Spark Reviews Lauren Oyler’s Fake Accounts

Professor of English Debra Spark has written a review of Lauren Oyler’s debut novel Fake Accounts for Yale Alumni Magazine. “Oyler is a terrific writer, her long propulsive sentences featuring one mordant comment after another, so that even a reader wholly uninterested in social media will enjoy the obsessive analysis of online behavior and contemporary...

Spark Writes about American Artist Jocelyn Lee

Debra Spark, professor of English, has written an article, “Authentic States: Jocelyn Lee’s Nudes,” for Elysian magazine. “Jocelyn Lee is not a still-life photographer,” Spark wrote. “The work that has brought her recognition from the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as inclusion in major art museums and exhibitions at galleries stateside and in Europe, has always...

Gibson’s Works Published in Victorian Review

Mary Ellis Gibson, the Arthur Jeremiah Roberts Professor of Literature, has guest-edited an article, “Forum: Varieties and Denominations of Victorian Christianity,” which appeared in the fall issue of Victorian Review. In the same issue, Gibson also coauthored another essay, titled “Protestant Evangelism in India: A Beginner’s Guide.”

White Coedits New Anthology, Home is Where You Queer Your Heart

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Arisa White coedited a newly released anthology, Home is Where You Queer Your Heart. Worked on during the Covid-19 pandemic, the book, “organized around the four cardinal directions, encompasses poetry, prose, hybrid and concrete works, and highlights a diverse group of authors along the queer and trans spectrum.” 

Memoir by Arisa White, Who’s Your Daddy, Released by Augury Books

A new book by Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Arisa White, Who’s Your Daddy, has been released by Augury Books. Who’s Your Daddy is a memoir in the form of narrative poems. It’s described as a “lyrical, genre-bending, coming-of-age tale featuring a queer, Black, Guyanese-American woman who, while seeking to define her own place in the world, negotiates an...

Giannelli Awarded Literature Fellowship from National Endowment for the Arts

Visiting Assistant Professor of English Adam Giannelli has been awarded a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Giannelli was one of the 35 awardees of the NEA Literature Creative Writing (Poetry) Fellowship, receiving a $25,000 award aimed to enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. “As...

White’s Who’s Your Daddy? Subject of Literary Blog Post

A blog post on Savvy Verse & Wit featured the new poetic memoir Who’s Your Daddy? by Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Arisa White. “White is a deft storyteller,” the post says, “and readers will be emotionally spent by this poetic memoir.”

Spark Q&A on New Book, Writing in Portland Press Herald

Professor of English Debra Spark spoke with the Portland Press Herald‘s Joan Silverman about her new book, And Then Something Happened: Essays on Fiction Writing. In the book, Spark “combines memoir, problem solving and lessons on the writer’s craft,” Silverman writes. “Vivid, warm and entertaining, the book includes references to a wide range of modern literature.”

Spark Featured on First Draft Podcast, Picked Up by LitHub

Professor of Creative Writing Debra Spark and her new book, And Then Something Happened: Essays on Fiction Writing, were the subject of an interview on the podcast First Draft: A Dialogue of Writing. In the interview, Spark talks about how much she enjoys interviewing people. “It’s fun for me, meeting people and talking to them. I feel like...

Vox Populi Runs Essay by Blevins

An essay by Professor of Creative Writing Adrian Blevins appeared on the website Vox Populi on Oct. 12, 2020. Blevins writes about her poetry book Appalachians Run AmokI. The essay begins:  Another thing the Appalachians don’t like to talk about is the creepy extent to which they adore the way they talk alone in the shower & just...

Burke Essay “Requiem for a Maple” in Decor Maine

Professor of English and Creative Writing Michael Burke has an essay published in the October issue of Decor Maine. Titled Requiem for a Maple, the “tragicomedy in three acts” recounts Burke’s longtime relationship with a maple tree in his yard. “Having nurtured and been nurtured by the place, you are in a relationship with it, one that has to...

White on Board of Whiting Award-Winner Foglifter

Arisa White, assistant professor of creative writing, is a board member of the San Francisco literary magazine Foglifter, which has just won a Whiting Literary Magazine Prize, “a coveted annual award that celebrates emerging literature,” reports Datebook, a component of the San Francisco Chronicle. White is also an editor of Foglifter’s anthology Home Is Where You Queer Your Heart.

Sadoff Published New Book of Poems, Country, Living

Ira Sadoff, the Arthur Jeremiah Roberts Professor of Literature, Emeritus, has published Country, Living, a new book of poems published by Alice James Books in Farmington, Maine. “I go to Sadoff’s poems for their rich honesty, their deep humanness, their complexity of vision, and their energy,” writes Jane Mead in advance praise for the book. “He is original,...

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,...