News & Announcements Archive

Midwestern Sensibilities

It often seems as though the literary landscape is divided into two equal halves: there’s New York, and then there’s everywhere else. As someone who grew up far, far from Brooklyn, I take particular pleasure in the emergence of writers who identify with some small part of that second half.Nikolas Butler is one of those writers. The center of his… Read more »

Colm Tóibín at Johns Hopkins

The President’s Reading Series: Literature of Social Import: Colm TóibínThursday, April 3, 2014, 6:30pm - 8:00pm, Hodson 110Irish novelist and journalist Colm Tóibín was born in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford in Ireland in 1955. The author of a number of novels and books of essays, his honors include the Dublin IMPAC Prize, the Prix du Meilleur Livre,… Read more »


Due to a recent influx of manuscripts, we’ve decided to suspend submissions until the autumn. We have some catching up to do. If you’ve already sent us your work, rest assured: we will read it, and you’ll hear from us. We plan to open things back up in September. Thanks for your patience!

Baltimore Humor

The current issue of Lapham’s Quarterly (a wonderful publication, for those who’ve never encountered it) is about comedy. As usual, LQ has made a number of the pieces available for free online. One worth checking out is this editorial by H.L. Mencken (one of Baltimore’s literary luminaries). In it, Mencken goes to town on President Harding’s… Read more »

Guest Editor David Yezzi

We’re pleased to say that our Summer 2014 issue will be guest edited by David Yezzi. Yezzi has written several books of poetry–most recently Birds of the Air (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2013)–and is the poetry editor of The New Criterion. His poems and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The New… Read more »

AWP & Classification

Two items you should check out at the New Yorker’s Page Turner blog. First, one reporter’s impressions of the recent AWP conference in Seattle. AWP is nothing if not…exhausting. But it’s also great to be around so many writers, editors, and book lovers. (Says Sasha Weiss, “A.W.P. feels like a giant reunion of English majors… Read more »


We’re in Seattle for the AWP Conference. If you’re here, stop by and visit!

Failing Well

An interesting article by Megan McArdle over at The Atlantic about writing and procrastination. McArdle speculates that writers often put off their writing assignments until the last minute because they’re afraid to fail. As McArdle puts it, “Before you take to the keys, you are Proust and Oscar Wilde and George Orwell all rolled up… Read more »

Sir Andrew Motion

The Writing Seminars will be welcoming Chaffee Visiting Writer Sir Andrew Motion to campus next Tuesday (2/11). Motion is Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in London. He was knighted for his services to literature in 2009. Sir Andrew is a… Read more »

Tudor & Stuart Graduate Reading Series

Join us tomorrow (Wednesday, 2/5) as we resume our Tudor & Stuart Graduate Reading Series. Richie Hofmann (poetry) and Nathan Washatka (fiction), two students in the Hopkins MFA program, will be sharing some of their work. The reading will take place in Gilman 388 at 7:00. More info here.