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 http://NewPoetryInTranslation.com

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.

35th Anniversary of The Connecticut Writing Project

The Connecticut Writing Project-Storrs, founded in 1982, is celebrating its 35th Anniversary.

More than 500 teachers have attended a Summer Institute in Storrs since 1982, and thousands more teachers have been impacted by the work of those 500+ teachers over the last three and a half decades!  Come join your colleagues this summer for an evening of writing, music, and memories.

Rome Ballroom, Saturday, June 24, 2017, 4:00-8:00 PM

Guest Speaker:  Lynn Bloom is Distinguished Professor Emerita of English and the Aetna Chair of Writing Emerita at UConn.  She is a passionate writer, teacher reader, world traveler, family member, friend, and cook—all of which appear in her creative nonfiction, research (“The Essay Canon,” “Bodies of Knowledge,” and numerous composition studies), biography (Doctor Spock), and autobiography (Forbidden Diary; Forbidden Family).  Her current research includes Hot Genres—Alluring Nonfiction, forthcoming from the University of Iowa Press, which analyzes creative nonfiction, essays, memoirs, and writing on food, travel, and medicine.  Her recent books include The Seven Deadly Virtues and Other Lively Essays (2008); Writers Without Borders: Teaching Writing in Troubled Times (2008); and The Essay Connection, 10th ed. (2013). She has forthcoming essays on teaching disability studies (Pedagogy, 2014) and on academic life.

Schedule of Events:

Writing Marathon: 4:30-5:30

Cash Bar Social: 5:30-6:00

Dinner: 6:00-8:00


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.

Poetry Rocks

POETRY ROCKS! Quarterly Poetry Series at Arts Center East, Vernon, Sunday, May 7, 2:00 pm

Rennie McQuilkin, Poet Laureate of Connecticut and the author of fourteen poetry collections, will read from his latest books, A Quorum of Saints and North of Eden. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, The Yale Review and elsewhere. He has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Connecticut Center for the Book. For nine years he directed the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, which he co-founded. He lives in Simsbury. Learn more at www.AntrimHouse.com.

Also featured is Joan Seliger Sidney, daughter of Holocaust survivors. Despite her Multiple Sclerosis, she swims, skis and rides horseback. Her books include Body of Diminishing Motion, The Way the Past Comes Back and Bereft and Blessed. She has won grants from the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, CT Commission on the Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center. Joan is Writer-in-Residence at UCONN’s Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life. She lives in Storrs. For more information, go to http://www.joanseligersidney.org.

Books will be available for sale and autographing!

Congratulations to Meghan Burns

Every year, a committee of English department graduate students selects one of their peers to receive the Aetna Graduate Teaching Award. This award recognizes a graduate student’s sustained commitment to and excellence in the teaching of writing. The committee is pleased to have chosen Meghan Burns for this year’s award.

Members of the committee were especially impressed by Meghan’s thoughtful and extensive feedback on student writing; her assignments, which combined innovativeness and fidelity to the pedagogical ideals of our program; and the wide variety of activities that she employed in her lesson plans, which genuinely created the lab- or workshop-like space for student engagement with writing to which so many of us, as instructors, aspire.

What is Equality?: Interrogating Economic Inequality, Past and Present

“What is Equality?: Interrogating Economic Inequality, Past and Present.” An exciting discussion on interdisciplinary arts and humanities methods for understanding economic inequality and influencing public debates on equality.

Monday, April 17, 2017, 4:30-6:00 at Konover Auditorium, followed by a reception

A public panel sponsored by the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute Public Discourse Project and organized by Sarah Winter (UConn, English) and Elaine Hadley (UChicago, English)


Keller Easterling, Yale School of Architecture, author of Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space

Michele Elam, English, Stanford University, author of The Souls of Mixed Folk: Race, Politics, and Aesthetics in the New Millennium

Seth Koven, History, Rutgers University, author of The Match Girl and the Heiress