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.