Professor Brenda Brueggemann named SDS 2020 Senior Scholar

Professor Brenda Jo Brueggemann was recognized as the Society for Disability Studies’ 2020 Senior Scholar. Creating an intersection between Rhetoric & Composition and Deaf Studies in her works, Brueggemann has contributed greatly to the breadth of Disability Studies and its interdisciplinary nature. Her mentorship and encouragement of future Disability Studies and Rhetoric scholars only further cements her impact on the growing field of study.

Congratulations, Brenda!

Matthew Jones (PhD ’20) to University of Florida

Matthew Jones (PhD ’20) has accepted a permanent Lecturer position at the University of Florida’s University Writing Program. In addition to teaching advanced writing courses for the department, he will be working with universities across the globe to establish deeper international partnerships between various academic institutions.

Congratulations, Matthew!

Mia Yanosy, ’21 (CLAS), Wins National Award for Fiction Writing

The Department of English would like to give a big congratulations to Mia Yanosy, ’21 (CLAS), a senior English major who recently won a 2021 AWP Intro Journals Award in Fiction for her story, titled “The Most Ordinary Thing.”

The Intro Journals Project, run by the Association of Writers & Writer Programs (or AWP), is a national literary competition with the aim to discover and publish the works of promising literary talents. Competitors must be students who are enrolled in AWP member programs, such as the undergraduate and graduate Creative Writing programs here at the University of Connecticut.

Mary Grimm, an AWP program director, chose Yanosy’s “The Most Ordinary Thing” to be one of the three winners for the Fiction award; her story will be published in Iron Horse Literary Review. While students at the University of Connecticut have participated in this competition for many years, this is the first time in recent memory that a current UConn student won.

Congratulations, Mia!

Professor Anna Mae Duane featured in Smithsonian Magazine article for James McCune Smith

Professor Anna Mae Duane was featured in Smithsonian Magazine for her work on James McCune Smith and others. The article touches on the inspiring relationship between Smith and his classmate, which the professor outlines in her book Educated for Freedom: The Incredible Story of Two Fugitive Schoolboys who Grew Up to Change a Nation.

Congratulations, Anna!

Prof. Gina Barreca Highlighted in UConn Magazine for New Book

Professor Gina Barreca, editor of the soon-to-be released Fast Funny Women: 75 Essays of Flash Fiction, was highlighted in UConn Magazine for the collection, its origins in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the contributors with connections to the University of Connecticut.

Details on how to get a copy of the new book are available through Woodhall Press.

Congratulations, Gina!

Marilyn Nelson, Professor Emerita of English, Featured by USA Today in Black YA Author List

Marilyn (Waniek) Nelson, Professor Emerita of English and Connecticut Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2006, was featured by USA Today in their list of 50 Black YA authors you should read according to database editor Mary Cadden.

She was also featured in an article by UConn Magazine writer Peter Nelson with a biography of her career spurred by his own experience as a senior taking one of her classes.


UConn Irish Literature to Host a Festival of Irish Women’s Writing

A Festival of Irish Women's Writing is a speaker series coming to the department (virtually) this Spring Semester

This semester’s Irish Literature Honors class (ENGL 3122) is hosting a series of talks highlighting Irish Women’s Writing and some of its contexts. All events are free, open to all, and from 12:30 to 1:30pm in the same Webex virtual classroom. The schedule of speakers this semester is below; if you are interested in attending or require accommodations, please contact series host, Prof. Mary Burke (mary.burke@uconn.edu)


Complete Schedule:

March 4th:   Sean Forbes (UConn) discusses Boland & Hartnett & his Irish-themed work

March 9th:   Myles Dungan (RTÉ broadcaster & historian) on “The Alpha Male in Irish History”

March 16th: Alex Mika (’21 CLAS) on Meadhbh McHugh*: “Dramatic Readings as Performance”

March 18th: Meadhbh McHugh on her drama adaptation of Louise O’Neill’s Asking for It*

April 1st:   Caoilinn Hughes on her novel, The Wild Laughter

April 8th:   Claire Kilroy on her novel, The Devil I Know

April 20th: Claire Bracken (Union College) survey talk on Irish Women’s Writing


*Trigger warning: Play portrays the fallout from the upload of footage of a rape.


Sponsored by Irish Studies/Department of English