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Creative Writing Awards

3:30PM, Reading Room (Campus Center)

Join us to celebrate our most talented creative writers in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction, and hear them read from their winning works. Reception to follow.


For more information email Ren vanMeenen at


2016-2017 Distinguished Computational Linguistics Lecture

12pm, GOL Auditorium (70-1400)

Join us for the 2016-17 Distinguished Computational Linguistics Lecture, given by Dr. Hal Daumé III, associate professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. His talk is entitled "Natural Language Processing on Creative Content."


Talk and Performance by Philippe Bootz

5PM, McKenzie Commons

Please join us for a talk and performance by Philippe Bootz, Department of Hypermedia, University of Paris 8. The talk is entitled "digital poetry: a poetry you are reading but are not able to read." See you there!


Sonja Livingston Reading!

1:00PM, SAU Reading Room

Join us for a visit by author Sonja Livingston. She'll be giving a reading, followed by a Q&A and book signing...

This event is sponsored by the English Department, RIT Libraries, the University Writing Program and the Center for Women and Gender.


Undergraduate/Faculty Reading Series: RIT Women Read

5PM, McKenzie Commons

Again this year, the Creative Writing Faculty would like to celebrate Women¹s month with our RIT WOMEN READ event as part of the RIT English Department Creative Writing Faculty reading series. Come join us!


Nick Thurston Reading!

3:00PM, McKenzie Commons

Please join us for a wonderful afternoon of conceptual and digital poetics, featuring Nick Thurston, Professor Sandy Baldwin, and the students of Professor Baldwin's Digital Creative Writing Workshop.

Nick Thurston is a conceptual artist/poet. His best known work is _Of the Subcontract, Or Principles of Poetic Right_.



Def Meets Deaf Poetry Jam

2:00PM, Lovin' Cup

This event features Dangerous Signs, Reenah Oshun Golden, Eric Epstein, Bart White, Eddie Swayze, Kitty Jospe, Paulette Swartzfager, Matt Schwartz, Mental Grafitti, Colleen Powderly, Roc Bottom Slam Team, John Roche, Laurie Rose Monahan, and Lori D. Martinez.

It is free to the public!

This event is ASL and Voice-Interpreted. See you there!




Distinguished Computational Linguistics Lecture: Joel Tetreault

12:30 pm, Golisano Auditorium

Please join us for the Distinguished Computational Linguistics Lecture by Joel Tetreault from Yahoo! Research:

Analyzing Formality in Online Communication

Full natural language understanding requires comprehending not only the content or meaning of a piece of text or speech, but also the stylistic way in which it is conveyed. To enable real advancements in dialog systems, information extraction, and human-computer interaction, computers need to understand the entirety of what humans say, both the literal and the non-literal. This talk presents an in-depth investigation of one particular stylistic aspect, formality, incorporating both subjective human perceptions of formality and statistical modeling for predicting formality using rich NLP and deep learning features. Our results provide new evidence in support of theories of linguistic coordination, underlining the importance of formality for language generation systems.

To request an interpreter please visit

For more information please contact: Emily Prud'hommeux


Marge Piercy Reading

2-4 pm, Student Innovation Hall (SIH 87-1600)

Piercy is one of our country's best selling poets - she is also the master of many genres: historical novels, science fiction, novels of social comment and contemporary entertainments. She has taught, lectures and/or performed her work at well over 450 universities around the world.

Sponsored by the English Department, Center for Women and Gender, Women's and Gender Studies Program, and Signatures Magazine.

Free and open to the public.

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Creative Writing: Undergraduate/Faculty Reading Series

5PM, SAU Reading Room

Students Phillip Shaw and Catherine Alternburger will join faculty member/poet David Yockel, Jr. for an excellent afternoon of poetry and prose reading as well as the everpresent pizza. Come and bring your friends!

Job Posting: Tenure Track

This year, we are hiring for a tenure track position in Digital Writing and New Media Production. Check out the job announcement here!