Burke Pens Essay for Appalachian Mountain Club

Professor of English and Creative Writing Michael Burked penned a light-hearted essay that appeared in the Appalachian Mountain Club Outdoors magazine. Titled “A Maine River Guide Reflects on Taking His Grown Kids Paddling,” the essay recounts the author’s feelings at giving his children instructions before rafting a stretch of the Kennebec River in western Maine. “My charges...

Sibara Anthology Receives Critical Reviews; Publishes Short Story in Moss

Disability Studies and the Environmental Humanities, an anthology co-edited by Jay Sibara, assistant professor of English, has received critical reviews in top environmental literature and disability studies journals, including in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Disability & Society, and Disability Studies Quarterly, which said the book “delivers a marvelous first-of-its-kind compendium in this quickly growing and dynamic intersection...

Hanlon Essay on Humanities Centers Published in Inside Higher Ed

An essay by Aaron Hanlon, assistant professor of English, appeared in Inside Higher Ed Sept. 9. His piece, titled “Centering the Humanities,” discusses how “humanities centers and institutes are key to improving the image of the humanities among the public and policy makers.” Hanlon argues that institutions need to better define what the humanities are and to...

Spark Essays and Stories Appear in Multiple Publications, Wins Residency

Professor of English Debra Spark has had several essays and stories published in the last since May. Spark also won a residency at the artist colony Arteles in Finland. Here are the titles, publications, and links (when available): “Something Had Gone Wrong,” Cincinnati Review  (short story), spring 2019 “A Container for Art,” Decor Maine, May 2019 “Writer Susan...

White Makes News in California: Book Reviewed and Digital Collection Revealed

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Arisa White has earned attention in the California media. Her book Biddy Mason Speaks Up (Fighting for Justice) was reviewed in the Los Angeles Review of Books Aug. 18. The book recounts the story of “a woman who was born a slave in Georgia in 1818 and died a successful businesswoman and philanthropist...

White’s “Screaming Woman” Selected for Portland Press Herald Deep Water: Maine Poems Series

A poem by Arisa White, assistant professor of creative writing, was selected for the Portland Press Herald’s series Deep Water: Maine Poems. “Screaming Woman,” White’s poem, “offers a troubling and refracted portrait of a woman’s very public disassembling. Rather than hold that portrait at an arm’s length, the poem implicates us all in it,” the series’ curator Gibson Fay-LeBlanc...

Blevins Poem Included in Bounty Everlasting Poetry Collection by Southern Cultures

Associate Professor of English Adrian Blevins has a poem in Bounty Everlasting, a new collection of poetry by Southern Cultures. “Semantic Relations” comes from Blevins’s collection of poems Live from the Homesick Jamboree. “My people are not killers—they are romantics—they like to sit around on porches and tell false stories…,” the poem begins.

Hanlon Essay on Adjunct Professors in Chronicle of Higher Education

An essay by Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon, titled “The University Is a Ticking Time Bomb” appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education April 19. The essay highlights the large number of adjunct professors at colleges and universities and what Hanlon calls “the cruelty of adjunctification,” where professors work year-to-year without the prospect of tenure. “We...

Blevins Essay “Our Maine Ruinlust” Published in Decor Maine

Decor Maine published the essay “Our Maine Ruinlust” by Adrian Blevins, associate professor of English, that chronicles two homes Blevins refurbished in her 15 years in Maine. The essay mainly focuses on her second home in East Winthrop, a house with beauty that eases her, a “huge house that the original owners unironically named ‘Olympus’ [that] also...

New York Times Story on White’s Book Biddy Mason Speaks Up

Biddy Mason Speaks Up, a new book by Arisa White, assistant professor of English, was the focus of the Feb. 8 New York Times “California Today” article “Meet Biddy Mason, a Black Woman Who Helped Build Los Angeles.” The Times reporter was curious about why White decided to write about Biddy Mason and alternative ways of portraying historical figures. “A...

