This Week in English | January 22 – 27, 2019

We greet the new semester under bright skies, with chilly temperatures, and crunchy snow underfoot. In addition to our usual robust offerings across the spectrum of writing instruction—including three dozen sections of first-year composition, eight sections of introductory creative writing, and sixteen sections business and technical writing—we’re offering graduate seminars focused on Adrienne Rich (Ben Friedlander), Shakespeare and his contemporaries (Caroline Bicks), Modern British Literature (Laura Cowan), and “Policing English” (Dylan Dryer). Deborah Rogers, Carla Billitteri, and Elizabeth Neiman are teaching 400-level seminars, and Dick Brucher, Laura Cowan, Greg Howard, Sarah Harlan-Haughey, Ben Friedlander, and William Yellow Robe are offering 300-level literature classes. The core courses are being taught by Carla Billitteri (Act of Interpretation), Jody Crouse, Kathleen Ellis, and Danielle Pafunda (Reading Poems), and Dick Brucher, Sarah Harlan-Haughey, and David Kress (Foundations of Literary Analysis). Both Luke Redington and Ryan Dippre are offering writing studies classes at the advanced level.

We are also fortunate to be hiring for two tenure-track positions this spring: an Assistant Professor in Creative Writing, Fiction (search chair Gregory Howard), and an Assistant Professor of Professional and Technical Writing (search chair Dylan Dryer). We’ll keep you posted on the progress of the searches in future bulletins.

Dylan Dryer and Paige Mitchell in Award-Winning Collection

We’re pleased to share the news that Crossing Divides: Exploring Translingual Writing Pedagogies and Programs (Utah State Univ. Press, 2017) has won the MLA’s Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize for “an outstanding publication in the fields of language, culture, literature, or literacy with strong application to the teaching of English.”

The collection, which was edited by Bruce Horner and Laura Tetreault, includes Dylan Dryer and Paige Mitchell’s co-authored chapter “Seizing an Opportunity for Translingual FYC at the University of Maine: Provocative Complexities, Unexpected Consequences.” The article synthesizes student work and portfolio assessment results across nine sections of translingual first-year composition offered between fall of 2012 and fall of 2015.

Elizabeth Neiman to Present on Romantic Authorship

Elizabeth Neiman will present in the WGS spring colloquium series on February 5, 2019 at 12:30 in the Bangor Room. Her topic is “Reassessing Romantic Authorship: Minerva’s ‘Lady’ Authors & the Romantic Print Market.” Neiman’s book on the subject is due out from the University of Wales this spring.

MA Candidate Cassidy Marsh Shortlisted for Literary Prize

First-year MA candidate Cassidy Marsh’s manuscript “Raptio” has been shortlisted for Metatron Press’s 2018 Rising Authors prize, judged this year by CA Conrad & Anne Boyer. Conrad read in the New Writing Series with Magdalena Zurawski ten years ago this January 30.

Call for Submissions: Grady Awards for Creative Writing

The deadline for submission to the Grady Awards competition is February 1 (two Fridays from now). The competition is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Guidelines are attached.


Undergraduate Philosophy Journal Dwell Seeks Submissions

The student editors of dwell seek submissions for the second annual edition of the journal, which is supported by the McGillicuddy Humanities Center. They say: “the nature of these pieces can be very flexible and/or pieces students have written for other courses already and just want to submit in the journal! We would also encourage any one submitting to the Rezendes Ethics Essay to also submit to dwell.” For more information, please contact Thilee Yost.



Here’s wishing everyone an enlightening and enlivening semester. We’re here to help make that happen, so don’t hesitate to be in touch with your questions and concerns—and also your good news for inclusion in future bulletins!



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