Month: October 2018

Writing Life Panel

On Thursday, November 8, the Creative Writing program will host a panel on the MFA, publishing, and other avenues of professionalizing as a creative writer. There will be free pizza, with free and honest advice! Speakers include: Darcie Dennigan, Sean Forbes, Brian Sneeden, and Julia Brush. Austin 217 (Stern Room).

Career Panel

Upcoming Career Panel for English majors November 7, 4-5:45

This panel will reinforce the value of the major and numerous career directions open to English majors.

Job options specific to the skills of English majors are now quite varied, as English majors are increasingly in demand for their writing and communication skills.  The panelists below are testimony to the creative ways in which English majors are shaping careers for themselves.

Place:  Stern Room, Austin 217.  Refreshments will be served.

Four UConn English major alumnae (see below) will present information about their own career and job search strategies.  Given their experiences and professions, they have valuable advice and will answer questions about the job market, job searches and interviews, and the specific value of the major. Panelists:

Emily Chiarelli (‘15), Assistant Production Editor, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Guilford

Laura Costello (’15), Assistant Production Editor, Penny Publications, LLC, Norwalk

Karelyn Kuzcenski (‘16), Senior Research Analyst, Ipsos, Norwalk

Eric Vo (‘13), Marketing Specialist, The Hartford, Hartford

If you have questions, please e-mail

Jon Andersen Poetry Reading

Tuesday, November 6

Jon Andersen/Poetry Reading

UConn Bookstore, Storrs Center, 6:00 pm


**This event is a benefit for the Covenant Soup Kitchen in Willimantic. Audience members are invited to make a donation after the reading.**


Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and the UConn Bookstore.


Jon Andersen’s books include The Burden Note (2014), an English/Serbo-Croatian chapbook; and Stomp and Sing (2005). He is the editor of the anthology Seeds of Fire: Contemporary Poetry from the Other U.S.A. (2008).   His poems have appeared in print and online publications, including The Café Review, Chiron Review, Connecticut Review, Counterpunch, Exposition Review, Freshwater, HeART, Here, North American Review, The Progressive, Rattle, and The Worcester Review, among others.   He has given readings and delivered workshops to a wide variety of audiences at events throughout the eastern United States, the United Kingdom, and Serbia, including the Ledbury Poetry Festival (2008), the 49th International Festival of Literature in Belgrade (2012), and the 42nd Smederevo Poetry Autumn (2014).   For twelve years he was a high school English and special education teacher, and since 2008 he has been a professor of English at Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson and Willimantic, Connecticut. He and his wife, fellow writer and educator Denise Abercrombie, live in Storrs, Connecticut with their two sons, Kit and Miles.


“Lovable Racists, Magical Negroes, and White Messiahs”

Book Talk and Signing with Dr. David Ikard on November 6, 2018 at 4 pm in the UConn Bookstore Community Room.

Dr. David Ikard is professor of African American and Diaspora Studies at Vanderbilt University. He has authored four books, including Breaking the Silence: Toward a Black Male Feminist CriticismNation of Cowards: Black Activism in Barack Obama’s Post-Racial America, Blinded by the Whites: Why Race Still Matters in the 21st Century and Lovable Racists, Magical Negroes, and White Messiahs (2017)

For more information, please contact the Africana Studies Institute,


The “Kindness” of Humans

THURS, Nov. 1 at 12:30 pm.

The Early Modern Studies Working Group & UConn English Department Present: The “Kindness” of Humans: Empathy, Race, and Kind in The Tempest and The Shape of Water.

This talk will be given by Jane Hwang Degenhardt, an Associate Professor of English at UMass Amherst. It will take place in the UConn Humanities Institute, which is on the 4th floor of the Homer Babbidge Library.

“What criterias come to distinguish who is human from who is not? In seeking to define a relationship between humanity and humaneness, both Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Guillermo del Toro’s film The Shape of Water project a limit case that demonstrates how the category of the human is fundamentally bounded, exclusionary, and relationally-determined. Examining the ambiguously-hybrid beings the play and film  provide, this talk demonstrates the need for a human rights approach that moves beyond the distinction of the human and which does not reaffirm or deny the ways that metaphysical orders of being are determined through a logic of race.”


