2016-2017 Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House Student Initiatives     

Please contact the lead students, listed below, if you are interested in getting involved!

 

Taboo Topics Literary Club

leads: Kija Kennedy and Rachel Walker

kkenned6@terpmail.umd.edu  

rachelannewalker@yahoo.com

This initiative is meant as a weekly or biweekly club in which we will engage with

literature dealing with taboo topics in order to examine how stigmatized

activities – and people engaging in them – are represented in literature. Topics

for discussion include sex, sexuality, abortion, gender identity, drug use, mental

health, anti-capitalism, incarceration, violence and trauma. We hope to discuss

all forms of writing, ranging from poetry to drama to prose. We also would like

to open the club up as a space for people to workshop or share writing that they

don’t feel comfortable sharing in a formal class setting.

 

Asian-American and Pacific Islander Literature Club

lead:  Alice Yanhong Lu

alicelu7@umd.edu

Reading group; funds to be spent on books, snacks, and possible field trip.

 

Kahwa wa Kutub (“Books and Coffee”)  Middle Eastern Literature Reading Group

lead:  Aiyah Sibay

ak_sibay@hotmail.com

Reading group; funds to be spent on books, snacks, and possible field trip.

 

Literary Pilgrimage to Philadelphia:  

lead: Alana Pedalino

alanaped@gmail.com

Funds from Writers’ House will cover NO FOOD nor LODGING for this pilgrimage, instead, funds will be used to pre-pay tickets for twelve to go to a few museums (as requested), and defray transportation costs.

 

CAPCLAVE Sci-Fi Conference 2016:  

lead: Rosie Brown

rosie.a.brown@gmail.com

Five students will attend the CapClave Literary Conference Oct 7-9. Funds will cover conference fee only. Students to provide their own transportation.

 

Terpoets/TOTUS Collaborative Event

lead:   Asiana Phan

asianaphan7@gmail.com

Event production costs as allowable will be covered by Writers’ House.  Event will occur at the Stamp Student Union.