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Department of English Events Spring 2022

The Justice Sessions (ongoing)

"The Justice Sessions" is a series focusing on race, social justice, and Jacksonville history. For more information about the series and upcoming speakers, visit the Justice Sessions homepage. The Justice Sessions are free and open to all.

The Writer's Life: A Discussion with Creative Writing Faculty (April 12)

 Are you interested in getting published? Do you have questions about grad programs? Have you wondered what is involved in editing a literary journal, in getting an agent, or in any other aspect of being a working writer? Join a few members of UNF’s Creative Writing faculty to hear about various facets of the writer’s life. Come with your questions and share an hour of your evening with us for this Q&A to discuss query letters, conferences, as well as the numerous paths and possibilities available for all aspiring writers.

Join via Zoom:

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: Free

Goodbye, Dragon Inn screening and talk w/ Nicholas de Villiers (April 10)

Dr. Nicholas de Villiers will present a screening of Tsai Ming-liang's Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003) as part of Sun-Ray Cinema's Sleeping Giant Fest. de Villiers will discuss the film and his upcoming book, "Cruisy, Sleepy, Melancholy: Sexual Disorientation in the Films of Tsai Ming-liang" (University of Minnesota Press).


Location: Sun-Ray Cinema


Cost: Tickets available here.

Swoop Night Live (April 1)

“Swoop Night Live” is a night of improv comedy presented by UNF theater/drama students and directed by Maureen McCluskey. Refreshments will be provided.
Location: Writing Center 4-2501

Time: 7-9pm

Cost: Free

Vi Khi Nao Poetry Reading (March 31)

The Amy Wainright Creative Writing Endowment presents this year's Wainright author: poet Vi Khi Nao will read from her recent collection, followed by a discussion and book signing.


Location: UNF Gallery of Art
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Cost: Free and open to all

Word by Word Reading Series presents Laura Minor & Leah Silvieus (February 23)  

Laura Minor and Leah Silvieus will read from their recent books Flowers as Mind Control and Arabilis, followed by a Q&A and book signing. Refreshments will be provided.


Location: UNF Gallery of Art

Time: 6:30-8:00pm

Cost: Free and open to all

UNF Shakespeare presents Hamlet (Jan 14 - 23)

This student-adapted production of the haunting Elizabethan drama provides renovated depictions of Hamlet and Ophelia, Laertes and Polonius, Gertrude and Claudius which modernize the court at Elsinore in fresh—yet darker—tones. In this version of the Bard’s most famous play, the student cast dives into its exploration of the work’s classic themes of death, youth, and passion as well as its more contemporary concerns of mental health, political violence, and the stubborn self-questioning of identity. Join us in the catacombs in January to discover what realities lurk beneath the surface of what merely “seems.” Performances will be held at MOCA Jacksonville (Jan 14-16) and University of North Florida (Jan 21-23).

  • Tickets and more information for MOCA performances are available here.
  • Tickets and more information for UNF performances are available here