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ROAR READING SERIES

roar reading series

storrs center logo The Roar Reading Series is an eclectic new monthly reading series curated by Elephant Rock Books and performed at the lovely Uconn Coop Bookstore in Storrs, Connecticut at Storrs Center.

The first Monday of every month join us for a variety of fiction, poetry, CNF, and other works, read by the authors. Readings start at 7pm, followed by audience laughter, tears and applause.

The roster of readers is listed below. Author’s books will be available for sale. Writers interested to read should attend a show and introduce themselves to series host Jotham Burrello.

At the Roar, the audience comes first, and then the elephants trample them.

April 6

May 4

June 1



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March 3, 2014

  • Chris Torockio

    Christopher Torockio is the author of a novel, Floating Holidays and two collections of stories, most recently The Truth at Daybreak. His short fiction has appeared in The Antioch Review, Denver Quarterly, The Gettysburg Review, The Iowa Review, Willow Springs, and many other publications. He teaches at Eastern Connecticut State University.

  • Lee Jacobus

    Lee Jacobus (www.leejacobus.com) taught Renaissance English and Modern Irish Literature at Storrs, retiring in 2001. His stories and poems  have appeared in literary magazines. Crown Island (2008), a novel, is set on the Connecticut Coast. His plays have been produced in New York and New Haven.

  • Lucy Ferriss

    Lucy Ferriss is the author of nine books including The Lost Daughter. Recent work appears in the New York Times, Fourth Genre, and Missouri Review, and has received recognition from the NEA, the Mid-List First Series, and the International Society for Narrative. She is Writer-in-Residence at Trinity College. Her website is http://lucyferriss.com.

April 7, 2014

  • Elizabeth Weinberg

    Credit: Richard Choi

    Elizabeth Weinberg's writing has appeared in PANK MagazineThe Arts Paper, and other publications. She received her MFA from the University of Washington and is currently a co-editor of the New Haven Review. She is at work on her first novel, and writes about her research and other issues on her website, www.elizabeth-weinberg.com.

  • Jason Courtmanche

    Jason Courtmanche is Director of the Connecticut Writing Project and Lecturer in English at UConn, specializing in Composition, Teacher Education, and American Literature.  He is the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society President-elect and an Institute for Teaching and Learning Teaching Scholar.  His blog on teaching can be read at http://jasoncourtmanche.blogspot.com/.

  • Mika Taylor

    Mika Taylor got her MFA at the University of Arizona where she was fiction editor for the Sonora Review. Her work has appeared in The Southern Review, GuernicaHobartThe Kenyon Review, Black Warrior Review, and Diagram. She teaches writing at ECSU and runs a grassroots writers’ retreat in Willimantic, CT.

May 5, 2014

  • Ciaran Berry

    Ciaran Berry’s books are The Sphere of Birds (2008), and The Dead Zoo (2013). His poetry has appeared in AGNI, Crazyhorse, The Missouri Review, and The Threepenny Review. Originally from the northwest of Ireland, he is a 2012 Whiting Award Winner, and teaches English and creative writing at Trinity College in Hartford.

  • Mark Oppenheimer

    Mark Oppenheimer writes the Beliefs column for The New York Times and is the author of three books, including, most recently, a memoir entitled Wisenheimer: A Childhood Subject to Debate.

  • Kristin Bair O’Keeffe

    Kristin Bair O’Keeffe is the author of the novels The Art of Floating (Penguin/Berkley, April 2014) and Thirsty (Swallow Press, 2009). Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including Poets & Writers Magazine, The Gettysburg Review, and The Christian Science Monitor. Find her online at Facebook, Twitter, and www.kristinbairokeeffe.com.

June 2, 2014

  • Michelle R. Vigue

    Michelle R. Vigue is currently a public school administrator, has a bachelor’s degree in biology form the University of Connecticut. She also holds a master’s degree in natural sciences and a sixth-year degree in educational leadership, both from Central Connecticut State University. She lives in Glastonbury, CT.

  • Sarah Pemberton Strong

    Sarah Pemberton Strong is the author of two novels, The Fainting Room and Burning the Sea, and a poetry collection, Tour of the Breath Gallery. Her poetry has appeared in The Southern Review, Mississippi Review, Rattle, The Sun and Southwest Review. She lives near New Haven, Connecticut. 

  • Terence Hawkins

    Terence Hawkins was born in coal-mining Uniontown PA during an Eisenhower administration he'd rather not mention. Through some horrible error he was not only admitted to but permitted to graduate from Yale, where he muscled his way into a stint as publisher of the Yale Daily News. His first novel, The Rage of Achilles, appeared in 2009; his next, American Neolithic, will be released in May. Not having learned from its mistakes the University allowed him to become the founding Director of the Yale Writers' Conference in 2011.

