This Week in English | April 29 – May 5, 2019

Writing Center Hosts ENG 101 Portfolio Workshop

The English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) collaborated with Writing Center peer-tutors to hold an ENG 101 portfolio review workshop on April 25. Tutor coordinator Cara Morgan, said “the Writing Center was so packed with students it was scary… in a good way.” Paige Mitchell adds: “Thank you to the EGSA and peer-tutors for taking initiative and working so well together!”

Maine Day of Giving

The UMaine Foundation has designated May 1 as a Maine Day of Giving. If you’d like to support the mission of the English Department, please consider a donation to the Annual Fund through our dedicated online portal. In addition to a variety of scholarships that benefit English majors at various stages of their education, recent gifts have created or contributed to the Pat Burnes and Harvey Kail Professional Development Fund, the Eaton Family Fund for the New Writing Series, the Stephen E. King Chair in Literature, the Schmelzer-Livingston Fund for the Center for Poetry and Poetics, and the Writing to Support Learning initiative. On behalf of the students, faculty, and staff whose educations and lives are enhanced by such generosity, I offer our gratitude and our commitment to affording a great education to all who seek it: thank you!

Grady Awards in Creative Writing on Thursday at 4:30

Winners of this year’s Grady Awards in poetry and fiction will be celebrated in a special New Writing Series event on Thursday, May 2, at 4:30 in the Allen & Sally Fernald APPE Space (Stewart Commons 104).

This year’s Grady Awards were judged by Kate Colby (poetry) and Martin Riker (fiction), both recent visitors to the New Writing Series. In the undergraduate division, Riker selected Katherine Skvorak’s manuscript for first place. Micah Valliere was runner-up. At the graduate level, Tori Hood was the winner and Morghen Tidd runner-up. For undergraduate poetry, Colby awarded Noah Loveless first place and Brieanna Welch runner-up. The winner at the graduate level was Martin Conte. Elizabeth Northcote, no longer in the program, received honorable mention.

Department Recognition Ceremony on Friday

Our departmental recognition ceremony is planned for Friday, May 3, with a reception starting at 3:30 and the ceremony itself at 4:30pm in the Hill Auditorium (Barrows Hall).

The program honors new inductees into Sigma Tau Delta and Phi Beta Kappa, numerous scholarship and fellowship recipients, the winners of the Grenfell prizes for poetry and the Turner prize for best literary essay, and Writing Center tutors who have presented their research at national conferences. We will also celebrate the illustrious career of  Richard Brucher on the occasion of his retirement (testimonials from readers of this bulletin most welcome). Family, friends, and fellow students are heartily invited to attend!


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