COVID-19 Information

For ourselves. For each other. Mask up, and get your flu shot.

“Writing: A Life” Events

LVC will welcome two visiting writers to campus this fall. Their public readings will take place via Zoom and will be available to the campus community and the public.

Both writers will also visit with students while on campus.

Lauren Francis-Sharma | Oct. 20 | 7 p.m.

Join this event via Zoom. Meeting ID: 841 3828 8816. Passcode: 948913

Lauren Francis-Sharma is the author of Book of the Little Axe (May, 2020) and ‘Til the Well Runs Dry, which debuted in 2014 and was short-listed for the William Saroyan International Prize, awarded the Honor Fiction Prize by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. ‘Til the Well Runs Dry was also chosen as an O, The Oprah Magazine Summer Reading Pick and lauded by the New York Times, USA Today, Essence Magazine, and People Magazine amongst other publications.

Lauren, a child of Trinidadian immigrants, has written about the Caribbean in both her novels and the story of her grandmother’s journey to the United States, the inspiration behind her acclaimed first novel, was the subject of a feature article in both the Washington Post in July 2014 and The Baltimore Sun in March 2015.

Lauren’s short story "Demented" is featured in the anthology Us Against Alzheimer’s: Stories of Family Love and Faith edited by Marita Golden. Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature with a minor in African-American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Lauren is the owner of DC Writers Room, a co-working space dedicated to both published and aspiring writers. She is also the assistant director of Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference at Middlebury College and a MacDowell Fellow.

Lauren lives in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. with her husband and two children, and she is always working on another book.

Visit her website at Purchase a copy of Book of the Little Axe here.


Lauren Francis-Sharma

W.M. Akers | Oct. 26 | 7:30 p.m.

Join this event via Zoom. Meeting ID: 820 0581 163. Passcode: 812987

W.M. Akers is a novelist, playwright, and game designer. He is the author of the mystery novels Westside and Westside Saints; the creator of the bestselling games Deadball: Baseball With Dice and Comrades: A Revolutionary RPG; and the curator of the history newsletter Strange Times. Born in Nashville, he spent a lucky thirteen years in New York before moving to Philadelphia in 2019. Learn more about his work at

Purchase a copy of Westside Saints here.


W.M. Akers