Ph.D. student Brian Sneeden’s first book, a collection of poems titled Last City, has been selected for the Carnegie-Mellon Poetry Series, and will be published by Carnegie-Mellon University Press in the fall of 2017. Founded in 1972, the Carnegie-Mellon Poetry Series has published collections by several of the most distinguished figures in contemporary poetry, including Pulitzer Prize winners Franz Wright, Ted Kooser, Rita Dove, and Stephen Dunn.
PhD student Brian Sneeden read from his translations of the work of Phoebe Giannisi, an internationally acclaimed Greek poet, at the Onassis Cultural Center in New York City on October 15th as part of the four-day Antigone Now Festival of Art and Ideas, which incorporates a wide diversity of artistic and literary disciplines. The performance, directed by Isabella Martzopoulou, explores issues of gender, land, and dispossession through movement, music, and poetry.
Ph.D. candidate Miller Oberman’s first book, a collection of poems and translations called The Unstill Ones, has been chosen by Susan Stewart for the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets, and will be published by Princeton University Press in 2017. Starting in 1975, the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets quickly distinguished itself as one of the most important publishing projects of its kind, bringing out landmark books by figures such as Robert Pinsky, Ann Lauterbach, and Jorie Graham.
Chad Jewett (PhD 2015) has been awarded the 2016 Bradford Dissertation Prize of the St. George Tucker Society for his dissertation “Aesthetic Activism: Race, Ethnicity, Literary Experimentalism, and the U.S. South.” His dissertation committee consisted of Veronica Makowsky (Major Advisor), Clare Eby, and Cathy Schlund-Vials. The Fellows of the Tucker Society will read a chapter of Chad’s dissertation in advance and discuss it with him in a session devoted to the dissertation at their annual conference at the end of July. The Melvin E. Bradford Dissertation Prize is an annual competition that recognizes the best dissertation written on any aspect of the American South.The award was established in 1993 in honor of the late Mel Bradford, Professor of Literature at the University of Dallas. The recipient of the Bradford Prize is awarded $1,000 and expenses to attend the annual meeting. The St. George Tucker Society is an interdisciplinary scholarly organization dedicated to the study of the American South. Founded in 1990, it holds an annual meeting for members and guests during the summer “lay-by” season. These meetings feature presentations by established and beginning scholars. Papers are circulated in advance of the meeting and sessions focus on the engagement between the presenter and the audience.
Alum Jennifer Ryer accepted a permanent lecturer position in English at Georgia Southwestern State University.
Maria Seger, who anticipates her PhD in 2016, has accepted a one-year visiting assistant professorship at the US Military Academy at West Point. Congratulations, Maria!
Congratulations to Shawn Higgins (PhD ’16), who accepted a position as Assistant Professor of English at New Mexico Tech; to Patrick Lawrence (PhD ’14), who has been accepted as Assistant Professor at University of South Carolina, Lancaster; to Jared Demick (PhD ’16), who accepted a position in English at Midlands Technical College in Columbia, South Carolina; and to Katie Kornacki (PhD ’15), who has a position at Caldwell University, New Jersey.
Congratulations to Maggie Mitchell (PhD 2004), whose debut novel, Pretty Is, received critical acclaim in The New York Times. The book came out this month, published by Henry Holt. Mitchell will read from the novel Wednesday, August 5, at the UConn Co-op Bookstore in Storrs Center.
Joseph Darda’s dissertation, “When Is Postwar? American Narratives in an Age of Permanent War,” has been selected as UConn’s nomination in the Arts and Humanities division of the Council of Graduate Schools/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award. His dissertation was selected as the sole UConn representative of all 2013–15 dissertations in the arts and humanities and will now enter the national competition in the same division.
Kim Armstrong (PhD ’15) has accepted a position as a full-time instructor at Metropolitan Community College in her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, where she will be building and running their Technical Writing program.