Author: Claire E. Reynolds

New Poetry in Translation

Hosted by the Program for Literary Translation, New Poetry in Translation is a tri-annual online periodical dedicated to publishing exceptional poetry from a diverse range of languages, cultures, and eras in translation. We seek to establish a forum for featuring the most dynamic poetry being translated today—by both new and established authors and translators—and to connect readers with work which we feel deserves an international audience. As editors, we believe exceptional literature supersedes both lingual and national borders, and we hope to make New Poetry in Translation an important contributor to the global literary conversation.

The editors include LCL Professor Peter Constantine and three graduate students from the English Department: Brian Sneeden (senior editor), Kerry Carnahan, and Matthew Shelton. Our first issue features poetry from five languages, including work by poets Elisa Biagini, Vicente Luis Mora, Mostafa Nissabouri, Göran Sonnevi, Nikos Violaris, and Verónica Zondek, and translations by acclaimed translators Pierre Joris, Rika Lesser, Sarah McCann, and Katherine Silver, and UConn graduate students Adriana Alcina Gomez and Catherine Kedala.

Our first issue is available at

Patrick Hogan Named UConn Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor

Professor Patrick Hogan has been named a University of Connecticut Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, the highest honor that the institution bestows on its faculty.

Established in 1998, the award recognizes faculty members who have spent at least 10 years at UConn, have attained the rank of full professor, and have demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, and service. The UConn Board of Trustees approved Hogan’s designation at its April 26 meeting.

“I am very fortunate to have been hired by, and to receive this recognition from, the University,” says Hogan. “To me it means that that perseverance can lead to success, even when one swims against the professional tide, as I was certainly doing in arguing that there are profound and consequential cross-cultural patterns in literature.”

Hogan is an influential writer who specializes in literary universals and the relations between narrative and emotion. He joined the UConn faculty in 1987, and since then has become an affiliate of the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute, comparative literature and cultural studies program, and cognitive science program.

Hogan is the author of 19 scholarly books and a book of poetry; editor or coeditor of four scholarly collections and six special issues of journals; and has published over 150 scholarly articles and book chapters and roughly another 50 creative or other pieces. He was elected to the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1995 and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society in 1997. At UConn, he was recognized with the CLAS Faculty Excellence in Research Award in 2013, and this year he earned the AAUP Career Excellence in Research and Creativity Award.

Hogan is a popular teacher and has delivered invited talks at universities around the world. He was a finalist for the “Educator of the Year” Professional Excellence Award of the Undergraduate Student Government in 2009. Additionally, a number of his graduate students have published work written under his supervision.

Hogan also has an active service record in and outside of the University. In the Department of English, he served as associate department head and acting department head; he first initiated hires in ethnic, gay-lesbian, and postcolonial studies; he began the Irish literature concentration; he initiated courses in world literature in English and major works of Eastern literature; and designed the literature and culture of India course. At UConn, he was a member of the advisory board of the India studies program for over a decade, and before that, he was an academic program coordinator for the Rabindranath Tagore conference. He has also served on a number of Modern Language Association committees.

Katie Grant (2019) Wins Award

Congratulations to Katie for winning the 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) Award for her summer project titled “Assessing Public Perception of K-12 Public Schools Using Anchoring Vignettes.” Katie has an exciting summer of deep engagement with the process of academic inquiry, and we look forward to hearing about it!

Published Novel for Joseph Reynolds

Professor Joseph M. Reynolds, who teaches for us and at Trinity College, Dublin, has a new novel out: Make Dust Our Paper will be released by Anaphora Literary Press on July 20.

There will be a book launch, reading, and signing at West Hartford Public Library on August 15 at 7:30pm.

Kate Schapira Presentation


Poet, writer, and activist Kate Schapira on Thursday, February 23rd at 12:30 pm in the Stern Lounge, “Plant Lives for Human Lessons: Denaturalizing Human Writing.” Coffee & cookies will be served.

This talk should be of interest to anyone looking for new ways to talk and write about climate change in their scholarly and human (not that those are necessarily mutually exclusive!) lives. It will also be a chance for listeners to increase our imperfect awareness of living relationships, and to bring that increased awareness back to our work. 

Kate Schapira facilitates a Climate Anxiety Counseling booth in Providence. A recent environmental essay is here, and recent eco-anxiety poems are here

Schapira is the author of six books and eleven poetry chapbooks. For the past ten years, she has curated the Publicly Complex reading series in Rhode Island, a series that brings writers of intricate poetry and prose to public venues. She teaches in the Nonfiction Writing Program at Brown University, where she was awarded the Barrett Hazeltine Award for excellence in teaching in 2014. 


