Congratulations to Amber West (PhD ’14), whose first book of poems, Daughter Eraser, will be released this year by Finishing Line Press.
Yusef Komunyakaa writes that “Amber West’s Daughter Eraser surprises relentlessly, moving gracefully from heartbreak to humor. This poet delivers a playful theater of language, innuendo, and wit while teaching us how to assay the iron within irony. We can be thankful this new voice springs out of need and mercy.”
The collection features poems many of us enjoyed hearing Amber read while she was here in the PhD program, and her press is taking pre-orders now.
Nathaniel Herter’s translation “Ovid-Amores, 11.13—Ovid (Naso) Prayers for his Lover’s Life” won the 2014-2015 Aetna Translation Award.
Jeremy DeAngelo (2013) has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers University.
Poet Camille Dungy, the 2015 Aetna Writer-in-Residence, read her poetry March 10 at the Co-op Bookstore in Storrs Center and also conducted one-on-0ne writing tutorials with six students.
Camille Dungy is the author of three books of poetry: What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison; Smith Blue; and Suck on the Marrow. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Callaloo, The Missouri Review, and Crab Orchard Review. Her honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. She is the recipient of the 2011 American Book Award, a two-time recipient of the Northern California Book Award, and a two-time NAACP Image Award nominee. She is Professor of English at Colorado State University.
Inda Watrous, our undergraduate advisor, won the 2015 UConn Staff Spirit Award “Unsung Hero,” which recognizes a staff member who consistently goes above and beyond, without fanfare or public recognition. Inda always performs at a high level; takes initiative to solve problems and improve work situations; demonstrates reliability, perseverance, and a focus on results; and helps others by sharing knowledge of the institution’s practices. We are grateful for her expertise and energy.
Lynn Bloom discusses Dr. Benjamin Spock in an interview that aired March 4 on BBC-TV. The film of the interview is posted on BBC News Magazine: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31622146 . Professor Bloom is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of English and the Aetna Chair of Writing.
Miller Oberman’s poem “On Trans” was published in the March 2015 issue of Poetry magazine. Listen to the podcast reading of the poem.
Giorgina Paiella, named a University Scholar, has earned the university’s highest academic distinction. The University Scholars are almost exclusively drawn from the sciences, and Giorgina is one of two people coming from a field in the humanitites. Her advisors are Dwight Codr, Margaret Breen, Alenda Chang, and Mitchell Green. Dwight Codr stated Paiella is “hands down the best student I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with.”
Benjamin S. Grossberg gave a poetry reading at the Co-op Bookstore on February 24. Grossberg is the author of three books of poetry: Space Traveler, Sweet Orchard (winner of the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry and a Lambda Literary Award), and Underwater Lengths in a Single Breath (winner of the Snyder Prize). He has been the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and an Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council. He is currently Director of Creative Writing and an associate professor at the University of Hartford.
Joseph Darda (PhD 2015) has accepted a tenure-track position at Texas Christian University. He will be teaching 20th- and 21st-century American literature.
Matt Salyer (PhD 2015) has recently accepted a two-year position at the United States Military Academy as an assistant professor in the Department of English and Philosophy.