- Gabe Morrison has won the Francelia Butler Graduate Award for Teaching Innovation. This award recognizes one English or Medieval Studies graduate student who demonstrates commitment to innovative teaching and reflective practice that supports student engagement and learning in a non-FYW course. One committee member wrote, “Gabe has not only been an incredibly effective teacher, but he also has taken on new teaching responsibilities and developed them expertly.” They noted that “Gabe’s vocation is pedagogy itself.”
- Mollie Kervick has won the David Leeming Graduate Award for Service. This award recognizes one English or Medieval Studies graduate student who demonstrates excellence in service or outreach to the department, university, institution, or community. One committee member noted that they were particularly impressed by both Mollie’s formal service roles — including her presidency of EGSA and her leadership position organizing the “Emerging Voices in Irish Studies Graduate Student Conference” — and her commitment to forging communities of support among graduate students.
- Alex Gatten has won the Milton Stern Dissertation Award, which recognizes the best dissertation submitted for a PhD in English or Medieval Studies, for his project “Formal Perversions: Queer Poetics and the Turn in Romantic Verse.” One committee member wrote that they found Alex’s dissertation “complex and really compelling, offering a new way of reading not just Romantic poetry, but poetry in general. The dissertation engages recent scholarly work on form (such as Caroline Levine’s recent Forms) to make a convincing connection between literary and bodily form that I found beautifully argued.” Another noted that the sample chapter was “elegantly written,” a balanced combination of “close reading, historical context, and deep engagement with scholarship.”
Each award is accompanied by a $500 prize. Congratulations to Gabe, Mollie, and Alex!
Danielle Pieratti won an inaugural Literary Translation Award from LCL for her translation from the Italian of a book-length collection of poems by Maria Borio titled “Transparencies.”
Lingli Zhang’s essay “How My Parents Showed Love from 7,000 Miles Away” was written for Amy Nocton’s English 1003 class and published in the Hartford Courant on May 13, 2020. According to The Courant, hers was the most-read essay on May 14.
“How My Parents Showed Love from 7,000 Miles Away” recounts some of Zhang’s experience as an international student during the Covid-19 outbreak and her parents’ remarkable act of compassion and generosity. The Courant invites writers under 30 to write essays of about 650 words containing strong views.
Email submissions email@example.com, with your:
- full name
- home town
- daytime phone number
- age and occupation (or your school’s name and your level in school).
Stephanie Santillo is the 2020 recipient of the Jonathan Hufstader Distinguished English Major Award. Each year, the department awards a plaque to a graduating English major who is “the best student of English ever.” Professor Yohei Igarashi wrote of her excellent work.
Congratulations to Sarah Berry (PhD ’18), who has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of English at the University of Dallas.
Thomas Recchio’s book, The Novels of Frances Hodgson Burnett: In “the World of Actual Literature,” has been published by Anthem Press in London.
Scott Campbell won the Thomas E. Recchio ECE Faculty Coordinator Award for Academic Leadership this year. The awards ceremony was done remotely in pieces and recorded for the ECE YouTube channel. Congratulations Scott!
We invite you to attend our online launch party for the spring 2020 edition of the Long River Review. The party will be held on zoom, on Tuesday April 28th at 6pm. The link to the party is included below. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
Meeting ID: 925 1479 3987
2020 AETNA Student Writing Poster Fair & Showcase
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