This Week in English | Nov. 18-27

Here’s wishing all and sundry a very happy Thanksgiving; we hope you travel safely if you are, and enjoy time with friends and loved ones. There’s not much happening outside the classroom at this time of the semester, but lots happening in classes as presentations, papers, and exams are prepared. Nevertheless, here’s a little news for our community:


Stress less, write more!

Mary Vartosenski Bowden reports: “This week, my ENG 317 sections conducted modified usability testing of the instruction manuals the groups created. Not surprisingly, manuals for creating stress balls have been very popular this semester. Here’s one of the finished products to brighten your day!”

Orono High School tutors in training visited the Writing Center last week:

“This was the first time we’ve had a high school tutor cohort visit UMaine’s Writing Center since the pandemic,” says Director Paige Mitchell. “They participated in ENG 395 class discussions and tutorial trainings, and were treated to a tour of the department, Writing Center and English studies merch, and lunch at the Union.”

Morgan Talty’s Night of the Living Rez has won more accolades:

Publishers Weekly named NOTLR a Best Book of 2022: . And the American Library Association just announced that Night of the Living Rez is a finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction! Congratulations, Morgan, and we are lucky to have you here with us!

16th Annual Emily Dickinson Reading:

The University of Maine’s bookstore & co-sponsors, UMaine Dept. of English & the Honors College, invite you to the 16th Annual  EMILY DICKINSON BIRTHDAY READING at the Bookstore, Weds., Dec. 7, 2022, 4 pm. Enjoy UMaine faculty, students, staff, poets, & friends reading an Emily Dickinson poem or an original poem of their own. If you’d like to read a poem, contact:

Moliere’s Tartuffe Staging:

The Department of Theatre’s second show of the semester, a production of Moliere’s classic comedy Tartuffe directed by Angela Bonacasa, opened on November 17 and runs through November 20, with performances November 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and November 19 and 20 at 2 p.m. All performances are at the Cyrus Pavilion Theatre.

Tickets are $12 or free with a student MaineCard. For more information, visit the SPA events page here.

Shows at the Versant Power Astronomy Center:
Every Friday at 7:00 p.m. – Rising Star, A South African Astronaut Story
Every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. – Fly Me to the Moon: The Ultimate Space Adventure
Every Sunday at 4:00 p.m. – Pink Floyd: The Wall Music Show

For tickets or more information, visit the Versant Power Astronomy Center website.

Black Bear Food Drive:

A campuswide nonperishable food drive to benefit the University of Maine Black Bear Exchange food pantry will be held Nov. 1–Dec. 16, sponsored by UMaine Auxiliary Enterprises and the Green Campus Initiative.

Black Bear Exchange has specifically requested nonperishable food donations of boxed cereal, oatmeal, peanut butter or nut butter, jelly or jam, tuna fish, and macaroni and cheese.

Read more here.


Thanks, everyone, and enjoy your break starting Wednesday next week!