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Spring Graduate Student Reading

gradstudentss14Wednesday, March 5th, 6pm at Avondale Brewing Company

Enjoy a night of entertainment as UAB creative writing graduate students read selections from their creative works at Avondale Brewery. Sip Vanillaphant Porter, Long Branch Scottish Ale, or other home brews as you listen to fiction, nonfiction, and poetry created by UAB students.

Featured Readers: Jason Walker, Mark Trammell, Sarah Jennings, and Bethany Mitchell

Avondale Brewery is located at 201 41st St. South, Birmingham 35222

UAB BookTalk: Chad Harbach's The Art of Fielding

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Tuesday, March 4th, 6 pm in the Henley Room at Mervyn Sterne Library

Prof. Cassandra Ellis leads a discussion of Chad Harbach's novel The Art of Fielding.

UAB Writers' Series: Upcoming Readings

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Michael Sowder
February 12

Margaret Wrinkle
March 12

UAB Writers' Series: Robert Collins

Wednesday, January 22nd, 6pm at Hulsey Recital Hall 

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Robert Collins was born in New Jersey and educated in Ohio, where he received his A.B. from Xavier University and M.A. and Ph.D. from Ohio State University. While at OSU, he received two Academy of American Poets Prizes. He has published poems in a variety of literary magazines, including Ascent, Cimarron Review, Hiram Poetry Review, Louisville Review, Connecticut Review, College English, Plainsongs, South Coast Poetry Journal, Ohio Journal, Southern Humanities Review, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, and Southern Poetry Review. He has received two Individual Artists Fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts in 1993 and 1998, been nominated for a Pushcart Prize several times, received the Ascent Award for Poetry, selected by Brendan Galvin, and won the Tennessee Chapbook Prize.  

He taught American literature and creative writing at the University of Alabama in Birmingham for thirty years where he founded and edited Birmingham Poetry Review and directed the creative writing program. His chapbooks include The Inventor Poems, Greatest Hits, The Glass Blower, Lives We Have Chosen, and Occasions of Sin. His latest book Naming the Dead was issued by FutureCycle Press in 2012 and was a finalist for the FCP Annual Book Prize.

After the reading, Collins will open the floor to the public for a Q-and-A session and conclude with a book signing.

Photo by: Bill McKinney

2013 Mersmann Award Winners

The 2013 Mersmann Awards and Open Mic Competition were held on Wednesday, December 4.
Best Reading of a Poem by Another Author
1st: Chris Suda
2nd: Emmett Christolear
Best Reading of an Original Poem
1st: Jason Walker
2nd: Sunney Poyner
Prizes were books of poetry by Jim Mersmann and others, provided by Jim Mersmann and Adam Vines. James Braziel, Adam Vines, Jim Mersmann, Tina Braziel, and Lauren Slaughter judged the competition.
Chris Suda and Jason Walker
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Emmett Christolear
Jason Walker
Sunney Poyner
Jim Mersmann reads "Ode to Adam"

(All photos by Bethany Mitchell)

UAB BookTalk: Richard Russo's Straight Man

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
6 p.m., Henley Room, Mervyn Sterne Library


Prof. Miriam Bellis leads a discussion of Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo's novel Straight Man.

UAB Writers' Series: Annual Mersmann Poetry Awards 2013

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

6 p.m., UAB Spencer Honors House


What poem has inspired you?

Honor your favorite poet by giving voice to his or her words OR, better yet, recite your own poetry in this open mic competition.

mersmannThe Mersmann Awards (named in honor of retired faculty member and poet Jim Mersmann) are given annually for the best reading or rendition by a student of a poem written by another author and a best original poem. Traditionally, this event has been an opportunity for students to read aloud from their favorite works and to give voice to words they may often read though seldom hear.

The Mersmann competition, combined with the open-mic portion of the program, offers us a chance to celebrate the true music of the written word. 

There will be plenty of pizza to go around.

We hope to see you there.

For more info join the UAB Writers’ Series group on Facebook.


UAB Creative Writing Graduate Student Reading

Fall Flier-FinalNovember 11th, 6pm at Avondale Brewing Company

Enjoy a night of entertainment as UAB creative writing graduate students read selections from their creative works at Avondale Brewery. Sip Vanillaphant Porter, Long Branch Scottish Ale, or other home brews as you listen to fiction, nonfiction, and poetry created by UAB students.

Featured Readers: Lili Kane, Rain Polk, Chance Turner, and Matthew Whitehurst

Avondale Brewery is located at 201 41st St. South, Birmingham 35222

UAB BookTalk: Willa Cather's A Lost Lady

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013
6 p.m., Henley Room, Mervyn Sterne Library


Prof. Margaret Jay Jessee will lead a discussion of Willa Cather's novel A Lost Lady.