This Week in English | April 13-19, 2020

A good news only bulletin, with one shiver supplied by our most illustrious alum.

Caleigh Charlebois Awarded Goldwater Scholarship

Caleigh Charlebois, a junior in Zoology and Professional Writing, and an Honors student, has been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship. This $7,500 award is given to undergraduate sophomores or juniors with strong research experience who plan to continue their careers with a Ph.D. Read the full press release here.

Hollie Adams Story Longlisted for CBC Prize  

Hollie Adams was longlisted last week for the 2020 CBC Short Story Prize. Her short story “Liking It” was one of 32 finalists selected from more than 2,400 entries. The CBC Short Story prize has been awarded annually by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation since 1979.

English Alum on Fresh Air

One of our better known alums was featured on Fresh Air on April 8. The headline: “Stephen King Is Sorry You Feel Like You’re Stuck In A Stephen King Novel.” 

Brian Jansen Article Appears in American Studies Journal

Brian Jansen had a paper published in the American Studies journal Concentric this week (available here) about Joshua Ferris’s 2007 novel Then We Came to the End. The piece uses the intersection of the novel’s first-person plural narration and its careful (non)treatment of the events of September 11th to think about questions of trauma, belonging, national identity, and the political ends to which “commemoration” are put to use

Poet Nathaniel Mackey 

The poet Nathaniel Mackey was to have been on campus this week for a performance in the New Writing Series and to speak with members of Jennifer Moxley’s seminar on the poetry of H.D. and Robert Duncan (he’s teaching a parallel seminar at Duke University). Mackey’s thoughts on the “music of poetry” (recorded amidst his amazing record collection) are synopsized here. There are numerous recordings (of varying quality) archived on PennSound, which is a site all poetry lovers would do well to acquaint themselves with.

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