Month: March 2019

Grad Research award for Matthew Shelton

At this past weekend’s ACIS (American Conference for Irish Studies), organized by Boston College and Framingham State U, UConn Ph.D. candidate in poetry, Matthew Ryan Shelton, was awarded the Krause Research Fellowship for his translations of contemporary Irish-language poet, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh.

Congratulations to Matt!

Alan Wald on Steinbeck

“Red Steinbeck: The Counter-History of an American Literary Classic,” a talk by Alan Wald  on April 4 @ 4pm.

Alan Wald, H. Chandler Davis Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan, is a specialist in U.S. writers on the Left from the 1930s to the 1950s.  He is the author of eight books, including a trilogy about writers and Communism called Exiles from a Future Time (2002), Trinity of Passion (2007), and American Night (2012).  A former Guggenheim Fellow, he is an editor of the journals Against the Current and Science and Society.

This talk is sponsored by UConn American Studies and the Department of English.

Brown Bag Talk: Lyn Tribble

Brown Bag talk with Lyn Tribble

“‘A Strange, Hollow, and Confused Noise’: Prospero’s Start and Early Modern Magical Practice”

In The Tempest, Prospero’s wedding masque fails. As its height of the spirits’ performance, he “starts suddenly and speaks, after which to a strange, hollow, and confused noise, they heavily vanish.”

The reasons for Prospero’s start and its emotional aftermath are never fully explained in the play.  In this talk Lyn Tribble will argue that we can explain Prospero’s psycho-physical state after the dissolution of the masque through two related avenues of inquiry. First, she will explore the ramifications of the start or startle itself, arguing that starts often occur on stage as characters emerge from an altered state. This point leads to a consideration of the way that early modern magical practitioners were trained to alter their states of consciousness in order to perform the emotionally gruelling labour of conjuring spirits.

Lunch will be served.

Capshaw on Sendak’s Creative Process

Kate Capshaw (Children’s Literature) and Cora Lynn Deibler (Illustration) published “From ‘Wild Horses’ to ‘Wild Things,’ a window into Maurice Sendak’s creative process” in The Conversation. The article teaches us what we can learn through study of the Maurice Sendak Collection at the University of Connecticut’s Archives and Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Center. The collection “contains Sendak’s original sketches, book dummies, artwork and final drafts of his work, amounting to nearly 10,000 items [and] allows us to begin to trace the trajectory of Sendak’s creative process.”

Mary Burke on Irish Fashion

Mary Burke discusses “When Irish Fashion Swept the USA” in an interview by Ken Best on UConn 360 podcast. Mary’s section begins 4:50 into the podcast and continues to 13:04. It is about her cover article  The Cottage, the Castle, and the Couture Cloak: ‘Traditional’ Irish Fabrics and ‘Modern’ Irish Fashions in America, c. 1952–1969” in the Journal of Design History 31.4 (2018), pages 364-82.

English Students Admitted into Neag

We are pleased to announce Neag’s Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s program acceptances for this year.  These students are all sophomores.

The Special Education and Elementary Education admits are all pursuing at least a Concentration in English, and some will get a BA in English.  All have to complete at least 24 credits in English.

The Secondary English Education students have to complete at least 36 credits in English, and so most (but not all) will earn a BA in English, too.

Special Education: Madison Chiulli, Daniel Claxton, Lauren Granville, Shannon Jones, Bridget Laselva, Stephanie Palmucci, Marissa Rondinone, Anamaria Sousa, Olivia Troy, and Nicole Wiggins

Elementary Education: Emma Braun, Caitlin Davidson, Francesca Depalma, Angelo Fiondella, Brianna Gaffney, Angelica Gasper, Emma Harter, Darcus Henry, Sheila Higgins, Elizabeth Jacobs, Jaria Khan, Jennifer Lusier, Gabriela Lynch, Kayla O’Sullivan, Kayla Peck, and Jane Yalof.

Secondary English Education: Britney Augeri, Caroline Crouse, Alex Klein, Johnny Liang, Grace Mandy, Jenesis Miranda, Katrina Ptyza, Ailia Rohbar, Katelynn Romanchick, Rebecca Socha, Sydney Spizzoucco, Sammy Vanvalkenburg, Vanessa Vazquez, and Caitlin Willis.


56th Wallace Stevens Poetry Program

Acclaimed Author Claudia Rankine to Feature in the 56th Annual Wallace Stevens Poetry Program at UConn and the Greater Hartford Classical Magnet School.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Greater Hartford Classical Magnet School, 12:30 pm

Konover Auditorium, The Dodd Center, Storrs. Reception 6:00pm, Reading  7:00 pm


Claudia Rankine, a MacArthur “Genius” and National Book Critics Circle Award winner, will read from her work at UConn’s main campus in Storrs and at the Greater Hartford Classical Magnet School on March 13, 2019. She will appear at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday March 13 at the at the Greater Hartford Classical Magnet School, 85 Woodland St, Hartford. She will offer a second reading at 7 p.m. that night at the Konover Auditorium of the Dodd Center, 405 Babbidge Road on the UConn Storrs campus. Both readings are free and open to the public.


Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry including Don’t Let Me Be Lonely (Graywolf 2008) and the bestselling Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf 2014), which uses poetry, essay, cultural criticism, and visual images to explore what it means to be an American citizen in a “post-racial” society. As the Judges Citation for the Jackson Prize notes, “The moral vision of Claudia Rankine’s poetry is astounding. In a body of work that pushes the boundaries of the contemporary lyric, Rankine has managed to make space for meditation and vigorous debate upon some of the most relevant and troubling social themes of the 20th and 21st centuries.” Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the NAACP Image Award, the PEN Open Book Award, and the LA Times Book Award for poetry as well as fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts.


The Wallace Stevens Poetry Program began in 1964 with funding from The Hartford to honor modernist master poet Wallace Stevens, a former vice president of The Hartford. In the last half century, the program has brought a roster of the most important national and international poets to Connecticut. This year’s program is sponsored by The Hartford, with additional support from UConn’s African American Cultural Center and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ English Department, Humanities Institute, and Creative Writing Program. For more information, please visit our website at


Annual Aetna Writing Awards

Annual Aetna Writing Awards 

ECE English students: submit your work for the Aetna First-Year Writing Prize and/or the Poster Fair and Celebration of Student Writing. The deadline for the Aetna Writing Prizes and Poster Submissions will be Monday April 1, 2019.

For the Aetna Freshman Writing Prize we’re accepting student writing completed during any term from Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019. Further information on the Aetna First-Year Writing award, including detailed submission guidelines, is available on the Aetna Chair’s website.