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The Writing Seminars Presents: An Alumni Reading by Chris Cessac, Hastings Hensel, and Joanna Pearson (CANCELLED)

Johns Hopkins University

This event has been cancelled in line with University policy.


Join us at Johns Hokins University's Gilman Hall for a Hopkins Writing Seminars Alumni reading by Chris Cessac, Hastings Hensel, and Joanna Pearson.

Christopher Cessac was born in 1967 in Corpus Christi and grew up in South Texas. He studied literature and history at Texas A&M, law at the University of Michigan Law School, and poetry at Johns Hopkins University. He has worked as a writer, musician and lawyer. He lives now in Toronto. His first poetry collection, Republic Sublime (2002), won the Kenyon Review Poetry Prize, and his second, The Youngest Ocean (2018), won the Anthony Hecht Prize. He is also the author of Eros Among the Americans, a chapbook, and his poetry has appeared in The Antioch Review, Black Warrior Review, Cimarron Review, Drunken Boat, Kenyon Review, Poetry Daily, Rattle, and elsewhere.

Hastings Hensel is the author of the poetry collections Ballyhoo (2019, Johns Hopkins University Press), Winter Inlet, which won the 2014-2015 Unicorn Press First Book Contest, and the chapbook Control Burn, which won the 2011 Iron Horse Literary Review Single-Author Competition. He is from Columbia, South Carolina, and he graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South before earning his M.F.A. from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. His writing has appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including Gray’s Sporting Journal, The Greensboro Review, New South, storySouth, The Hopkins Review, PLEIADES, Valley Voices, Cave Wall, 32 Poems, and many others. He has been awarded the South Carolina Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship in Poetry and been named Grand Strand Artist of the Month. He is currently serving as the Tennessee Williams Fellow in Creative Writing at Sewanee.

Joanna Pearson earned an MFA at the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and an MD at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she also completed her psychiatry residency. Her fiction has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly ReviewBlackbirdColorado ReviewCopper NickelKenyon Review, JoylandMississippi ReviewShenandoah, as well as others, and has been noted a distinguished story in Best American Short Stories 2015 and anthologized in Best of the Net 2016. Her first collection of short stories, Every Human Love, was released by Acre Books in 2019.






Event Details

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 6:00pm


Johns Hopkins University Gilman Hall
Gilman Hall 50
Bowman Dr
Baltimore, MD 21218

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