MAW students present Comp. 2.0 Symposium, December 9
CCU's Master of Arts in Writing Program (MAW) will host the Comp. 2.0 Symposium to discuss various topics connected to the field of computers and composition on Monday, Dec. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Edwards 257. MAW students will be presenting results of research conducted in English 690: Special Topics in Composition. (See Comp 2.0 Schedule)
Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to faculty and friends of CCU's Department of English. For questions contact Dr. Denise Paster.
Author Jason Ockert to speak for The Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series, November 13
The Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series presents a fiction reading by Jason Ockert on Wednesday, November 13, at 7:00 pm in the Johnson Auditorium of the Wall Building. This reading is free and open to the public, and a small reception and book signing will follow.
Jason Ockert is the author of two collections of short stories: Neighbors of Nothing and Rabbit Punches. He has received awards from The Atlantic Monthly, Mary Roberts Rinehart, and the Dzanc Short Story collection contest, and has been nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award. His short fiction has appeared in New Stories from the South, Best American Mystery Stories, Oxford American, storySouth, Ecotone, The Iowa Review, One Story, McSweeney’s, and Post Road. Jason serves as fiction editor of Waccamaw and is an associate professor at Coastal Carolina University. His forthcoming novel is about parasitic, brain-eating wasps.
Reviews of Neighbors of Nothing: “Beautiful stories, searching and generous. Ockert never ceases to astound.” —Junot Díaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Pulitzer Prize winner
Brooke Clark wins the 15th Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series Contest, October 28
The Coastal Carolina English Department is pleased to announce “Brush” by Brooke Clark as the winner of the 15th Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series Contest. This poem was selected by the final judge, poet Susan Laughter Meyers of Summerville, South Carolina. Brooke will receive a $100.00 prize and 25 copies of the broadside, which will be produced by the end of the semester in an edition of 100 numbered copies.
Meyers also awarded honorable mention to Pat Siebel’s “Amongst Other Things, Pressure Washing” and Sharon Boyd’s “Walking the Streets by the Baltic Sea.”
The broadside of “Brush” will be available in the next few weeks. Those wishing to acquire a copy of the broadside should contact Dan Albergotti in the Department of English (email@example.com, 843-349-2420). The deadline for the 16th contest in the Paul Rice series will be announced early in the spring semester 2014.
Southern Studies Speaker, October 24
|Dr. Daniel Cross Turner is pleased to host Dr. Taylor Hagood (Flordia Atlantic University) to speak on “The South and New Media” on Thursday October 24, from 11am-12pm in EHFA 244.This event is sponsored by the new Southern Studies Minor with support from Dr. Maggi Morehouse of this History department and the Burroughs Fund. Please contact Dr. Daniel Cross Turner (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
English Department Welcomes New Faculty, August 15
Cara Blue Adams joins the Department of English as an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s MFA program where she also held a lectureship in fiction from 2007-2008. Over the past five years, she has held various full-time editorial positions at the prestigious literary journal, The Southern Review, while also teaching seminars and workshops on fiction, creative nonfiction, and literary editing and publishing at Louisiana State University.
Amanda Grefski joins the Department of English as a Lecturer in the first-year writing program. She has an MA in English from Centenary College and is completing her PhD in composition and rhetoric at St. John’s University. By virtue of her advanced academic training and more than seven years’ experience teaching writing at the university level, she brings to the program an exciting research agenda in composition studies and a demonstrated commitment to pedagogical innovation, particularly in the area of digital literacies.
The English Department also welcomes four new Teaching Associates into the first-year writing program: Brian Druckenmiller, Cathy Forcazzo, Kristen Gallucci, Paul Plisiewicz.
English Faculty honored at Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts Awards, May 2
English Department faculty took home 3 awards from the 2013 Edwards College of Humnanties and Fine Arts (COHFA) awards ceremony.
Joe Oestreich won the COHFA Award for Distinguished Scholarship and Creative Endeavors
Ellen Arnold won the COHFA Award for Distinguished Service
Denise Paster won Professor of the Year Award (aka the Apple Award)
Dr. Albergotti wins Crab Orchard Series Poetry Competition, May 1
Dan Albergotti’s poetry collection Millennial Teeth won the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry’s 2013 Open Competition. Millennial Teeth will be published by Southern Illinois University Press in August 2014. Dan's is also the author of The Use of the World , to be released by Unicorn Press in June 2013.