Braunstein Short Story Published in Playboy

New fiction by Sarah Braunstein, assistant professor of English, was recently published in Playboy magazine (Winter 2019, the 65th Anniversary issue). “The Modern Era,” a short story set during future impeachment hearings, dramatizes a difficult break-up from the point of view of a young male comedy writer. Playboy describes it as “Fear and Loving in...

Article by Hanlon on Age of Revolutions

An article by Aaron Hanlon, assistant professor of English, was recently published by history blog Age of Revolutions. Titled “Finding Genres of Revolution in the Classroom,” the Jan. 21 article details a new course Hanlon created at Colby and the challenges he and his students faced discussing global revolutions “within a liberal framework.” Comparative exercises...

Chronicle of Higher Education Prints Hanlon Article on Lies About the Humanities

An article by Aaron Hanlon, associate professor of English, was published in the Chronicle of Higher Education Dec. 7. Titled “Lies About the Humanities—and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them,” Hanlon outlines four categories of what he says are “bad theories about the humanities,” including “the humanities are ‘noncognitive’ and humanities professors push left-wing ideas on students.”...

New York Times “Match Book” Column Rich with Colby-Connected Women Writers

The Nov. 29 “Match Book” column in the New York Times, titled “Women and Maine,” includes many writers associated with Colby, such as Professor of English Debra Spark and her novel Unknown Caller, described as having “a sharply hooked premise and well-conceived structure.” Other Colby-affiliated writers in the column include Monica Wood, who taught multiple times as a sabbatical replacement; speakers...

Osborne Coedits Shakespeare and the ‘Live’ Theatre Broadcast Experience, Writes Epilogue

Laurie Osborne, the NEH/Class of 1940 Distinguished Professor of Humanities, English, coedited a recently released volume of essays titled Shakespeare and the ‘Live’ Theatre Broadcast Experience (Bloomsbury/Arden) and contributed the epilogue, “Revisiting Liveness.” The collection “is the first to examine the phenomenon of how, in the twenty-first century, Shakespeare has been experienced as a ‘live’ or ‘as-live’ theatre broadcast...

Three Placements for Blevins: Poems Published and Performed, Review Written

Associate Professor of English Adrian Blevins has had more poems published. Her most recent placement is in Waxwing, which published “Exile Status” and “Renegade Status” in its fall 2018 edition. Translations of these poems, and other new work by Blevins, were performed by Kathryn Butler ’17, Sara Gibbons ’15, and Delaney McDonough ’13 as a dance choreographed Annie Kloppenberg, associate...

Mazzeo Discusses New Book on NHPR’s The Exchange Podcast

Tilar Mazzeo, the Clara C. Piper Associate Professor of English, appeared Sept. 26 on The Exchange, an NHPR podcast, discussing her new biography, Eliza Hamilton: The Extraordinary Life and Times of the Wife of Alexander Hamilton. Listen to Mazzeo talk about her book, which “follows Eliza Hamilton through her early years, to the ups and downs of her...

Blevins Poem “Nope” on Maine Public’s “Poems From Here” Program

Associate Professor of English Adrian Blevins’ poem “Nope” was featured Sept. 21 on Maine Public’s weekly series “Poems From Here with Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum.” The poem comes from Blevins’ book Appalachians Run Amok, which, as Kestenbaum read during his intro, are poems that “are an attempt to celebrate rural Appalachians, and to complain also a...

Blevins Publishes Five Poems in Three Publications

Five new poems from Adrian Blevins, associate professor of English, have been published this summer. Click through to read her poems at Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, “Love Poem for Leonardo da Vinci” and “Status, Alas;” diode, “Cult Status” and “Social Status;” and Storyscape Literary Journal, “Southern Status Anxiety.” These poems come from a new manuscript-in-progress by Blevins. Watch...

Burke Wins Maine Literary Award for The Town Meets Script

Michael Burke, professor of English, has won a Maine Literary Award in the drama category for his script of the play The Town Meets. The award, presented by the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, recognized Burke’s script based on the phenomenon of a small New England town’s town meeting.