Moriarty Award for Sarah Bertekap

2020 Timothy F. Moriarty Award in Irish Literature goes to Sarah Bertekap.

The selection committee, comprising Mary Burke, Rachael Lynch, and Tom Shea, is pleased to announce that the winner of the 13th Annual Timothy F. Moriarty Award in Irish Literature is Sarah Bertekap.

The award this year is $1,500 to support continued professional development. Sarah’s most impressive accomplishments include seven conference papers delivered, archival research on Lady Gregory, Micheál MacLiammóir, and Hilton Edwards, as well as serving as an officer in An Cumann Gaelach, promoting the Irish language here at UConn.

With this award, Sarah hopes to travel to Dublin this summer to conduct further research in Ireland’s National Library and then travel to Gleann Cholm Cille, Donegal to participate in an immersive Gaeltacht program, Oideas Gael.

We extend our hearty congratulations to Sarah Bertekap.


Gerson Reader Emilie Pine

We are sorry to announce that, after consultation with the Gerson family and the planned speaker, the 2020 Gerson reception and reading with Emilie Pine is cancelled due to the Covid-19 situation.

Emilie Pine is a prominent Dublin writer and academic. She will read from essays in her memoir, Notes to Self (2018), an Irish bestseller for which she was awarded the Irish American Cultural Institute Butler Literary Prize, the Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year Literary Award, and the An Post Irish Book of the Year Award for 2018.

An Associate Professor of Modern Drama at University College Dublin, Professor Pine is editor of Irish University Review, directs the Irish Memory Studies Network, and is PI of Industrial Memories, a digital humanities re-reading of institutional child abuse in Ireland. Her scholarly books include The Politics of Irish Memory (Palgrave, 2011) and The Memory Marketplace (Indiana University Press, 2020).


Black Girl Magic

Black Girl Magic: A Conference of Possibilities.

All are welcome to attend Black Girl Magic: A Conference of Possibilities. This conference will feature 6 guest speakers.



Tonya Bolden: Award-winning author and editor of more than forty books for young people

Stephanie Renee Toliver: Scholar and advocate for diversity in children’s literature and Ph.D. student at University of Georgia

Mahogany L. Browne: Writer, educator, activist, and author of Black Girl Magic: A poem



Dhonielle Clayton: Chief Operating Officer of We Need Diverse Books and author of The Belles and Tiny Pretty Things series

Kyra Gaunt: Ethnomusicologist, Senior TED Fellow, and author of The Games Black Girls Play: Learning the Ropes from Double-Dutch to Hip-Hop

Ebony Elizabeth Thomas: Scholar of fantasy literature and fan culture, and author of The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games


Fri., Mar. 27, 10-11:30am, Austin 217

With support from the Rightor’s Fund for Children’s Literature and the Department of English.

If you require an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Katharine Capshaw at capshaw@uconn.edu by Mar. 18.

Patricia Morgne Cramer: Talk on The Waves by Virginia Woolf

The Cry of the Choir Boy as Love Song in Virginia Woolf’s The Waves

All are welcome to attend a talk featuring Patricia Morgne Cramer on Virginia Woolf’s novel The Waves. 

Virginia Woolf wrote The Waves (1931) during an unprecedented surge of exposés on corporal punishment, bullying, and sexual abuse of boys in British public schools. Read alongside these “old boy” diatribes, the cry of the choir boy wafting through The Waves surfaces as the voice of shock and terror, echoing down the ages, of little boys coming to manhood amid the omnipresent threat of male violence and sexual violation where survival requires “toughening up” fast. What Woolf seems to capture in this dove-like choir boy cry is a resurgent, resistant male voice also discernible in these memoirs. Does Woolf record in the song of the choir boy a nascent shift in the collective consciousness of early twentieth century elite European men? Did she read modernists’ protests against their tortured boyhoods as the glimmerings of a more profound revolution than these would-be rebels actually achieved? Does Bernard’s refusal of that call at the end of the novel mark a male-gendered generational as well as personal failure?

