English Department News Letter and Calendar

Recent Publications, Awards, and Other Achievements

Wheeler Winston Dixon has published an essay on The Hoodlum in Noir of the Week, August 30, 2011. He has also published an article, "How Long Will it Last, and Do You Really Own It?," on streaming video, texts, and music, in the web journal Flow 14.7 (September 3, 2011).

Jessica Rivera-Mueller has been selected as an Emerging Leader by Phi Delta Kappa International, an association of education professionals. The organization's mission is to support education, particularly public education, as the cornerstone of democracy. She serves as the vice president for her local PDK chapter and will accept the award in Baltimore during the association's annual conference.

Marco Abel's essay "Intensifying Life: The Cinema of the "Berlin School'," originally published in Cineaste online (fall 2008), was recently published in translation as "Das Leben intensivieren: Das Kino der "Berliner Schule'," trans. Sabine Wilke, in Literatur für Leser 54 (2/10): 113-125.

Claire Harlan Orsi's critical essay on the relationship of genre to literary fiction appears in the current issue of MAYDAY Magazine.

Jaime Brunton's poetry manuscript was recently named a finalist for the Four Way Books Levis Prize. She also has poems forthcoming in DIAGRAM and The Journal.

Adrian Gibbons Koesters' poem "Ars Poetica" appears in Blastfurnace (Summer 2011).

Kathryn Kruger's essay, " 'Softened with Time': Timekeeping and Temporal Anxiety in Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," received University of Nebraska's 2011 Woodberry Prize awarded annually to the best seminar paper on any interdisciplinary nineteenth-century subject. Special thanks to Dr. Laura White for her helpful contributions to this project.

James Redd: His short story "Visiting," his first publication, will appear in the Fall issue of Fifth Wednesday. Also, two short-shorts will appear in the Winter issue of Parting Gifts.

Michelle Menting has flash nonfiction and prose poetry forthcoming in both Bellingham Review and Quarter After Eight literary journals.

Over the course of the summer poetry by Jeff Alessandrelli appeared in CutBank, Eleven Eleven and diode. His review of Claire Becker’s book Where We Think It Should Go appeared in Open Letters Monthly in August. In an edition of 70, his long poem “It Is Especially Dangerous To Be Conscious Of Oneself” was made into a private chapbook by the poet Bill Knott. Poor Claudia, a small press out of Portland, Oregon, accepted for publication his chapbook Don’t Let Me Forget To Feed the Sharks; it will come out in early 2012.

Trey Moody’s story, "Let Us" (written in Judy Slater's workshop), was named a finalist in Sonora Review's Short Short Story Contest and appears in the current issue and on their website. Over the summer, Trey's poems were published in DIAGRAM and Anti-. While in Indiana for the 2011 ASLE Conference, he read on The Poets Weave (a radio show on WFIU, Bloomington’s NPR station), which is archived online. Recently, his manuscript was named a semifinalist in the 2011 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award.

Marianne Kunkel's review of The Book of Men, Dorianne Laux's newest book of poetry, will appear in Blue Mesa Review.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 15, 6:00 p.m., University of Nebraska-Kearney:  Kwame Dawes, Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner and Chancellor's Professor of English at UNL, reads from his work.  For further information contact Allison Hedge Coke, hedgecokeaa@unk.edu.

Friday, September 16, 4:00 p.m., Zen's Lounge: Karen Babine and Jason Hertz will read from their work as part of the no name reading series.

Tuesday, September 20, 3:00 p.m., City Campus Union Auditorium:  "Psychology and Literature: A Discussion of Psychology and Creative Writing."  Timothy Schaffert will discuss the development of the characters in his new novel The Coffins of Little Hope and will read from the novel.  A panel discussion will follow on research and the psychology involved in characterization.  Panelists will include Professors David Hansen and Debra Hope from the Psychology Department. 

Friday September 30, 4:00 p.m., Zen's Lounge: Joshua Ware and Sindu Sathiyaseelan will read from their work as part of the no name reading series.

Saturday, September 24th, 100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE READING
6:00 -- 7:50 at Crescent Moon Coffeehouse, (8th & P Streets in the Haymarket)
Lincoln will join over 230 cities and 54 countries as part of a global initiative to celebrate poetry and address issues of peace and sustainability. Organized by Grace Bauer and Rex Walton, the reading will feature UNL colleagues Kwame Dawes and Stacey Waite, Allison Hedge Coke from UNK, James Shea from Nebraska Wesleyan, plus regional and local poets Jameson Boyles, Sarah McKinstry Brown, Liz Kay, Kelly Madigan, and others. Further information of the global event can be found on Facebook or at www.bigbridge.org.

