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ENGL Dept. Film Series presents Local Hero, Feb 18

The English Department presents a viewing of Local Hero Thursday, February 18th at 6pm in the Lib Jackson Student Union Theater. This is the next installment of the English Department Film Series, and Local Hero is being presented by Dr. David Kellogg. An informal discussion of the the themes presented in the film will follow. For more information on the English Department Film Series contact Dr. Christian Smith.

Bill Forsyth’s 1983 film Local Hero is a film so charming, so quietly funny and unassuming, that viewers may realize only later what it has done. Watching it, we know the protagonist has been transformed, but weeks later we realize that we have been changed as well. Possibly the first and greatest movie of globalization, Local Hero arrived during a time of binaries and blockbusters—the year Ronald Reagan declared the Soviet Union “The Evil Empire” as well as, not coincidentally, the year the Star Wars saga concluded (we all thought) with Return of the Jedi.

Local Hero is not a blockbuster: it’s a “sleeper” film that has acquired a growing following over time. With a tight script and direction by Forsyth, gorgeous cinematography, solid lead performances by Peter Riegert and Burt Lancaster, a soundtrack by Mark Knopfler, and the first film role for Peter Capaldi (currently starring in Doctor Who), Local Hero offers loads of immediate satisfaction. It also, however, quietly and humorously dismantles every precious sentiment we thought we held. They all go. National and political identity, language, gender, culture, even species divisions and the distinction between the natural and the built world — they all slowly, beguilingly fall apart.

To be replaced with—what? That’s up to you, up to us. Come for the movie satisfaction. Stay for the transformation. —Dr. Kellogg

Jessica Lee Richardson to speak for the Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series, Feb 10

The Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series presents a fiction reading by Jessica Lee Richardson on Wednesday, February 10, at 6pm in Johnson Auditorium (Wall 116). This reading is free and open to the public, and a small reception and book signing will follow.

Jessica Lee Richardson is Visiting Assistant Professor of creative writing at Coastal Carolina University. Her first book of stories, It Had Been Planned and There Were Guides won the Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize and is on the longlist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Award. Her short stories and poems have won awards from the National Society of Arts and Letters and the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald museum and have been featured online at The Short Form, Ploughshares, and the Authonomy Sunday Shorts Series by Harper Collins. Her fictions have appeared in the Atlas Review, the Collagist, Hobart, the Indiana Review, Joyland, the Masters Review, and Western Humanities Review among other places.

January 2016

January Scholars' Symposium, Jan 28

Join us Thursday, January 28th in Edwards 164 from 2p-4p for our first Scholars' Symposium of the semester. We will have a presentation by Dr. Becky Childs and a co-presentation by English major Ashley Canter and Dr. Denise Paster.

The English Department Scholars' Symposium highlights the expertise and ongoing research of faculty and students of the English Department. Scholars' Symposia are held several times a semester, and usually include presentations by two English professors, graduate students, or undergraduate students. For more information on past, current, and upcoming Symposia, see the Scholars' Symposium website or contact Dr. Tripthi Pillai.

ENGL Dept Film Series Fellini's Satyricon, Jan 21

The English Department presents a viewing of Fellini Satyricon Thursday, January 21 at 6pm in the Lib Jackson Student Union Theater. This is the second installment of the English Department Film Series, and Fellini Satyricon is being presented by Dr. Steve Hamelman. An informal discussion of the the themes presented in the film will follow.  For more information on the English Department Film Series contact Dr. Christian Smith.

The 1960s peaked as they ended, which is when the film that best embodies the staggering artistic wealth of that decade, Fellini Satyricon (1969), was released. In the hands of the supreme Italian auteur Federico Fellini, this picaresque (not picturesque) fever dream of vignettes set during the reign of the mad Roman emperor Nero immerses the viewer in a narrative at once unholy and resplendent, indecent and sublime. Fellini offers no saving graces, homilies, or bromides in this panorama of lechery and deviance, where even celluloid color bursts the bounds of propriety. Enter the labyrinth of repressed desire, in which, gripped by fear, all human beings stumble blindly, and emerge with Fellini into a landscape where cruelty, lust, gluttony, and godless humor run free in a delirium of visual poetry. Return to 1969, return to ancient Rome, return to the root of your secret wishes: see Fellini Satyricon! —Dr. Hamelman

