All public events on Eckerd College’s campus are virtual until further notice.

Eckerd College is pleased to present lectures and presentations, as well as arts and athletic events, for the enjoyment and enlightenment of our community.

Gunda, directed by Viktor Kossakovsky, 93m, 2020

Saturday, February 27, 2021, 7 p.m.

Introduced by Dr. Erin Frick, Assistant Professor of Animal Studies at Eckerd College

An beautiful black and white documentary that immerses its viewers into the daily lives of a pig and her offspring, some cows and chickens. The film will be available February 26 through 28 online. Sign up to receive a password and link to the screening; we’ll also invite you to an online discussion forum on Zoom, during which Dr. Erin Frick will introduce the film and lead a discussion of it!

Cartoon of three women with HEATHERS text below

Heathers: The Musical

Friday and Saturday, March 12 and 13, 2021, 7 p.m.
$10/device, purchased and streamed online

Music, book, and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy
A student-empowered production, directed by Hannah Hockman

Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing clique: Heather, Heather, and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place – six feet under. A hilarious, heartfelt, and homicidal musical based on the 1989 movie.

Danez Smith laughing with hands behind head and tattoo on forearm

Photo by Hieu Minh Nguyen

An Evening with Danez Smith: Virtual Reading and Q&A

Thursday, April 1, 2021, 7 p.m.

Danez Smith is a Black, Queer, Poz writer and performer from St. Paul, Minnesota, who is the author of Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017)—winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection and the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award as well as a finalist for the National Book Award—and [insert] boy (YesYes Books, 2014)—winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. Danez is a member of the Dark Noise Collective and is a co-host of VS with Franny Choi, a podcast sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and Postloudness. Danez’s third collection, Homie, was published by Graywolf Press in January 2020.

Supported by the J. Crayton Pruitt Foundation Endowment for the Creative Arts Collegium

Registration required for An Evening with Danez Smith

Book jacket with text: [insert] boy, Danez Smith

Professors Gloria Muñoz and Scott Ward: Virtual Reading and Conversation

Thursday, April 8, 2021, 7 p.m.

These members of Eckerd’s creative writing faculty will discuss their research and the process to publication of their recent books.

Gloria Muñoz is a Colombian American writer, literary translator and advocate for multilingual literacy. Her poetry book Dawn’s Early / Danzirly (University of Arizona Press, Bilingual Edition, April 2021) was awarded the Academy of American Poets 2019 Ambroggio Prize. Other honors include Lumina’s Multilingual Nonfiction Writing Award, a Las Musas Mentorship for Latinx and nonbinary authors, and a New York State Summer Writers Institute Fellowship. She also is the author of Your Biome Has Found You (Finishing Line Press, 2017). A proponent of cross-disciplinary collaboration, Gloria has worked alongside botanists, musicians, dancers, historians, visual artists, conservationists and neuroscientists. She is a co-founder of the film organization Pitch Her Productions and is one-half of the songwriting team Moonlit Música. She teaches creative writing at Eckerd College. More at

Scott Ward is a professor of literature and creative writing at Eckerd College. He grew up in Alabama and graduated from Auburn University. He holds an M.A. from University of South Carolina, where he studied under the poet James Dickey. He has published three books: Crucial Beauty (Scop Publications, 1991), which won the 1990 Loiederman Poetry Prize; Wayward Passages (Black Bay Books, 2006); and Rebel: The American Iliad, a Novel in Verse (Adelaide Books, January 2021).

Registration required for Muñoz/Ward virtual reading

An Evening with Ada Limón: Virtual Reading and Q&A

Thursday, April 15, 2021, 7 p.m.

Ada Limón, a current Guggenheim Fellow, has published five poetry collections—including The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. Her fourth book, Bright Dead Things, was named a finalist for the National Book Award, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She serves on the faculty of the Queens University of Charlotte Low Residency MFA program and lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

Supported by the J. Crayton Pruitt Foundation Endowment for the Creative Arts Collegium

Registration required for Ada Limón virtual reading

An Evening with Donika Kelly: Virtual Reading and Q&A

Thursday, April 22, 2021, 7 p.m.

Donika Kelly is the author of the chapbook Aviarium (fivehundred places) and the full-length collections The Renunciations (Graywolf Press, May 2021) and Bestiary (Graywolf Press, 2016)—winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. The collection also was longlisted for the National Book Award and was a finalist for a Publishing Triangle Award and a Lambda Literary Award. A Cave Canem Graduate Fellow and member of the collective Poets at the End of the World, Donika has also received a Lannan Residency Fellowship, and a summer workshop fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center. Her poems have been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic online, The Paris Review and Foglifter. She currently lives in Iowa City and is an assistant professor at the University of Iowa, where she teaches creative writing.

Supported by the Eckerd College Queer-Straight Alliance, the Afro-American Society, the Vivian and Bill Parsons Fund for Literature and History, and the J. Crayton Pruitt Foundation Endowment for the Creative Arts Collegium

Registration required from Donika Kelly virtual reading