The Read/Write Series is well-known and highly regarded both within and beyond the URI community, and has gained a reputation for its encouragement of shared creativity and spirited discussion. All of our events are free and open to the public and usually enjoy large and enthusiastic audiences from the larger RI reading public as well as faculty and students from URI and surrounding colleges.
The Read/Write Series has most recently hosted Donald Revell, D.A. Powell, Alfred Corn, David Shields, Amy Hoffman, Chris Forhan, Alessandra Lynch, Fawzia Afzal-Kahn, Renee Gladman, Mairead Byrne, Michael Cirelli, Ada Limon, Jan Clausen, Jane Lazar, Nahid Machlin, Patricia Carlin, Jess Row, Aaron Smith, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Phillis Levin, Mark Bibbins, Kathy Ossip, Patricia Spears Jones, and Matt Sharpe.
In its inaugural year, the Read/Write Series was designed specifically to showcase the range and depth of literary practice, talent, and expertise of per course Instructors in the English Department whose work otherwise might miss attention, as well as to continue the initiative to bring writers from across the country and abroad to read at URI. In ‘05/’06, the series featured the writers Talvikki Ansel, Matthea Harvey, Amity Gaige, Kevin Prufer, Gillian Kiley, Anna Rabinowitz, Miranda Mellis, Christina Pugh, Kate Schatz, Jason Stumpf, Tisa Bryant, Robert Leuci, Timothy Watt, Mary Angel Blount, Sam White, Jessica Gianfrocco, Craig Morgan Teicher, Matt Derby, Kathleen Hughes, and Jody Lisberger.
In years past, the Writers Collective boasted the presence on campus of acclaimed British novelist, Sarah Waters; biographer, memoirist and literary critic, Sharon O’Brien; Russian literary theorist and writer, Mikhail Epstein; Sicilian American writer and critic Edvige Giunta and filmmaker, Kym Ragusa; queer nonfiction, fiction writer, and film theorist, James Morrison; African American fiction and nonfiction writer, Thomas Glave; URI alum Norah Pollard, the poet, and daughter of the famous jockey, “Red” Pollard, and URI alum, Michael C. Keith, author of numerous books on broadcast media-radio, and the memoir, The Next Better Place. In concert with faculty and students in Modern Languages, the Collective also sponsored multi-lingual readings in comparative literatures, and readings in tandem with art produced by faculty in URI’s Art Department.
In academic year 2006/2007, the arrival of poet and Assistant Professor Peter Covino breathed new life into the Read/Write series once again and the series continues under his Directorship with the help of Professor Mary Cappello.
Photos: above right - Poet Kate Shapira asks a question; center right - Stephen Church talks after reading with Professor J. Jennifer Jones; bottom right - An engaged Jody Lisberger, Mary Cappello, Nancy Abeshaus, Linda Langlois, and Peter Covino at a Read/Write Reading
|Photos: above left & right - Backroads of Slocum enroute to the URI Campus; center - Jane Lazarre and Jan Clausen on the rocky shore in Narragansett following their reading|