Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Western Michigan University will be celebrating Jaimy Gordon's National Book Award in style with a reading on Monday, December 13, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Richmond Center, Room 2008 (followed by a reception in the lobby). All English Department faculty, staff, students, alumni/ae, and emeriti/ae are invited to attend.
See you all there,
Monday, November 29, 2010
We welcome you to join us for our fourth reading of the Fall 2010 Gwen Frostic Reading Series. We’re honored to have fiction writer Christine Sneed read her work this Wednesday, Dec. 1st, at the WMU Bernhard Center, in room 105-107, starting at 8:00 PM. We look forward to seeing you there.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
This is to let you know that Jaimy Gordon is this year's recipient of the National Book Award in the "Fiction" category for her 2010 novel Lord of Misrule. To contextualize the significance of her success, please consider this: In 1950, publishers, editors, writers, and critics decided to celebrate the first annual National Book Awards, an award given to writers by their own peers. The American Book Publisher’s Council, The Book Manufacturers’ Institute, and The American Booksellers’ Association jointly sponsored the Awards, bringing together the American literary community for the first time to honor the year’s outstanding achievements in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. In later years, Science, Philosophy and Religion, History and Biography, Arts and Letters, Translation, Contemporary Thought, Autobiography, First Novel, Original Paperback, and Children’s Book were added as categories. Over the years, recipients in "Fiction" have included the likes of William Faulkner, Saul Bellow, John Cheever, Philip Roth, Bernard Malamud, Thornton Wilder, Joyce Carol Oates, Flannery O'Connor, Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Susan Sontag, and Peter Mathiessen, to name but a few. For the National Book Foundation's page on Jaimy's award and novel, please see HERE.
Please join me in congratulating Jaimy who, by winning this prestigious award, brings attention to our excellent Creative Writing Program, department, college, and university. Jaimy's award comes after last year's nomination of alumna Bonnie Jo Campbell for the same high honor.
With collegial regards and congrats to Jaimy,
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
FALL 2010 ENGLISH STUDIES CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS
Brittany L. Balyeat
Peter Cullen Bryan
Kara Anne Pauley
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
The Laureate is Western Michigan University's only undergraduate literary journal, sponsored by Lee Honors College. Students do not have to be English majors or honors college students to submit. We accept all genres-- short fiction, poetry, playwriting, nonfiction, drawing and photography. However, we need of more short fiction, nonfiction, and playwriting submissions. Attached is a flyer that we hope you will pass on to your students.
Please note: our deadline for submissions was recently changed to December 15th. Students may submit as many works as they want and all entries may be submitted to email@example.com. We accept longer works as well. If you or your students have any questions, they can email us at the address listed above or visit our website at thelaureate.tumblr.com.
Monday, November 15, 2010
The deadline to submit proposals for Computers and Writing 2011 has been extended to Monday, November 22. Please help us get the word out by forwarding this message to your colleagues and other lists you subscribe to.
The conference, hosted by the Sweetland Center for Writing at the University of Michigan, will take place in Ann Arbor, MI from May 19-22. Visit http://sweetlandcandw2011.com to submit your proposal.
Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you in Ann Arbor!
The Conference Organizing Committee
Saturday, November 13, 2010
November 13, 2010
7pm (doors open at 6:30)
Jake Adam York and Traci Brimhall with broadsides by Kip Deeds and Michelle Webster.
Traci Brimhall is the author of Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press), winner of the 2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Her poems have appeared in New England Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Slate, The Missouri Review, Kenyon Review Online, FIELD, Indiana Review and Southern Review. She is a former Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and a former Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers' Conference.
