Writers on the Shore
For more than thirty years the Writers on the Shore series
has showcased emerging and established writers on the Delmarva
Peninsula and has provided a venue for spirited and entertaining
celebrations of fiction and poetry with an occasional scholarly
lecture tailored to a general audience. We have been honored
over the years to have presented such writers as Raymond Carver,
Robert Bly, Mary Oliver, David Bradley, Robert Stone, Lee K.
Abbott, John T. Irwin, Milton R. Stern, Richard Ford, Hershel
Parker, Grace Paley, Tama Janowitz, Elizabeth Spires, Madison
Smartt Bell, Nyla Ali Khan, Carol Frost, James Welch, Jeffrey
Skinner, Sarah Gorham, Richard Peabody, Carlos Fuentes, and John
Barth, among many others.
Spring 2013 Events
Wednesday, February 27, Commons, Worcester Room, 7 p.m.
Award-winning poet and author Patricia Smith
inaugurates this semester’s Writers-on-the-Shore
series Wednesday, February 27. She reads from
her works at 7 p.m. in the Worcester Room of the
Commons. With four National Poetry Slam
individual championships, Smith has shared the
stage with Pulitzer Prize winners and U.S. poet
laureates, including Gwendolyn Brooks, Allen
Ginsberg and Adrienne Rich, as well as former
U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright and
entertainers Marilyn Manson and Viggo Mortenson.
Her collection Blood Dazzler, chronicling
the human, emotional and physical toll exacted
by Hurricane Katrina, was a National Book Award
finalist and one of National Public Radio’s “Top
Books of 2008.” Her most recent collection,
Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, also was a
National Book Award finalist. Smith’s work is
featured in the 2011 edition of Best American
Poetry and Best American Essays. She
also edited and contributed to the crime fiction
anthology Staten Island Noir. The
two-time Pushcart Prize winner has earned a
coveted MacDowell Fellowship and was featured on
the cover of the 100th anniversary issue of
Poetry magazine. Sponsored by the English
Department and SU’s Writers-on-the-Shore series,
admission to her reading is free and the public
Tuesday, March 12, Commons, Montgomery Room, 7 p.m.
practicing poet, Sterle has earned several
honors, including a Loft- McKnight Foundation
Award, a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study
Grant, and 10 Pushcart Prize nominations. Her
poetry collections include The White Bridge,
Every Bird Is One Bird and Nude in
Winter, a collection of ekphrastic poems
that was a finalist for the L.A. Times
Book of the Year Award.
An Evening With Meena
Thursday, April 25, Commons, Worcester Room, 8 p.m.
by Robin Holland
||One of the greatest living poets in World
Literature, Meena Alexander is Distinguished
Professor of English at Hunter College and the
Graduate Centre, City University of New York.
Author of Quickly Changing River, she
has published numerous collections of poetry,
literary memoirs, essays, and works of fiction
and literary criticism.
All events are free and open to the public.
For more information, please contact John Wenke, Department of
English, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD 21801.