This Week in English | April 22-28, 2024

CLAS Awards This Afternoon

This afternoon in Wells Commons, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will celebrate its annual award ceremony starting at 3:30pm and English will be well represented. Sarah Harlan-Haughey is the recipient of this  year’s C. Wickham Skinner Humanities Award. Paige McHatten will be recognized as the CLAS Outstanding Graduating Senior and Mollie Glueck will receive the award for Departmental Graduating Senior. Chantelle Flores, Paul Keebler, Amanda Levesque, Sarah Renee Ozlanski, Cady Teague and Samantha Campagna are this year’s cohort of James Stevens Juniors. Kathryn (Katie) Swacha earned promotion to Associate Professor with tenure this year, Sarah Harlan-Haughey earned promotion to full professor, and Mary Plymale Larlee earned the equivalent of tenure as a full-time Lecturer and Assistant Director of Composition. This festive event is a good warm up for the…

English Department Celebration on Friday

Come celebrate the end of the academic year with fellow English majors, minors, graduate students, and faculty this Friday, April 26, at the Foster Innovation Center, which is just a short walk from Neville Hall. We’ll have a reception with refreshments starting at 3:30 and a program recognizing recent accomplishments starting at 4pm. We will celebrate 2024 graduating seniors, recent inductees to the Honor Societies Sigma Tau Delta and Phi Beta Kappa, winners of the various writing awards, and more. Would you like to offer a testimonial to a fellow student and/or faculty or staff member? You can do so here

Performance Poet Chris Cheek Visits ENG 364 on Tuesday

Carla Billitteri writes in with this announcement and invitation:

ENG 364 is a seminar on multimodal documentary poetics. We read the work of several representative authors—Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Marlene NourbeSe Philip, Caroline Bergvall, The Blunt Research Group, Kaia Sand, and Claudia Rankine—alongside essays on cognitive and perception theory, multimodal textuality, pictorial poetics and visual metaphor.

We started the semester discussing Chris Cheek’s photo-text Les Légions de l’Histoire (see below; used with the author’s permission) and we are closing the semester reading his Pickles and Jams alongside with other performance texts. My students drafted a few discussion points Cheek received beforehand. The wish of the collectivity is that of discussing performance and multimodal writing; the practice of thinking across and outside the page; the practice of collaboration (in particular Cheek’s collaboration with Caroline Bergvall, whose work we read this semester); the matter of representation in poetry (i.e.: what does it mean for poetry to speak about history?); the ethics of representation in documentary poetics; the future of documentary poetics.

We welcome anyone in the Department (faculty, grad and undergrad students) who would want to join us. Discursive and dialogic precedence will be given to ENG 364 students of course.

22nd Annual Poets/Speak! at Bangor Public Library on Thursday at 5pm

The English Department is a co-sponsor of the twenty-second annual Poets/Speak celebration hosted by Kathleen Ellis at the Bangor Public Library starting at 5pm on Thursday, April 25th. A preliminary program can be consulted here. The event is free and open to the public. You are invited to come early to browse books, and enjoy live music and refreshments.


Hollie Adams Talks about Mr. Burns and Station Eleven on Friday

Hollie Adams will be joined by director Jonathan Berry for a talkback event after the showing of Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play at the Penobscot Theatre Company in Bangor on Friday, April 26th, where they will be discussing the similarities between the play and Emily St. John Mandel’s novel Station Eleven.


Jennifer Moxley to Read on MDI on April 30 

Jennifer Moxley will read in the “People—Nature—Art” series at the Wendell Gilley Museum in Southwest Harbor on Tuesday, April 30. The event is free but reservations are recommended. 

This will be an in-person event with special host Carl Little, but can also be attended online. The Museum will send a Zoom link to those who choose the online option when reserving space. There will be an artist reception at 6pm.

People-Nature-Art is a monthly series that brings artists, writers, carvers, and creative types of all kinds to the Gilley to explore how nature and art interact in their work, and how their art impacts their own approach to nature.



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