English Department News Letter and Calendar

Recent Publications, Awards, and Other Achievements

Melissa Homestead gave an invited talk at Smith College in February, "Finding Edith Lewis (Smith 1902), Her Family, and Her Friends: The Importance of College and University Archives." The talk was part of the "What I Found in the Archives" series, which functions both as a public lecture series and as a gateway course for students in the interdisciplinary concentration in Archives.

Tom Lynch announces the publication of two books (now available for purchase).
The first is Artifacts & Illuminations: Critical Essays on Loren Eiseley. Co-edited with Susan N. Maher, and published by the University of Nebraska Press, this is the first collection of scholarly essays devoted to the work of Loren Eiseley. Eiseley (1907–77) is one of the most important American nature writers of the twentieth century and an admired practitioner of creative nonfiction. Eiseley was raised in Lincoln, was an English and Anthropology major at UNL, and served on the editorial board of the earliest editions of Prairie Schooner. He became a professor of anthropology and a prolific writer and poet who worked to bring an understanding of science to the general public, incorporating religion, philosophy, and science into his explorations of the human mind and the passage of time. The book also includes Tom's essay "'The Borders between Us': Loren Eiseley's Ecopoetics."

The second book is titled The Bioregional Imagination: Literature, Ecology, and Place. Co-edited with Cheryll Glotfelty and Karla Armbruster, and published by the University of Georgia Press, this is the first collection of scholarly articles in bioregionally oriented literary criticism. It contains essays by 24 scholars from around the world exploring, analyzing, and at times questioning the possibilities of bioregionalism for the creation and analysis of literature.

Michael Page's book, The Literary Imagination from Erasmus Darwin to H.G. Wells: Science, Evolution, Ecology, will be released on March 21 from Ashgate Publishing. 

Sarah A. Chavez's poem, "Watching The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly with my Dad," is forthcoming in the summer 2012 issue of Women Arts Quarterly Journal. Also, her poem "In Childhood" which was picked last spring to appear in American Life in Poetry, will be released on the American Life in Poetry website (www.americanlifeinpoetry.org) March 12, 2012 and will appear in participating newspapers according to their print schedules. She would like to give a big thank you to Ted Kooser and Pat Emile for all their hard work promoting the visibility and accessibility of poetry.

Rosemary Zumpfe was a Visiting Artist at California State University at Long Beach where she gave a reading of her poetry, gave a presentation on Poetic-Symbiotics and the embodied relationship between her poetry and her artists books, and had a curated installation of her visual poetry in the Chora Gallery.

She also read her poetry for Lingua Form, a collaborative of poetry, performance and artwork that explored the problems, poetics, communicative qualities, physiological mechanisms and phenomena of language. The curated exhibit was held at the Wont Space in Long Beach.

Literary League is looking for new members. Meetings are held once a month, and there are no membership fees or dues. Lit-league is open to all majors and minors. For our March event, we are offering our members free tickets to the Hunger Games. Join us on facebook, and email us at literaryleague@unl.edu to receive your free ticket to the Hunger Games at the Grand Theater on March 25th at 5:30pm. Tickets are limited, so become a Literary League tribute today! T-shirts are also available for $14. If you bring a non-perishable food item at the point of purchase you can receive your t-shirt for $12. You can buy your t-shirt Friday, March 9th or Tuesday, March 13th between 1:30-5pm at our booth on the first floor of Andrews Hall. Thank you, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

Charles Hiebner
Secretary, Literary League

Crystal S Gibbins received an Artist Initiative Grant ($8,000) from the MN State Arts Board to support her upcoming online literary journal that will showcase established and emerging poets.

Trey Moody's poem "The Seating" was reprinted in the anthology DIAGRAM.4, edited by Ander Monson and published by New Michigan Press.

Kim Banion has accepted a position as an English instructor at The Pembroke Hill School, an independent college-preparatory school in Kansas City, Missouri. She would like to thank her committee chair Susan Belasco for her support and advice during the application and hiring process, as well as her committee members--Ken Price, Melissa Homestead, and Amelia Montes--for graciously accommodating her location change as she moves forward with her program of study. She would also like to thank Shari Stenberg for serving as a reference.

In February for Black History month, Kwakiutl L. Dreher gave a talk at The Julliard School in New York. She discussed the ways in which celebrity can compromise the private lives of entertainers and read from her book Dancing on the White Page: Black Women Entertainers Writing Autobiography. She also gave a talk from Dancing on the White Page for the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE). The Afrikan People's Union students awarded her "Honorable Mention" for her teaching at its "Dream Believe ... Work Achieve: Celebrating African American Achievement at UNL" banquet, its Black History Month kick-off event held at the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center. In January, she performed her one woman show entitled "In a Smoke-filled Room, Color Matters" sponsored by The Sheldon Museum of Art. Prior to that, as Program Liaison, she accepted the Chancellor's "Fulfilling the Dream" award in recognition of the African American and African Studies Program 40th year anniversary and for the program's 40th Year Anniversary Celebration "Reflecting the Past ... Minding the Future" that took place in October 2011.

