Friday, December 28, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
The competition is open to all Michigan residents of Polish descent who are at least 18 years old. Entrants may submit up to two short stories on any subject they wish. Entries are limited to 1500 words and must be the original work of the author that has never been published or won an award in any other competition. The entry fee is $10.00 per person. Deadline for entries is February 1, 2008. Besides cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention, winners will have their stories published in the Friends of Polish Arts Newsletter, The American Council for Polish Culture Heritage, and in Tygodnik Swiat Polski, The Polish World.
Entry forms and rules are available at the Friends of Polish Arts website, http://friendsofpolishart.info/dotnetnuke or by contacting Janet Ann Hedin at email@example.com, 248-546-8004 or Susan Nash at Susannash4@aol.com, 743-428-9809.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Faculty interested in attending a dinner for Dr. Austin at 5:30 0n Thursday at the Oakwood Bistro, should contact Ilana Nash at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
photo: Ekaterininsky Canal, 73, 104, St. Petersburg. Houses of Sonechka and pawnbroker Alyona Ivanovna from the novel Crime and Punishment.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Dial, an English and history major, was also instrumental in drafting a successful WSA resolution to convey student concerns about aspects of the new WMU advertising campaign. He was one of four senators who drafted the language, which is critical of the negative connotations of several of the ads.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Reservations are now being accepted for the Whole Art Theatre’s full-production of Steve Feffer’s play AIN’T GOT NO HOME, a new play based on the story of Chicago’s legendary Chess Records. Performances of the play are December 6, 7 and 8 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) and 14 and 15 (Friday and Saturday) at 8 PM at the Whole Art’s 246 N. Kalamazoo Mall space. Tickets for the Friday and Saturday performances are $10.00.
Opening Night, Thursday, December 6, is a special Blues Bash Benefit for the Whole Art, featuring a performance of the play, followed by drinks and appetizers accompanied by a live blues band. Additionally, Steve will be digging deep into his Chess Records vault to DJ a Rock and Roll, Blues and Soul Dance Party. Tickets for this special evening are $50.00 with all proceeds going to the theatre.
For reservations please call 269-345-7529. Please reserve early as seating is very limited.
AIN’T GOT NO HOME, which received (along with the Whole Art as sponsoring theatre) the 2007 New Jewish Theatre Award from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, tells the story of Leonard Chess, a Jewish immigrant from Poland who founded the Chess Records label on Chicago’s Southside in 1950, and his relationship with Muddy “Mississippi” Waters, the legendary bluesman from Rolling Fork, Mississippi, with who he made music history. Set between the years 1945 and 1969 the play traces the rise of Leonard Chess, and Chess Records, from out of a Southside liquor store; through his transformation of modern music with artists such as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley; to his battle with his son Marshall over the label’s future in the turbulent 1960s. The play reveals the story of two immigrants, each man attempting to stake a claim in an America where they may not otherwise fit or be accepted, as they negotiate racial and religious perceptions in the 1950s and 1960s, and those that continue to shape the cultural present in our own communities.
The production is directed by Western Michigan University theatre professor Mark Liermann, and features Western Michigan University theatre professor Von Washington as Muddy “Mississippi” Waters.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Late Night Series at the Whole Art Studio
246 N. Kalamazoo Mall
November 16 - December 1
GA/WAYNE and the GREEN KNIGHT
by Michael P. Martin
Based on the anonymous epic poem, Martin has written a play telling of Sir Gawain's renowned life of virtue and his encounter with a seemingly otherworldly knight. This is the retelling of a classic, done in verse, juxtaposed with modern language, and extolling one of the greatest Arthurian legends. Featuring Dan Elmblad, Jeff Khaled, Christopher MacLean-Nagle, Sarah MacLean-Nagle, Trevor Maher, Joe Sanders, Richard J. Steward, Geoff VanGemert, and Kate Walker.
And as at every Late Night performance, complimentary Beaner's Gourmet Coffee and Sweetwater's Donuts are provided for the audience.
Performs November 16, 17, 30 and December 1 @ 11:00pm
at the Whole Art Studio, 246 N. Kalamazoo Mall
Tickets $5 each
Groups are recommended to call ahead and reserve seats since space is limited!
Thursday, November 15, 2007
We cordially invite you and your students to attend the English Writing Conference and support the efforts of these remarkable presenters. This conference will allow the university and entire community to see the physical embodiment of the English department. We hope that you will enhance our image and endorse our students' efforts with your presence.
