Department News and Events (Spring 2018)

AfterImage Documentary presents The Doc Show (4/26)

AfterImage Documentary at UNF presents The Doc Show, an outdoor screening of short films produced by Documentary Workshop students. Documentary topics include ASL, Sonder on the Jax Skyway, Pie Shop, Pick-Up Basketball, Places of Worship, Meat, and Disillusioned Metal Musicians. We also have a series of Audio Montage Docs and we are hosting the work of documentary photography students in our screening.

Location: Student Union Plaza
Time: 8pm
Cost: Free

Robert Olen Butler Reading (4/4) 


Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler will hold a reading, q&a session, and book signing. Butler has published six volumes of short fiction, including a Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, which received the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His lectures on the creative process are collected and published as From Where You Dream. He has published 16 novels. Perfume River is the latest. Mr. Butler is considered widely to be among our greatest living writers. This reading is sponsored by the Amy Wainright Endowment for Undergraduate Creative Writing. 

Location: UNF Gallery of Art

Time: 6:30pm

Cost: Free

2018 Amy Wainright Undergraduate Creative Writing Contest - Reading and Award Celebration (4/19)


Winners and finalists from the 2018 Amy Wainright Undergraduate Creative Writing Contest will read from their work. Refreshments will be provided. The 2018 award winners are -  

Creative Nonfiction
Winner: Delaney Glenn Eaton for “Talking to Spoons”
Finalist: Michael William Pons for “Minerva”

Winner: Maxwell Ian Deyo for “Softhead”
Finalist: Nina Jocelyn Lee for “Bite”

Winner: Laura Ellen Hoffman for “Fragments of a Gift Horse”
Finalist: Jacqueline Marie Rosado for “My Mother’s”
Finalist: Alisha Simone’ Lockley for “(Dali)rium”


Location: English Commons (Building 8, second floor)

Time: 6pm

Cost: Free

National Poetry Month Events and Workshops Series (April)


The Writing Center will host a series of six workshops and events, led by poet Emily K. Michael, to celebrate National Poetry Month. All events will be held in the Writing Center (4/2501) and are free for UNF students and employees.


Student Poet Showcase, April 9, 12 to 1 pm: Students, it’s your turn in the spotlight! Join the UNF Writing Center, English Graduate Organization (EGO), and UNF faculty poets for an informal poetry reading to celebrate National Poetry Month! We are all about showing our appreciation for poets, past and present! Bring your own work or your favorite poem to share — or just come to listen and get a free dose of poetry.

Poetry Feedback Fridays, Friday April 6 & 13 at 2- 3 pm: Join our visiting poet for an informal small-group conversation about poetry, careers in the arts, and the writing life. Bring your poems for individual critique, or bring your curiosity. Beginners and experienced writers are welcome — no prep needed!


Write Your Poem, Wed, Apr 4, 2-3pm: Have you ever wondered where a great poem begins? Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced poet, we’ll discover the roots of captivating poems! This workshop is the first in the Writing Center's 2018 National Poetry Month Series. Grab your favorite pen and your vivid imagination, and we’ll start writing together.

Critique Your Poem, Wed, Apr 11, 2-3pm: More than rhyme schemes or syllable counts, a poet needs to know what makes a poem tick. What takes a handful of smudgy lines to a full-fledged draft? What takes a poem from good to great? We’ll explore techniques for critiquing poetry in the second installment of the Writing Center Poetry Month Series.


Perform Your Poem, Wed, Apr 18, 2-3pm: Let’s lift poetry off the page! Bring your works in progress or your favorite poems! We’ll explore the techniques that performance poets use to electrify their audience in this third installment of the Writing Center Poetry Month Series.

Past Events (Spring 2018)

Movies on the House (MOTH) presents Get Out screening and panel discussion (3/28)

The Movies on the House series presents Jordan Peele's Get Out (2017). The screening will be preceded by a panel discussion, "Get Black: Representation in Major Motion Pictures," in the Writing Center.

Location: Panel Discussion - Writing Center (4/2501); Screening - Robinson Theater 14A, Room 1312

Time: Panel Discussion - 5:30pm; Screening - 7pm

Cost: Free

Word-By-Word Reading Series presents "Reading the Ides of March" (3/15)

The Word-By-Word Reading Series invites you to this Ides of March celebration of authors from the UNF and Jacksonville community. Join us to hear them read from their new books and award-winning works. Laura Chow (Fiction); Denis Bell (Fiction) w/ Louise Freshman Brown (Visual Artist); Grant Kittrell (Poetry); and Jim Pons (Nonfiction) will read. Reception, book signing, and refreshments to follow. For more information, contact Mark Ari (

Location: UNF Gallery of Art 

Time: 6:30 pm

Cost: Free

Movies on the House (MOTH) presents It Comes at Night (3/14)

The Movies on the House series presents Trey Edward Shults's It Comes at Night (2017).

Location: Robinson Theater 14A, Room 1312.

Time: 7pm

Cost: Free

Women's History Month at First Wednesday Art Walk (3/7)

Come join Dr. Jennifer Lieberman's "Women Writers" class for Art Walk! We will be celebrating Women's History Month by painting rocks, making book marks, and sharing information about amazing women throughout history - drop by any time between 5:30 and 7:30pm.

Location: Jacksonville Public Library, Downtown Main Branch 

Time: 5:30 - 7:30pm

Cost: Free

The Color of Fear screening and discussion (3/7)

Dr. Chau Kelly (History) and Dr. Tru Leverette (English) will present a screening of The Color of Fear, a film that discusses the state of race relations in the United States. The film presents a multi-racial/ethnic conversation between eight North American men that raises important questions about race, power, and inclusion in our society. The film will be followed by a moderated discussion.

Location: Student Union Auditorium 

Time: 10am - 12:30pm

Cost: Free

Movies on the House (MOTH) presents Mother! (2/28)

The Movies on the House (MOTH) series presents Darren Aronofsky's Mother! (2017).

Location: Andrew Robinson Theater, room 1312

Time: 7:00 pm

Cost: Free

Movies on the House (MOTH) presents The Tree of Life (2/14)

The Movies on the House (MOTH) series returns this semester with a screening of Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life (2011).  Stay tuned for information about future screenings!


Location: Andrew Robinson Theater, room 1312

Time: 7:00 pm

Cost: Free

Brown Bag Series featuring Dr. Michael Wiley (2/15)


As part of the ongoing "Brown Bag Series" of talks, Dr. Michael Wiley will present "The Road to Monument Road: Facts and Fictions," a discussion of the research, writing, and publishing process behind his latest novel, Monument Road. Sponsored by the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society.


Location: Writing Center (4/2501)

Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Cost: Free