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Celebrating Creativity: Free Events this Spring

February 25, 2019

You don’t have to be an English major to get involved with art and literature on campus. Whether you like novels, poetry, research, podcasts, or art, the Department of English has something for you. Here are four free events happening on campus this semester.

First Books: Maureen Aitken, Caitlin Bailey, Donte Collins Plus Reading of Michelle McNamara

Weisman Art Museum, 14 March 2019, 7:00 PM

Debut authors Maureen Aitken, Caitlin Bailey, and Donte Collins will read excerpts from their newly published books. Nilsen Prize Winner Maureen Aitken’s will discuss The Patron Saint of Lost Girls, published by Southeast Missouri State University Press. Caitlin Bailey’s Solve for Desire, published by Milkweed Editions, was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award and a winner of the 2017 Lindquist & Vennum Prize. 2018 McKnight Artist Fellow Donte Collins’ Autopsy, published by Button Poetry, was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award. For more information, view the event listing.

How to Survive the End of the World Live Podcast

Memorial Union Theater, 28 March 2019, 6:30 PM

If podcasts are more your thing, you’re sure to love this event sponsored by the Department of English. This is a live edition of the podcast by the Brown Sisters, who are both passionate about activism and nonprofit work. In this series, they confront the question of survival as a community. While the event is free, attendees must reserve tickets.

Jorie Graham: An Evening of Poetry

Memorial Union Theater, 04 April 2019, 7:30 PM 

The Esther Freier Lectures in Literature are always a blast. This spring, the award-winning Jorie Graham is coming to campus to present. She has won the Pulitzer, the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress, the Forward Prize, and she is the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

The Tower 2019 Launch Party

Weisman Art Museum, 24 April 2019, 6:30 PM

The Tower is the University of Minnesota’s art and literary magazine, an annual publication run by UMN undergrads in the English department. Volume 13 will be released this spring, and you’re invited to celebrate at this event. Every piece published is created by an undergraduate at the University, and the writers and artists are from a wide variety of majors. If you would like to be considered for publication, The Tower will begin accepting submissions again in fall 2019. Learn more about the event.