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Posted 16 July

This summer, Bashar Al-Hariri ran a Reading Camp and Contest for refugee kids at US Together. He coordinated with Phi Kappa Phi who donated books to the contest.   US Together writes:  "We are so proud of our students’ hard work during this week and their drive to improve their English skills. This camp was all about empowering our refugee youth to gain confidence in English, allowing them to talk about their ideas and inspirations, and grow into their bright futures as New Americans."
Follow the link for a story about the camp with photos of the kids.

Bashar Al-Hariri

Yerra SugarmanYerra Sugarman has a hybrid poem in the new issue of Tupelo Quarterly. The poem is in five parts, and it’s from a manuscript titled Aunt Bird. Here’s the link: . She also has poems forthcoming in the Colorado Review, Cherry Tree, and in the American Literary Review.




Announcing:  Weatherbox: Poems by Timothy Geiger.
Published by Cloudbank Books, Weatherbox was awarded the Vern Rutsala Book Prize in 2019.

Cover Praise from Marcus Jackson:  "Weatherbox, Timothy Geiger’s moving new poetry collection, captures the undulations and the ruminations that occur when humans reckon with the shrewd lawmakers that are memory and mortality. Geiger’s descriptive sharpness paves the way for many occurrences of realization and wonder. The poems in this book deftly survey the intersections between the natural world and the factors of modern civilization that usher complex conditions into our species’ psyche."
Read the press release here.


 Tim Geiger

Posted 15 July
InterludeTwo English Majors have been funded through the Office of Undergraduate Research for their Fall 2019 research projects.
Emily Wemple will be working on “Spectacle, Staging, and Meaning in the York Corpus Christi Play”; Deidra Buenger will be working on “Not Yet Fit to Lead: Anxieties Concerning the License of Aristocratic Masculinity in the Interlude of Youth.”   Both projects are being directed by Dr. Christina Fitzgerald.  Congratulations to all!

 Elegy Class
 Yerra Sugarman's course, Spring 2019: ENGL 4980:

“More Crazy Mourning, More Howl”: The Elegy, Poem of Grieving and Resistance

Posted 8 July


Reichelt bookMelinda Reichelt’s book, co-edited with Nur Yiğitoğlu, has been published.  It is titled L2 Writing Beyond English. Multilingual Matters, 2019.  “The chapters in this book focus on languages other than English, and explore such topics as curricular issues and student attitudes toward pedagogical practices.”  Read more.        (7/19)

For his work in visual poetry Joel Lipman has garnered an entry in the Oxford University Press “English A: Literature Course Companion, Oxford 1B Diploma Programme,” (eds. Anna Androulaki, Brent Whitted), quoting Geof Huth from Poetry (November 2008).


Posted 6 July

LaVelle and TinaChristina Fitzgerald and UT MA Alumna and University of Michigan PhD candidate LaVelle Ridley met at the 2019 Modern Language Association Conference in Chicago, January 2019.
LaVelle delivered her paper “‘Reading Is Fundamental, Darling’: Reading the Black Canon While Trans”; Tina delivered her paper “Compiling Mercantile Manhood in Richard Hill’s Book (Oxford Balliol College MS 354).” 

Anthony Franklin

Alumni Anthony Franklin (MA 2016) has accepted a full-time Lecturer position at Penn State, University Park campus teaching undergraduate courses in the Program of Writing and Rhetoric.


Last Updated: 7/16/19