Literary Arts

Literary Arts

Literary Arts


The Cancer Warrior: A Memoir of Rebellion, Survival, and Freedom

Tuesday, September 26
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Gilligan Student Union, Room 129

NJCU alumna Monica Mateo reads from her memoir and discusses her quest for healing, which led her to discover that survival has nothing to do with going into remission.


Women and Spirituality: A Conversation with Luisa Del Giudice, Antoinette Ellis-Williams, Edvige Giunta, and Jennifer Musial
Tuesday October 3
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Gilligan Student Union, Room 129

NJCU faculty members join Luisa Del Giudice, editor of On Second Thought: Learned Women Reflect on Profession, Community, and Purpose (2017), to explore how spirituality has shaped their personal and professional journeys.

Co-sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Department.


The Young and the Reckless: Emerging Italian American Writers
Thursday, October 5
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Gothic Lounge, Hepburn Hall 202

NJCU alums and memoirists Cassandra Casella, Chloe DeFilippis, and Angelica Roman explore writing edgy and sometimes dangerous stories.

Co-sponsored by the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute


Olivia Kate Cerrone: The Hunger Saint (2017)
Wednesday, October 11
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Gilligan Student Union, Room 129

Olivia Kate Cerrone reads from and discusses her novella, which draws from the oral histories of former miners, to tell the story of a 12-year-old boy forced to labor in Sicily's sulfur mines.


Que Eres? DominicanX
Thursday, November 9
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Gilligan Student Union, Room 129

Writers explore the many facets of Dominican cultural identity via memoirs rooted in the personal, the public, and even the mythical.

Co-sponsored by the Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies program.


When We Lose Ourselves
Thursday, November 16
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Gilligan Student Union, Room 129

Writers tell stories of trauma, loss, and the complicated ways in which people save themselves, sometimes through writing.


Writing Other People’s Stories
Tuesday, December 5
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Gilligan Student Union, Room 129

What are the challenges and the rewards of trying to tell another person’s story? Evocative and enlightening readings by NJCU authors.

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