Author: Kaitlyn Sparta

Long River Review and Poetic Journeys Release Party

Join us to celebrate UConn’s literary magazine Long River Review 2016’s release on Thursday, April 28, 6pm at the UConn Co-op in Storrs Center. Enjoy free food, listen to published writers read their work, and mingle with LRR staff.

For the first time, the Poetic Journeys release party will be held in conjunction with The Long River Review release party. Contributing authors will read from their work, and the latest poster series will be unveiled. Food and beverages will be available as well.

This year’s poster series features poems by Amanda McCarthy, Anna Ziering, Joan Seliger Sidney, Danilo Machado, Micah Goodrich, and Miller Oberman. Designers include Josh Gluck, Brigid Reale, Samantha Weiss, Erika Greenblatt, Sydney Roper, Kellie Pcolar, Steve Fugazy, Hunter Kelley, Olivia Narciso, Nikki McDonald, Carlos Dominguez, Raeanne Nuzzo, and Sarah Williams.

This event is free and open to the public. Many thanks to our sponsors—the Creative Writing Program, UConn Transportation, the Aetna Chair of Writing, and the UConn Co-op.

About Poetic Journeys

Poetic Journeys was developed by the Creative Writing Program at the University of Connecticut and inspired by the New York MTA’s Poetry in Motion series, itself inspired by London’s Poems on the Underground. Poetic Journeys features poems written by UConn students, faculty, and staff on placards designed by students in the University’s Design Center.

Poetic Journeys began in the Fall of 2000, and subsequent series have been published annually. Poetic Journeys grants writers and designers a unique collaborative experience. It offers the campus community and visitors a poetic respite from their busy days, and an opportunity, each time they board a bus, to embark on a different kind of journey.

Miller Oberman: 2016 Discovery Poetry Contest Winner

PhD candidate Miller Oberman won the prestigious 2016 Discovery Poetry Contest, run by the 92nd Street Y and The Boston Review. The award honors Oberman for the poems in his dissertation. For more than 60 years, the Discovery Contest has launched the careers of major poets, like John Ashbery, Mark Strand, Lucille Clifton, Mary Jo Bang, and Eduardo C. Corral, to name but a few.

Oberman was recently featured in UConn Today.

EGSA Speaker Amanda Anderson

Critical theory and 19th- and 20th-c. literature and culture scholar Amanda Anderson (Brown University) spoke on April 18 in the Class of 1947 Conference Room. Anderson’s talk focused on part of her forthcoming book, Bleak Liberalism (under contract, University of Chicago Press), which Anderson describes in her CV as a “study of the relation between the liberal aesthetic and liberalism as a political philosophy, with an emphasis on the dialectic of hope and skepticism in many forms of liberal thought across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.” The English Department cosponsored this event with EGSA and the History Department.

Translation Failure in Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room

Thursday, April 14, 2016
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Lecture Series continues with a presentation by Margaret Breen, entitled, “Translation Failure in James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room.”

This talk focuses on a classic of LGBTQ literature, James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room, published in 1956. While critics of Giovanni’s Room have focused on narrator-protagonist David’s strategy of rhetorical evasion and have rightly linked it to Baldwin’s exploration of homophobia and racism, they have overlooked a key context and aspect of this strategy: David’s account depends largely on his role as a translator. David tells the story of his love affair with Giovanni in English, even as their relationship plays out in French. Translation is a primary narrative vehicle for David. Within this context, David’s rhetorical evasion may, in turn, be understood as in part a failure in translation. In this talk, Breen will examine two different strands of translation failure. The first of these concerns the actual languages used to communicate in the novel, French and English, as well as the striking absence of Giovanni’s primary language, Italian. The second aspect regards the issue of cultural translation and entails reading the novel through a comparative cultural lens and so complicating the understanding of this novel as an American literary work.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.

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Shakespeare and Time a Success

Shakespeare and Time, the 15th Annual Undergraduate Shakespeare Conference, was on Saturday, April 2.  Neag Visiting Professor Garrett Sullivan delivered the plenary talk, “‘How Britain Fights’: Shakespeare and World War II Propaganda,” which was covered by The Daily Campus. Sullivan’s talk was lively and extremely well attended. Sixteen outstanding papers from students representing nine different schools, four from UConn, were also presented. The four Shakespeareans on the two judging committees had a difficult time making their two award picks. UConn helped raise the bar for next year’s event at UMass-Boston. The final event featured Lindsay Cummings and two student actors from CRT, who performed a medley of comedy and tragedy scenes and spoke about translating text/poetry into stage action.


Neag Talk by Garrett Sullivan

“Sleeping in Error in Book 1 of Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene.” Austin 217 (Stern), 12 April. 1:30pm.

Garrett Sullivan, the Neag Visiting Professor for Spring 2016, teaches at Penn State on early modern English literature and culture, especially drama. His research interests include the histories of emotion, cognition and embodiment; British World War II film; and cartography, geography, and early modern conceptions of land. Sullivan specializes in Renaissance literature with particular interest in drama. He has authored, edited, and coedited numerous works and has served as a trustee for the Shakespeare Association of America and on the Shakespeare Division Executive Committee of the MLA. He has co-curated two exhibitions at the Folger Shakespeare Library, one focused on early modern conceptions of history and the other on period ideas about sleeping and dreaming.

Jazra Khaleed and Amara Lakhous Reading

Poet Jazra Khaleed and novelist Amara Lakhous will be reading at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at the UConn Co-op Bookstore, Storrs Center. The reading will be followed by a discussion moderated by translator Peter Constantine.

Jazra Khaleed was born in Grozny, Chechnya. Today he lives in Athens, writes, and publishes exclusively in Greek, and is known as a poet, editor, and translator. Khaleed’s poetry has been widely translated in Europe, the US, and Japan. As a founding co-editor of TEFLON magazine, and particularly through his own translations published there, he has introduced the works of Amiri Baraka, Keston Sutherland, Lionel Fogarty, and many other political and experimental poets to a Greek readership.

Amara Lakhous fled his native Algeria in 1995 during the civil war, and has lived in Italy first as a political refugee, then as an immigrant and, as of 2008, a citizen. He is the author of five novels, three of which he wrote in both Arabic and Italian. His best known works are the much acclaimed Clash of Civilizations over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio (2008), Divorce Islamic Style (2012), and A Dispute over a Very Italian Piglet (2014).

The event, free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the English Department, the Literatures, Cultures & Languages Department, the UConn’s Creative Writing Program, and the UConn Co-op.

Academic Job Market Workshop

The Graduate Placement Committee’s first workshop on the academic job market will be held this Friday, April 8, at 1:00 pm in the Stern Lounge.

This introductory workshop is the first of a series of spring meetings and will focus on planning the job search. After this meeting, job seekers will be matched with a faculty point person who will offer assistance with materials and questions over the coming year.

All faculty and graduate students are welcome, but these workshops are vital for those graduate students who plan to apply to academic jobs in 2016-2017. Even if you have participated in these workshops in the past, we strongly encourage you to attend each year.