English Department News Letter and Calendar

Recent Publications, Awards, and Other Achievements

Sarah A. Chavez's poem "How Waitresses Walk Home" received special mention in a recent NewPages.com review of the summer 2011 issue of CALYX, in which this poem, along with "She Came Home Crying Again" and "About Grandma's Hands" appear.

Kate Kostelnik's short story "Sovereign of the Sea" comes out in the fall in the journal Fifth Wednesday.

UNL English Graduate StudentsIn October, Kate traveled with Hye-Ran Jung, Bobbi Olson, Kelly Myer, Marcus Meade, Jessica Rivera-Meuller, and Travis Adams to the Midwest Writing Center Association Conference in Madison, Wisconsin.  Travis, Bobbi, Jessica, Hye-Ran, and Kate were all conference presenters.  

Nima Kian's poems, "Hyphenated American," and, "Another Motivation for Yesterday," will appear in upcoming issues of Strange Horizons, and Stone Highway Review, respectively.

Crystal S. Gibbins directed the annual “Girls Only” statewide Writing Workshop at the Seward Civic Center on Wednesday, Nov. 2. The workshop was designed for girls and women to promote and improve their creative writing techniques. Over 70 GFWC Clubwomen and female high school students participated in the day-long event.

Sarah Fawn Montgomery’s essay, “On Names,” has been accepted for publication by The Chariton Review.

Sarah Chavez, Lindsay Mayo Fincher, Laura Madeline Wiseman, Ashley Lawson, Kelly Meyer, and Anastasia Bierman presented their papers November 4-6 during the Midwest/ Modern Language Association (M/MLA) Conference in St. Louis, MO. The titles of their papers follow:
Chavez: Tortillas, Fry Bread, or Wheat Bread, It All Holds in the Meat: Universality and Introduction to Ethnic American Short Fiction in the College Classroom
Mayo Fincher: Self Help or The Two Nations?: Graduate Labor Reconsidered
Wiseman: Branding Girls: Playing with the Consumer's Mind
Lawson: Anywhere But Here: The Place of Intimate Relationships Between Men in Achy Obejas and Junot Diaz
Meyer: An Engaged Pedagogy: Teacher, Narrative, and Student Identity
Bierman: Manifesto Meets Reality: Confessions of the New Kid in Academia

Bret Shepard's poem "Season Turns Conditional" will appear in the next issue of Whiskey Island. And his poems "Expanding Witness" and "Other California" will appear in Requited.

Joshua Ware's writing recently appeared in the newest issues of 751 Magazine and diode. Last week, he gave readings in Lincoln, Minneapolis, and Madison. On the 17th, he will read in Omaha with Jeff Alessandrelli at the Side Door Lounge as part of the Strange Machine reading series.


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Upcoming Events

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.

The Angels Theatre Company presents Arthur Miller’s classic drama The Crucible in collaboration with the Sheldon Museum of Art and the Nebraska Girls Shakespeare Company.  This modern-dress production is directed by Becky Key Boesen and the ensemble includes Scott Herr as John Proctor, Noemi Berkowitz as Abigail Williams, Tom Crew as Deputy Governor Danforth, and Steve Buhler as Reverend Parris. 
Performances are November 11, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Sheldon Museum of Art in the Abbott Auditorium
12th and R Streets on the UNL Campus
$15 general admission; $5 students
Tickets are available online, at the door, or by phone at 402-937-1690.
Visit www.angelscompany.org to purchase tickets in advance.

Saturday, November 12, 7pm, Drift Station Gallery, 1746 N Street (corner of 18th St.): The Clean Part Reading Series presents poets Lily Brown and Elisa Gabbert. Check The Clean Part website for more information cleanpartreading.blogspot.com.

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.

Friday, December 2, 3:00-5:00 pm, Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, Celebration of Gerry Shapiro's Life.