Levitt reads from new book, Dreams Bigger than the Night

August 2015:  Join English emeritus professor Paul Levitt for a reading and signing of his new book, Dreams Bigger than the Night, at the Boulder Book Store (Pearl Street Mall) on Thursday, August 27, at 7:30pm. $5 admission, which is apply to purchase. Check out Boulder Book Store's website for more information: Background: In 1932,…

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Award-winning Karen Yamashita investigates polyglot in literary work

Award-winning novelist Karen Tei Yamashita joins the English Department's Creative Writing Reading Series September 17 for a reading of her work, which contain elements of magical realism. Her books include Anime Wong: Fictions of Performance (2014), I Hotel (2010), Circle K Cycles (2001), Tropic of Orange (1997), Brazil-Maru (1992), and Through the Arc of the Rain…

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Former CU creative writing professor Lucia Berlin honored at Boulder Book Store

The English Department encourages everyone to attend a celebration of the late Lucia Berlin's newly published short story collection, A Manual for Cleaning Women, with editor Stephen Emerson, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Jennifer Dorn, and others. (A Manual for Cleaning Women published by Farrar Straus & Giroux, August 2015) A Celebration of Lucia Berlin's Selected Stories…

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Queer black writers cause stir in American consciousness

The 1920s was a dynamic, voltaic, energizing and boisterous period of our nation’s history — even more so for an African-American community that was reeling from the aftermath of slavery, emancipation, racist politics of the Ku Klux Klan, white supremacist regimes of Jim Crow segregation, the end of World War I, race riots, and mass migration into Harlem. Many black…

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Nan Goodman’s global seminar featured in Turkish newspaper

July 2015: Professor Nan Goodman (left in photo) and her global seminar in Istanbul, Turkey, were recently featured in a news article for Salom (print and online) titled, "Experiencing Religious Diversity in Turkey." Reporter Selin KANDİYOTİ interviewed Nan and several of her students to get their perspective on what it was like to live in and learn about…

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Emerson named Outstanding Teacher by students

June 2015:  CU Boulder students nominated English professor Lori Emerson for an ASSETT Award of Excellence as an Outstanding Teacher in the Use of Technology. Responding to ASSETT's request in May to identify instructors who use technology in outstanding ways to support student learning, students enrolled in the class, Introduction to Media Studies, nominated Emerson.…

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English graduate students rock Comic Con

Several English Department graduate students participated in and presented papers at the 2015 Comic Con event in Denver May 22-25. Denver Comic Con and Literary Conference (DCC) is a three-day family friendly, pop culture fan convention. The event features the best in comics along with popular sci-fi and fantasy T.V. shows, movies, Japanese animation, cosplay…

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Emerson presents talks in Sweden

June 1, 2015: Lori Emerson gave a talk, titled "Lab-based Tinkering and Open-ended Play in the Era of the Posthumanities," at Linköping University in Sweden on May 24 as an invited guest speaker. On May 26 Emerson gave a second talk, titled "The Advanced Work Processor - Reimagining What Could Have Been and Still Could Be," at Index: The Swedish Contemporary Art…

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Bradley named a recipient of 2015 Robert Stearns Award

5/22/15: The CU-Boulder Alumni Association recently selected Associate Professor Adam Bradley as a 2015 Robert Stearns Award winner. The Stearns Award celebrates "members of the faculty and staff for extraordinary achievement or service in any one or combination of the following areas: teaching, service to the University, work with students, research or off-campus…

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English graduate conference on visions of self and space

Join English graduate students for their course conference entitled, "Transformative Horizons: A Graduate English Conference on Visions of Self and Space," Thursday, May 7, 9am-5pm in the British Studies Room, 5th Floor Norlin Library. The conference, which represents the hard work of 24 CU English graduate students, covers a variety of exciting topics — from the T.V.…

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Lost camera inspires NEA book project

April 30, 2015: Marcia Douglas, associate professor of English in the Creative Writing Program, has won a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship to write a novel inspired by the flamboyant and rising literary star, Zora Neale Hurston, who lost her camera on a year-long Guggenheim excursion to Jamaica and Haiti in 1936. Douglas describes her book project: "While…

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Walkabout Journal published

April 27, 2015: Walkabout Creative Arts Journal recently published its annual spring publication. The Journal is a celebration of undergraduate creative arts at CU-Boulder. A CU tradition since 1973, showcasing exemplary prose, poetry, and visual arts. The editorial staff solicits submissions in the fall, and entries are reviewed and published in the spring. The Journal…

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2015 Graduate Conference: Song, Sound, and Literary Studies