The conference will begin at 1pm with a brief introduction and history of the EWC and ESS in the 2nd floor faculty lounge of the Bernhard Center. Food and water will also be available at that time. Panels will run every hour: 1:10-1:50, 2:00-2:50, 3:00-3:50, 4:00-4:50pm. Schedules for each room will be posted outside of their respective doors; conference programs, Sigma Tau Delta information, and upcoming conference and publication opportunities for students will also be available in the faculty lounge.
Thank you for your continued support of Sigma Tau Delta and the English Writing Conference. If you have any questions about our organization or the EWC, please do not hesitate to contact Jen Dempsey at email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing you on Friday at the English Writing Conference!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Marianne received her B.A. from Hope College and her M.F.A. in poetry from Western Michigan University. She has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and her poems and essays have appeared in the Del Sol Review, Event, North American Review, and elsewhere.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
A new monograph by Christopher Nagle, Sexuality and the Culture of Sensibility in the British Romantic Era, has just been published by Palgrave, and is featured in the November (convention) issue of PMLA. For more information, including a description and pre-publication reviews, click here.
"Stuart Dybek will be honored at a festive public reception, with special refreshments and live music, on Friday, November 16, from 6:30-8:00 pm, at the Kalamazoo Public Library, 315 S. Rose St. The libraries of Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, and Davenport College, Portage District Library, Kalamazoo Public Library, and the Kalamazoo Gazette invite the entire community to celebrate Mr. Dybek’s amazing achievement in receiving both a 2007 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the 2007 Rea Award for the Short Story in the same week earlier this fall. KPL Director Ann Rohrbaugh will welcome guests to the reception shortly before 7:00 pm. Marsha Meyer, Portage District Library Adult Services librarian, and Western Michigan University representatives will also talk briefly. Mr. Dybek will then read from his work, answer questions from the audience, and sign his books. The Michigan News Agency will sell his books at the event. A native of Chicago, Dybek served Western Michigan University as a professor of English for 33 years, retiring from active teaching this past spring. According to a WMU News release, he 'remains closely connected to WMU as an adjunct faculty member, and he teaches in the university's renowned Prague Summer Program.' Dybek is now teaching at Northwestern University, as its first Distinguished Writer in Residence.-- Marsha Meyer, Portage District Library, 269-329-4542 ext. 710 firstname.lastname@example.org."
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
presentations by WMU faculty members. This event is cosponsored by the Department of English.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
1110 Trimpe Hall – Multicultural Center
Tuesday, November 13, 4:00 p.m.
The Spanish Earth (1937), 52 minutes
It has become one of the major films on the Spanish Civil war and one of the most important films in Ivens’s career. Like in many other films, Ivens finds a balance between the daily lives of people and their struggle to survive. The strong photography, mainly by John Ferno, combined with the powerful editing by Helen van Dongen and the commentary of Ernest Hemingway, make the film a masterpiece of documentary film making.
Tuesday, November 13, 6;00 p.m.
La lengua de las mariposas (1999), 99 minutes
Spanish with English subtitles
La lengua de las mariposas (Butterfly) mourns the Spain destroyed by civil conflict by remembering it through the enchanted eyes of a small boy. Moncho is just old enough to begin attending public school. Moncho is blissfully unaware of the tense, political undercurrent that runs beneath his family and his country. He is content to while away his days in the idyllic countryside of Galicia, in northern Spain. There he divides his time between following his older brother’s exploits in a local big band and chasing butterflies with his compassionate schoolteacher and mentor Don Gregorio.
Wednesday, November 14, 6:00 p.m.
Soldados de Salamina (2003), 119 minutes
Spanish with English subtitles
When professor and writer Lola Sánchez is assigned to write a column in the newspaper about the Spanish Civil war, she researches and finds for the first time about the shooting of Rafael Sánchez Mazas. Lola has lost her passion for writing, and she becomes intrigued about Rafael, who was a writer and journalist that returned to Spain from the Italy of Mussolini and was very active in the Spanish fascist party Falange Española.
Monday, November 5, 2007
At the 42nd annual meeting of the Western Literature Association, held October 17-20 in Tacoma, WA, Nicolas Witschi presented a paper entitled "'Off the Reservation with Forty Kinds of War Paint On': Dime Novel Journalism, the Outlaw Henry Starr, and Native American Autobiography."