Dramatic reading of The Waves  at 3:45. talk begins at 4PM

Patricia Morgne Cramer is a UConn Associate Professor of English in Stamford. Her current project draws on her prior publications on Woolf and sexuality, especially those reading Woolf as a lesbian author alongside her homosexual male peers. These include “Virginia Woolf and Theories of Sexuality” in Virginia Woolf in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and “Woolf and Sexuality” in The Cambridge Companion to Virginia Woolf (2010). Cramer is also a co-editor of Virginia Woolf: Lesbian Readings (New York University Press, 1997).

Mar. 11, 2020, 4-5pm

UCHI Conference Room, Homer Babbidge Library, 4th Floor South

Talk at 4pm, preceded by dramatic reading of The Waves at 3:45pm

If you require accommodation to attend this event, please contact uchi@uconn.edu or by phone (860) 486-9057.

AETNA Celebration of Student Writing

Now Accepting Submissions: 2020 AETNA Student Writing Poster Fair & Showcase

Present your writing or writing-related research in the AETNA Celebration of Student Writing for the chance to win cash prizes. This event is open to UConn undergraduate students (individual and group presentations).

The Aetna Celebration of Student Writing (ACSW) is an annual UConn event held by the Aetna Chair of Writing to showcase student writing work and writing-related research. Students present their writing work completed in writing-intensive UConn courses (First-Year Writing, “W” courses) and/or research on the subject of writing, rhetoric, or a related topic. Individual and group projects are accepted.

The ACSW opens with a poster fair, where students present their work first to a circulating panel of faculty judges and then to the public. The judges create awards based on the selection of projects that are presented each year. The poster fair awards are then announced at the reception that follows.

Takes place: Apr. 27, 3-5:30pm

Storrs Campus, Wilbur Cross, North Reading Room

Submission Deadline: Apr. 1, 2020

For more details and to submit work, visit bit.ly/submit2acsw

“UConn Writes”: Poetry Reading and Open Mic

“UConn Writes” Poetry Reading and Open Mic with Sophie Buckner and Nicole Catarino

All are welcome to attend “UConn Writes” Poetry Reading and Open Mic. This meeting will feature extended readings from English graduate student Sophie Buckner and undergraduate Nicole Catarino, a short informational session about the Long River Review (with copies of previous editions available for sale), and plenty of time for open mic contributions!

Pizza, snacks, and other refreshments will be provided.

Tues., Mar. 3, 5-7pm, Austin 217

57th Annual Wallace Stevens Poetry Program

The 57th Annual Wallace Stevens Poetry Program with D. A. Powell has been postponed until next spring due to the Governor’s State of Emergency and the shifting situation with Covid-19. We are sorry to have to reschedule this event that is a highlight of the year,  but we look forward to gathering and celebrating poetry at a time that’s safer for all.

Acclaimed poet D. A. Powell has been praised for both his gravity and his wit. As one critic wrote, “No accessible poet of his generation is half as original, and no poet as original is this accessible.” Powell’s early books, Tea (1998), Lunch (2000), and Cocktails (2004), are often read as a  trilogy on the AIDS epidemic. Powell’s fourth book, Chronic (2009), won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest collection, Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys (2012) won the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry. Fellow writer Carl Phillips describes Powell’s poems as “entirely of-the-moment while at every turn [announcing]… not merely an awareness, but an actual confidence with such prosodic traditions as the heroic couplet and the pentameter line, such cultural and literary traditions as those of the Old Testament and of meaningfully comic punning…. No fear, here, of heritage nor of music nor, refreshingly, of authority. Mr. Powell recognizes in the contemporary the latest manifestations of a much older tradition: namely, what it is to be human.” Powell has taught at Harvard and Columbia University, and is currently a Professor at the University of San Francisco.

Jennifer Baker Reading: “Writers Who Edit, Editors Who Write”

“Writers Who Edit, Editors Who Write” reading, featuring Jennifer N. Baker

All are invited to attend a reading of “Writers Who Edit, Editors Who Write,” featuring Jennifer N. Baker. Baker is the author of The Pursuit of Happiness (2015), editor of the anthology Everyday People: The Color of Life (2018), and is the current Managing Editor of Penguin Random House.

This reading could be particularly useful and exciting for English majors considering careers in editing and publishing.

Thurs., Feb. 27, 6pm, UConn Bookstore in Storrs Center