CT Poetry Circuit: Student Poetry Reading

FEBRUARY 13 – Alumni Lounge, Mather Hall

Each year the Connecticut Poetry Circuit selects five student poets from colleges across the state to participate in a series of readings at Connecticut campuses in the spring semester. This year, our own Kai-Lilly Karpman (’20) is among those selected to represent her college. We hope you’ll join us to support Kai-Lilly and hear the original work of five outstanding young poets.


Matt Donovan 

FEBRUARY 27 – Reese Room, Smith House

Matt Donovan received his MA from Lancaster University and his MFA from New York University where he attended as a New York Times Fellow. He is the author of two collections of poetry – Vellum (Mariner, 2007) and the chapbook Ten Burnt Lakes (Tupelo Press, forthcoming 2017) – as well as the collection of essays, A Cloud of Unusual Size and Shape: Meditations on Ruin and Redemption (Trinity Press, April 2016). Donovan is the recipient of a Rome Prize in Literature, a Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Breadloaf Fellowship in poetry, and a Lannan Writing Residency Fellowship. Donovan is the Director of the Poetry Center at Smith College. His work has been acclaimed in The New Yorker, The Chicago Tribune, and The New York Times Sunday Book Review. Donovan is current writing a book of poems about guns in America.


CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19 & COLLEGE CLOSING: Lauren Groff – Visiting Writer – APRIL 1

PLEASE NOTE: The public reading will begin at 7PM in the Grand Room (Admissions Building) and a reception will be held prior at 6PM.

Lauren Groff is the author of the novels The Monsters of Templeton, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers, Delicate Edible Birds, a collection of stories, and Arcadia, a New York Times Notable Book, winner of the Medici Book Club Prize, and finalist for the L.A. Times Book Award. Her third novel, Fates and Furies, was a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Kirkus Award. Her most recent collection of stories, Florida, was released in June 2018. It won the Story Prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Award, Kirkus Prize, and the Southern Book Prize. In 2017, she was named by Granta Magazine as one of the Best of Young American Novelists of her generation. In 2018, she received a Guggenheim fellowship in Fiction and a Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.



APRIL 22 – Dangremond Family Commons, Hallden Hall North

Named one of the writers to watch in Book magazine’s special “Newcomers” issue, ZZ Packer earned a B.A. from Yale University in 1994; an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University in 1995; and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa in 1999. ZZ became known as a literary wunderkind with a talent for writing short fiction and is evident in her debut collection, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere. She has won many awards including Rona Jaffe Writers Foundation Grant, 1997; Ms. Giles Whiting Award, 1999; the Bellingham Review Award for the short story “Brownies,” 1999; Whiting Awards, Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada; and nominated PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Her short stories have been published in The Best American Short Stories, and have been read on NPR’s Selected Shorts. Packer is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. A graduate of Yale, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and the Writing Seminar at Johns Hopkins University, she has been a Wallace Stegner-Truman Capote fellow at Stanford University, where she is currently a Jones Lecturer.