Also at this conference, Nic and Dr. Karen Ramirez of the University of Colorado at Boulder became co-Presidents of the Association, and together they now undertake the organizing of the 2008 conference, to be held in Boulder, CO, Oct. 1-4. Featured speakers will include William Kittredge and Patty Limerick, the Association's Distinguished Achievement Awards recipients for 2008, as well as a terrific array of scholars and creative artists. Moreover, in a collaboration with The Center of the American West, the WLA conference will run concurrently with a community-based series entitled Western Literature Week that will feature prominent Colorado and western writers speaking publicly about their work. For more information about any of these events, check in regularly at the official Western Literature Association website, where you will also find the call for papers for the 2008 conference.
Beth Bradburn presented "Invisible Bodies, Transparent Minds: Jeanette Winterson's Written on the Body" at the Theory of Mind and Literature Conference at
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Featuring the Poetry and Fiction of: Conrad Hilberry, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Bill Olsen, Nancy Eimers, Jack Ridl, Jackie Bartley, Rodney Torreson, Diane Seuss, David Dodd Lee, Elizabeth Kerlikowske, Danna Ephland, Gail Martin, Greg Rappleye, Dave Marlatt, Susan Ramsey, John Rybicki and Julie Moulds Rybicki and more.
Also Featuring: Irish music by Dave Marlatt and the Rambling Boys of Pleasure as well as American Roots Acoustic music by Solid Geometry and a Silent Auction of arts, crafts and signed books.
Where: Kraftbrau Brewery, 402 East Kalamazoo Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI. $5 admission. Free food.
When: Sunday, November 4 from 3 to 7:30 p.m.
Four short plays by Michigan Authors
Directed by Andy Argo
by Sara Snyder
What happens when picking up baggage at the airport takes a psychological turn?
T - Laura Wagner
Bo - Kyle Foster
by Michael Monje
The turmoil of an atheist son and his Christian fundamentalist mother.
Stephen - Joshua Graves
Catherine - Melissa Zinn
The Video Game
by Christine Kilpatrick
Ever wonder what those video game characters are doing when you're not playing with them?
Frank - Lucian MacDonald
Ed - Kyle Foster
Vignettes of Failure
by Neely Shingledecker
An absurd tale of love, marriage, sex, and attempted murder.
George - Chris Schwallie
Winnie - Lynn Holt
at FIRE, 1249 Portage Rd
Saturday, November 3rd and Saturday, November 10th
7pm and 8:30pm performances each evening
$10; $8 students/seniors
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
The Gwen Frostic Reading Series is pleased to present poet Marvin Bell next Wednesday, November 7. Bell will be speaking at a Q&A at 4pm on the 10th floor of Sprau. His reading will be at 8pm at the Little Theater.
Author of nineteen collections of poetry and creator of a form known as the "dead man poem," for which he is both famous and infamous, Marvin Bell was for many years the Flannery O'Connor Professor of Letters at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and served two terms as the state of Iowa's first Poet Laureate. He now teaches for the brief-residency MFA based in Oregon at Pacific University. His most recent work includes Iris of Creation, The Book of the Dead Man, Ardor, Nightworks: Poems 1962-2000, Rampant, and his latest collection, Mars Being Red. The recipient of awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Academy of American Poets, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Poetry Review, and Poetry Magazine, Bell has also held Senior Fulbright Appointments to Yugoslavia and Australia.
We hope you can join us for these events. Please encourage your students to attend.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
This prestigious award carries a cash prize of $ 1,000. Please join me in congratulating Michelle on this wonderful honor.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Chris Nagle presented a paper, " The Traveling Pleasures (and Perils) of Sensibility: Ireland and Italy, Owenson and Staël," on a panel devoted to "The Object of Pleasure" at the 16th International Conference on Romanticism sponsored by Towson University and Loyola College in Baltimore, MD, on October 21, 2007.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
One Tribe, the first AWP Novel Award Winner published with New Issues, has won the 2007 Global Filipino Literary Award for Fiction. One Tribe will be submitted to the Library of Congress and will receive a special catalog number for inclusion in the Global Filipino Literary Awards Collection housed permanently in the Library's Asian Reading Room.
Even more exciting, the book's author, M. Evelina Galang, was named one of the 100 most influential Filipina Women in the US by Filipina Women's Network and will be honored at the Filipina Summit (www.ffwn.org) in Washington D.C. next week. She'll be reading from One Tribe at the Library of Congress on Saturday.
