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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.

Fall 2013 Events
Celebrating our Own: Three Extraordinary Writers From Our Faculty

By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them:
Shake-speare & Shakespeare as Competing Voices in Sonnets 103 & 73
With Bill Zak

Wednesday, September 18, Commons, Worcester Room, 8 p.m.

zakZak, SU Professor Emeritus of English,reads from and discuses his recently published book A Mirror for Lovers: Shake-speare’s Sonnets as Curious Perspective, which seeks to identify in Shakespeare’s sonnet sequence the structural and thematic features of the satirical tradition born in Plato’s Symposium. Ewan Fernie, professor and chair of Shakespeare studies, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, describes Zak’s book as offering a “powerful new vision of Shakespeare’s most important as well as most fiendishly difficult poems. It will renew the Sonnets for their present readers in the most moving and surprising ways.”


John A. Nieves Reading
Wednesday, October 16, Commons, Montgomery Room, 8 p.m.
nievesNieves, SU assistant professor of English beginning this fall, reads from new and published poems. He has poems forthcoming or recently published in such journals such as Beloit Poetry Journal, Southern Review, Crazyhorse, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Ninth Letter and Cincinnati Review. He won the 2011 Indiana Review Poetry Prize and is a 2013 Pushcart nominee. His first book, Curio, won the Elixir Press Annual Poetry Award Judge’s Prize and is due out in early 2014. He received his M.A. from University of Southern Florida and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri.  

Susan McCarty Reading
Wednesday, November 20, Commons, Worcester Room, 8 p.m.
  mccartyMcCarty, SU assistant professor of English beginning this fall, reads from her fiction. McCarty’s stories and essays have appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including the Utne Reader, Indiana Review, Willow Springs and Conjunctions. She has an M.F.A. from Vermont College and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah. In a past life, she worked as a fiction editor in New York.


All events are free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact John Wenke, Department of English, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD  21801. 410-543-6250.  jpwenke@salisbury.edu.