Month: February 2018

“Birthmark, Divided Vision, and the Coming of Perspective”


“Birthmark, Divided Vision, and the Coming of Perspective.” Talk by Stephen Clingman. Austin 217 (Stern).

Stephen Clingman is Distinguished Professor of English and Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Institute. He received his B.A. Hons. from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford.

Stephen’s work has ranged from South African literature and biography to postcolonial and transnational fiction. Books include The Novels Of Nadine Gordimer: History From The Inside (1986; 2nd edn, Bloomsbury/UMass Press, 1992), and an edited collection of essays by Nadine Gordimer, The Essential Gesture: Writing, Politics And Places (Jonathan Cape/Knopf, 1988), translated into a number of languages. Bram Fischer: Afrikaner Revolutionary, his biography of the white Afrikaner who led Nelson Mandela’s legal defense at the Rivonia Trial, won the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award, South Africa’s premier prize for non-fiction, and was recently republished in a new edition (Jacana Media, 2013). He regularly teaches courses on South African literature and politics, twentieth-century fiction, contemporary British fiction, and transnational fiction.  Stephen’s most recent book, a memoir entitled Birthmark, was published by Jacana Media in 2015.

“Coveted Class”

Cathy Schlund-Vials and her Asian American Literature class were featured in UCONN Magazine on February 27.

While the course title is “Asian American Literature,” Schlund-Vials feels she is teaching a class in US literature because the mix of fiction and nonfiction books that her students read explore themes and topics tied to the American experience, particularly conflicts during the latter half of the 20th century.


Deaf Art and History Community Talk

Daily Campus reporter Lauren Brown covered Brenda Brueggemann’s presentation on “deaf art.”

Professor Brenda Brueggemann discussed and interpreted the art and history of deaf people in the United States for her lecture titled American Deaf Art, History and Community Talk.

Brueggemann’s talk focused on the impact, history and interpretation of various mediums created by deaf artists—particularly visual arts, performance arts and literature. Brueggemann stated that there were several themes that she had noticed throughout deaf art. “A lot of the art seems to have something with community,” said Brueggemann, “The deaf community, about identity, about language about culture…another kind of theme that I see is about being alone, isolation, solitude, silence and oppression.” She also noted that there seems to be a theme of body as expression among deaf artists.


Sendak’s Artwork Finds a New Home

The artwork for Maurice Sendak’s published books, certain manuscripts, sketches, and other related materials will be hosted and maintained at the University of Connecticut under an agreement approved by UConn’s Board of Trustees.

The Maurice Sendak Foundation will continue to own the artwork and source materials for books such as Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen and Outside Over There, which will serve as a resource for research by students, faculty, staff, scholars and the general public through the Department of Archives & Special Collections in the UConn Library. The housing of The Maurice Sendak Collection at UConn is being supported by a generous grant from The Maurice Sendak Foundation.

PEN/Heim Translation Award

We are delighted to announce that PhD candidate Brian Sneeden has just been awarded a prestigious PEN/Heim Translation grant for what will be his third book, a translation of Greek poet Phoebe Giannisi’s Rhapsodia. (Brian’s translation of Giannisi’s  earlier book, Homerica, was published earlier this year.) A link to the Pen award announcement is below.

Congratulations, Brian!

Timothy F. Moriarty Award in Irish Literature

Timothy F. Moriarty Award in Irish Literature


The Department of English seeks applications for the Timothy F. Moriarty Award in Irish Literature. This award is a scholarship given to graduate students to enhance the University’s Irish Literature programs and activities. This year (2018) we expect the award to be $800.00. The eligible applicant must meet the following requirements:


  • Full-time enrollment as a continuing graduate student in the English program at UConn.
  • Demonstrated academic achievement.
  • Demonstrated focal interest in Irish Literature.


Applications must be signed, dated, and submitted to the main office of the Department of English, Austin 208, by noon on Friday, March 23, 2018.


Application Form



Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the

2017-18 Creative Writing Awards!


The Edward R. and Frances Schreiber Collins Literary Prizes

Prose Winner/$2,000: Jasmine Smith, “Canaan”

Honorable Mention: Rebecca Hill, “Watering Flowers”


Poetry Winner/$2,000: Amanda McCarthy, “A Story”

Honorable Mention: Raeann Veronesi for “Fifth of the Four”


The Jennie Hackman Memorial Prize for Fiction

First place/$1,000: Lucie Turkel,“Fourth of July”

Second place/$300: Rebecca Hill, “Watering Flowers”

Third Place/$200: Benjamin Eng, “Summer’s End”


Wallace Stevens Poetry Contest

First place/$1,000: Erin Lynn

Second place/$500: Matthew Ryan Shelton

Third place/$250: Ricardo Alvelo

Honorable Mention: Christiana Ares-Christian


The Aetna Children’s Literature Award

Winner/$250: Kristina Reardon, “Nina’s Wall”


The Aetna Translation Award

Winner/$250: Robyn Lerebours for “The Waterwheel”

Honorable Mentions: Kristina Reardon, “The Unicorn” and Alexandra Yang, “In Our Home in Palestine”


The Aetna Creative Nonfiction Awards

Undergraduate First prize/$150: Kaylee Thurlow, “Spinning Mind but with a Small Body”

Honorable Mentions/$50 each: Brianna McNish, “Notes on Violet” and Kimberly Yrayta, “All American Cheeseburger”


Graduate First Prize, /$250: Brian Sneeden,“Inconvenient Magic”


Long River Graduate Writing Award

Winner/$250: Kristina Reardon, “When Frank Sinatra Came to Town”

Honorable Mentions: Kathryn Warrender, “The Naming Ritual” and

Mollie Kervick, “Falling in Love is Fattening”

IDEA Grants Awarded

The English Department is proud to announce that four English majors have received IDEA grants for their thought-provoking project proposals.
The UConn IDEA Grant program awards funding to support student-designed and student-led projects, including creative endeavors, community service initiatives, entrepreneurial ventures, research projects, and other original and innovative projects.

Below are the names of the four English majors receiving IDEA grants this year:

Amelia Bowman ’20
Bringing Diversity to the Teenage Post-Apocalypse 
Amelia will write a post-apocalyptic young adult novel that defies the standard narrative. This novel will feature diverse characters who explore topical issues such as social paranoia.


Arianna Diaz, Dec ’18 (English/Global Studies)
Combating Xenophobia: Bridging the Gap Between the Public and the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Process Using Data Visualization 
To decrease xenophobia towards refugees in America, Arianna will collect data and narratives from scholarly materials and interviews with actors in the resettlement process that dispel misconceptions, and will display her findings using data visualization tools.


 Taylore Grunert ’19 (English/Ecology & Evolutionary Biology)
“Catharsis Theory”: A Graphic Novel Exploring LGBT Subjectivity and Coming of Age 
 Taylore will write a fictional graphic novel, based on personal experience, exploring LGBT adolescence.


Carly Martin ’20
The Great Forest Beast 
Carly will write and illustrate a children’s book that addresses environmental degradation in a way that is accessible to children.