Please join the students of ENGL 5109 and ENGL 7179 for their joint graduate conference “Song, Sound, and Literary Studies” on April 20, 22, 27, and 29 from 2-4:30 each day.  Panels on Monday, April 20 and 27 will be in the Center for British and Irish Studies; panels on Wednesday, April 22 and 29 will be at Innisfree Bookstore and Cafe (1203 13th Street).  Light…

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Julie Carr: Think Tank

April 15, 2015: Julie Carr's latest work, Think Tank, is published by Solid Objects. "'It’s still dark / Then, a door,' begins Julie Carr's beautiful Think Tank. We are invited to step through it, into a space both interstitial and marked, always, with the parts that don't adhere: 'streaks of water between panes of glass,' 'shores . . . [like] garnets, as vital as…

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Judith Roof to speak on gender id

Professor Judith Roof will give a public lecture titled, Gender: What It Is, What It Does, on Friday, May 1 at 4pm, UMC 247. Professor Roof will also teach a seminar for faculty and graduate students titled, "Why Sexual Difference" from 10-noon on May 1, UMC Room 425. The seminar will address why and to what effect American culture constantly conflates gender and sexual…

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Janice Ho: Nation and Citizenship in the Twentieth-Century British Novel

April 3, 2015: In March, Cambridge University Press released Janice Ho's new book, Nation and Citizenship in the Twentieth-Century British Novel. Description from Academic's website: Nation and Citizenship in the Twentieth-Century British Novel charts how novelists imagined changing forms of citizenship in twentieth-century Britain. This study offers a new way of…

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Lori Emerson as invited speaker on the MAL and media issues

April 1, 2015: Lori Emerson gave a webinar on March 17 on the Media Archaeology Lab for Washington State University's series "Critical Making as DH." On April 10, she is also an invited guest speaker on the MAL and her new project "Other Networks" for the symposium, "Media<>Epistemologies<>Power," hosted by North Carolina State University's Department of…

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Code Switching and Recoding Language

The CU Creative Writing Association, with the support of the Cultural Events Board and the CU English Department, invites you to join us for our fantastic upcoming panel & reading event on Monday, April 6 from 7-9pm at the Fiske Planetarium. Featured artists Mykki Blanco, Jennifer Tamayo, and Cathy Linh Che will be performing their work and discussing their encounters…

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Talks rethink geographies of transamerican and American literary studies

  Guest lecturers Kirsten Silva Gruesz, professor of Literature at the University of California Santa Cruz, and Michelle Burnham, professor and chair of English at Santa Clara University, discuss issues of migration in the 19th century from Central America and across the oceans, and particularly how that migration has shaped and influenced…

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Noah Eli Gordon: The Word Kingdom in the Word Kingdom

April 1, 2015: Brooklyn Arts Press (BAP) publishes Noah Eli Gordon's newest collection of poetry, The Word Kingdom in the Word Kingdom (April 1, 2015). Information from the publisher, BAP. A new collection from one of America’s most intriguing poets, this is Noah Eli Gordon’s heftiest book yet, presenting a decade’s worth of honed, tightly-knit lyrics, poetic…

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Bruce Kawin: Starting Over

April 1, 2015:  A chapbook of 22 short poems called Starting Over, Bruce Kawin's latest work, is published by Omerta Books (San Francisco). Copies of the book are available on Omerta's website, or at Innisfree Bookstore after April 16. Join Bruce for a reading of selections from his book on Thursday, April 16, 7pm at…

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English Language Notes publishes “Cartographies of Dissent”

March 2015: English Language Notes released its fall/winter 2014 issue (52.2) entitled, “Cartographies of Dissent.” ELN is dedicated to interdisciplinary and collaborative work among literary scholarship and fields as disparate as theology, fine arts, history, geography, philosophy, and science. "Cartographies of Dissent" critically examines the cartographic…

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Well-known Joycean Brian Caraher argues case for Thomas Moore as enlightened poet

Cosmopolitanism, Transatlantic Poetics and Multi-cultural Politics of Thomas Moore's Melodies Abstract: This talk will explore the problematic reception and reputation of Thomas Moore in post-partition Ireland and beyond.  It will consider some recent initiatives to recover and reconsider Moore and will argue a case for Moore as an enlightened, cosmopolitan…

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Dr. Katherine Hayles ponders water properties

Second lecture in the English Graduate Student Council's spring speaker series: Dr. Katherine Hayles (How We Became Posthuman, Writing Machines) speaks on "Nonconscious Cognition and Material Processes," Wednesday, April 15 at 4:30pm in the Center for British and Irish Studies (5th floor Norlin). Prof. Hayles will also teach a seminar for graduate students interested in…