October 6, 2014

  • Sergio Troncoso

    Sergio Troncoso is the author of five books. The Nature of Truth is a novel about a young researcher at Yale who discovers that his boss, a renowned professor, hides a Nazi past. Troncoso is a resident faculty member of the Yale Writers’ Conference, and an instructor at the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center.

  • Raouf Mama

    Raouf Mama is a CT Master Teaching Artist as well as a Distinguished Professor and a Faculty Row Super Professor at Eastern Connecticut State University. He is the Author of Why Goats Smell Bad, Pearls of Wisdom, and Why Monkeys Live In Trees, and winner of the National Multicultural Children's Book Award in 2008.

  • PR Griffis

    PR Griffis is currently completing a novel about punk rock, Texas high school football, alcoholism, and the Eisenhower interstate highway system. He lives in Willimantic,CT with his writer wife Mika Taylor, and Petunia Van Scampers, their crime-solving wonderpup.

November 3, 2014

  • Mary Collins

    Mary Collins worked for 20 years in Washington, DC for National Geographic, the Smithsonian and others. Her last book, American Idle: A Journey Through Our Sedentary Culture, won the Grand Prize in Nonfiction at the Indie Book Awards. She's working on a series of essays that explore raising a transgender child. Her essay, "Mapping Modern Grief," recently appeared in the Potomac Review. She teaches at Central Connecticut State University.

  • Mark Ferguson

    Mark Ferguson's debut novel, The Lost Boys Symphony, will be published by Little, Brown in March of 2015. After eight years spent in the New York publishing industry, mostly as a marketer for HarperCollins, he now lives on a farm in Lebanon, CT and is working on his second book.

  • Jilly Gagnon

    Jilly Gagnon is a Boston resident, but a Midwesterner at heart. Her writing has appeared in Newsweek, Vanity Fair online, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Toast, and the Rumpus, among others. Though she's written everything from press releases to political op-eds, she mainly works in humor and young adult fiction.

December 1, 2014

  • Jeff Parker

    Jeff Parker is the author of the nonfiction book Where Bears Roam the Streets, the novel Ovenman, and the story collection The Taste of Penny. He teaches in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

  • Mika Taylor

    Mika Taylor got her MFA at the University of Arizona where she was fiction editor for the Sonora Review. Her work has appeared in The Southern Review, GuernicaHobartThe Kenyon Review, Black Warrior Review, and Diagram. She teaches writing at ECSU and runs a grassroots writers’ retreat in Willimantic, CT.

  • Jason Courtmanche

    Jason Courtmanche is Director of the Connecticut Writing Project and Lecturer in English at UConn, specializing in Composition, Teacher Education, and American Literature.  He is the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society President-elect and an Institute for Teaching and Learning Teaching Scholar.  His blog on teaching can be read at http://jasoncourtmanche.blogspot.com/.

February 9, 2015

  • Chris Torockio

    Christopher Torockio is the author of a novel, Floating Holidays and two collections of stories, most recently The Truth at Daybreak. His short fiction has appeared in The Antioch Review, Denver Quarterly, The Gettysburg Review, The Iowa Review, Willow Springs, and many other publications. He teaches at Eastern Connecticut State University.

  • Penelope Pelizzon

    V. Penelope Pelizzon’s most recent book is Whose Flesh Is Flame, Whose Bone Is Time. Her first book, Nostos, won the Hollis Summers Prize and the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. Pelizzon’s writing has received awards including an Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship, and a "Discovery"/ The Nation Award.

  • Raouf Mama

    Raouf Mama is a CT Master Teaching Artist as well as a Distinguished Professor and a Faculty Row Super Professor at Eastern Connecticut State University. He is the Author of Why Goats Smell Bad, Pearls of Wisdom, and Why Monkeys Live In Trees, and winner of the National Multicultural Children's Book Award in 2008.

March 2, 2015

  • David Capella

    David Cappella, a poet and Professor of English at Central Connecticut State University, has co-authored two widely used poetry textbooks, Teaching the Art of Poetry: The Moves and A Surge of Language: Teaching Poetry Day to Day. He was the featured poet in the 2014 summer issue of Italian Americana.

  • Ellen Litman

    Ellen Litman is the author of two novels, Mannequin Girl and The Last Chicken in America, a finalist for the 2007 LA Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the 2008 New York Public Library Young Lions Award. She is an associate professor of English at the University of Connecticut.

  • Deborah Ann Davis

    Deborah Ann Davis is an author, educational speaker, personal trainer, and longtime educator. She's the author of the YA books Fairly Certain, and the forthcoming Fairly Safe. For years, their daughter and their money went to college. Deborah now invites sedentary people (i.e., writers, students, etc.) to move with her through her Wiggle Writer blog at www.DeborahAnnDavis.com.