Month: February 2017

Graduate students land new jobs

Congratulations to Steve Mollmann (PhD ‘16) on landing a job as Term Assistant Professor of English and Writing at the University of Tampa, where he will start in the fall.

Melissa Bugdal (PhD tentative ’17) begins this fall as Assistant Professor of English and Director of the University Writing Center at Salisbury University, Maryland.

Christiana Salah (PhD ’16) will begin this fall as Assistant Professor of English, specializing in 19th- and 20th-century British literature, at Hope College in Holland, Michigan.


Kimiko Hahn at the UConn Bookstore

Poet Kimiko Hahn will spend two days at UConn this spring (March 22 and 23) as the Aetna Writer-in-Residence. She will read from her poetry on Wednesday, March 22, at 6pm in the UConn Bookstore in Storrs Center.

Six student writers will be selected to participate in one-on-one writing tutorials with Hahn. Graduate and Undergraduate Students are invited to participate. Students interested in participating should submit a typed 5-page manuscript of poetry to Professor Sean Forbes, English Department, Austin 208 or at Each manuscript must be accompanied by a cover sheet with the student’s name and all contact information. Manuscripts must be received by Friday, March 10, for consideration.

Kimiko Hahn was born in Mt. Kisco, New York, the child of artists, a Japanese American mother from Hawaii and a German American father from Wisconsin. She received a BA from Iowa University and an MA from Columbia University. She is the author of ten collections of poetry including Air Pocket (1989), The Artist’s Daughter (2002), and Toxic Flora (2010). She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Theodore Roethke Memorial Award, and the American Book Award. She is a Distinguished Professor in the English department at Queens College/CUNY.

The Aetna Writer-in-Residence Program began in 2003. Supported by funding from the Aetna Chair in Writing, UConn’s Creative Writing Program invites a nationally or internationally-known author to campus for a residency each semester. Each author spends three days on campus offering tutorials for students, holding Q&A sessions with the campus community, leading master classes in creative writing, sharing meals with students, and giving a public reading of his or her work. As a result of the Aetna Writer-in-Residence program, UConn graduate and undergraduate students can participate in an intense hands-on learning experience with some of today’s most exciting authors.

This event is sponsored by the Aetna Chair of Writing, the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute, the Creative Writing Program, and the UConn Bookstore.
Past Aetna Writers-in-Residence included Amber Dermont, Jericho Brown, Laura van den Berg, Camille Dungy, Jo-Ann Mapson, Eduardo C. Corral, Andre Dubus III, G.C. Waldrep, Margot Livesey, Shara McCallum, Connie Voisine, Edmund White,Colum McCann, Lynne McMahon, Fay Weldon, Phillis Levin, Allen Kurzweil, Naeem Murr, Steve Almond, C.D. Wright, Stuart O’Nan, and Beth Ann Fennelly.

A Clash of Cooks

The EGSA Community Committee’s “A Clash of Cooks,” will be held this Thursday, March 9th, in the Stern Lounge starting at noon.  All of the delicious entries the English graduate students have prepared, from Goat Cheese and Scallion Tarts, Guiness Molasses Bread, and Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai to Chicken Biriyani, Sausage and Spinach Quiche, and Coconut Cream Pie, will be available for a mere $4.99! Check out the menu to see what our talented competitors are bringing to the table!

Doors will open in the Stern at 12:00 and stay open until about 1:30. Dishes will be labeled in order to account for allergies and dietary restrictions. Drinks are provided. Remember, if you’ve participated in the contest, you do not need to pay the admission fee!

Another reminder: distinguished judges will award prizes for the winner in three categories: appetizer (or side), main dish, and dessert.

This year, we will also be introducing a People’s Choice Award. We will have a ballot box set up, and everyone (grad students and faculty alike!) will be able to vote for their favorite dish in any of the categories. The most votes wins the prize! People who have entered dishes in the Cook-off will be eligible to vote, and yes, you can vote for yourself.

This event is a great space to enjoy wonderful food with colleagues. It has raised a lot of money for EGSA in the past, and we are hoping it will be just as successful this year!

Must the Revolution Be Digital?

Thursday, March 9, 4pm in the Class of 1947 room in the Babbidge Library.

“Must the Revolution be Digital?” is a panel discussion featuring Zakia Salime and David Karpf. With the events of the Arab Spring and recent mobilization around the Movement for Black Lives, it is generally accepted that digital and social media have become crucial for activism and resistance. However, the debates around digital and online activism are fraught and complicated. One side argues that these new forms are inherently lazy, youth oriented, and remain embedded in neoliberal structures that foreclose revolution from reaching its full radical potential. Yet another argument claims these activisms are not disconnected from bodies on the ground and do the necessary work of generating immediacy and building community around shared causes.