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Guest lecturer Jed Esty exposes open society

Mark your calendars for the following talk by Prof. Jed Esty titled, "White Invasions: Conrad, Nabokov, and the Imperial Open Society."  The event will take place on Friday, April 24, at the Gates Woodruff Cottage, 4:30pm.  (The later time is to ensure that the event doesn't clash with the Digital Humanities Speaker Series scheduled for 3pm on the same day.)   There…

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Jack Halberstam speaks out on queer issues

CU-Boulder is proud to announce two upcoming talks featuring Jack Halberstam, Professor of English and Director of The Center for Feminist Research at the University of Southern California (USC). Halberstam is the author of Female Masculinity and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the Edge of Normal, and is currently working on a project about queer anarchy tentatively titled…

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Stephen Graham Jones explains the attraction of horror

Check out latest student-created video featuring Stephen Graham Jones: From vampires to werewolves to zombies to knife, axe and chain saw wielding slashers, horror movies have been scaring audiences ever since motion pictures came on to the scene - and today more so than ever before. Horror writer and CU-Boulder English Professor Stephen Graham Jones explains why we love…

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Creative Writing Reading Series presents faculty reading

Creative writing faculty members Julie Carr, Noah Eli Gordon and Ruth Ellen Kocher present excerpts of their work for the Creative Writing Reading Series on Tuesday, April 21, 7:30pm in the British Studies Room, Norlin Library. Julie Carr Julie Carr is the author of Mead: An Epithalamion (University of Georgia Press, 2004), selected by Cole Swensen for the University of…

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Reading by Lisa Fishman and Sandra Simonds

 The Creative Writing Reading Series welcomes Lisa Fishman, author of Dear, Read, and Sandra Simonds, author of Warsaw Bikini, for a presentation on Thursday, April 16, 7:30pm in the British Studies Room, Norlin Library M549. Sarah Jedd will introduce speakers. Lisa Fishman Influenced by the British Romantic poets and the pastoral tradition, Lisa Fishman composes…

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Reading by Brian Evenson

Brian Evenson, author of Windeye and Fugue State, joins the Creative Writing Reading Series on Monday, April 20, 7:30pm in the British Studies Room, Norlin Library M549. Brian Evenson Brian Evenson is the author of a dozen books of fiction, most recently the story collection Windeye (Coffee House Press 2012) and the novel Immobility (Tor 2012), both of which were…

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CU-Boulder to host Shakespeare’s First Folio Exhibition in 2016

March 4, 2015: CU-Boulder has been selected as the host site for the state of Colorado for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio, one of the world’s most treasured books. The Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, is touring a…

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3rd Annual Medieval Poetry Night coming soon!

Hear poetry in original medieval languages performed by faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate medievalists! You may hear Latin, Old English, Old Norse, Middle English, Medieval Welsh, Old Irish--hwa secgan maeg (who can…

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Stephen Graham Jones wins awards in horror

February 26, 2015: When Stephen Graham Jones claims that his fingers twitch if he doesn't write, he isn't kidding. He is a prolific writer in a genre that has captured the attention and imagination of readers all over. Although horror stories are not new, the general public's fascination with them is. You don't have to be goth anymore to be seen totally engrossed in a…

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English community mourns student Jacob Koltun’s tragic death

Feb 26, 2015: We are deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the death of one of our English majors, Jacob Koltun, a senior at CU-Boulder. Jacob died in a skiing accident Monday, February 23, 2015, in Breckenridge, CO. Our hearts go out to those who knew and loved him — his family, friends and many others who were part of his life. We would like to reach out to those in our…

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English Department launches the first Annual Doug Burger Lecture in Medieval and Early Modern Literature this March

February 2015 — The CU-Boulder English Department will host the first ever Annual Doug Burger Lecture in Medieval and Early Modern Literature on Tuesday, March 10, to honor and recognize retired professor Doug Burger’s remarkable achievements and contributions throughout his years with the university. The event takes place in the British Studies Room, Norlin Library…

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Creative Writing Reading Series presents Gillian Conoley

The Creative Writing Reading series graduate student group presents author Gillian Conoley, who will read on Thursday, Feb 26, 2015, at 7:30pm in Humanities 150. Conoley is the author of seven collections of poetry, including Peace (2014), The Plot Genie (2009), Profane Halo (2005), Lovers In The Used World (2001), and Tall Stranger (1991), a finalist for the National Book…

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EGSC presents Amitava Kumar, “Ah, the deadening language of academia!”

