Month: November 2016

Huskies Unabridged Meeting

On Tuesday, November 29 from 4:45-5:45 in the Stern Room, Ashley Browning from the Center for Career Development will be speaking about her past experiences as an English and Journalism double major, as well as internship, co-op, and future job opportunities for English majors.

Roar Reading Series at the UConn Bookstore

Come on down for our ever-popular reading series showcasing an open mic and featured readers! Bring a poem, short prose piece, or music to share at the open mic; enjoy coffee, tea, and snacks with us at 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 29, at the UConn Bookstore in Storrs Center. Peter Constantine, Brian Sneeden, and Jordan Holmes will be sharing their most recent poetry and translations. Audience members are also invited to bring their own work – poetry, prose, translation, etc. – to share as part of a short open mic session preceding the reading.

Peter Constantine is a literary translator and editor, and the director of the Literary Translation Program at the University of Connecticut. His recent translations, published by Random House (Modern Library), include The Essential Writings of RousseauThe Essential Writings of Machiavelli, and works by Tolstoy, Gogol, and Voltaire.  His translation of the complete works of Isaac Babel received the Koret Jewish Literature Award and a National Jewish Book Award citation.  He co-edited A Century of Greek Poetry: 1900-2000, and the anthology The Greek Poets: Homer to the Present, which W.W. Norton published in 2010.  A Guggenheim Fellow, he was awarded the PEN Translation Prize for Six Early Stories by Thomas Mann, and the National Translation Award for The Undiscovered Chekhov. Peter Constantine has been a fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library and a Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.

Brian Sneeden’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Denver Quarterly, Harvard Review, Ninth Letter, Quarterly West, Southern Humanities Review, TriQuarterly, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other publications. Translations of his poems have appeared in international magazines in both Greek and Serbian. He received his MFA from the University of Virginia, where he held a Poe/Faulkner Fellowship in creative writing and served as poetry editor of Meridian.

Jordan Holmes got their start with a Seattle-based theatre program called Queer Teen Ensemble Theatre in which they collaborated with other LGBT youth to write, produce, and act in four original plays over a period of years. They are now a senior at UConn, where they are studying English with a concentration in creative writing. They have yet to be published, though they are currently working on an urban fantasy novel and often perform spoken word at poetry slams and open mics held by the student organization Poetic Release.

For more information, check out the UConn Creative Writing webpage.

Calling all poets!

Grounded Coffee Company hosted Crawl Space, a space to read and listen to original works of poetry. We kicked off this monthly event on Thursday, November 17, from 6-8pm, at Grounded Coffee Company (869 Main Street, Willimantic). Poet Komo Ananda, MA student in Lit, Culture, and Languages, read from his work.

Our aim is to promote great coffee and great poetry, to bring poetry closer to the public sphere, and provide poets from all creative schools of thought a space to be, well, poets.

Eight English Majors Awarded Sophomore Honors

On Monday, November 7, eight English majors received the 2016 Sophomore Honors Certificate at the Fall Honors Ceremony. Sophomore Honors is awarded  to students enrolled in the Honors Program in recognition of their academic achievement, completion of Honors courses, and participation in Honors events during their freshman and sophomore years. The winners are Rebecca Hill, Michelle Jalbert, Annie MacLachlan (also majoring in Special Education), Anna McCormick (also majoring in Elementary Education), Rebecca Nelson, Dimitri Papasian, Helen Stec (also majoring in History), and Liam Williams (also majoring in Political Science).

The Wallace Stevens Poetry Prize

The Wallace Stevens Poetry Prize is one of the many fabulous cash prizes offered by UConn’s Creative Writing Program for the best student poems. All students are eligible, regardless of major, both undergraduate and graduate.

Deadline: December 5, 2016

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

Guidelines: Submit a single MS Word document containing the 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 to More details on the guidelines are available on the Creative Writing Program’s page for Writing Contests.


All work submitted for the Wallace Stevens Prize will also be considered for publication in the 2017 issue of the Long River Review, UConn’s nationally award-winning literary magazine. If you do not wish your entry to be considered for publication, please specify so on the cover sheet.

The Forms of Morality: Shakespeare’s Battle Scenes on Film

On November 16, from 1:30-3:00pm in the Stern Room (Austin 217), Greg Semenza will give a brown bag talk titled “The Forms of Morality: Shakespeare’s Battle Scenes on Film.” Greg Semenza is a leading scholar in the field of film adaptation studies and Early Modern studies with emphasis on Shakespeare. His books include The History of British Literature on Film: 1895-2015 (Co-authored with Bob Hasenfratz); Graduate Study for the 21st Century: How to Build a Career in the Humanities; and Sport, Politics, and Literature in the English Renaissance.

Presentation of the 2016 Raab Associates Prize

The presentation of the 2016 Raab Associates Prize and a discussion of Human Rights, Children’s Literature, and the Art of Youth Activism will take place on Thursday, Nov. 10 from 4:00-6:00pm in Konover Auditorium in the Dodd Center. Featured speakers will be Jonathan Todres, Pegi Deitz Shea, and Reven Smith.

Professor Jonathan Todres is the author of Children’s Literature and Human Rights: Imagination and the Narrative of Law.

Pegi Deitz Shea is the author of Abe in Arms and The Whispering Cloth: A Refugee’s Story.

Reven Smith is a spoken word poet, musician, writer, social activist, and UConn student.


Roar Reading Series at UConn Bookstore

On Nov. 7 at 7pm, the Roar Reading Series will be at the UConn Bookstore in Storrs Center. Featured speakers will be Aimee Pozorski, Dan Pope, and Eleanor Reeds.

Aimee Pozorski is the author of Roth and Trauma: The Problem of History in the Later Works and Falling After 9/11: Crisis in American Art and Literature. Pozorski is Professor of English at Central Connecticut State University, where she also directs the MA Program in Literature. She is currently at work on a creative project titled It’s Nothing You Did.

Dan Pope is the author of Housebreaking and In the Cherry Tree. His short stories have appeared in many journals, including Crazyhorse, Harvard Review, Iowa Review, McSweeney’s, Shenandoah, Gettysburg Review, and others. He is a winner of the Glenn Schaeffer Award from the International Institute of Modern Letters and also the recipient of grants in fiction from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts.

Eleanor Reeds is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at UConn, where she also works as a coordinator in the Writing Center. Her poems have appeared in the Long River Review, and she won the 2016 Wallace Stevens Student Poetry Prize.  Reeds is currently working on her first chapbook, a Penelopiad provincially titled Reading Tarot Cards at Wayne Franklin’s House.

Discussion with Vincent Woods

At 11 am on Thursday, November 3, Irish state radio arts broadcaster and Abbey dramatist Vincent Woods will discuss his poetic retelling of the Deirdre legend, A Cry From Heaven, which received its world premiere at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre. The talk will encompass both ancient and contemporary Irish literature and will take place in Austin 202.