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This Week in English | April 12-18, 2021

Transformer Tales in the New Yorker The issue of the New Yorker that appeared online yesterday and will be on newsstands on April 19 includes a “letter from Maine” (in the tradition of E.B. White) by Alice Gregory that centers on the partnership of Penobscot Nation member Carol Dana and the linguist Frank Siebert. As […]

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This Week in English | April 5-11, 2021

Welcome to the hundredth installment of This Week in English! The first bulletin circulated back on September 5, 2017, and apart from a hiatus in the first months of the pandemic we’ve been at it ever since. If you enjoy these glimpses into the life of the Department, please consider contributing an update from your […]

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2021 Creative Writing Contests

Grenfell Poetry Prize – Honoring Clarine Coffin Grenfell ‘32 Prizes:  First prize – $200 – for traditional form (sonnet, sestina, etc.) First prize – $200 – for experimental form (open form, free verse, etc.) Second prize – $150 – not restricted as to form Third prize – $100 – not restricted as to form Eligibilty: […]

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This Week in English | December 14-20, 2020

The Open Field Invites Submissions The Open Field is a literary magazine devoted to publishing poetry, prose, mixed-genre writing, and visual art by the undergraduate community at the University of Maine. The editors are accepting submissions at openfield.umaine@gmail.com through January 31, 2021. Please see the attached flyer for further details. ENG 416 Service Learning Project […]

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This Week in English | December 7-13, 2020

As we head into the last week of classes, three events—one today and two on Thursday—brighten the literary landscape. We look forward to seeing you at some or all of them!  Bria Lamonica: The Art of Breathing, Today at 5:30pm The Art of Breathing, a poetry reading by English Major and McGillicuddy Humanities Center Fellow […]

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This Week in English | November 30-December 6, 2020

Student Assistants Sought for “Coping with Covid” Project Katie Swacha is looking for two paid undergraduate student assistants to assist with her current research project, Coping with COVID. Students hired will help to maintain and update the study website, create new web content, and coordinate with community partners on recruitment and resource development related to […]

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This Week in English | November 23-29, 2020

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I would like to express our gratitude for your interest in and commitment to the English Department, and to wish for everyone an extra helping of fortitude as we face, individually and as a community, challenges unlike any we could have imagined a year ago. If you have news […]

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Hollie Adams

Hi, I’m Hollie and I teach Creative Writing, Canadian Literature, and courses in contemporary fiction here at UMaine. I recently taught a graduate-level course called After Postmodernism in which we examined a variety of contemporary novels that have been labeled “post-postmodern” (among other labels including “meta-modernism,” “New Sincerity,” and “digimodernism”). I am currently teaching ENG […]

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This Week in English | February 10 – 16, 2020

The Writers’ Block: Introducing a New Space for English Students Please join us on Thursday afternoon, February 13 from 1:00pm-3:00pm, for snacks, activities, and a raffle to celebrate the opening of a newly reappointed space for English students to meet, talk, write, and collaborate. Designed by new faculty members Hollie Adams (creative writing) and Katie […]

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This Week in English | January 27 – February 2, 2020

Welcome back, everyone. It’s a pleasure to report that Neville Hall is bustling with activity as the spring 2020 semester gets underway. Readers of the bulletin are reminded that we welcome updates from students, faculty, and alumni at english.chair@maine.edu. Let us know what you’re reaching, writing, and doing, and we’ll be sure to spread the […]

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