The Arizona Desert

Scorched and parched.

Neon yellow fields. Purple patches. Splashes of pink.

The desert in bloom.



Francis Bacon Fellowship Speaker Series

The Spring 2016 Francis Bacon Fellowship presents bestselling authors Dr. Mario Livio and Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison

FREE / No registration required

Saturday, April 16

Dr. Mario Livio, astrophysicist, scientist essayist, author Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein — Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists that Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe

Lecture and Q & A

When: 6:30 p.m. Reception

7. p.m. Lecture

Where: Hodson Hall 210, Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218

Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Arts Innovation Grant

For detailed info see the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance’s Culture Fly site


Saturday April 23

Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, renowned author and professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Author of the best-selling memoir An Unquiet Mind, as well as many other books, including Exuberance, and Touched with Fire, now the inspiration for a major motion picture.

Reading and Q & A


When: 6:30 p.m. Reception

7. p.m. Reading

Where: Hodson Hall 210, Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218

Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Arts Innovation Grant

For more details: see GBCA’s Culture Fly


The Hub at Hopkins

Joanne Cavanaugh Simpson, Lecturer, The Writing Seminars, Johns Hopkins University,

Dr. Jocelyne DiRugierro, Associate Professor of Biology, Johns Hopkins






Attention: Hopkins Science Majors Who Get the Lit

Announcing the Francis Bacon Fellowship

Scientist Essayists: The Next Generation

I do now publish my essays, which, of all my other work, have been most current. For that, as it seems, they come home. –Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Sir Francis Bacon—father of empiricism—welcomed the scientific revolution. Bacon also launched a modern tradition of scientists and physicians who eloquently frame questions sparked via their studies. Via the personal essay, these thinkers examine the universe, the Earth, or the living cell.

A select group of undergraduate fellows will attend a four-part Saturday seminar series in April 2016.

The goals:

● Learn the stylistic techniques of the essay form via workshop review, revision and feedback from professors and visiting writers.

● Create a polished essay to submit for publication.

Fellowship grants (ranging from $100 to $400) awarded based on merit.

● Earn a writing-intensive 1 credit in Independent Study.

● Evening events, open to the Hopkins community and public, will feature prominent scientist essayists for Readings and Discussion.

Francis Bacon Fellows will be selected from undergraduate science and engineering majors (including dual writing majors) who demonstrate excellence in writing—an eye for clarity, an ear for language. Peruse the work of biologist Lewis Thomas, surgeon Atul Gawande, astrophysicist Mario Livio, or psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison.

To apply:  Submit 1) a writing sample, such as a short science-oriented personal essay (< 700 words),  as well as 2) a brief statement of purpose (< 300 words) re: why you should be chosen, passion for your field, future interest in writing, etc. to Writing Seminars Lecturer Joanne Cavanaugh Simpson, Please send as Word attachments and copied into the email.

Faculty affiliate: Johns Hopkins Associate Research Professor Biology, Jocelyne DiRuggiero

Funded by an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Arts Innovation Grant


3QR No. 4 Hits the Liternet

Announcing publication of the fourth annual issue of 3QR: The Three Quarter Review — Poetry & Prose > 75 percent True. Read us at With this issue we fulfill four quarters and our destiny, creating a literary genre of mostly true stories. No censorship. No betrayal. Our current issue features an eclectic blend of new and established writers. From an elegy to SkyMall to a poetic tribute to awkward words, from memoirs on loss to explorations of languor or love. Enjoy. Comment. Be inspired to lie just a little bit.