Zakia Salime is Associate Professor at the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers and currently Visiting Associate Professor at Yale’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department. Her co-edited volume, with Frances Hasso, Freedom without Permission: Bodies and Space in the Arab Revolutions (2016, Duke University Press) investigates the embodied, sexualized and gendered spaces that were generated, transformed and reconfigured during the Arab uprisings.


David Karpf is Assistant Professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. He is the author of The MoveOn Effect: The Unexpected Transformation of American Political Advocacy (2012, Oxford University Press) and Analytic Activism: Digital Listening and the New Political Strategy (2017, Oxford University Press).


Sponsored by the UConn Humanities Institute’s Digital Humanities Reading Group and moderated by Bhakti Shringarpure.

A.E. Stallings for The 54th Wallace Stevens Poetry Program

A. E. Stallings March 8 & 9, 2017

The 54th Annual Wallace Stevens Poetry Program 

Wednesday March 8, 7 p.m., Konover Auditorium, UConn Storrs

Thursday March 9, 10 a.m., Greater Hartford Classical Magnet School, 85 Woodland St, Hartford

Both readings are free and open to the public.


This program is sponsored by The Hartford.

Additional support is provided by UConn’s English Department, the Creative Writing Program, and the Literary Translation Program, all housed in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.


Acclaimed American poet A.E. Stallings studied Classics at the University of Georgia and Oxford. She has published three collections of poetry — Archaic SmileHapax, and Olives — and has been praised in The Hudson Review as the “most gifted formalist of her generation.” She is also a highly- regarded translator; the Times Literary Supplement named her verse translation of Lucretius’s The Nature of Things “one of the most extraordinary classical translations of recent times.” Stallings’s awards include a translation grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and fellowships from United States Artists, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she lives in Athens, Greece.

EGSA outside speaker Aliyyah I. Abdur-Rahman

Aliyyah I. Abdur-Rahman will present “The Black Ecstatic” on March 6 at 4 pm in the Stern Lounge. Abdur-Rahman is an associate professor of African and Afro-American Studies, English, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Brandeis University.

“Recognizing the ways in which loss gives rise to new forms of capacitation, political agency, and pleasure, this talk theorizes Black Ecstasy as a queer modality of expression that discovers in rupture an undocumented space of freedom.  Attending to structural ambiguity in contemporary black queer writing, I advance Black Ecstasy as an affective, experiential, and expressive strategy that eschews both the heroic death of black masculinist pasts and the survivalist ethic of black feminist futures in order embrace everyday ruin as a pleasurable reckoning with black life in the catastrophic present.”

Contact for questions about the presentations.

Long River Reading Series

Tuesday, February 28

UConn Bookstore, Storrs Center, 6:00pm

Co-sponsored with 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 other members of the UConn Creative Writing community. Everyone is welcome.

Featured Readers:

Caitlyn Durfee is a Floridian pursuing a dual degree in English and Chinese with a concentration in Creative Writing. Last year, her poem “Fishbones” was published in Long River Review. She intends to ultimately earn an MFA in Creative Writing and contribute further to the body of creative literature regarding China.

Erick Piller received an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College in 2012. His writing has appeared in Best New Poets 2016TriQuarterly, DIAGRAM, H_NGM_N, Fugue, Alice Blue, and elsewhere. He lives in Danielson, Connecticut, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition and creative writing pedagogy at the University of Connecticut.

Ellen Litman is the author of two novels: Mannequin Girl (2014) and The Last Chicken in America (2008). She grew up in Moscow, Russia, where she lived until 1992. After her family immigrated to the United States, she studied Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh and after graduation spent the next six years working as a software developer in Baltimore and Boston. She took her first writing class in the fall of in 1998. Three years later, she left Information Technology and went off to Syracuse to study writing. Since then, she has been writing and teaching. Ellen’s work won first prize in the Atlantic Monthly 2003 Fiction Contest, the 2006 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, as well as fiction fellowships at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Fine Arts Center in Provincetown, and scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her stories have appeared in Best New American Voices 2007, Best of Tin House, American Odysseys: Writing by New Americans, Dossier, Triquarterly, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. She is an Associate Professor of English and Associate Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Connecticut.

Allison Joseph: Writers Who Edit, Editors Who Write

Allison Joseph will read in Austin 217 (Stern) at 6pm on Feb. 23, 2017. Joseph was born in London, England to parents of Jamaican heritage. She earned her BA from Kenyon College and an MFA from Indiana University. Authoring eight poetry collections, including What Keeps Us Here, Imitation of Life, and My Father’s Kites, she is editor and poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review. Joseph holds the Judge Williams Holmes Cook Endowed Professorship at the University of Illinois, Carbondale. Co-sponsored with the English Speaker’s Fund.