Prize for Brian Sneeden

Brian Sneeden has been awarded the 2019 Constantinides Memorial Translation Prize for his translation of Phoebe Giannisi’s 2016 collection of poetry Ραψωδία (excerpt submitted under the general title Rhapsody).

Nikos Panou, Chair of the evaluating committee, writes, “Sneeden’s translation does justice to the original as it preserves key aspects of the Greek text while exhibiting ample vitality and creative vision of its own. His renditions are at the same time meticulous and lyrical, precise and elegant, powerful and subtle. To make this feel easy and effortless when it is clearly the result of a thoughtful and sustained engagement with Giannisi’s poetry is a prizeworthy achievement indeed.”

Well done, Brian!

PEN/Heim Translation Award

We are delighted to announce that PhD candidate Brian Sneeden has just been awarded a prestigious PEN/Heim Translation grant for what will be his third book, a translation of Greek poet Phoebe Giannisi’s Rhapsodia. (Brian’s translation of Giannisi’s  earlier book, Homerica, was published earlier this year.) A link to the Pen award announcement is below.

Congratulations, Brian!

Caroline Levine to Speak

Caroline Levine, the David and Kathleen Ryan Professor of the Humanities at Cornell University, will give a talk at 4pm on Wednesday, November 1, in the Class of 1947 Room in Homer Babbidge Library.

Caroline Levine is  the author of three books: The Serious Pleasures of Suspense: Victorian Realism and Narrative Doubt (2003), Provoking Democracy: Why We Need the Arts (2007), and Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network (2015). Forms recently won James Russell Lowell Prize from the Modern Language Association. As her Cornell webpage explains, Professor Levine has spent her career “asking how and why the humanities and the arts matter, especially in democratic societies. She argues for the understanding of forms and structures as crucial to understanding links between art and society.” Professor Levine will be giving a lecture from her current project on the role of generalization in the humanities, presenting “Reading for the Common Good: Sustainability, Routine, Infrastructure.”

This event is sponsored by the English Graduate Student Association and the Graduate Student Senate. Refreshments will be provided.

Congratulations to Sara Austin and Amanda Greenwell

Sara Austin has been awarded the Children’s Literature Association’s Hannah Beiter Graduate Student Research Grant for archival research at University of California, Riverside. She will explore the Eaton Collection for her dissertation project, “The Evolution of Monsters in Contemporary American Children’s and Young Adult Culture.”

Amanda Greenwell is the winner of Children’s Literature Association’s Graduate Student Essay Award for Jessie Willcox Smith’s Critique of Teleological Girlhood in ‘The Seven Ages of Childhood.”

Graduates with Honors

Nine English majors received recognition at the Honors medals ceremony. One of these students is also a University Scholar. Congratulations to all!


University Scholar Project

Paiella, Giorgina. “Woman a Machine: The History and Gendered Semiotics of Female Automata.”

Honors Theses

Capron, Emma. “‘I Died in Auschwitz’: An Examination of Literary Haunting and Representations of Trauma in the Works of Charlotte Delbo and Primo Levi.” Breen.

Kurzawa, Theresa. “What Can Young Adults Learn from Dystopian Fiction?: Social Critique in Fahrenheit 451, Ender’s Game, and The Hunger Games.”

Lisi, Brandon. “The Emperor Must Die” (creative: fiction).

Machado, Danilo. Title TBA. August 2016 graduation.

Miller, Shannon. “Transgender and Intersex Issues in Athletics.”

Monica, Katherine (Kate). “A Brief Summary of July” (creative: fiction).

Troy, Kaitlin. “History Through Comics: A Closer Look at Historical Graphic Narratives.” August 2016 graduation.

Wong, Calliope. “Between, Beyond: A Collection of One Trans Woman’s Fictions” (creative: poetry and fiction).


Bruce Cohen Reading

Creative Writing professor Bruce Cohen will read from his collection of poetry on Wednesday, September 30, at 6pm in the UConn Co-op bookstore, Storrs Center.

Born in the Bronx, Bruce Cohen writes poems and nonfiction essays that have appeared in literary periodicals such as The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, and The Southern Review. He has published four volumes of poetry: Disloyal Yo-Yo (2009), which was awarded the 2007 Orphic Poetry Prize; Swerve (2010); Placebo Junkies Conspiring with the Half-Asleep (2012); and No Soap, Radio! (2015). A forthcoming manuscript (2016), Imminent Disappearances, Impossible Numbers & Panoramic X-Rays, was awarded the 2015 Green Rose Prize from New Issues Press. A recipient of an individual artist grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, prior to joining the UConn Creative Writing faculty in 2012, Cohen directed, developed, and implemented nationally recognized academic enhancement programs at UConn, the University of Arizona, and the University of California at Berkeley.

Wednesday, September 30, at 6pm in the UConn Co-op bookstore, Storrs Center.

Claire Kilroy: Gerson Reading 2015

Claire Kilroy gave a reading on March 31 at the Alumni Center. Kilroy is one of Ireland’s most prominent contemporary writers. She is the author of four novels, was awarded the 2004 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, and has been short-listed for the Kerry Group Novel of the Year Award three times. Kilroy was the Gerson Irish Reader six years ago, and we are delighted to see her return!

Upcoming Irish Studies speakers include Thomas Long, Colm McGinley, Nels Pearson, and a play by Eamon Grennan. For more information, visit the Irish studies calendar for spring 2015.