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Writers Reading @ AACC

Writers Reading @ AACC is a program that hosts a wide array of writers: poets, fiction writers, essayists, songwriters, memoirists, playwrights, journalists, and screenplay writers.


Adam Tavel
Leslie Pietrzyk
Adam Tavel
Leslie Pietrzyk


 Adam Tavel (Poet)

Date: February 9, 2017 from 2:00-3:15pm

Location: TBA

Adam Tavel ‘s books include: Plash & Levitation—the winner of the Permafrost Book Prize in Poetry, The Fawn Abyss,  and Red Flag Up . Tavel’s poems appear in several anthologies: Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology, A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry, For Rhino in a Shrinking World: An International Anthology of Poetry, Manifest West: Even Cowboys Carry Cell Phones, The Waiting Room Reader, Volume II: Words to Keep You Company, The Plume Anthology of Poetry, 4th Edition, and Even The Daybreak: 35 Years of Salmon Poetry.

He is the recipient of the 2010 Robert Frost Award from the Robert Frost Foundation.  From 2005-2014, Tavel served as poetry editor for the journal Conte, was the featured guest editor for a special poetry issue of Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, and he currently serves as the Reviews editor for Plume.

Leslie Pietrzyk (Novelist and Short Story writer) 

Date: March 23, 2017 from 2:00-3:15pm

Location: TBA

Leslie Pietrzyk is the author of two novels, Pears on a Willow Tree and A Year and a Day. This Angel on My Chest, her collection of linked short stories, won the 2015 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Kirkus Reviews named it one of the 16 best story collections of the year. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in many publications, including Gettysburg Review, The Sun, Shenandoah, River Styx, Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, New England Review, Salon, Washingtonian, and the Washington Post Magazine. She has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

Pietrzyk is a member of the core fiction faculty at the Converse low-residency MFA program and teaches in the MA Program in Writing at Johns Hopkins University.  Her awards include the Jeanne Charpiot Goodheart Prize for Fiction and the Chris O’Malley Fiction Prize from Madison Review. She is the founder and editor of Redux, an online journal featuring previously published work.

 Cliff Lynn and Rocky Jones (Poets):

Date: April 6, 2017 from 2:00-3:15pm

Location: TBA

Cliff Lynn and Rocky Jones have been producing and hosting poetry readings in Annapolis for 11 years, including the Evil Grin series, and the Poet Experience. 

Cliff Lynn was a finalist in 2010's Literary Death Match in Baltimore, and has published over fifty poems and short stories in various small press and on-line journals, including third point press and scribble.  He is the poet laureate of Tuscarora High School in Frederick, Maryland, and was the editor of AACC's Amaranth in 2006. 

Rocky Jones is a multimedia poet and musician.  His poetry has been published in Gargoyle, MiPOesias and other arts & literary journals.  He co-featured with former Maryland poet Laureate Michael S. Glaser at 2016's Poetry, Art & Percussion Rhythms in Prince Frederick, Md.