Converse low-residency MFA program and teaches in the MA Program in Writing at Johns Hopkins University.


headshot of a woman Deborah Blum - Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Deborah Blum is a professor of science journalism at the University of Wisconsin. She won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for her writing about primate research. She is the author of Ghost Hunters, co-editor of A Field Guide for Science Writers, and has written about scientific research for the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Psychology Today, and Mother Jones. This event is co-sponsored by the JHI Women's Studies program

Levi Romero - Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Levi Romero is the author of the poetry collections, A Poetry of Remembrance: New and Rejected Works and In the Gathering of Silence; co-author (with Spencer Herrera and Robert Kaiser) of Sagrado: A Photopoetics Across the Chicano Homeland; and co-director of the films del agua and Going Home Homeless. In 2012, Romero was awarded the post of New Mexico Centennial Poet. He is Assistant Professor in the Chicana and Chicano Studies department at the University of New Mexico.