English - Reading Series

About the Reading Series:

We believe that the literary arts offer an opportunity for exchange between the internal landscapes of the author and the reader. Often, this exchange is a solitary act between those two entities, separated by time, space, and circumstance. What readings offer, then, is another wonderful dimension in which we’re able to engage with the writer as s/he literally gives voice to her/his landscape-- the solitary experience becomes a shared, communal one. The writer becomes real to us, and we, to her/him. This exchange, so often potent and opening, is what we are excited to offer our students and the Dubuque community by hosting this reading series.

Each semester, emerging and established contemporary writers come to campus to share their work and discuss their professional and creative processes. We invite you to join us!

For more information about future events, or to schedule a reading, please contact Lauren K. Alleyne at lalleyne@dbq.edu

FALL 2014

George Eklund ('74), poet
Wednesday, September 24 

George Eklund received his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa and has taught at Morehead State University in Kentucky since 1989. He has been awarded the Al Smith Fellowship in Poetry by the Kentucky Arts Council and Morehead State's Distinguished Creative Productions Award. His work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, ABZ, Beloit Poetry Journal, Cimarron Review, Conduit, Crazyhorse, EPOCH, The Iowa Review, The Laurel Review, The Massachusetts Review, Mid-American Review, The New Ohio Review, The North American Review, Quarterly West, 6 x 6, Sycamore Review, Trajectory, Toad, Visions International, and Willow Springs, among others. Eklund's most recent book publications include Wanting to Be an Element (Finishing Line Press), Each Breath I Cannot Hold (Wind Publications), and The Island Blade (ABZ Poetry Press). The reading will take place on Wednesday, September 24 at 6:00 p.m. in the Couchman Reading Room of the UD Library

Lucia Orth, novelist
Tuesday, October 28

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She will be reading from her acclaimed novel, Baby Jesus Pawn Shop , as well as new work on Tuesday, October 28 at 6:00 p.m. in the Couchman Reading Room of the UD Library.

Andrew Jones, Poet & Angela Jones, Fiction Writer
Monday, December 8

Andrew Jones teaches in the English department at the University of Dubuque and works as a freelance publishing consultant. A graduate of the MFA program at Minnesota State University, Moorhead, his writing has appeared in publications such as The Sierra Nevada ReviewArroyo Literary Review, and Poetry Midwest, among others.



Angela Jones teaches English at the University of Dubuque and at UW-Platteville. She has an MA in British literature from Marquette University and is currently finishing her MFA in Creative Writing. At UW-Platteville, she is the newest editorial member at Driftless Review, a creative writing publication. In her spare time, she does the bidding of her five-year-old daughter, jumps at the chance to go on road trips with her family, and writes when she can squirrel away some time.


Lauren K. Alleyne
Thursday, February 20

Lauren K. Alleyne is a native of Trinidad and Tobago. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Cornell University and is currently the Poet-in-Residence and an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Dubuque.

A Cave Canem graduate, her work has been awarded prizes such as a 2012 Lyric Iowa Poetry Prize (2nd place), the 2010 Small Axe Literary prize, two Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prizes (2009, 2011), the 2003 Atlantic Monthly Student Poetry Prize, the Robert Chasen Graduate Poetry Prize at Cornell, among others. She has been published in several journals and anthologies, including Crab Orchard Review, The Cimarron Review, Black Arts Quarterly, The Caribbean Writer, The Belleview Literary ReviewGrowing Up Girl and Gathering Ground. Her chapbook, Dawn In The Kaatskills, was published in 2008 by Longshore Press, and her debut collection, Difficult Fruit, was published in February 2014 by Peepal Tree Press.

Matthew Muilenburg
Tuesday, March 25

Matt Muilenburg is an English instructor and professional writing consultant at UD. His creative nonfiction is forthcoming in Southern Humanities Review while his fiction has been published in several literary journals, including his short story “The Conquest of Big Moses,” which won the Editor’s Choice prize for fiction when it appeared in the ScissorTale Review. Matt is a graduate of the Wichita State MFA program and a former news and sports editor for several papers across the Midwest. He currently lives in Cascade with his wife and two sons.

Nicelle Davis
Monday April 21

Nicelle Davis now resides in Lancaster, California, with her son, J.J. Becoming Judas is her second book. Her first book, Circe, is available from Lowbrow Press. Her third collection, In the Circus of You, will be released by Rose Metal Press in 2014. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Beloit Poetry Journal, The New York Quarterly, PANK, SLAB Magazine, and others. She is the director of the Living Poetry Project. She runs a free online poetry workshop at The Bees’ Knees Blog, is an assistant poetry editor for Connotation Press, and is Managing Editor of The Los Angeles Review. She has taught poetry at Youth for Positive Change, an organization that promotes success for youth in secondary schools, and with Volunteers of America in their Homeless Youth Center. She currently teaches at Antelope Valley College.