Month: February 2016

Poetry Reading by Matvei Yankelevich

Poet and translator, Matvei Yankelevich, will read from his work at the Co-op Bookstore on Thursday, March 3 at 6 pm. In addition to being the co-founder of Ugly Duckling Presse where he designs and edits various books, he has authored several books of his own. Yankelevich also curates the Eastern European Poets series, co-edits 6×6 magazine, and teaches at Columbia University, Queens College CUNY, and is a member of the Writing Faculty at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.


Foreign Sales and Subsidiary Sales in Book Publishing

On March 10, Sean Fodera of Macmillan presented an overview of how foreign and subsidiary rights sales work in book publishing.

Sean P. Fodera is a 25-year veteran of the publishing industry, and has been manager and director of contracts, rights, and electronic publishing at major publishing houses such as Penguin, Simon & Schuster, and DAW Books.  Currently Associate Director of Contracts at Macmillan, Sean has developed several initiatives and policies which have been adopted within the industry. He has negotiated contracts, licensed rights, and handled disputes in every genre of trade publishing.  As a published author of short fiction, Sean was a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, for which he chaired or served on several working committees. At City College of New York, he taught a course on legal issues in publishing, and currently lectures on related topics.

Manufacturing and Distribution

Jessica Culligan of Abrams will give an overview of the logistical end of book publishing, as well as job and interview skills expected for new grads entering the book publishing world.

Culligan does logistics and distribution at Abrams. Prior to that, she was a production coordinator at art book publisher Rizzoli, and she has also worked for Hachette and Neuwirth. She is a former Uconn publishing student.


Please contact Leigh Grossman ( for more information.

Kathleen Gibson McPeek Scholarship

Congratulations to the 2015 winners of the Kathleen Gibson McPeek Scholarship for best essay by an English major: $500 each to Glenda Reilly for “Eating What You Are: The Transformative Power of Food in Anzia Yezierska’s Short Stories” and Catherine Kohn for “Panning, Cutting, and Montage: A Literary Rendering of Cinema in Ginsberg’s ‘Howl.'”

Moriarty Award in Irish Literature

This year marks the eighth annual Timothy F. Moriarty Award in Irish Literature. This award, the result of a generous donation to the English Department by Janet Moriarty, is intended to enhance the University’s Irish Literature programs and activities. To be eligible for the award, one must be a graduate student in the English Department who can demonstrate both academic achievement and a focal interest in Irish literature. The award is designed to support the professional development of English graduate students involved in Irish literature by supplementing expenses related to travel, seminars, conferences, and/or research. This year, the award is anticipated to be $700.

Eligible applicants should submit an application to the Department’s main office, Austin 208, no later than noon on Friday, March 11.

Questions regarding the award should be directed to Tom Shea at

James D. Macdonald and Debra Doyle Presentation and Reading

Publishing Scams (Stern Room, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 3:30-4:45) – James Macdonald’s efforts to expose publishing scammers have been profiled in the Los Angeles Times and he is widely known as an expert on the subject. At a time when many aspiring writers are taken in by predatory fake publishers and faux literary agents, Doyle and Macdonald give an overview of many of the most notorious scammers and how they work their cons.

Reading and Signing (Stern Room, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 6:30) – Authors of more than 30 books ranging from children’s books to historical fantasy to space opera to naval fiction to superhero novels, Doyle and Macdonald will read from recent work and discuss how they became writers and the process of collaborating on fiction, as well as answering student questions.

About the Authors:

James D. Macdonald is the author or co-author of more than thirty books, ranging from space opera and military science fiction to (pseudonymously) military thrillers and an annotated book of sea chanties. A former Navy officer, he lives in New Hampshire with his wife and frequent co-author, Debra Doyle.

Debra Doyle is the author or co-author of more than thirty books, and an instructor at Viable Paradise. She has a doctorate in English specializing in Anglo-Saxon literature from the University of Pennsylvania.

MADE IN CHINA? Trinidad and the Case for a Hemispheric Asian American Studies

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 6pm in the Austin Stern Lounge

Sponsored by Asian / Asian American Studies Institute in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Sean Metzger, Associate Professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, will make the case for a hemispheric Asian American studies via the work of several artists from Trinidad by examining the ways Chineseness has shaped and continues to shape this Caribbean island nation.

Moving from the Society of Trinidad Independents through the Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago to the more contemporary work of Christopher Cozier, Metzger’s talk will probe the ways in which Chinese investment (financially and culturally) has molded this small island and how such investment shifts understandings of local and national cultures. This talk builds on earlier work as a Framing the Global fellow with Indiana University and Indiana University Press for which he is working on a second book, tentatively called The Chinese Atlantic.

Metzger works at the intersections of Asian American, Caribbean, Chinese, film, performance and sexuality studies. His first book, Chinese Looks: Fashion, Performance, Race (Indiana UP, 2014) examined articles of clothing and modes of adornment as a window on how American views of China have changed in the past 150 years, from yellow-face performance in the 19th century to Jackie Chan in the 21st century. He has co-edited several collections of essays, including the most recent Islands, Images, Imaginaries (Social Text). In addition to his academic work, he spent three years in social services at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and as an independent consultant to school districts and other non-profit institutions. He continues consulting work on an ad-hoc basis.

For more information, contact Cathy Schlund-Vials at

Creative Writing Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015-2016 English Department’s Creative Writing Awards!

The Edward R. and Frances Schreiber Collins Literary Prizes

Poetry Winner/$2,000: Nicholas DiBenedetto

(Honorable Mention, Framig Francisco)

Prose Winner/$2,000: Traci Parker

(Honorable Mention, Daniel Arpie)


The Jennie Hackman Memorial Prize for Fiction

First place/$1000: Rebecca Hill

Second place/$300: Mairead Loschi

Third Place/$200: Sten Spinella


Wallace Stevens Poetry Contest

First place/$1000: Eleanor Reeds

Second place/$500: Emily Kraus

Third place/$250: Erick Piller


The Aetna Creative Nonfiction Awards

Undergraduate First prize/$250: Stephanie Koo

Graduate First Prize/$250: Kristina Reardon


The Aetna Translation Award

Winner/$250: Kerry Carnahan

(Honorable Mention, Matthew Shelton)


The Aetna Children’s Literature Award

Winner/$250: Kathryn Coto

(Honorable Mention, Traci Parker)


Long River Graduate Writing Award

Winner/$250: Eleanor Reeds