CLA Spring Faculty/Staff Meeting and Awards Ceremony: Three of our MFA students — Abby Kerstetter, Matt Truslow, and Nate Barron — will be featured readers at the College of Liberal Arts Spring Faculty/Staff Meeting & Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 8th. Past spring meetings have included entertainment from theatre and music students, and we are proud that Abby, Matt, and Nate were chosen to showcase the liberal arts and the creative writing program this year. Five English department faculty members will be recognized with awards for teaching, research/creative artistry, and service. Please come support not only our department faculty and students but also faculty from the rest of the college. This is always an upbeat and celebratory event. The ceremony from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm in the Durrell Center Seminar Rooms A & B. There is parking available near Moby.
Leslee Becker’s story, “The Continental,” has been accepted for publication in Ascent.
Next week, Doug Cloud will be giving at talk in Athens, Ohio at the third annual Ohio University Queer Studies Conference titled, “Coming Out Gay, Coming Out Atheist: Re-Thinking the Long-Term Influence of the LGBTQ Movement(s).” He’ll also lead a workshop for queer students and students of color titled, “Queer in the Workplace, Queer in the World: Some Key Concepts for Talking About Categories of Difference in Public and Professional Contexts.”
Roze Hentschell is attending the annual meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America in Vancouver, B.C., where she presented a paper, “‘They Sing’: Comedy, Choirboys, and Actors at St. Paul’s.”
A French edition of EJ Levy’s story collection, Love, In Theory, will be issued by Payots & Rivages on May 5, 2015.
This week, Nancy Henke learned that she received a Senior Teaching Appointment. She joins 19 other department faculty whose long-term, high-quality teaching and service have been recognized with this honor.
Todd Mitchell attended and presented two sessions at the Northern Colorado Writers Conference last weekend (one on developing layered characters, and one on developing engaging conflicts).
Todd Mitchell also launched a Kickstarter campaign to support the continued production of a graphic novel he’s working on with the Irish artist, Patrick Mullholland. The story uses a matriarchal alien invasion to explore crucial environmental, social, and political questions. If you’re curious, the first issue is produced and available for free off the Kickstarter page: http://kck.st/1OCQTP9
The Moscow Arts Commission and Broadsided Press has selected KristinGeorge Bagdanov’s poem “Earth Body” as one of the four ASLE-member poems to be broadsided for the “Broadsides on the Bus” program this summer in Moscow, Idaho. The broadside will be on display on the Moscow buses during the ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment) conference, and copies of the poem and accompanying original art will be on display in the Transit Center; the broadsides will also be downloadable.
Undergraduate Choice Award: The Graduate School partnered with the Office for Undergraduate Research and Artistry to sponsor the Undergraduate Choice Awards through which each category of the Graduate Student Showcase will be judged by a team of undergraduate scholars. This category is designed to expose undergraduates to graduate level scholarship, facilitate the training of undergraduates in the critical analysis of scholarly products, and to reward graduate students whose work is perceived to be among the highest quality by the undergraduate team of judges. Two Graduate students in the Department of English received awards. In the Creative category, Cedar Brant won second prize ($75) for The Hidden Hinge: Mapping Memory and Myth through Poetry, and in the Research category John Whalen won third prize ($50) for TheUtilization of Web-based Resources for Computer Assisted Vocabulary Learning