Julia Schleck has published an article entitled "Forming Knowledge: Natural Philosophy and English Travel Writing" in the collection Travel Narratives, the New Science and Literary Discourse, 1569-1750. The collection is edited by Judy Hayden and came out with Ashgate Press this month.

Eder Jaramillo and Anastasia Bierman attended a graduate workshop focusing on archival research methods and the influence of the Book of Psalms in manuscript and print from the Middle Ages to the 18th Century at the Newberry Library in Chicago on February 24th. Their trip was sponsored by a grant from Newberry's Renaissance Studies Consortium.

Marianne Kunkel presented a paper at the panel "Under New Management: The Literary Journal in a Changing World" at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Chicago, IL, on March 2. Additionally, her poem "Love as a Young Girl" has been accepted for publication in the Fall 2012 issue of cream city review.

Jeff Alessandrelli's review of Adam Peterson's flash-fiction collection The Flasher appears this week on HTML Giant, "the internet literature magazine blog of the future." Poetry by Jeff was recently accepted for publication at InDigest, and his latest chapbook Don't Let Me Forget To Feed The Sharks is now out and available for purchase at Poor Claudia, a small press out of Portland, OR. About Don't Let Me Forget To Feed The Sharks the poet Matthew Rohrer said, "The movement of these poems is just amazing to watch; right in front of your eyes the lines go unexpectedly from one thing to the next and shift in tone, but you never feel anything but happy to follow them, because Jeff's voice is incredibly confident. You just want him to keep talking."

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

Upcoming Events

Love & Madness: Shakespeare in Opera
March 16, 5:00, Kimball Recital Hall
An opera scenes performance directed by Kaley Smith

On March 22, from 5-7pm, Finke Gardens (500 N. 66th) is hosting Our Lives with Nebraska Wildflowers. Benjamin Vogt will present on his native prairie garden and his nonfiction. In addition, Twyla Hansen will read from Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet, Michele Angle Farrar's illustrations of Nebraska flora will be on display, and we'll celebrate the republication of Jon Farrar's Field Guide to Wildflowers of Nebraska and the Great Plains.

March 29, 2012, 5:00-6:15pm (NOTE the different starting time!!!) at the Sheldon Auditorium
"Humanities on the Edge" invites you to a lecture by Michael Hardt (Professor of Italian Studies and Literature, Duke)
Building on his work of the past decade with political philosopher Antonio Negri, Hardt's talk, "What to Do in a Crisis: A Biopolitical New Deal," will respond to their call, issued in Commonwealth, the third part of their trilogy (Empire and Multitude are the first two volumes), for the need to reinvent the vocabulary of democracy as tools for intervening in the present. From a democratic-left perspective, one of the central concepts is that of the "New Deal." Hardt's talk will argue for the need of a new "New Deal"; however, for a "New Deal" to be effective today, it is in need to be re-imagined so that it will be responsive to the new form of power (biopower) characteristic of informational/finance capitalism. In his talk, Hardt wants to delineate the path along which such a new "New Deal" needs to be articulated. In addition to his collaborative work with Negri and numerous articles, Professor Hardt has authored Gilles Deleuze: An Apprenticeship in Philosophy (1993), co-edited Radical Thought in Italy: A Potential Politics and The Jameson Reader, as well as translated books by Giorgio Agamben and Negri.

Friday, March 30, 4:00 pm, Zen's Lounge: Crystal Gibbins and Danielle Metcalf will read from their work as part of the no name reading series.

Saturday, March 31, 7pm, Drift Station Gallery, 18th & N: The Clean Part Reading Series presents poets Adam Clay, Ada Limón, and Michael Robins. Check The Clean Part website for more information (cleanpartreading.blogspot.com).

April 12, 2012, 5:30-7:00pm (NOTE: back to regular time!) at the Sheldon Auditorium
"Humanities on the Edge" invites you to a lecture by Cesare Casarino (Professor of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, U Minneapolis)
Starting from a retrospective and self-critical assessment of the collaborative reflections and undertakings of In Praise of the Common (a book he co-authored with Antonio Negri), Casarino's talk, "Universalism of the Common," attempts to produce a concept of the "common," to evaluate the reasons for its present relevance and currency, as well as to posit its inescapable centrality for any critical understanding of related concepts such as "capitalism," "biopolitics," and "communism" today. In addition to In Praise of the Common, Professor Casarino has authored numerous articles and the book, Modernity At Sea: Melville, Marx, Conrad In Crisis (2002), as well as edited Marxism Beyond Marxism (1996) and translated a number of important essays by Giorgio Agamben