Jake Adam York is the author of three books of poems-Murder Ballads (2005), winner of the 2005 Elixir Press Prize in Poetry, A Murmuration of Starlings (2008), selected by Cathy Song for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry and winner of the 2008 Colorado Book Award in Poetry, and Persons Unknown (2010), forthcoming from Southern Illinois University Press/Crab Orchard in October 2010. York's poems have appeared in Anti-, Blackbird, The Cincinnati Review, DIAGRAM, Diode, Greensboro Review, New South, Northwest Review, Shenandoah, The Southern Review, Southern Spaces, Third Coast, and other journals.
The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center
Suite 103A, Park Trades Center
326 W. Kalamazoo Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Thursday, November 11, 2010
“Are we turned Turks”: English Pageants and the Stuart Courtview abstract
David M. Bergeron
Celebrating Idleness: Antony and Cleopatra and Play Theoryview abstract
Katherine Philips as Political Playwright: “The Songs Between the Acts” in Pompeyview abstract
Music and Religious Compromise in John Bale’s Playsview abstract
Katherine Steele Brokaw
REED: Lincolnshire, ed. James Stokes
reviewed by Victor I. Scherb
The English Clown Tradition from the Middle Ages to Shakespeare, by Robert Hornback
reviewed by Peter Cockett
Mummings and Entertainments, by John Lydgate, edited by Claire Sponsler
reviewed by Roger A. Ladd
Storytelling and Drama: Exploring Narrative Episodes in Plays, by Hugo Bowles
reviewed by Mustafa Kemal Mirzeler
Renaissance Earwitnesses: Rumor and Early Modern Masculinity, by Keith M. Botelho
reviewed by Jennifer C. Vaught
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Poet Dennis Hinrichsen, Poet David James, and Fiction Writer Adam Schuitema Read Their Work: Alumni Reading, Fall 2010 Gwen Frostic Reading Series
We welcome you to join us for our third reading of the Fall 2010 Gwen Frostic Reading Series. We’re very honored to have three alumni authors: poet Dennis Hinrichsen, poet David James, and fiction writer Adam Schuitema. They will read their work this Thursday, Nov. 11th, at the WMU Bernhard Center, in room 157-158, starting at 8:00 PM. We look forward to seeing you there.
Only undergraduates enrolled full time in United States and Canadian universities and colleges for the academic year 2010-11 are eligible.
Submissions of no more than 7,500 words. All entries must be accompanied by proof of current undergraduate enrollment. No fax or electronic submissions. Submission assumes Stony Brook's right to publish winning stories on its Web site. For complete submission guidelines, visit www.stonybrook.edu/fictionprize
March 1, 2011. All applications postmarked after the deadline will be returned unopened.
Mail Submissions To:
Director, The Stony Brook $1,000 Short Fiction Prize
Stony Brook Southampton
MFA program in Writing and Literature
239 Montauk Highway
Southampton, NY 11968
Friday, November 5, 2010
The connection rings even deeper as “Intimate Apparel” is set in 1905, the same year Wharton’s blockbuster novel “The House of Mirth” was published.