Monday, September 26th, 7:30pm, City Campus Union (room TBA): Celebrating the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible: Creation and Legacy
A Panel Discussion with Profs Stephen Burnett & Sidnie White Crawford from the Dept. of Classics & Religious Studies, and Professors Stephen Buhler & Laura White from the Deptartment of English
Co-sponsored by the departments of Classics and Religious Studies & English
A reception will follow

Saturday, October 1, 7pm, Drift Station Gallery, 18th & N: The Clean Part Reading Series presents poets Lisa Fishman and Danielle Pafunda. Check The Clean Part website for more information (cleanpartreading.blogspot.com).

Monday, October 10th, 5:30-7:00pm, Great Plains Art Museum: Mary Martin McLaughlin Memorial Lecture
"Playing at the Center of the Cosmos: The Meaning of Hildegard's Ordo Virtutum"
Dr. Margot Fassler, Co-Director of the Master of Sacred Music Program University of Notre Dame
Co-sponsored by Hildegard Center for the Arts, Women's and Gender Studies, the Department of Classics & Religious Studies and the School of Music
A reception will follow

Thursday, October 13, 5:30-7pm, Sheldon Museum of Art--Auditorium
"Humanities on the Edge" invites you to attend a lecture by Sara Guyer, Associate Professor of English, University of Wisconsin. The first of four invited speakers to address this year's special topic--Biopower/Biopolitics--Sara Guyer will give a lecture entitled, "'A Poet is Born Not Made': John Clare's Grave and the Politics of Life." The author of Romanticism after Auschwitz (Stanford 2007) and an affiliate of the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies,
Global Studies, and Center for European Studies at Wisconsin, she is a specialist in British and Continental Romanticism, critical theory, post-Holocaust writing, and the lyric.

Thursday, October 13 – Saturday, October, 15, 2011, Omaha Public Library (W. Dale Clark Branch; 215 S. 15th Street) & KANEKO (1111 Jones Street), Omaha, NE:  OmahaLitfest.  The theme of this year's Litfest is "Silk and Sawdust: The Art and Mechanics of Literature."  Panel discussions, readings, an opening-night party, and an art exhibit: "Possessions: Literary characters and the things they carried." This exhibit will feature artists' interpretations of literary artifacts (think Hester Prynn's scarlet letter; Mrs. Dalloway's flowers; Sherlock Holmes' pipe; Willy Wonka's golden ticket; Proust's madeleines.)  For more information, go to http://www.omahalitfest.com

Thursday, October 27, 3:00-6:30 p.m., Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, City Campus, UNL:  Creative Writing/Prairie Schooner Celebration.  This event celebrates Prairie Schooner's 85th year of publication, and welcomes Kwame Dawes as the new Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner and Chancellor's Professor of English at UNL.  Afternoon readings by UNL creative writing faculty, followed by a reception.

Thursday, November 3, 7:30 p.m. Great Plains Art Museum, 11th & Q Streets.  Nationally acclaimed poet and human rights activist Carolyn Forché will read from her work .  Carolyn Forché is the author of four books of poetry: and is a past winner of the Yale Younger Poets Award, three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Lannan Foundation Fellowship.  She is the Lannan Visiting Professor of Poetry and Professor of English at Georgetown University.  In addition to her public reading, she will give a talk on the poetry of witness, at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, November 3, in Bailey Library (228 Andrews Hall), University of Nebraska-Lincoln city campus. 

Thursday, November 17, 5:30-7pm, Sheldon Museum of Art--Auditorium
"Humanities on the Edge" invites you to attend a lecture by Jodi Dean, Professor of Political Science, Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The second of our four speakers to address this year's special topic--Biopower/Biopolitics--Jodi Dean will give a lecture entitled, "Communicative capitalism: this is what democracy looks like." The author or editor of 10 books, editor of Theory & Event (one of the leading political theory journals), and an avid blogger (she blogs at http://jdeanicite.typepad.com/), she is a specialist in Political Theory and her research interests include Digital Media and Politics, Poststructuralism and Psychoanalysis, Neoliberalism and consumerism, Cultural Studies, and Feminist Theory.