David Keplinger's poetry book, The Prayers of Others, won the 2007 Colorado Book Award for Poetry at a special event last night (Oct. 17). His other book with New Issues, The Clearing, was a finalist for the same award last year.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Our new inductees for the fall are:
Sarah J. Anderson
Conor W. Burke
Eric B. Dial
Gregory A. Flynn
Caroline N. Lampinen
Patrick S. Love
Danielle N. Lutz
Amanda M. Lynch
Miranda L. Rosenberg
Ashley J. Russo
Amy P. Simon
You are more than welcome to attend the induction even if these are not your students. Please join us in welcoming these new members.
-Theresa, Sigma Tau Delta PR
2007 Call for Papers
Submission Deadline: Friday, November 2
What can you do with a course paper after the class? Present it at the EWC!
Students may submit papers focusing on any topic connected to English studies. Submissions may explore:
● novels, short stories, poems
● films, speeches
● original explications
● English studies pedagogical papers (though not lesson plans or teaching tips)
Original creative works are also encouraged.
All submissions must be presentable within a 15-minute time slot.
Prose submissions must be typed, double-spaced, in a standard 12-point font and should range from approximately 5 to 10 pages in length.
Poetry submissions must be typed in a standard 12-point font and may include a single poem or a group of poems. The submitted body of work should have a title.
Each person may submit up to two works in different genres for this conference.
Panel submissions are welcome. (Panels may include three or more participants from a single class presenting on similar topics/a single project, a pre-planned discussion on a particular text by three or more individuals, or another creative group presentation.)
Submissions may be emailed to: WMUSigmaTauDelta@gmail.com
Submissions must be received by 12 midnight on Friday, November 2.
Email Subject Line: EWC Submission.
Email Body: Your full name, title of the work(s), and contact information. (Working email is best.)
Submission attachment should be in: .doc format.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Prof. Wendy Wall, chair of the Department of English at Northwestern University, is the fifth annual Comparative Drama Distinguished Lecturer. Her talk, "At Home with Shakespeare," will be at 7:00 pm on Thursday, October 25th, on the 10th floor of Sprau Tower.
This presentation examines the particular way that textiles in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Othello signal contradictions in how domestic work was understood in the period. These plays make strikingly clear that domesticity was a site of creativity, power, and fantasy, comprising objects and activities whose meanings could not fully be controlled. As they exploit contradictions in household ideology, Shakespearean plays reveal creative tensions in how housework was used to structure--and to negotiate--communities and relationships.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Daneen Wardrop has won the Gerald Cable Book Award from Silverfish Review Press for her poetry collection, The Odds of Being.
Stuart Dybek has been chosen to receive The Mark Twain Award in 2007 for “distinguished contributions to Midwestern literature” from the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature at Michigan State University.
MFA student in poetry, Kim Kolbe, has a poem currently online at AGNI: http://www.bu.edu/agni/poetry/online/2007/kolbe.html.
Steve Feffer has won one of this year’s New Jewish Theatre Commissions awarded by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture and the Jewish Endowment for the Humanities. The grant will allow Steve to continue his work with a sponsoring theatre—in this case, the Whole Art—on Ain’t Got No Home, his new play based on Chicago’s legendary Chess Records.
Arnie Johnston’s short play, Roulette, was a Finalist for Wilkes University’s (Wilkes-Barre, PA) 2007 John C. Gardner Prize for the Two-Minute Play. Arnie and wife Debby Percy have adapted their short play But If It Rage into a screenplay that will be filmed this summer in Los Angeles by IntroSpec Pictures under the direction of Greg Siers.
Part-time colleague Linda Dick has written five biographies of literary characters--White Fang, Billie Joe (Out of the Dust), Jonas (The Giver), Cat in the Hat, and Summer (Missing May)--for the forthcoming Student Companion to American Literary Criticism.
Undergrad major Theresa Thomas has received a Dean’s Summer Thesis Research Award of $2,500 from the Lee Honors College. Theresa’s work will be supervised by faculty mentor Lisa Minnick.
