Month: November 2015

Julie Choffel: Poetry Reading

UConn’s Creative Writing Program is pleased to announce that poet Julie Choffel will read from her work at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9 in the UConn Coop Bookstore, Storrs Center.

Julie Choffel grew up in Austin, Texas. She is the author of The Hello Delay, which won the Poets Out Loud Prize from Fordham University Press (2012), as well as the chapbook Figures in a Surplus (Achiote Press, 2010). Her poems have appeared in The Seattle Review, Denver Quarterly, American Letters & Commentary, Fairy Tale Review, Art New England, and elsewhere. She also curates the Inescapable Rhythms reading series in Hartford and teaches creative writing at the University of Connecticut.

This reading marks the first event of this academic year’s Long River Reading Series. Each reading in this series features an accomplished guest writer as well as readings by a University of Connecticut graduate student and an undergraduate student.

Wednesday, December 9 at 6 p.m. in the UConn Coop Bookstore, Storrs Center

Wallace Stevens Poetry Prize

Wallace Stevens Poetry Prize

Deadline: December 1, 2015

Prizes: $1,000 (first); $500 (second); $250 (third)

Each year since 1964, a prominent poet has been invited to give a reading at the University of Connecticut as part of the Wallace Stevens Poetry Program. A student poetry contest is held in conjunction with that program. First, second, and third place cash prizes are awarded. Prize winners read from their work at the annual program, and winning poems will be published in the Long River Review.

Who’s Eligible

Undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Connecticut’s main and regional campuses, except previous first place winners.


Submit a single MS Word document containing a cover sheet followed by 5-8 pages of poems (cleanly typed, only one poem per page). This can be up to eight short poems, or several longer pieces. Please submit your work via e-mail following these guidelines. The subject line of the email must indicate the full name of the contest. Note that while your student ID number should appear on every page, your name should appear only on the cover sheet.

Full guidelines are at

Creative Writing Prizes Deadline Extension

The deadline to submit to this year’s remaining creative writing contests has been extended from December 1 to Sunday, December 6.

We encourage you to take advantage of this new deadline, as the contests offer significant cash prizes. There are contests for many different modes of writing: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, children’s literature, and translation.

For additional information on the contests, including guidelines on how to submit, please visit

Telling the Story of French After the Linguistic, Spatial, and Digital Turns

The Medieval Studies Program is hosting Telling the Story of French After the Linguistic, Spatial, and Digital Turns, a talk by Prof. Laura K. Morreale, PhD, associate director of Medieval Studies at Fordham University. Professor Anne Berthelot will introduce the speaker.

“Between the mid-13th and the late 14th centuries, a great number of French texts were written by Italian vernacular-speaking authors or in geographic locales where early forms of Italian were the main mode of oral communication. Much earlier, in the lands of Outremer (Eastern Mediterranean), crusaders and merchants had already introduced a novel cultural construct where the French language was used on a daily basis, and where French language texts were created and circulated.”

December 3, 2015, 4:15 pm, Austin Building 434


Transnational Circuits: Expanding on the Borders of U.S. Literature

The English Department Committee on Seminars, Symposia, and Scholarly Development is pleased to announce a forthcoming colloquium titled “Transnational Circuits: Expanding on the Borders of U.S. Literature.” This colloquium, focused on the ways in which “transnational” operates as an analytic that encompasses the dynamic movement of ideas, bodies, and capital across borders, features the following panelists: Martha Cutter, Veronica Makowsky, Wayne Franklin, and Eleanor Reeds.

December 2, 12:30-2pm in Austin 217, Stern Lounge

A Palazzo in the Stars: Science Fiction Stories

A Palazzo in the Stars: Science Fiction Stories is a collection of 17 science fiction stories by Paul Di Filippo.

Di Filippo has been nominated for the Nebula, Hugo, Theodore Sturgeon and World Fantasy Awards and has won the British Science Fiction Association Award. He has sold more than 200 stories and several novels and novellas, such as the multi-award- nominated A Year in the Linear City. He was part of the first wave of both steampunk and biopunk, with influential volumes The Steampunk Trilogy and Ribofun. He is also one of the preeminent critics and reviewers in the science fiction field, with his work appearing regularly in The Barnes & Noble Review and elsewhere.

Monday, November 30, 2pm, UConn Co-op Bookstore, Storrs Center.

