Author: Claire E. Reynolds

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.

“The Shame of Rikers”

The Shame of Rikers

Last month, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio put forward a $30 million, 10-year plan to close down the city’s infamous prison facility at Rikers Island, a decision motivated in part by the tragic story of young Kalief Browder. Browder was 16 years old when he was pulled off the street and arrested on a charge of stealing a backpack. He was never tried or convicted on any charge, but he spent three years at Rikers because he couldn’t afford to post bond and his court appearances were repeatedly delayed. The experience was profoundly brutalizing, and two years after his release, Browder took his own life. Browder’s story is a national shame that should hasten Rikers’ demise, but it is also emblematic of the institution’s past even before it was a prison. [Read more]