Month: May 2020

Tribute Awards for Gabe Morrison, Mollie Kervick, and Alex Gatten

  • Gabe Morrison has won the Francelia Butler Graduate Award for Teaching Innovation. This award recognizes one English or Medieval Studies graduate student who demonstrates commitment to innovative teaching and reflective practice that supports student engagement and learning in a non-FYW course. One committee member wrote, “Gabe has not only been an incredibly effective teacher, but he also has taken on new teaching responsibilities and developed them expertly.” They noted that “Gabe’s vocation is pedagogy itself.”
  • Mollie Kervick has won the David Leeming Graduate Award for Service. This award recognizes one English or Medieval Studies graduate student who demonstrates excellence in service or outreach to the department, university, institution, or community. One committee member noted that they were particularly impressed by both Mollie’s formal service roles — including her presidency of EGSA and her leadership position organizing the “Emerging Voices in Irish Studies Graduate Student Conference” — and her commitment to forging communities of support among graduate students.
  • Alex Gatten has won the Milton Stern Dissertation Award, which recognizes the best dissertation submitted for a PhD in English or Medieval Studies, for his project “Formal Perversions: Queer Poetics and the Turn in Romantic Verse.” One committee member wrote that they found Alex’s dissertation “complex and really compelling, offering a new way of reading not just Romantic poetry, but poetry in general. The dissertation engages recent scholarly work on form (such as Caroline Levine’s recent Forms) to make a convincing connection between literary and bodily form that I found beautifully argued.” Another noted that the sample chapter was “elegantly written,” a balanced combination of “close reading, historical context, and deep engagement with scholarship.”

Each award is accompanied by a $500 prize. Congratulations to Gabe, Mollie, and Alex!

Lingli Zhang: Love from 7,000 Miles Away

Lingli Zhang’s essay “How My Parents Showed Love from 7,000 Miles Away” was written for Amy Nocton’s English 1003 class and published in the Hartford Courant on May 13, 2020. According to The Courant, hers  was the most-read essay on May 14.

“How My Parents Showed Love from 7,000 Miles Away” recounts some of Zhang’s experience as an international student during the Covid-19 outbreak and her parents’ remarkable act of compassion and generosity. The Courant invites writers under 30 to write essays of about 650 words containing strong views.

Email submissions tofreshtalk@courant.com, with your:

  • full name
  • home town
  • daytime phone number
  • age and occupation (or your school’s name and your level in school).