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...

Mazzeo Interviewed on WBUR’s Here & Now

Clara C. Piper Associate Professor of English Tilar Mazzeo spoke with Robin Young on WBUR’s Here & Now in a piece titled “Returning ‘Once More to the Lake’ Through Literature.” Mazzeo mentions Colby several times, in reference to its proximity to Maine’s lake district, the Belgrade Lakes, and about her teaching E.B. White’s essay “Once More to...

Ardam Interviews Elkin in Public Books Article

In the article “Aslant to the Flâneur: A Conversation with Lauren Elkin,” Visiting Assistant Professor of English Jacquelyn Ardam interviews Elkin about her new book, Flâneuse, a book that’s “cultural history and memoir, criticism and travelogue.” Ardam and Elkin share a lively conversation about writing, growing up in the suburbs, and women’s relationships to cities in a July 10 article that...

Marvin Quoted in New York Times Story on CUNY

Cate Marvin, visiting assistant professor of English, was quoted in “How CUNY Became Poetry U,” a story in the June 2 New York Times about the appeal of teaching poetry at the City University of New York. “New York is a city where poets really want to live,” said Marvin, the founder of VIDA, an organization for women...

Blevins Wins Two Sylvias Press Wilder Series Poetry Book Prize

Associate Professor of English Adrian Blevins won the Two Sylvias Press Wilder Series Poetry Book Prize—a poetry contest for women over age 50—for her third book of poems, Appalachians Run Amok, which will be published in spring 2018. The Wilder Series Book Prize draws its inspiration from American author Laura Ingalls Wilder, who published her...

New English Chair Examines Poetry Through Interdisciplinary Lens

Mary Ellis Gibson, the newly arrived Arthur Jeremiah Roberts Professor of Literature and chair of the English Department, brings remarkable breadth and depth to Colby as a scholar of literature in English, including works by British, American, and Indian authors. Arriving last fall from the University of Glasgow, Gibson is excited about the desire in...