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.

Blevins Poem on Verse Daily

A poem by Adrian Blevins, associate professor English, was featured on Verse Daily June 5. “Was Losing My Joie De Vivre Really Like” comes from Blevins’s newest book, Appalachians Run Amok, winner of the Wilder Series Book Prize.

Stokes Essay in Not That Bad Debuts on New York Times Bestseller List

An essay by Elisabeth Stokes, visiting assistant professor of English, is included in Not That Bad, a collection of essays that debuted this week as a New York Times bestseller. The book, edited by Roxane Gay, focuses on the violence and harassment that women worldwide face. Stokes is originally from Alaska. Her writing has appeared in numerous national and international...

Burke Essay on Fiddleheading Appears in Down East Magazine

Professor of English Michael Burke wrote an essay he’s always wanted to write—on fiddleheading, and it appears in the April 2018 issue of Down East magazine. Burke’s essay follows a fiddlehead forager, Colis Blood, into the woods and then traces his bounty to a fiddlehead processing plant in Wilton. “Some fiddleheaders go foraging for the income,”...

Ardam Paper Published in ASAP/Journal

Jacquelyn Ardam, visiting assistant professor of English, had an academic article published in ASAP/Journal titled “On Not Teaching Art: Baldessari, Pedagogy, and Conceptualism.” The article discusses conceptual artist John Baldessari, whose “art practice and pedagogy are deeply intertwined, and a number of his best-known works explicitly thematize and engage in pedagogy,” Ardam writes in her intro. The journal recently won the best new...

Blevins Poem Posted for the CDC Poetry Project

A poem titled America Ain’t Easy by Associate Professor of English Adrian Blevins was posted for the CDC Poetry Project Jan. 8. The project posts poems using the “seven words forbidden in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention documents for 2018.” Blevins poem was inspired by “the Trump Administration’s very scary authoritarian bent.”

Hanlon Essays in New Republic and Ploughshares

Two recent essays by Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon appeared at the end of the month. “The Decline of Debate on College Campuses” appeared in the New Republic Dec. 28 and “Why Not Social Reading?” appeared in a Ploughshares blog Dec. 31.

Hanlon Writes Piece on Identity Politics for NBC News “Think”

Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon penned a piece titled “The use of dubious science to defend racism is as old as the Founding Fathers” that appeared on NBC News’s digital platform “Think.” Hanlon delves into the “less palatable elements of 18th century Enlightenment history” to argue that a “sloppy application of scientific knowledge in...

Blevins’s Poem in Portland Press Herald Column on Maine Poems

A weekly column called “Deep Water: Maine Poems” in the Portland Press Herald featured a poem by Associate Professor of English Adrian Blevins. Titled Kitchen Confessions, the poem speaks of the poet’s hatred for President Trump: “apparently this poem / needs to be about how I like / my Trump hate pinned right here / to my sad American breast.”  

Blevins Latest Essay—On Rules—in Vox Populi

Adrian Blevins, associate professor of English, added an essay to her series in Vox Populi. Titled “My Problem with Rules,” Blevins lyrically explains why she opposes rules. “My problem with the rules is that they too often throw common sense out the window. My problem with the rules is that they can sometimes subvert justice. They just...