Doctoral candidate Ron Riekki received a contract from Ghost Road Press to publish his novel U.P. in fall 2008. In the acceptance note, Matt Davis of Ghost Road Press wrote, “I am just going to start this off by saying that I love your book. Hollow, Craig, J, and Antony are so compelling and their voices are so real that I found myself re-reading chapters and sections just to experience their words again. I think this is the perfect book for Ghost Road Press and would like to offer you a contract to publish if the ms is still available. Please let me know...if it is I will draft an offer and send it to you as soon as I hear back. The book would be set to come out for Fall 2008.” I’m going over the contract right now and may ask (beg) for some changes based especially off of some minor points (that may be major) that Robert Eversz passed on to me. U.P. was previously nominated for the Sewanee Writers’ Series by National Book Award winner John Casey and it actually won, set to be published with Overlook Press (a subsidiary division of Penguin Putnam), but they pulled out last minute, so it is great that I have found another publisher for the book at this time. You can also add to the Bulletin that I just worked for VH1’s I Love New York 2. (I Love New York set the record for highest Nielsen rating in the history of VH1.) And also I’m going into a studio in Detroit on June 1 as a comedy writer with five other comedy writers from Chicago to write Second City style sketches for the next album to be released by the Artfull Dodgers. (Gozza from the Artfull Dodgers appeared on VH1’s egotrip’s “The (White) Rapper Show.” I’m talking with VH1 about working for them in L.A. for the remainder of the summer and I fly out on Wednesday for a job interview with a Florida college, so a ton going on. Oh, and Abstraction Theatre is doing a staged reading and production of Good Behavior. Ron :)
Jon Adams has received official word from the University of Virginia Press that his book has been accepted for publication and is scheduled for a Fall 2008 release. The MS is currently with UVA’s ‘cultural studies’ series editor (Robert Newman, dean of Humanities at the University of Utah), as it will likely be included in that series. The contract is forthcoming.
For the fourth consecutive summer, Western Michigan University’s Departments of Theatre and English collaborated to stage readings of a series of exciting new plays. This year’s New Play Project—under the guidance of Steve Feffer and Theatre Department colleague Mark Liermann—included fifteen student-written plays selected for development with a company of fourteen student actors, directors, and stage managers. The plays ran the theatrical gamut from an apocalyptic love story set beneath a clock that is either “counting down the end of the world or the time it takes to bake a potato”—to a parody of modern art centered on Duchamp’s “The Fountain.” The readings took place during May and June in the Zack L. York Arena Theatre in the Gilmore Theatre Complex. “The Fountain” by Alyse Castillo, “Deja Vu Goodbye” by Chris Bell, “After Wilson” by Mike Monje, “Everybody Gets Fifteen Minutes” by Max Clark, “Ham and Cheese Omelet” by Leah Okraszewski.
Janet Heller’s illustrated children's book, How the Moon Regained Her Shape, was selected as a Children's Choice of 2007. For the complete Western News story, go to http://www.wmich.edu/wmu/news/2007/05/044.html. And a short time later the Publishers Marketing Association chose How the Moon Regained Her Shape as the winner of the 2007 Benjamin Franklin Award in the category of Interior Design, three or more colors—Children's/Young Adult. Janet’s article “The Nature of Learning in Garrison Keillor’s ‘Drowning 1954’ and ‘After a Fall’” was published in MidAmerica 32 (2005). She also made several presentations at the May 2007 Symposium on the Cultural Heritage of the Midwest at Michigan State University in East Lansing: “Letters Home from a Map-Maker for General Patton” (an analysis of her father's war letters and autobiography), “Rummage Sale” (a poetry reading), and “Returning to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin” (a creative nonfiction essay). Congratulations, Janet!
Melinda Moustakis, fiction
Michael Davis, fiction
Kathy Zlabek, fiction
Shannon Jonas, poetry
Kory Shrum, poetry
Kate Dernocoeur, multi-genre
Marin Heinritz, nonfiction
Paul Goff, scriptwriting
Meghann Meeusen, culture studies
The Teaching Assistants are integral to the success of the Prague Summer Program, and are at the heart of the Program’s unique structure. Each is, in effect, the workshop manager in her or his group. In the weeks preceding arrival in Prague, she or he gathers, online, the materials to be critiqued over at least the first one or two sessions of the first week, and for at least the first session of the third week. Since non-credit-seeking students may participate for either the first two weeks or the seconds two weeks of the program, the logistics of gathers and disseminating student materials is particularly challenging, and must occur during the time leading up to everyone’s arrival in Prague, when they are often least communicative due to travel.
Once the program begins, the TAs keep attendance records for the workshops, the lecture series and the Ypsilon Reading Series (Czech spelling); they also keep records of the work that is critiqued in the workshops. Because the classes are composed of students at different experience levels, the TAs conduct tutorials with neophyte poets, fiction and nonfiction writers and playwrights outside of class.
