The 2018 – 2019 UAB Writers Series

The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Creative Writing department will be hosting the 2018-2019 Writers Series, where writers from across the country come to the Magic City to give readings and participate in Q&A sessions. The series is co-sponsored by the Department of English, the Honors Program, BACHE Visiting Writers, the Alys Stephens Center, UAB’s Student Goverment Association, the Alabama State Council of the Arts, and Friends of the Writing Program.

The 2018-2019 Writers Series includes five noteworthy authors from varying backgrounds. The authors’ names and event details were released before the beginning of the fall semester, and this year’s writers are: Derrick Harriell, Matt W. Miller, Irene Latham, Linda Sue Park, and Jean Guerrero. Previous authors include Michael Sowder, Margaret Wrinkle, Robert Collins, Sheri Joseph, Kathryn Davis, and Joan McBreen.

Matt W. Miller

Poet Derrick Harriell has already had his session at the Writers’ Series on September 26, and the next upcoming author is Matt W. Miller on October 24. Miller will read at the Alys Stephens Center at 3:00 PM. The series will feature Irene Latham on November 14, and early next year, Linda Sue Park on February 28 and Jean Guerrero on March 6. The readings are free and open to the public.

The UAB Department of English sponsors other series and workshops along with the Writers’ Series including UAB Book Talk, Alumni Lecture, Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop, and the Birmingham Institute for Teaching Writing. If you have any questions about any of these events, please contact the UAB English Department.



Gifts of a Wordsmith @ BPL

Earlier this week, on September 4, the Gifts of a Wordsmith Poetry Workshop allowed poets of all skill levels and ages to gather and share their pieces with an option to receive feedback from their peers. This free workshop was held in the Birmingham Public Library from 6:00 until 7:45 PM. The last hour of the workshop was open for feedback and questions that anyone may have. The workshop is led by established writing instructors, and Alina Stefanescu served this year.  She is a prize-winning author best known for her poetry— which makes her more than capable to be leading poetry program.