Lisa Lowe Seminar

Guest speaker Lisa Lowe of Tufts University will hold a seminar based on her new book titled “The Intimacies of Four Continents,” November 13, 12-2:30 PM in the Stern Lounge.  If interested, RSVP by October 22 to

Lisa Lowe is Professor of English and American Studies at Tufts University. She is the author of Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics and the coeditor of The Politics of Culture in the Shadow of Capital.


Overview of the book:

This interdisciplinary work examines relationships between Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, exploring links between colonialism, slavery, imperial trades, and Western liberalism, connecting the liberal narrative of freedom overcoming slavery to the expansion of Anglo-American empire. Race and social difference, Lowe contends, are enduring remainders of colonial processes through which “the human” is universalized and “freed” by liberal forms, while the peoples who create the conditions of possibility for that freedom are assimilated or forgotten. Analyzing the archive of liberalism alongside the colonial state archives from which it has been separated, Lowe offers new methods for interpreting the past.


Waterbury: Nicole McClure on Irish Masculinity, Fatherhood, and “The Troubles”

This program will feature a talk, with illustrative film clips, by Professor Nicole McClure, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, Kutztown. Professor McClure will speak on Irish masculinity, fatherhood, and the cinematic representations of ‘the troubles’ in Northern Ireland.

Nicole McClure is an Assistant Professor of English at Kutztown University, PA. Professor McClure received both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literary & Cultural Studies from UConn. Professor McClure has over seven years of teaching experience on the university level and has been a guest speaker at UConn on many occasions. She is author of “They were only kids: Public reconciliation for misguided youth in Five Minutes of Heaven.” Country of the Young: Interpretations of Youth and Childhood in Irish Culture, published in 2013, and author of “Injured bodies, silenced voices: Reclaiming personal trauma and the narration of pain in Northern Ireland.” Special Issue of Peace and Change: Bodily Pain and Peace and Human Rights: Thirty Years after Elaine Scarry’s, The Body in Pain, forthcoming this fall.

On Thursday, November 12, at 6:30pm in UConn Waterbury, Room 333. RSVP by Thursday, November 5, 2015. Call (203)-236-9924/9925, email

Career Panel for English Majors

The Writing Internship Program is pleased to announce for November 11 the annual panel presentation and discussion for English majors: “Careers for English Majors: Strategies, Options, and Ideas.”  In past years students have found this event well worth their time, highly informative, practical, and even inspiring.  This is the tenth year of this event.

Despite the problematic job market and the pessimism that English majors confront about their choice of major, job options specific to the skills of English majors are now very varied and English majors are increasingly in demand.  The panelists below are testimony to the creative ways in which English majors are shaping careers for themselves.

This event is scheduled for Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 4-6 p.m. in the Stern Room, Austin 217.

Four UConn English majors (see below), fairly recently graduated, will present information about their own career and job search strategies.  Given their experiences and professions, they have valuable advice and will answer questions that students anticipating the job market have about the logistics and anxieties of job searches and interviews. The panelists will discuss the value of the English major and other concerns about professional life after graduation.

As everyone knows, the current job market poses numerous challenges for job applicants  These panelists will speak to those challenges and offer both practical advice and encouragement.

The panelists below bring a broad range of internship and post-undergraduate experience:

Laura Costello (’15), Editorial Assistant, Sourcebooks Casablanca, Naperville, IL/Milford, CT

Randi Haney (’11), Senior Account Executive, Prosek Partners, Fairfield, CT/New York City

Allison Pratt (’14), Editorial Assistant, Oxford University Press, New York City

Kenzi Wilbur (’11), Managing Editor (’12), Food52, New York City

If you have questions, please e-mail


This event is generously co-sponsored by Prof. Lynn Bloom/The Aetna Endowed Chair of Writing Emerita and the English Department Speakers Committee.

Refreshments will be served.

Jacqueline Osherow Reading

Jacqueline Osherow will read from her poetry on Wednesday, November 11, at 6pm in the UConn Co-op bookstore, Storrs Center.

Jacqueline Osherow received her BA from Radcliffe College, Harvard University, and her PhD from Princeton University. She is the author of several collections of poetry, including Hoopoe’s Crown (2005). Her debut collection, Looking for Angels in New York (1988), was chosen for the Contemporary Poetry Series. She has been awarded the Witter Bynner Prize by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, several prizes from the Poetry Society of America, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. She is a Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Utah, where she directs the Creative Writing Program.

Wednesday, November 11, at 6pm in the UConn Co-op bookstore, Storrs Center.