Department

Congratulations to Sara Austin and Amanda Greenwell

Sara Austin has been awarded the Children’s Literature Association’s Hannah Beiter Graduate Student Research Grant for archival research at University of California, Riverside. She will explore the Eaton Collection for her dissertation project, “The Evolution of Monsters in Contemporary American Children’s and Young Adult Culture.”

Amanda Greenwell is the winner of Children’s Literature Association’s Graduate Student Essay Award for Jessie Willcox Smith’s Critique of Teleological Girlhood in ‘The Seven Ages of Childhood.”

Graduates with Honors

Nine English majors received recognition at the Honors medals ceremony. One of these students is also a University Scholar. Congratulations to all!

 

University Scholar Project

Paiella, Giorgina. “Woman a Machine: The History and Gendered Semiotics of Female Automata.”

Honors Theses

Capron, Emma. “‘I Died in Auschwitz’: An Examination of Literary Haunting and Representations of Trauma in the Works of Charlotte Delbo and Primo Levi.” Breen.

Kurzawa, Theresa. “What Can Young Adults Learn from Dystopian Fiction?: Social Critique in Fahrenheit 451, Ender’s Game, and The Hunger Games.”

Lisi, Brandon. “The Emperor Must Die” (creative: fiction).

Machado, Danilo. Title TBA. August 2016 graduation.

Miller, Shannon. “Transgender and Intersex Issues in Athletics.”

Monica, Katherine (Kate). “A Brief Summary of July” (creative: fiction).

Troy, Kaitlin. “History Through Comics: A Closer Look at Historical Graphic Narratives.” August 2016 graduation.

Wong, Calliope. “Between, Beyond: A Collection of One Trans Woman’s Fictions” (creative: poetry and fiction).

 

Bruce Cohen Reading

Creative Writing professor Bruce Cohen will read from his collection of poetry on Wednesday, September 30, at 6pm in the UConn Co-op bookstore, Storrs Center.

Born in the Bronx, Bruce Cohen writes poems and nonfiction essays that have appeared in literary periodicals such as The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, and The Southern Review. He has published four volumes of poetry: Disloyal Yo-Yo (2009), which was awarded the 2007 Orphic Poetry Prize; Swerve (2010); Placebo Junkies Conspiring with the Half-Asleep (2012); and No Soap, Radio! (2015). A forthcoming manuscript (2016), Imminent Disappearances, Impossible Numbers & Panoramic X-Rays, was awarded the 2015 Green Rose Prize from New Issues Press. A recipient of an individual artist grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, prior to joining the UConn Creative Writing faculty in 2012, Cohen directed, developed, and implemented nationally recognized academic enhancement programs at UConn, the University of Arizona, and the University of California at Berkeley.

Wednesday, September 30, at 6pm in the UConn Co-op bookstore, Storrs Center.

Claire Kilroy: Gerson Reading 2015

Claire Kilroy gave a reading on March 31 at the Alumni Center. Kilroy is one of Ireland’s most prominent contemporary writers. She is the author of four novels, was awarded the 2004 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, and has been short-listed for the Kerry Group Novel of the Year Award three times. Kilroy was the Gerson Irish Reader six years ago, and we are delighted to see her return!

Upcoming Irish Studies speakers include Thomas Long, Colm McGinley, Nels Pearson, and a play by Eamon Grennan. For more information, visit the Irish studies calendar for spring 2015.

Amber West’s Poems

Congratulations to Amber West (PhD ’14), whose first book of poems, Daughter Eraser, will be released this year by Finishing Line Press.

Yusef Komunyakaa writes that “Amber West’s Daughter Eraser surprises relentlessly, moving gracefully from heartbreak to humor. This poet delivers a playful theater of language, innuendo, and wit while teaching us how to assay the iron within irony. We can be thankful this new voice springs out of need and mercy.”

The collection features poems many of us enjoyed hearing Amber read while she was here in the PhD program, and her press is taking pre-orders now.