The English Graduate Student Council features Amitava Kumar, Professor of English at Vassar College, as their Spring Speaker Series guest. In his talk, “Ah, the deadening language of academia!”, Kumar will discuss the state of academic style and writing as well as read from his book, A Matter of Rats: A Short Biography of Patna. Please join EGSC in welcoming Amitava…

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Literary Buffs first annual Literature and Arts Festival slamming success!

Check out photos of the event! The first annual Literature and Arts Festival on February 11, 2015 at Innisfree Bookstore and Café was a great success with standing room only during the 3-hour event. Students and café visitors treated themselves to engaging talks by guest speakers English alum Yuri Chicovsky; CU professors Adam Bradley, Lori Emerson, and Oliver W…

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Non-Academic Job Training Series for Graduate Students

Part 1: Transferring Academic Skills to the Non-Academic Job Search Tuesday, February 17 3:30-5pm UMC Art Gallery Join Career Services' Graduate Student Program Manager, Annie Piatt, as she discusses what skills employers want. This interactive workshop will focus on how to identify skills you have gained during graduate school that are transferable to the non-academic…

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Genders’ Future Tense two-day conference showcases emerging work

Genders' Future Tense conference features four 45-minute addresses on each of two days, followed by roundtable discussions, film screenings, and performances. The conference seeks to address the pasts and possible futures of “genders” as an analytical tool in itself, as well as one that invariably finds expression through a labile nexus of allied categories. The…

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Urdu translation of Raza Ali Hasan’s poetry published in Pakistan

English Instructor Raza Ali Hasan’s book of poetry, 67 Mogul Miniatures, was recently translated in Urdu by Dr. Abdul Aziz Sahir, Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, and Muhammad Sheeraz Dasti, Department of English, International Islamic University Islamabad. The bilingual edition, Mughal Sara’ey, is published by Idara-e-Yadgar-e-Ghalib in Nazimabad,…

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Inside the head of an English major

Mary Klages, Associate Professor of English, asked her students of ENGL 2112: “What kind of questions do English Majors ask?” They discussed the many queries they have of literary works and produced a substantial list. Using Word Cloud, Professor Klages compiled the list and made a visual representation for the text data depicting the most prominent…

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Graham Jones featured in Boulder Weekly

1/16/15: Boulder Weekly reporter Elizabeth Miller recently featured Steven Graham Jones in an article on the whys and hows of horror, at least writing it. Says Miller, "[Jones approaches] being a writer like carpentry; some stories flow from a place in need of bloodletting, and some simply need to be hammered together. He prides himself on being able to take those…

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The Gutter! graduate student group discusses X-Men and Y: The Last Man

We'd like to invite you to join us in The Gutter!  First meeting will be next Thursday, January 22, from 6:30 to 7:30 in the Mabel Van Duzee room in Norlin. "The Gutter" is a graduate student reading group that provides a space for graduate English students to critically read and discuss comics, as well as workshop their writing in the field of comics.  The Gutter's…

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Stephen Graham Jones signs new book at Boulder Book Store

January 2015: Stephen Graham Jones will discuss and sign his latest book, After the People Lights Have Gone Off, at Boulder Book Store on Wednesday, January 21, 7:30pm. About the Book: The fifteen stories in After the People Lights Have Gone Off explore the horrors and fears of the supernatural and the everyday by one of our most beloved horror writers, Stephen Graham…

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Veteran professor Paul Levitt delivers inspiring commencement address

Professor Paul Levitt, whose work in the English Department has spanned the last 50 years, delivered an inspiring and reflective address for commencement graduates December 19, 2014. "On this special day, I wish to speak of time and memory, joined each to each. Although we speak of time as past, as present, and as future, we cannot live in future time, though we often…

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Walkabout seeks submissions

12/8/14: Walkabout Creative Arts Journal is seeking submissions from creative undergraduates at CU-Boulder. Walkabout accepts submissions on any topic in the genres of art, poetry, and fiction. Check our website to read guidelines, to see features on creative campus personalities, to view digital copies of previous journals, or to submit your work. Submission deadline is…

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Ruth Ellen Kocher’s Ending in Planes recently published and reviewed in Publishers Weekly

October 2014: Ruth Ellen Kocher's most recent book, Ending in Planes (Noemi Press, Nov 2014), was recently reviewed in the prestigious Publishers Weekly: "This sixth effort from Kocher—one of two this year (the other is Goodbye Lyric)—resounds with frighteningly deep feeling and makes a big presence out of physical form, even though these pages are also full of white…

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ELN publishes Imaginary Cartographies

October 2014: English Language Notes released its spring/summer 2014 issue (52.1) entitled, "Imaginary Cartographies." ELN is dedicated to interdisciplinary and collaborative work among literary scholarship and fields as disparate as theology, fine arts, history, geography, philosophy, and science. Special issue editor is associate professor Karen Jacobs. Senior editor is…

