Month: October 2015

Congratulations to Gordon Fraser

Gordon Fraser (PhD ’15) secured a tenure-track position beginning Spring 2016 teaching American Literature at North Dakota State University. He also won the PMLA’s very competitive William Riley Parker Prize for his article “Troubling the Cold War Logic of Annihilation: Apocalyptic Temporalities in Sherman Alexie’s The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.”

Doug Anderson: Poetry Reading

Poet Doug Anderson will read tonight at the Storrs Center Cooperative Bookstore at 6:30 PM.

Anderson grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. He served as a combat medic in the Vietnam War, and after Vietnam attended the University of Arizona, where he studied acting. He started writing poetry after he moved to Northampton, Massachusetts, and worked with the poet Jack Gilbert.

Anderson has written about his experiences in the Vietnam War in both poetry and nonfiction. He is the author of the poetry collections The Moon Reflected Fire (1994), the winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Blues for Unemployed Secret Police (2000). In 2000 he published his memoir, Keep Your Head Down: Vietnam, the Sixties, and a Journey of Self-Discovery.

His awards include a grant from the Eric Mathieu King Fund of the Academy of American Poets, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Pushcart Prize. Anderson has taught at the University of Connecticut, Eastern Connecticut State University, and the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Its Social Consequences at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Laura van den Berg Reading

Laura van den Berg, Aetna Writer-in-Residence, will read from her fiction on Wednesday, November 4, at 6pm in the UConn Co-op bookstore, Storrs Center.

Laura van den Berg earned her MFA from Emerson College. Her first collection of stories, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us (2009), was a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection and short-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Award. Her second collection of stories, The Isle of Youth (2013), won the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters and was named a “Best Book of 2013” by more than a dozen venues. Her novel Find Me was published in 2015. She is the recipient of a 2014 O. Henry Award and the Bard Fiction Prize. She is a Writer-in-Residence at Bard College.

Wednesday, November 4, at 6pm in the UConn Co-op bookstore, Storrs Center.

Creative Writing Internship Spring 2016

The Creative Writing Program is seeking an intern for the following position in the spring 2016 semester. To apply, juniors and seniors please e-mail a one-page letter describing your qualifications and why you are interested in working with Creative Writing to Professor Sean Forbes ( by November 6, 2015. Interviews will be scheduled for the middle of  November.

Visiting Writers Series Specialist (3 credits) The intern will assist Director of Creative Writing Program with organizing and publicizing four visiting writer events: Aetna Writer-in-Residence; Writers Who Edit/ Editors Who Write; the 53rd Annual Wallace Stevens Poetry Program, and the Aetna Celebration of Creative Nonfiction. The intern will design fliers; write press releases; send press releases to off-campus newspapers, radio stations, and online publications; maintain a clippings file of all media coverage of events; assist with arrangements for lodging, meals, and transportation; and attend and assist at events. The intern will also help publicize for the Gerson Irish Reading, Long River Reading Series, and help with any other events.

Skills: Intern must be organized, responsible, and have excellent writing and proofreading skills. Strong computer skills are highly desirable. The intern must have strong personal skills, as he or she will interact closely with visiting writers and University personnel. Hours: 9 hours per week (3 credits)

Sophomore Honors for Seven English Majors

Congratulations to Jacqueline Bickley, Erika Mayer, Ainsley McMahon, Jeffrey Netting, Denisse Perez, Kaitlyn Sparta, and Sooriya Sundaram for earning 2015 Sophomore Honors Certificates, which are awarded to Honors Program students in recognition of their academic achievement, completion of Honors courses, and participation in Honors events during their freshman and sophomore years. Seven English majors received the Certificate at the Fall Honors Ceremony on October 20, for which Sooriya Sundaram presented the keynote talk. She gave an inspirational and humorous talk on the topic of finding an intellectual community.

Dante Seminar

The Italian Studies Program and The Medieval Studies Program present: Dante’s Works in Context “Leaves that scatter through the universe”

Featuring Giovanni Spani (College of the Holy Cross) presenting Who Were Dante’s Merchants?, Francesco Marco Aresu (Wesleyan University) presenting Dante’s Books: Materiality and Textuality of the Comedy, and Michael Papio (UMass – Amherst) presenting Creative Interpretation in Boccaccio’s Commentary on Dante’s Inferno.

The seminar will be held on November 2 at 4:15 pm in Oak Hall 112.

MFA Panel

Panel on Pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing
Thursday, Oct. 29, at 4pm in Austin 217, Stern Lounge

Are you considering applying to MFA programs in creative writing? Please join the UConn Creative Writing program for a panel and Q&A session on MFA programs.

The panel, moderated by Professors Ellen Litman and Penelope Pelizzon, will feature creative writing students from a variety of graduate programs.

—Matthew Shelton, who specialized in poetry, pursued his graduate studies in creative writing abroad, receiving an MA from Queen’s University, Belfast.

 —Christiana Salah received an MFA in fiction from Emerson College in Boston.

—Erick Piller received an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina.


Danielle Chapman Reading

Danielle Chapman will read from her work on Tuesday, October 27, at 6pm in the UConn Co-op bookstore, Storrs Center.

Danielle Chapman is a poet, essayist, and lecturer in English at Yale University. Her poems have appeared in The New YorkerThe Atlantic MonthlyThe NationPoetry International and elsewhere. Delinquent Palaces (2015) is her debut collection of poems. For several years, she served as the Director of Literary Arts and Events for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, where she created programs to serve Chicago’s writers, publishers, and literary community. She was also a consulting editor for The Poetry Foundation.  Danielle lives in Hamden, Connecticut, with her husband, Christian Wiman, and their twin daughters.

Tuesday, October 27, at 6pm in the UConn Co-op bookstore, Storrs Center.