Lunch will be served prior; RSVP at


AWP Intro Journals Project

AWP Intro Journals Project

November 1, 2018

The Intro Journals Project is a national literary competition for the discovery and publication of the best new works by students currently enrolled in the programs of the Associated Writing Programs (AWP). Winners receive a $50 cash honorarium and are published in Hayden’s Ferry ReviewMid-American ReviewPuerto del SolControlled BurnQuarterly WestTampa ReviewWillow Springs, or Artful Dodge. As a member program, the University of Connecticut is eligible to nominate one work of nonfiction, one work of short fiction, and three poems.

Who’s Eligible

Both graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Connecticut’s main and regional campuses.


Work submitted should be unpublished. Students may submit up to one essay, one work of fiction, and three poems. Prose should be double-spaced, poetry single-spaced. The subject line of the e-mail should indicate the full name of the contest and the genre of your submission (for example: “AWP Intro Journals Project – poetry”). Please submit your work via e-mail following these guidelines. The submission should consist of a single MS Word document that contains your cover sheet (see format) followed by your submission. (Note that while your student ID number should appear on every page of the packet, your name should appear only on the cover sheet.) Students may submit work in more than one genre but please do so in separate e-mails (in other words, do not include a short story and a poem in the same e-mail).

Caroline Heafey Talk: Dorothy Macardle

Talk on DOROTHY MACARDLE Oct. 25, AUST 216 at 1:00pm

Dorothy Macardle (1889-1958) was an Irish novelist, playwright, and popular historian. Her 1942 feminist Gothic novel, The Uninvited, was adapted for the screen by Hollywood in 1944. The editor of two forthcoming reissues of Macardle’s work by Tramp Press, CAROLINE HEAFEY, will speak on the author’s work. Contact to RESERVE A SEAT. 

The Halloween-appropriate film of The Uninvited will be screened at 11:00am on 10/25 in AUST 202 (prior to Heafey’s talk).

Shane McCrae Talk

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Wednesday, October 24

Shane McCrae/Aetna Writer-in-Residence

Barnes & Noble College Bookstore, Storrs Center, 6:00 pm


Co-sponsored with the Aetna Chair of Writing and the Barnes & Noble College Bookstore

Shane McCrae is the author of six books of poetry–most recently, In the Language of My Captor (2017), which won the 2018 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Poetry, and was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the William Carlos Williams Award, and The Gilded Auction Block (2018). He is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Award, a Whiting Writer’s Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He teaches at Columbia University and lives in New York City.



Wallace Stevens in Hartford: Dennis Barone and James Finnegan

Wednesday, October 24  —  Dennis Barone, Professor of English at the University of Saint Joseph, and James Finnegan, President of the Hartford Friends and Enemies of Wallace Stevens, will read from their anthology, Visiting Wallace:  Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Wallace Stevens.

Visiting Wallace collects an astonishing variety of poems inspired by Stevens, including poems by such well known figures as Marianne Moore and William Carlos Williams, Carl Sandburg and Adrienne Rich, John Ashbery and Susan Howe.

3:00 p.m. at the UConn Barnes and Noble Bookstore (on Front Street).

Animal Trouble: Blake, Derrida, Huyghe

Animal Trouble: Blake, Derrida, Huyghe

Talk by Jacques Khalip (Professor of English at Brown University)

Friday, October 26, 2018, 3:30-5:00 pm in Austin 217


Jacques Khalip is the author of Last Things: Disastrous Form from kant to Hujar (Fordham University Press, 2018) and Anonymous Life: Romanticism and Dispossession (Stanford University Press, 2009). He is also the co-editor of Constellations of a Contemporary Romanticism (Fordham University Press, 2016) and Releasing the ImageFrom Literature to New Media (Standford University Press, 2011). With Claire Colebrook and Lee Edelman, he is currently co-writing a book entitled Unlivable: Queer Theory Beyond The Material (under contract, Columbia University Press).


Sponsored by the Department of English, University of Connecticut.