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Medieval Materiality: A Conference on the Life and Afterlife of Things

This national conference brings together scholars from across the disciplines of history, art history, and languages and literatures to reflect on and converse about what some have called the "material turn" in medieval studies. This term refers to the recent flourishing of interest in materiality -- both the objects themselves (books, relics, inventories) and what their…

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Guest speaker Diana Maltz offers advice on Broadview Editions

Since the mid-1990s, Broadview Editions have profoundly enhanced the way we teach literature at the university level. They differ from Penguin Classics and Oxford World Classics paperbacks through their inclusion of social and historical appendices at the end of the primary text. These appendices illuminate cultural issues and debates from the time period of the novel, and…

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How to apply to graduate school

English professors Janice Ho, Karim Mattar, and Maria Windell, as well as graduate students Alex Corey and Allison Shelton will speak to undergraduates about the practical mechanics of applying to graduate school. They will discuss topics such as: How do you write a successful statement of purpose? How important are GRE scores? Whom do you ask for a letter of…

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Creative Writing Reading Series: M. NourbeSe Philip

NourbeSe Philip is a poet and writer and lawyer who lives in Toronto. She is the author of five collections of poetry and two novels, as well as various essays, dramatic pieces, and short stories. Her most recent collection of poetry, Zong! (Weslyan University Press & The Mercury Press, 2008) is an extended poetry cycle based on a legal decision at the end of the…

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Sue Zemka: Time and the Moment in Victorian Literature and Society

Sept 2014: Recently published in paperback, Sue Zemka's book, Time and the Moment in Victorian Literature and Society (Cambridge University Press, August 2014), explores the ways in which England, under the influence of industrializing forces and increased precision in assessing the passing of time, attached importance to moments and events that compress great significance…

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Vannevar captures reaction following deadly shooting

Sept 9, 2014:  On August 17, 2014, a handful of  Vannevar contributors, friends, and English Department faculty members participated in a march through Boulder, CO to protest the recent actions of police agencies in Ferguson, MO, and to demonstrate solidarity with that community in the wake of the shooting of Mike Brown on August 9. After the march, Vannevar staff…

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Penny Kelsey: Reading the Wampum examines sacred tribal belts

August 2014: In her new book, Reading the Wampum, chosen by Syracuse University Press as Director's Choice for Fall 2014, Penny Kelsey explores the aesthetic appeal of sacred tribal belts and provides insightful analysis of how readings of wampum belts can change our understanding of specific treaty rights and land exchanges. Syracuse University Press…

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PW Publishers Weekly interviews Noah Eli Gordon about MFA program

August 25, 2014: Faculty member of the Creative Writing Program, Noah Eli Gordon highlights the English Department's MFA program. In a recent interview with PW Publishers Weekly, Gordon says, "Our program is small and focused, driven by the energy of our active and accomplished faculty and the camaraderie among our students and the burgeoning local literary scene, a loose…

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Teresa Toulouse contributes chapter to book on religious transformations

Terry Toulouse's chapter, "Reader . . . Behold One Raised by God": Religious Transformations in Cotton Mather's Pietas in Patriam: The Life of His Excellency Sir William Phips, Knt.," has just been published in Stephanie Kirk and Sarah Rivett's volume, Religious Transformations in the Early Modern Americas, by the University of Pennsylvania Press. Cloth and e-book editions…

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Richelle Munkhoff: “Poor Women and Parish Public Health in Sixteenth-Century London”

September 2014: Richelle Munkhoff publishes article, “Poor Women and Parish Public Health in Sixteenth-Century London,” in Renaissance Studies 28.4 (2014): 579-596. This appears in a special issue on Women and Healthcare in Early Modern Europe, edited by Sharon Strocchia. From Wiley online library: While there is much excellent scholarship on the topics of poor…

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Paul Levitt: The Denouncer

August 2014: Paul Levitt's new book, entitled The Denouncer (Taylor Trade Publishing), is another great story of deception and intrigue, set in the tumultuous and war-torn Russian in the late 1930s. Denunciation became so commonplace under Stalin that people regarded it as their patriotic duty to spy on others and even expose members of their own family. The original…

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Ruth Ellen Kocher selected for prestigious PEN award

July 30, 2014: Ruth Ellen Kocher, professor and associate chair of the Creative Writing program, has won the 2014 PEN Open Book Award for her book of poetry, domina Un/blued (Topelo Press, 2013). The PEN Open Book Award with a prize of $5,000 is awarded to an exceptional book-length work of literature for an author of color. The PEN Award is given by the PEN American…

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