Location and Facilities
Queen Anne’s Hall
The Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House is located in Queen Anne’s Hall, building #061, 7645 Preinkert Drive, at the University of Maryland, College Park campus.
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Directions to the Writers’ House, Queen Anne’s Hall:
From the University’s main entrance off Route 1 (“Baltimore Avenue”), take Campus Drive to the UM traffic circle.
Go half-way around the circle and continue on Campus drive. The Stamp Student Union is located on the right.
To park in the Union Lane Garage, take your first right on Union Lane and then an immediate left.
Once parked, walk back up towards Campus Drive, cross the street, and take a right.
Continue on this sidewalk, keeping Anne Arundel Hall on your left. Queen Anne’s Hall will soon be on your left.
Visitors to the Hall will need to call a resident or staff member to gain entrance to the building as it is secured 24/7.
The closest free parking is available in Lots Z and 1, after 4pm and on weekends. There is also very limited metered parking available close to the building.
The Jellema Collection, housed in Queen Anne’s #1132 ( aka “The Library”) is a 2000-volume collection of single volume poetry. It was donated to the Jimenez-Porter Writers’ House in 2006 by Professor Emeritus Rod Jellema. Jellema started teaching at UMD in 1956. Four years after he began teaching modern and contemporary poetry, he began to write poetry himself, at the age of 40. A year later he founded and directed the Program in Creative Writing, here at Maryland, which previously had no creative writing program. Soon after, he co-founded the Writers Here and Now Series, which began as an informal reading series in which faculty and poets along with whoever happened to be in town would read. It is now the longest-running series on campus. He published five books of poetry:
Something Tugging the Line (1973)
The Lost Faces (1979)
The Eighth Day: New and Selected Poems (1985)
A Slender Grace (2004).
Incarnality, the Collected Poems of Rod Jellema,
and also introduced and translated two additional books of poetry from the Frisian Language in 1985 and 1990.
He won many awards and honors, including the Hart Crane prize, National Endowment for the Arts Prize, the Towson Prize, the Columbia Translation Prize, and several prestigious residencies and fellowships. Rod Jellema died on May 11, 2018. He had come to visit us at Writers’ House, and to visit his collection many times in the last few years. Students at the Writers’ House continue to use his collection in their study of poetry, and our workshops are held in its presence. We are so grateful for his generosity and foresight, and remember him with fondness.
Current students of the Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House have access to the Production Lab, located in 0108 Queen Anne’s Hall. Two workstations including a networked printer/scanner are available for student use. The room also houses chapbooks written by former students, the Stylus archives, and a small collection of books and journals.