Sponsored by the Committee on Seminars, Symposia, and Scholarly Development.

Asha Nadkarni: Seminar on Eugenic Feminism

The Asian and Asian American Studies Institute (AAASI) will be hosting a seminar with Professor Asha Nadkarni on January 30, 2017 at 4 PM in the Stern Lounge. This seminar is based on Professor Nadkarni’s Eugenic Feminism: Reproductive Nationalism in the United States and India (University of Minnesota Press). Eugenic Feminism considers the vexed relationship between reproduction, citizenship, and nationalism via the exclusionary impulse of eugenics in the first half of the twentieth century. This seminar will involve a pre-circulated chapter. Those interested in participating should contact Cathy Schlund-Vials ( by January 18, 2017. This seminar is co-sponsored by the UConn Department of English.


Professor Nadkarni received her B.A. in gender and women’s studies from Connecticut College and her M.A./Ph.D. from Brown University. Her research and teaching interests include postcolonial literature and theory, transnational feminist theory, U.S. empire studies, and Asian American studies, with an emphasis on the literatures and cultures of the South Asian diaspora.  She is presently at work on a second project, tentatively titled From Opium to Outsourcing; this work is concentrated on representations of South Asian labor in a global, neoliberal imaginary.

Melissa Rodriguez Publication in Hartford Courant

“Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Write Off English Majors”

“Oh … so you want to be a teacher?” There is no question more irksome, and it always comes after I confess that I’m an English major.

Some people will go on to half-jokingly say how sorry they are for me. Others, those without even the slightest social skills, will tell me a liberal arts degree is purposeless.

That’s where they’re wrong. The significance of a liberal arts degree is not in the specific major or concentration that a student chooses, but rather the transferable skills that are learned, refined, polished and of lifelong use in the job market. We write essays that foster our ability to analyze, evaluate and critique literature, ideas and opinions. We refuse to take information at face value and constantly rethink and question what appears as plain fact to others. We challenge what many accept without considering alternative perspectives.

This gives us the inclination to constantly pursue anything that will educate us further and allow us greater insight into the complexities of human thought and its meaning. It is what makes us innovators, not with our hands but with a much more powerful tool — our minds. We can create new meaning from the original thought of others and can intellectually and emotionally engage with text and the people who write it. The repetitive use of these skills lets us work with people of various temperaments and work ethics.

Those hundreds of essays we write nurture our ability to articulate a point of view or an argument that is clear and concise. This discipline not only makes us well-written individuals, but well-spoken ones too. Our expansive literary experience trains us to note differences in tone, writing style and diction. We intertwine words as seamlessly as basket weavers do wicker — our prose is strong, durable and carries a lot of weight.

Stephen King said writers have the ability to perform telepathy. In his memoir “On Writing,” he says writers have the power to create a mental image with the use of description, storytelling and figurative language that is so vivid it exists to readers. This creates closeness between reader and writer and brings us into the same space mentally although we may be in different locations and time periods. Writers can make our readers see our images and feel our words without ever having to open our mouths. This power is what makes our words believable, it is what makes us sound confident and authoritative.

Companies look for students who think as individuals, have a creative edge and can tailor written and verbal communication to the audience they are addressing. They value liberal arts students who have mastered many transferable skills. We can tell you what to say and how to say it so that you will secure any business deal. We can write the emails that create connections between employees and employers across different companies and industries to provide a service, receive one or come together on a collaborative project. We have a heightened sense of communication; a sixth sense that can defuse tense situations and prevent them as well.

There is more to writing essays and reading books than English majors are given credit for. They make us effective communicators, help us accept constructive criticism and foster teamwork. They make us problem solvers, teach us initiative, planning and organization, and, most important, how to always keep learning.

To those who count us out and believe that we are not equally valuable as you are to employers: Keep believing that we have no secure place in the job market. Keep doubting our ability, our worth and the multitude of skills and experience that we possess. We want you to. The greatest way to beat your opponents is to never let them see you coming. So, keep on.

Chris Vials on CBC Radio

AMERICAN FASCISM: IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE? Donald Trump has been called a buffoon, an entertainer, a circus clown. He’s also been called a fascist. But he’s aiming to called Mr. President. What does the Trump campaign, and the voters it’s mobilized, have in common with Fascism, not only in Europe but in America’s own dark past?

Chris Vials was interviewed on the history of fascism in the U.S. on CBC Radio’s national show Ideas with Paul Kennedy October 28.