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UNH Hosts Free Workshop for High School Creative Writers 4/13

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4/10/2013 12:00 AM

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WEST HAVEN — Connecticut high school students are invited to learn how to write poetry and/or fiction in a free workshop at the University of New Haven on Saturday, April 13.

The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Moulton Lounge in Bartels Hall, and includes lunch and a tour of the campus at 300 Boston Post Road.

The fiction session will be taught by Christopher Dowd, UNH assistant professor of English, and the poetry session will be taught by poet Jamaal May.

Dowd specializes in Irish and Irish-American literature. He holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Connecticut. He has been a writer for several cable television channels, most notably The History Channel. His fiction and essays have appeared in several journals, including Eureka, and his book, “The Construction of Irish Identity in American Literature,” was published in 2011.

May, who is from Detroit, is the author of a new book of poetry entitled “Hum,” which was awarded the Beatrice Hawley Award. His poetry appears widely in journals, on radio and television, and in several short films such as “Zug” and “A Poet in Every Classroom.”

His most recent work can be found in Poetry, Ploughshares, The Believer, New England Review, Kenyon Review, and Gulf Coast. A graduate of Warren Wilson’s M.F.A. program, May has received fellowships and scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Cave Canem, the Callaloo Workshop and Bucknell University, where he was named the 2011-2013 Stadler Fellow. He is the series editor, graphic designer and web manager for the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Series. His “Hum Digital Shorts” film project can be found on Youtube at

To reserve space at the workshop, please contact professor Randall Horton at The first 25 students will be guaranteed a seat.

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University operates a satellite campus in Tuscany, Italy, and offers programs at several locations throughout Connecticut and in New Mexico and California. UNH provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. The University enrolls approximately 6,400 students, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and College of Lifelong & eLearning, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.