This Week in English | Jan. 25-Feb. 3

Neville is alive again after the Winter Break—though some instructors taught classes online over the months of December and January. Interns in ENG and WGS are reaching out into the community to get their projects in place, classes are digging into the subject matter after a snowy first week, and we are all gearing up for the lively spring semester, with its awards, defenses, graduations, and celebrations.

We have a new Administrative Specialist, Nola Prevost, whom many will remember as a star undergraduate in this program who graduated a few years ago. Nola is a writer, an activist, and a very personable and organized colleague to have sitting at the front desk in our English office. She has already improved the vibes in our Wicks reading room/lounge, and there’s more to come. Feel free to drop by and welcome Nola back into our community.

Faculty Meeting scheduled for next Wednesday, February 1 at 2 pm. We will meet in the Writing Center on the 4th floor.

The last day to drop classes for spring is this coming Monday, January 30. Please make sure you have all your ducks in a row by then.

Eddie Seeley who often writes under the name Edmund Grey, recently had one of his poems published in the Sink Hollow undergrad literary magazine of Utah State University. “Summer, Twelve” is a poem about childhood, lost connections, and that odd space between platonic and romantic that queer friendships tend to exist in. If you’d like to read Eddie’s poem alongside the other wonderful entries, check out the fourteenth edition of Sink Hollow here.

Spire, our interdisciplinary journal of sustainability, is seeking submissions by February 1. According to its editors, “Spire is at its heart an interdisciplinary and community-engaged resource, so we encourage submissions from any field or background. The more diversity, the better. Therefore, submitted works may take a number of forms, including but not limited to: An essay on an environmentally relevant topic; an article detailing a project or study in which the author participated; a collection of data gathered by the author; a journalism piece highlighting a specific environmental issue; artwork, photography or other digital media; or a narrative or poem.

Submissions to Spire should advance dialogue around conservation and/or sustainability, and be relevant to our Maine readers. Therefore, the primary purpose of accepted submissions is not to advertise any particular organization, group or company, but instead to inform and prompt new thinking among our community. Please review our past issues to get a sense of the type of work that we seek to promote. We primarily publish work that focuses on a solutions-oriented approach to sustainability, as we believe that this adds the most value to our community dialogue for advancing environmental conservation.”

Please check out the journal at

UMaine PreLaw Society wants you to join! Says the president, “The group is for students who are interested in or considering any career involving the law, not just law school. While many of our members do end up applying to law school, our events do not center around it. We primarily host guest speakers on topics the group is interested in and gather for what the group needs: help registering for useful classes, test prep, editing homework assignments, etc. Last semester we hosted an international sports attorney, a paralegal from Pine Tree Legal, a law school coach, a health care attorney, and more. This semester, we are looking to host a diverse group of guest speakers from the government, legal education, and law enforcement. The society is also planning a Careers in Law & Justice Fair in the spring, with guests from local law enforcement, government representatives, specialized attorneys, law school admissions counselors, and more. Please consider joining to further your interest in legal studies! We meet from 5-6pm on Tuesdays in the Career Center. Please contact our President, Paige Allen (, to be added to the google space or for any questions.“

Long River Review looking for Submissions: According to the managing editor. “LRR is the national literary and arts magazine run by undergraduate students at the University of Connecticut. We are currently accepting submissions for the 26th edition of LRR and would love students, faculty/staff and anyone else from University of Maine to submit their works of literature and/or art for consideration! We accept works of fiction, drama, creative nonfiction, poetry, translations, photography, comics and more!

The deadline for submissions is February 4, 2023. If you have any questions or would like more information, let us know! You can reach out to the editorial staff at”

Here’s hoping everyone has a lovely spring semester. Please send on any news you’d like to see included in this bulletin.