Author: Lindsey Lentocha

Call for Student Poets

Award-winning poet Tara Betts will spend two days at UConn this fall (November 1st and 2nd) as the Aetna Writer-in-Residence. Six student writers will be selected to participate in one-on-one writing tutorials with Ms. Betts. Students interested in participating should submit a typed 5-page manuscript of poetry to Professor Sean Forbes, via e-mail (

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 20th, 2017 for consideration.

Tara Betts is the author of Break the Habit (2016) and Arc & Hue (2009). She is also one of the co-editors of The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives About Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century (2017). Betts has self-published small runs of several chapbooks: “Can I Hang?” (1999), “Switch” (2003), “Break the Habit” (2012), and “Circling Unexpectedly” (2013). Her most recent chapbook 7 x 7: kwansabas was published by Backbone Press in 2015. Her work has appeared in PoetryAmerican Poetry ReviewEssence MagazineNYLON, and numerous anthologies. Betts was commissioned by the Peggy Choy Dance Company to write a series of poems and monologues for “THE GREATEST!: An Homage to Muhammad Ali” in 2011 and 2013. These writings were published on Winged City Press in April 2013 and were mentioned in the New York Times. In 2010, Essence named her as one of their “40 Favorite Poets.” After winning the 1999 Guild Complex’s Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award, she represented Chicago twice at the National Poetry Slam in 1999 and 2000. A Cave Canem graduate, she has had residencies from the Ragdale Foundation, Centrum and Caldera, and an Illinois Arts Council Artist fellowship. She holds a PhD in English from Binghamton University and a MFA in Creative Writing from New England College. She teaches at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Lisa Gitelman on the New Media of Yesterday and Today

Lisa Gitelman is a media historian whose research concerns American book history, techniques of inscription, and the new media of yesterday and today. She is particularly concerned with tracing the patterns according to which new media become meaningful within and against the contexts of older media. Her most recent book is titled Paper Knowledge: Toward a Media History of Documents, and previous work includes Always Already New: Media, History, and the Data of Culture. Gitelman will be discussing her work as part of the “Interfacing Digital Humanities and Media Studies” roundtable on Thursday, October 12th, 12:30-1:30 PM in Austin 246.

Love Letters: Ordinary Women, Civil Law and Writing during Spanish Enlightenment

Bianca Premo is an associate professor of Latin American history at Florida International University. She is the author of Children of the Father King: Youth, Authority and Legal Minority in Colonial Lima, and her most recent work includes The Enlightenment on Trial: Ordinary Litigants and Colonialism in the Spanish Empire. In addition, she has written over a dozen articles and book chapters on colonial Spanish America, appearing in journals such as The Hispanic American Historical Review, Slavery and Abolition, and The William and Mary Quarterly. She will be presenting her lecture, “Love Letters: Ordinary Women, Civil Law and Writing during Spanish Enlightenment,” on Monday, October 9th, 2017, at 4:30 PM in Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center. There will be a public reception to follow.