English Department News Letter and Calendar

Recent Publications, Awards, and Other Achievements

Wheeler Winston Dixon has published an essay on John Cromwell's film
"The Racket" in Noir of the Week. His interview with producer/director Roger Corman appears in the book "Roger Corman: Interviews" edited by Constantine Nasr, University Press of Mississippi,

Joy Castro served as a visiting writer, October 19-22, at Mississippi University for Women, where her memoir The Truth Book was chosen as the common reading for the freshman class. She also participated in the Welty Symposium there.

Karen Babine presented her paper "'If all the sky were paper and all the sea were ink': Tim Robinson's Linguistic Ecology" for a panel on contemporary Irish environmental writing at the American Conference of Irish Studies on October 7th. Her article of the same name will appear in the Winter 2011 issue of the Irish scholarly journal New Hibernia Review.

Michelle Menting has a short poem forthcoming in Cellpoems.
Cellpoems is a poetry journal distributed via text message. To subscribe to Cellpoems (it's free!), sign up here: http://cellpoems.org/subscribe

John Johnson has a poem on his friend Bill Kloefkorn in the current Hobble Creek Review, an issue devoted to the former State Poet. http://www.hobblecreekreview.net/Issue14/john_philip_johnson.html

Casey Pycior's story, "The Current," is forthcoming in Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley.

SHE WHO LOVES HER FATHER, Laura Madeline Wiseman’s sixth chapbook, has just been accepted by Dancing Girl Press.

Please encourage undergraduates to send in items for the newsletter. They can do so by sending an email to literaryleague@unl.edu.

In Memoriam

The English department was sadden over the past weeks by the loses of two of our own:

Upcoming Events

Creative Writing Celebration, Thursday, October 27, to formally welcome Kwame Dawes as the new Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner and Chancellor’s Professor of English, and to celebrate Prairie Schooner’s 85th continuous year of publication. The event will be held in the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center (adjacent to the student union), and will begin at 3:30 p.m. with short readings by our creative writing faculty, with a reception to follow. Everyone is welcome, so please come and encourage your students to attend.

Friday, October 28, 4:00 pm, Zen's Lounge: John Johnson and Hali Sofala will read from their work as part of the no name reading series.

Monday, October 31, 1:30-2:30, Bailey Library: eTeaching Panel "Not Your Mama's Books: Critical Reading & Digital Texts." Do you have students who want to use iPads, Kindles, or Nooks to read ebook versions of course texts? Do you worry when students don't print scanned readings for class? Is how we read affected by the medium of publication? Join panelists Amanda Gailey and June Griffin for a discussion about what the increased availability and use of scanned texts, ebooks, and other digital print formats might mean for college classrooms.

Thursday, November 3, 7:30 pm, 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. 

Monday, November 7, 3:30-5:00 pm, Bailey Library: Dr. Jennifer Sinor's talk titled: Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From: Broadening Our Understanding of How Place Shapes Us and the Students We Teach

Thursday, November 10, 5:00-6:30 pm, Bailey Library. The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program presents "But here I am in Kent and Christendom": Country, Court, and Making a Nation by Kelly Stage, UNL Department of English & Proof and Consequences: Women as Ministers of Revenge in The Merry Wives of Windsor by Marguerite Tassi, UNK Department of English

Friday, November 11, 4:00 pm, Zen's Lounge: Bernice Olivas and Erica Rogers will read from their work as part of the no name reading series.

Thursday, November 17, 5:30-7 pm, 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.