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Readings, lectures, and other events sponsored by the English Department and our partners, listed below, are typically free and open to the public.

When: 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Where: Campus Room of the Capstone Building

Anything Is Possible

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge and My Name Is Lucy Barton

An unforgettable cast of small-town characters copes with love and loss in this new work of fiction by #1 bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout.

Recalling Olive Kitteridge in its richness, structure, and complexity, Anything Is Possible explores the whole range of human emotion through the intimate dramas of people struggling to understand themselves and others.


When: 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Where: Campus Room of the Capstone Building

Michael Crummey was born in Buchans, a mining town in the interior of Newfoundland ("as far from the salt water as you can get and still be in Newfoundland"), second of four boys; he grew up there and in Wabush, another mining town near the Quebec border of Labrador. After completing a BA in English at Memorial University in St. John's, he moved to Kingston, Ontario to pursue graduate work but dropped out before finishing his Ph. D. He has taught ESL in China and worked at the International Day of Solidarity with the People of Guatemala. Now the author of three books of poetry and a book of short stories as well as a novel, he lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.


When: TBA., Friday, April 5, 2019
Russell House 304

This is primarily an academic conference (with a creative writing panel) intended to allow students to show off their scholarly or creative works to professors and other English majors/people passionate about literature! Undergraduates from any department or program at USC are welcome to submit! Send queries to with the SUBJECT LINE “INK! Literary Conference” or follow us on Twitter.

When: 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Where: Campus Room of the Capstone Building

Timothy Donnelly is the author of the poetry collections Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit (2003), The Cloud Corporation (2010), which won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and the forthcoming The Problem of the Many. He earned a BA from the Johns Hopkins University, an MFA from Columbia University, and a PhD from Princeton University.

Spencer Bailey, in an article for, called The Cloud Corporation “an eclectic, albeit judicious, mix of sprawling, cinematic subjects and literary traditions—bridging heightened, Victorian diction, say, with the modern tongue.”

Donnelly’s poems have been published in anthologies such as Joyful Noise: An Anthology of American Spiritual Poetry, as well as magazines and journals including Harper’s, jubilat, The Nation, The Paris Review, PEN America, Ploughshares, TriQuartely and various others. His work has also been translated in German and Italian.

Donnelly is an assistant professor and director of undergraduate creative writing at Columbia University. He is also the poetry editor for Boston Review. Donnelly is originally from Rhode Island but now lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and two daughters.


When: 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Where: Campus Room of the Capstone Building

"This luminous and assured first novel shines an unflinching, compassionate light on three generations of a black family in New Orleans, emphasizing endurance more than damage."