AHGEP Fulbright Lectures by Dr. Anna Sanina, Jan 19

As part of CCU's Arts and Humanities Global Experience Program (AHGEP), we announce the first of four Fulbright scholars visiting CCU this semester with a visit by Dr. Anna Sanina on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. Dr. Sanina (Ph. D. Sociology) is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Administration at St. Petersburg and is on Fulbright residency at Indiana University, Bloomington. An expert in political sociology, Dr. Sanina's current work focuses on digital cultures of activism among the youth of Russia. Her recent publications include articles and book chapters on digital culture and political and cultural identity in Russia, youth culture and visible and invisible forms of resistance, cultures of loyalty and patriotism in contemporary Russia, and economic crises and formation of state identity.

Dr. Sanina's first talk, titled "Visual Irony in Digital Culture: Field Study of Social Media in the Age of Globalization," will take place from 10:30a-11:30a on Tuesday, January 19 in the James J. Johnson Auditorium and is open to all CCU and HGTC students, faculty and staff.

Dr. Sanina's second talk, titled "Patriotism and Patriotic Education in Contemporary Russia" will take place from 5:00p-6:00p on Tuesday, January 19 in Wall 309. A brief reception will follow the evening lecture, when light refreshments will be served. The lectures are free and open to the public.

If you have any questions about Dr. Sanina's visit or future AHGEP Fulbright Lectures, please contact Dr. Tripthi Pillai.

December 2015

Ice Cream and a Movie with the English Department, December 1

The English Department invites all English majors and minors, as well as students interested in becoming a major or minor, to hang out with the English Professors and fellow English majors for Ice Cream and a Movie. The ice cream will be served in the Lib Jackson Student Union Rotunda starting at 4pm, and a showing of The Seventh Seal by Ingmar Bergman will follow at 6pm in the new Student Union Theatre. This event is free and open to all interested in English Studies at Coastal Carolina University.

November 2015

Reading by author Ron Rash, Nov 18

The English Department in conjunction with the Burroughs Fund for Southern Studies, the Waccamaw Center, the Master of Arts in Writing program, and the Words to Say It series announces the upcoming reading by award winning and New York Times best selling novelist, poet, and short story writer Ron Rash on Wednesday, November 18 in Johnson Auditorium (Wall 116) at 5:00pm. The reading is free and open to the public. For more information contact Dr. Daniel Cross Turner (843) 349-2432.

Ron Rash is one of the preeminent writers of the contemporary American South. Born in the South Carolina upcountry, Rash grew up in the western North Carolina mountains, and his writing centers around both historical and contemporary stories of the southern Appalachians.

Rash is the author of The New York Times bestselling novel The Cove (2012) in addition to five other highly acclaimed novels, Serena (2009 PEN/Faulkner Award finalist), One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, The World Made Straight, and the newly released Above the Waterfall (2015). He has also published four collections of poetry and five collections of short stories, among them Nothing Gold Can Stay, Chemistry (2008 PEN/Faulkner Award finalist), and Burning Bright (2010 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award winner). Rash has twice won the prestigious O. Henry Prize, has received the James Still Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and was inducted into the South Carolina Academy of Authors in 2010. He is Parris Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Studies at Western Carolina University.

Next Scholars' Symposium, Nov 10

Join us Tuesday, November 10th in Edwards 164 from 1:30p-3:30p for our third Scholars' Symposium of the semester. We will have a presentation by Dr. Jen Boyle and a co-presentation by Dr. Ray Moye and Dr. Anna Oldfield.

The English Department Scholars' Symposium highlights the expertise and ongoing research of faculty and students of the English Department. Scholars' Symposia are held several times a semester, and usually include presentations by two English professors. For more information on past, current, and upcoming Symposia, see the Scholars' Symposium website or contact Dr. Tripthi Pillai.

Mickayla Smith wins 19th Paul Rice Broadside Series Contest, Nov 9

The Coastal Carolina English Department is pleased to announce "the Truth in war" by Mickayla Smith as the winner of the 19th Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series Contest. This poem was selected by the final judge poet Jonathan Fink. Mickayla 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.