Masters of Arts in Writing and English Theses Big Read, April 30
On April 30 in Singleton 112 from 3-5, students from both the MAW and English will share their creative work and research on theses completed Fall 12 and Spring 13. We hope you will find time to join and support our students. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Professor Jen Boyle, Coordinator, Master of Arts in Writing.
Visiting writer Casey Clabaugh, April 11
Appalachian creative writer and scholar Casey Clabaugh will give two appearances on April 11. At 12:15 he will speak in Edwards 252, and at 4:30 he will speak in Edwards 104. For more information, please contact Professor Daniel Cross Turner, faculty advisor for the Southern Studies minor.
Sigma Tau Delta Induction, April 15
On April 15, twenty-two students were inducted into the 2013 Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, in the Johnson Auditorium, Wall College of Business. The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Denise Paster.
New Work by Dan Albergotti
Associate Professor Dan Albergotti's new chapbook, The Use of the World, will soon be released by Unicorn Press. Meanwhile, Professor Albergotti's poem "A Brief History of Poetry" appears in the latest issue of Rattle.
Writing the River Maymester 2013
New ENGL 201-01 Introduction to Creative Writing class taught by Hastings Hensel.
This is an experiential-learning course introducing students to creative writing while kayaking the Waccamaw River.
No Experience is necessary. Contact Hastings Hensel (email@example.com) for more information.
MAW Students Speak at Conference
Professor Denise Paster and he Master of Arts in Writing Graduate Teaching Assistants present at the South Carolina Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference at Kiawah Island.
Left to right: Graduate students Angela Pilson, Hannah-Jordan Grippo, Candace Kelly, Brian Druckenmiller, and Megan Fahey; Dr. Denise Paster.
Daniel Cross Turner: Recent Publications and Prize Nomination
Dr. Daniel Cross Turner, Assistant Professor of English, has had a busy schedule of late. He recently published a scholarly monograph, Southern Crossings: Poetry, Memory, and the Transcultural South (University of Tennessee Press, 2012).
- He recently published an article on Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa's work (“Dying Objects/Living Things: The Thingness of Poetry in Yusef Komunyakaa’s Talking Dirty to the Gods”) in the international interdisciplinary journal, Mosaic.
- Another article, on Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Wright (“Dying Routes: Charles Wright’s Remembered Roadscapes of the U.S. South in Transit”), has been published in the most recent volume of The Mississippi Quarterly, a special issue on Southern Roots and Routes: Mobility and Migration, edited by Susan V. Donaldson, Suzanne W. Jones, and Eric Gary Anderson.
- An invited book chapter, “City Workers, Country Workers: The Urban and Rural Working Class in Southern Film,” appeared in Blue Collar Pop Culture: From NASCAR to Jersey Shore, edited by M. Keith Booker (Praeger, 2012).
- A creative nonfiction essay, “James Dickey and the Lifework of Fathering,” was published in the latest volume of the literary journal, The South Carolina Review. The essay has been nominated for the inaugural Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Prize for the best article on Southern literature.
- Turner has been elected to the MLA Delegate Assembly (2013-2016) as well as to the Executive Council of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature, the primary national organization for Southern literary studies (2012-2014).
- Finally, along with Eric Gary Anderson and Taylor Hagood, Turner is under contract with Louisiana State University Press to co-edit and contribute to a collection of essays, Undead Souths: Beyond the Gothic.
Dan Albergotti: New Poem
Associate Professor Dan Albergotti has published “Ghazal: The Sun Rising,” in the new issue of Sou’wester, the journal from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Teaching Associate James Borton has edited The Art of Medicine in Metaphors (Copernicus Healthcare), a compilation of stories, essays and poems resulting from a symposium he conducted on narrative medicine and the evolving new conversations between doctors and patients. In Februrary he will address the American Medical Student Association Humanities Institute group on writing illness narratives.