Essay by Burke in Down East 200th Anniversary Issue

Professor of English and Creative Writing Michael Burke has an essay published in the 200th-anniversary issue of Down East magazine. Burke’s essay, titled “Pre-Digital Connectivity,” is included in the magazine’s “200 Things to Love about Maine” section. The essay is about a local radio station’s call-in program “Phone Mart,” which provides a place for people to sell things, but...

Blevins Essay on Writing Published on Waxwing

An essay by Professor of Creative Writing Adrian Blevins was recently published by Waxwing magazine. “How I Wrote The Brass Girl Brouhaha” showcases the choices Blevins made in write her award-winning book of poetry.  “The Brass Girl Brouhaha is a record of how alive I wanted to be back when I was a not-yet-quite-really-alive sleepwalking baby. It is a record...

White Poem “My Beautiful People” on Hoctok

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Arisa White had her poem “My Beautiful People” published on the site Hoctok. The first stanza reads: we’ve seen this before, we’ve felt this before we’re standing on shoulders and someone’s standing on yours and crying heals and clears your vision, attunes the eyes on the back of your head,...

Poems by Blevins in Washington Square Review

Two poems by Professor of English and Creative Writing Adrian Blevins are included in the Spring 2020 issue of Washington Square Review. The poems, “Northern Status Anxiety” and “Overall Status” are from Blevins’s manuscript-in-progress, Status Pending.

White Publishes Interview in Believer

Assistant Professor of English (Creative Writing) Arisa White has published an interview with the writer Emerson Whitney in Believer magazine in advance of their new book, Heaven. At one point, White says to Whitney: “Your Heaven is gorgeous. There’s a tenderness, a pinch of academic reflexity, and critical compassion given over to the language. The way you’re weaving queer theory, feminism,...

Batario Includes Brown’s and White’s Writing as Brooklyn Rail Guest Critic

Jessamine Batario, the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship for Artistic and Scholarly Engagement and Programs, was guest critic for the Brooklyn Rail in March, and on the publication’s “Critics Page,” Batario included writings by AB Brown, assistant professor of contemporary performance and dance, and Arisa White, assistant professor of English (creative writing).

Sagaser Essay on Teaching Dickinson in EDIS Bulletin

An essay by Associate Professor of English Elizabeth Sagaser was published in 2019 in the Bulletin, the publication of the Emily Dickinson International Society. The essay, titled “’Tis Centuries – and yet’: Teaching Dickinson and the Presence of the Past,” describes Sagaser’s approach to helping her students become more analytical readers and thinkers by teaching them to...

American Poetry Review Published Five New Poems by Blevins

Adrian Blevins, professor of English and creative writing, has five new poems published in the January-February 2020 issue of American Poetry Review. The poems, including “Crone Status,” “Old Boyfriend Prison Status,” and “Academician Abecedarian Status,” come from her forthcoming collection, Status Pending. 

In Guernica Essay, Hanlon Dissects Campus Talk

In an essay in Guernica titled “Anatomy of a Successful Campus Talk,” Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon discusses a recent campus visit by former Maine Governor Paul LePage and ways that campuses can make the most of a “less than admirable speaker.” Hanlon issue isn’t with bringing conservative speakers to campus, but rather with a format...

Chicago Public Library Selects White’s Biddy Mason Best of the Best in 2019

The Chicago Public Library selected Biddy Mason Speaks Up, cowritten by Arisa White, assistant professor of creative writing, as one of it’s 2019 Best of the Best in the “Best Informational Books for Older Readers” category. The book, part of the “Fighting for Justice” series, tells the story of healer, midwife, and civil rights champion Biddy Mason, who...

English Professor Megan Cook Gives Chaucer Lecture in Texas

Assistant Professor of English Megan Cook lectured Nov. 14 in Austin, Texas, giving a talk titled “The First First Folio: Editing Chaucer in Renaissance England.” The lecture, sponsored by the Harry Ransom Center and the University of Texas English Department, examined the lasting impact of Geoffrey Chaucer and his place in literary history. Details are...

Washington Post Essay by Hanlon Discusses Free Speech

In a Washington Post essay by Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon titled “The real threat to free speech on campus isn’t coming from the left,” Hanlon argues that, “For years now, conservative pundits and politicians have amplified and exploited a small number of elite-college speech controversies for political gain. The benefit of hindsight shows they’ve been...

Mayer Contributes Story to Collection, Receives Summer Residency

Mark Mayer, faculty fellow in English, contributed a story, titled “The Clown,” in the recently released book The Best American Mystery Stories (Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt). He also received a five-week funded summer residency at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in California.

Osborne Contributes Chapter to The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Global Appropriation

Laurie Osborne, the Zacamy Chair of English, contributed a chapter to the forthcoming book The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Global Appropriation, which “brings together a variety of different voices to examine the ways that Shakespeare has been adapted and appropriated onto stage, screen, page, and a variety of digital formats,” according to the publisher. Osborne’s...

New Book by Gibson Published and Available in U.S.

This summer Mary Ellis Gibson, the Arthur Jeremiah Roberts Professor of Literature and chair of the English Department, published her latest book, Science Fiction in Colonial India, 1835–1905. [While the publication date is March, copies were not available in the U.S. until June.] This collection of stories shows, for the first time, how science fiction writing developed in India...

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...