Month: September 2017

Love Letters: Ordinary Women, Civil Law and Writing during Spanish Enlightenment

Bianca Premo is an associate professor of Latin American history at Florida International University. She is the author of Children of the Father King: Youth, Authority and Legal Minority in Colonial Lima, and her most recent work includes The Enlightenment on Trial: Ordinary Litigants and Colonialism in the Spanish Empire. In addition, she has written over a dozen articles and book chapters on colonial Spanish America, appearing in journals such as The Hispanic American Historical Review, Slavery and Abolition, and The William and Mary Quarterly. She will be presenting her lecture, “Love Letters: Ordinary Women, Civil Law and Writing during Spanish Enlightenment,” on Monday, October 9th, 2017, at 4:30 PM in Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center. There will be a public reception to follow.

Long River Review Staff Needed

Do you want to work on The Long River Review, UConn’s nationally award-winning literary magazine?

Each year the Long River Review seeks editors and staff for the following positions:

Editor in Chief

Managing Editor

Fundraising Coordinator

Fiction Editor

Nonfiction Editor

Poetry Editor

Translation Editor

Interviews Editor

Blog Editor

Online Editor

Social Media/Publicity Coordinator

Copyediting Coordinator

Art Liaison

Editorial Reading Panels (fiction, nonfiction, poetry)

Students who wish to work on the Long River Review must register for English 3713, a practicum in literary journal editing, offered every spring. Class members read widely in contemporary literary magazines, familiarizing themselves with older established journals like Crab Orchard Review, The Kenyon Review, The Paris Review, and Poetry, as well as edgier new journals such as Tin House, One Story, and n+1. Readings are combined with short writings, research presentations, and hands-on editing work. The class culminates with the public release of its major project, that year’s issue of the Long River Review.

English 3713 is by permission only. Students who wish to apply should e-mail a one page letter detailing class standing, past English classes, and any other writing or editorial experience to Professor Forbes at by October 10. Interviews will be arranged in late October.

Anita Mannur Presentation

“The Tiffin Box, Epistolarity, and Intimate Failure” examines the value of turning to visual culture to reimagine gender roles within the context of gendered household economy.

Prof. Mannur is associate professor of English at Miami University, Ohio, and is author of Culinary Fictions: Food in South Asian Diasporic Culture.

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Shawn Salvant Wins Prestigious Award

The Society for the Study of Southern Literature has selected Shawn Salvant’s book, Blood Work, as the winner of the 2016 C. Hugh Holman Award.  The Holman Award, established in 1985 by the SSSL Executive Council, is named for the late highly esteemed scholar of southern literature, C. Hugh Holman, who taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  The SSSL awards the prize annually for the best book of literary scholarship or literary criticism in the field of southern literature published during the preceding calendar year.  Recipients are honored, typically at either MLA or ALA, with a plaque and a check for $1000. 

The award committee, which included Katherine Henninger (Louisiana State University), Peter Lurie (University of Richmond), and Robert Jackson (University of Tulsa) noted that in this year’s impressive field, Salvant’s book stood out for its originality, depth, and rigor, and that they predict that many scholars will refer to it in the future in connection with their own research.


Laura Wasowicz

Laura Wasowicz, curator of children’s literature at the American Antiquarian Society, will be giving a talk Thursday, September 28, at 2:00 pm in the Stern Lounge.

Laura’s talk is titled “From Cinderella to Little Annie Rooney: My Adventures Curating the History of McLoughlin Brothers Picture Books” and will be of particular interest not only to children’s literature scholars but also those in American literature, book history, and visual culture. Graduate students interested in the work of a curator and archivist are especially encouraged to attend.

Call for Student Writers

Jeff Parker will spend two days at UConn this fall (October 17 and 18) as the Aetna Writer-in-Residence. Six student writers will be selected to participate in one-on-one writing tutorials with Mr. Parker. Students interested in participating should submit a typed 10-page manuscript of fiction to Professor Sean Forbes, English Department, Austin 208. Each manuscript must be accompanied by a cover sheet with the student’s name and all contact information. Manuscripts must be received by Friday, October 3, 2017 for consideration.

Parker is the author of the nonfiction book Where Bears Roam the Streets: A Russian Journal (2015), the novel Ovenman (2007), and the short story collection The Taste of Penny (2010).  With Pasha Malla, he assembled the book of found sports poetry Erratic Fire, Erratic Passion (2015), and with Annie Liontas he edited A Manner of Being: Writers on Their Mentors (2015).  His short fiction and nonfiction have been published in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Ploughshares, Tin House, The Walrus, and many others. With Mikhail Iossel he edited two volumes of contemporary Russian prose in translation, Rasskazy: New Fiction from a New Russia (2009) and Amerika:  Russian Writers View the United States (2004).  He also co-translated the novel Sankya by Zakhar Prilepin from the Russian.  He has taught at Eastern Michigan University, the University of Toronto, the Russian State University for the Humanities, and the University of Tampa, and he currently teaches in the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  He is the co-founder and Director of the DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal.

Sean Forbes: Poetry Rocks!

Elizabeth Thomas, Sean Forbes, and Victoria Nordlund, award-winning poets and educators, will read from their works.

Sponsored by Arts Center East and Vernon Arts Commission, Poetry Rocks! is a quarterly poetry series featuring Connecticut poets, especially from the Northeast.

Sunday, Sept. 24, Arts Center East at 709 Hartford Turnpike (Rte. 30) in Vernon. 3:00pm.

For more information, contact or 860-878-7016.