This Week in English | September 27-October 3, 2021

As we enter the fifth week of classes, a soggy “family and friends” weekend has yielded to the crisp, dry, and cool conditions that make autumn so memorable in Orono. Below you’ll find information about upcoming events and opportunities, along with some glimpses into the teaching and scholarship underway in (and around) Neville Hall this […]

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This Week in English | September 20-26, 2021

New Writing Series Resumes on September 30 We were celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the New Writing Series when the pandemic forced it into hiatus following Laird Hunt’s reading on March 5, 2020. (Hunt’s new novel, Zorrie, was longlisted for a National Book Award last week.) On Thursday, September 30, the NWS resumes with an […]

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Kathryn Swacha

I study how specialized topics are communicated to audiences who need that information (click here to learn more about my field). Specifically, I am fascinated by how people navigate vast amounts of information regarding how to be ‘healthy’ — advice on what to eat, how much to exercise, which medications to take, which medical procedures […]

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Sarah Harlan-Haughey

  Hi, I’m Sarah, and I specialize in Medieval Literature here at UMaine, part of a strong interdisciplinary core of scholars of the Medieval and Early Modern in literature and related humanities fields. Although I deal with diverse subjects and languages, I prefer to think of myself as a synthesist rather than a generalist; that is, the kind […]

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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 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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