Joslin's most recent new book, Edith Wharton and the Making of Fashion (UPNE, 2009), places Wharton's fiction and non-fiction in the context of fashion design, labor history, and women's dress reform from the corseted and bustled silhouettes of the late nineteenth century to the flowing angles of the twentieth. Joslin will speak at 4 p.m. Nov. 11 in Room 164 of French Hall at UM-Flint. The public is welcome to attend.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
- Brenna Alholm
- Hassan Al-Momani
- Michelle Andrus
- Kyle Blasco
- Sara Bower
- Nayt Boyt
- Kylie Cheevers
- Gretchen Colman
- William Cope
- Eric Cron
- Abby Dame
- Adam Dietz
- Lauren Dixon
- Dana Hall
- Ashley Harper
- Elizabyth Hiscox
- Sarah Jones
- Elyse Jozlin
- Jeanine Kemmer
- Amanda Kissman
- Angela Kramer
- John Kreider
- Chandel Lawrence
- Erika LaFerier
- Jacob Lewis
- Megan Lipp
- Hannah Lucero
- William D. Martin
- Maureen Mead
- Cody Mejeur
- Megan Miller
- Ambrosia Neldon
- Rachel Neubauer
- Melissa Nichols
- Kelly O'Keefe
- Elan Pavlinch
- Katherine Peterson
- Sean Pickett
- Gena Reist
- Justin Reynolds
- Andrew Rhodes
- Jessica Rungaitis
- Jacob Smallegan
- Valerie Smolarkiewicz
- Nora Strehl
- Cora Supenski
- Jacob Swanson
- Michael Venner
- Kristine Voss
- Andrew Wolford
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
*Call for Contributions*
The peer-reviewed, open access e-journal *Authorship*, planned to go online
in the summer of 2011 and to appear twice a year, is seeking submissions for
its inaugural issue. The journal aims to offer a venue in which to describe
diverse historical and discursive settings of authorship, and to grapple
with the complex issues of authorial authority, independence or
interdependence, and self-fashioning. The Romantic or New Critical concept
of the solitary genius or auteur (if indeed such an entity ever existed at
all) has for decades now been the subject of intense critical scrutiny and
revision; as a result, what the general public might once have thought of as
authorial agency is now submerged in an elaborate tissue of critical
feedback, textual instability, editorial intervention, and accidents of
publishing, branding, and spin. And yet the Author persists, as a
nomenclature, as a catalogue entry, as a biographical entity, as a popular
icon, and as an assumed agent of creativity and innovation. In analyzing
cultural formations of 'authoriality' as they developed historically, over a
long period of time and in a variety of geographical locations, in relation
to cultural networks and social change, to transformations of the media, as
well as to changing perceptions of gender and personhood, *Authorship* hopes
to foster a more refined and precise theoretical and historical
understanding of the complex ideological, technological and social processes
that transform a writer into an author. We therefore welcome articles in
English on the cultural performance of authorship in any contemporary or
historical literary milieu.
Topics include, but are not limited to:
- Authorship across and within diverse languages, literatures, and
geographical locations: colonial, transatlantic, transnational, translated,
- Varieties of authors: dramatists, novelists, poets, journalists, sages,
critics, humorists; authors as entertainers, public intellectuals,
- Authenticity, authority, agency, attribution.
- Authorship and the canon.
- Gender and authorship: interrogating putative "feminine" and "masculine"
models of writing, self-fashioning, and getting published.
- Fame, infame, disfame, lack of fame; the self-creation, branding and
reception of authors.
- Anonymity, pseudonymity, and authorial personae.
- Authors and collaboration; single and multiple authors. Authors and
- The quotidian activities of writers as they relate to the public image of
- Translation, editing, redacting, and reviewing considered as kinds of
- Authorship and the marketplace; authors and patrons; authorship and
- The textual re-creation of authors by editors, publishers, and printers.
- Authorship and/in the material book; authorship & new technologies (film,
digital media, the internet).
Submissions may be sent to the editors (mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org). The
recommended length for articles is about 5,000 words, and the deadline to be
considered for inclusion in the first issue is 1 May, 2011. See the website
of *Authorship *at http://www.authorship.ugent.be/ for more information and to sign up for email notification of future issues.
This journal is an initiative of the Research project on Authorship as
Performance (RAP). For further information, visit http://www.rap.ugent.be/
Dr. Sören C. Hammerschmidt
Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Postdoctoraal onderzoeker
Research on Authorship as Performance (www.rap.ugent.be)
English Department/Vakgroep Engels
Ghent University/Universiteit Gent
Monday, November 1, 2010
We welcome you to join us for our second reading of the Fall 2010 Gwen Frostic Reading Series, cosponsored by New Issues Poetry & Prose. We’re very honored to have poet Beckian Fritz Goldberg read her work this Thursday, Nov. 4th. The reading will take place at the WMU Bernhard Center, in room 105-107, starting at 8:00 PM. We look forward to seeing you there.