Because most of the workshops have two mentors, one the first two-week session and another the second, the TAs must coordinate the transition. Because none of the mentors is an instructor of record for grades (they suggest grades to the program director, who is the instructor of record, and he factors those suggestions into the final evaluation which includes his judgment of each credit seeker’s performance on a final essay, and on the attendance record supplied by the credit seeker’s TA), the TAs’ reports to the program director are crucial. TAs are the program director’s representatives in the workshops.
TAs in the Prague Summer Program are indeed integral to success, but they also themselves benefit greatly from fulfilling their roles. They gain valuable experience in pedagogy, managing groups of individuals being mentored by some of the finest writers and teachers of writing in the world. Of course, they also benefit as aspiring artists from having their own work critiqued by those mentors. In addition, they learn valuable lessons regarding the practical aspects of arts management. Finally, they benefit in the same sense as every other PSP participant should, from living for a month in one of the world’s most beautiful and culturally rich cities, having their own language, their American-ness, their very sense of what it is to be an artist, defamiliarized, re-contextualized.
Professor of English & Founding Director,
Prague Summer Program
The Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature invites you to participate in its 38th Annual Symposium:
Writing the Midwest: A Symposium of Scholars, Creative Writers, and Filmmakers
May 8-10, 2008, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
The Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature is devoted to the study and production of Midwestern literature in whatever directions the insight, imagination, and curiosity of the members may lead. The SSML annual symposium brings together writers, scholars, and filmmakers to present criticism, poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and films.
We welcome proposals for individual papers, panels, and roundtables on Midwestern literature, and reading of creative work with a Midwestern emphasis. Filmmakers are encouraged to propose the screening of films with Midwestern subject matter. Information at: http://www.ssml.org
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Olsen is a recipient of fellowships through the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Breadloaf. His three previous collections of poetry are The Hand of God and a Few Bright Flowers, Vision of a Storm Cloud, and Trouble Lights.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Chari Thralls has accepted to serve as Chair of the Committee on Scientific and Technical Communication, a national committee under the auspices of the National Council of Teachers in English. The committee's mission is to increase the professional community's awareness and skill in teaching technical and scientific communication.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Chari Thralls is the co-editor, with Mark Zachry, of an essay collection, Communicative Practices in Workplaces and the Professions: Cultural Perspectives on the Regulation of Discourse and Organizations (Baywood Publishing). For more information, click here.
Nic Witschi recently authored the essay on "Late-Nineteenth-Century Literature" in the 43rd annual edition of the prestigious American Literary Scholarship, a selective annual review of the voluminous research in the field published by Duke University Press.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Associate or Full Professor, Creative Writing-Fiction
Seeks applications for a tenure-track position in Creative Writing (Fiction) to begin Fall 2008 at the rank of Associate Professor or Full Professor, depending on qualifications, experience, and budgetary approval. MFA, Ph.D., or DFA in English required. Western Michigan University offers programs in fiction, poetry, drama, and creative non-fiction, including the Ph.D. in English with Creative Dissertation, the MFA in Creative Writing, and creative writing majors and minors; these are enhanced by the Prague Summer Program, Third Coast Literary Magazine, New Issues Poetry & Prose, and a number of drama projects. The successful candidate will be an active writer with a distinguished record in the field, several books of prose fiction, and substantial teaching experience at the university level. Publications in other genres of creative writing, particularly in creative nonfiction, will be considered an asset. This position will involve mentoring and assisting our fiction students in entering the world of professional fiction writing, especially at the graduate level. As with rank, workload and salary level are competitive, depending on qualifications and experience. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has placed WMU among the 76 public institutions in the nation designated as research universities with high research activity. Western Michigan University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer consistent with applicable federal and state law. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. Please send letter of application, vita, transcripts, and three letters of reference to: Dr. Richard Utz, Chair, Department of English, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5331. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
You'll recognize a lot of these students from your classes. Be sure to ask them how their classes are going -- Jake Frye, Rob Gardella, Lauren Hill, Owen Horton, Kyle Krol, Randall Seltz, Camila Stewart, Brandon McNab, Megan Allen, Sam Boyd, Laura Butler, Christina Cousino, Sara Dibartolomeo (and Mike Monje and Elena Adkins, our graduate lead teachers).
Sunday, October 7, 2007
On October 13, various members of the English department participated in "Major Excitement," an event organized by the College of Arts and Sciences to introduce students to the many majors offered by the college and to help them make an informed decision about selecting a major early on in their college careers. Prospective majors had an opportunity to meet and consult with faculty members, graduate students, and alumni/ae, and the large number of interested visitors at the info table attested to the many attractive features involved in the vast field of English studies.