“The crown of literature is poetry.” W. Somerset Maugham

“The crown of literature is poetry.” W. Somerset Maugham

Poems at the Edge of the Universe

Thursday, October 10th, 1:30pm-2:45pm

Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room F

Using science, mathematics, riddles, and code, Stephanie Strickland’s poetry collection How the Universe Is Made examines grief, and the stories of some of history’s hidden mythic and mystical women.

On Walking: History, Writers, and Poetry

Thursday, October 10th, 7:30pm-8:45pm

Fenwick Library Reading Room2nd Floor Room 2001

Cole Swensen’s latest collection, On Walking On, uses both poetry and micro-essays to track the history of writers who walked, from Chaucer to Wordsworth and Thoreau to Woolf. Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program.

In the Circle Game: Life, Love & Our Many Selves

Friday, October 11th, 3:00pm-4:00pm

Fenwick Library Reading Room, 2nd Fl, Room 200

Ann Townsend’s Dear Delinquent and Jona Colson’s Said Through Glass are raw, contemplative & tender. Join an exciting conversation on the battle between private & public selves and how love, grief & struggle can inform powerful lyrical poetry. Sponsored by So To Speak.

Mason’s Alumni Reading

Friday, October 11th, 4pm-5:15pm

Fenwick Library Reading Room2nd Floor Room 2001

Alumni of George Mason University’s Creative Writing MFA Program will read selections from their latest poetry. In her first full-length poetry collection, Empire, Tracy Zeman explores the colonization of the prairie through an ecological lens. Kathy Goodkin’s debut poetry collection, Crybaby Bridge, captures both small tragedies and moments of beauty in everyday life.

Poetry Night Out

Friday, October 11th, 6:00pm-7:15pm

Epicure Cafe

Enjoy the poetry of Brenda Shaughnessy, author of The Octopus Museum, Lana K. Austin, author of Blood Harmony, and Brian Brodeur, author of Every Hour Is Late. Sponsored by Split This Rock.

A Year of Poetry Daily: Panel, Reading, and Reception

Saturday, October 12th, 3:30pm-4:45pm,

Merten Hall, Room 1203

Join Poetry Daily’s editors—Brian Teare, Yona Harvey, and Amaud Jamaul Johnson—as they read from and discuss their work. There will be a reception following the event. Sponsored by Poetry Daily.

Hyper Bole

Saturday, October 12th, 10:00am-8:00pm, Johnson Center

George Mason University

Hyper Bole is the largest individual youth poetry slam and festival in Virginia, bringing together youth from northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland for a full day of individual slams, poetry workshops, an open mic, and a final slam that culminates the event. At Finals, one youth will be crowned HyperBole Champion and win a $1,000 scholarship. Hyper Bole Fall 2019 will run from 10am – 8pm, with the final stage performance from 6pm – 8pm. Split This Rock works in partnership with several George Mason University campus departments, including the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, to host Hyper Bole. Visit https://www.splitthisrock.org/ for more details.

Like all Fall for the Book events (except where noted), these events are free and do not require a ticket.


Ticketed Event: Learn to Write Poetry with Mark Fitzgerald

Saturday, October 12th, 1:30pm-3:30pm,Merten Hall, Room 2500

In this introductory hands-on workshop, join poet Mark Fitzgerald, author of Downburst, to examine a variety of poems, including haiku, meditative poems, ekphrastic poems, and narrative poems. We will analyze a number of poems from well-known authors and discuss form, style, voice, rhythm, imagery, metaphor, point of view, and other poetic elements. Each participant will produce an original poem based on a writing prompt and receive feedback from the class. Participants are asked to bring a photo or work of art that fascinates them.