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Return Engagement: Sean Enright

Sean Enright

When: Thursday, October 17, 2019
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM  

Where: University Hall, 201, 1897 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: English Department   847.491.7294

Group: English Department

Category: Lectures & Meetings


Sean Enright was born in Washington DC and grew up in Maryland. He has taught fiction workshops in the MFA graduate creative writing program at the University of Maryland, as well as undergraduate fiction workshops there, and literature, poetry and other writing workshops at The Catholic University of America, the Writer's Center in Bethesda MD, Trinity College in Washington, DC and Montgomery College in MD.

He currently makes a living as a strategic website project manager in higher education. From 2013-2015, he worked as speechwriter, first for Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland, and then for the President of Johns Hopkins University.

Enright’s poems, essays and translations have appeared in TriQuarterly, The Threepenny Review, The Sewanee Review, The Kenyon Review, Verse, Tikkun, Provincetown Arts, The American Scholar, The Southern Poetry Review, Another Chicago Magazine, The Nebraska Review, Poet Lore, America, The Journal (OSU), The Innisfree Poetry Journal, The Cumberland Poetry Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Graham House Review, The Midland Review, Sonoma Mandala, Hubbub, The Laurel Review, Karamu, Nightsun, New Age Magazine and NEBO: A Literary Review.

He has published five volumes of poetry: Legends of 1425 Sherman Avenue (2019), The Beautiful Ones (2017), The Intelligence Officer Prepares to Enter Heaven (2016), Bob Dylan Sleeping (2014) and My People: Selected Poems, 1990-2012 (2012). All are available on  An early manuscript of his poems was a finalist for the Washington Prize at the Washington Writers Publishing House in 2000. Another collection of poems was a Finalist in Texas Tech First Book Series in 1994.The Southern Poetry Review twice selected individual poems as Finalists for the Guy Owens Poetry Prize, in 1999 and 1998.

In 2012, Enright published the novel Nearly True. In 2001, his novel, Goof and Other Stories (published by Creative Arts Books) was an Editor's Choice in The Baltimore Sun. His one-act play, Atomic Dog, was staged by the Econo-Art Theatre Company of Chicago in 1987. He has also completed a play about the Lincoln assassination called The Third Walking Gentleman, and a drama set in contemporary times about domestic bio-terrorism and a dysfunctional family, called Home for the Holocaust.

Enright has an M.F.A, Writing from the University of Maryland, and a B.A. in English from Northwestern University. He is married to Ame Enright and they have two children.

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