Commenting on his selection of "the Truth in war," Fink writes, "'the Truth in war' navigates well the many challenges of the sestina form. The poet chooses strong and specific repeating words for structural integrity in the poem and also demonstrates a creative and flexible mind by utilizing slight variations in the repeating words depending on the context of each stanza. (Perhaps my favorite moment in the poem is the choice of 'tear our' as the repetition of 'terror.') Most of all, I appreciate the ways in which the poem approaches the subject of war from the persona’s subjective experience. 'Soldiers are dreamers,' the poet Siegfried Sassoon wrote, and, in 'the Truth in war,' war returns as both dream and terror."

Fink also awarded honorable mention to Veronica Good’s "Let’s Not Talk About the Girl," and Lindsey Hilburn’s "Snowcone Ceiling Tiles."

The broadside of "the Truth in war" will be available in the next few weeks. Those wishing to acquire a copy of the broadside (or previous Paul Rice contest winners) should contact Jason Ockert in the Department of English. The deadline for the 20th contest in the Paul Rice series will be announced early in the spring semester 2016.

October 2015

Sigma Tau Delta Creative Writing Mixer, Oct 22

Sigma Tau Delta (the English Honors Society at CCU) presents the Creative Writing Mixer, a creative writing reading and contest taking place October 22 at 5:30pm in Johnson Auditorium (Wall 116).  Undergraduate students wishing to read their creative work and participate in the contest should sign up with Sigma Tau Delta advisors Dr. Anna Oldfield (Edwards 204) or Dr. Cynthia Port (Edwards 290) or in the English Department Office (Edwards 224) by October 16.  There will also be five late entries allowed at the night of the event.  A panel of judges will evaluate the creative works, and prizes will be awarded.  Students may perform any creative piece but are asked to keep pieces to a 3 page maximum for time constraints.  Students reading a piece should arrive at 5:00pm to get organized before the event.  All are welcome to attend.  For more information email Sigma Tau Delta.

Roundtable Discussion on the Writing of Ron Rash, Oct 15

In anticipation of the upcoming readings by preeminent contemporary Southern writer Ron Rash, members of the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts at Coastal Carolina University will hold a roundtable discussion and audience question and answer session entitled “Tales of the Ragged Mountains: A Celebration of the Writing of Ron Rash.”  The roundtable, moderated by Dr. Daniel Cross Turner, will take place Thursday, October 15 from 6p-7:30p at the Carolina Forest Public Library.  This roundtable is free and open to the public. 

Roundtable discussion to include the following:

  • Dr. Amanda M. Brian, Associate Professor (European History), “World War I at Home: The Great War and Southern History in Ron Rash’s The Cove
  • Dr. J. Daniel Hasty, Assistant Professor (Linguistics), “But You Can’t Take the Mountains Out of the Boy: Appalachian Identity and the New South”
  • Mr. Hastings Hensel, Lecturer (Creative Writing), “A ‘Song More Sustained’: Ron Rash’s Poetry, and the Poetry of His Fiction”
  • Dr. Emma Howes, Assistant Professor (Appalachian Studies), “The Hill of the Mill: Southern Appalachian Representations in Eureka Mill
  • Dr. Tripthi Pillai, Assistant Professor (Renaissance Literature), “Doom and Gloom in Ron Rash: Something Rich and Strange About Unlocked Spaces and Times”
  • Dr. Daniel Cross Turner, Associate Professor (Southern Literature), “The Appalachian Book of the Dead: Ron Rash’s Tales of the Mountain South”

In conjunction with the Burroughs Fund for Southern Studies, the Waccamaw Center, the Master of Arts in Writing program at CCU, and the Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series, Ron Rash will be reading at Coastal Carolina University on Wednesday, November 18 in Johnson Auditorium (Wall 116) at 5:00pm. For more information contact Dr. Daniel Cross Turner

Next English Department Scholars' Symposium, Oct 13

Join us Tuesday, October 13th in Edwards 164 from 1:30p-3:30p for our second Scholars' Symposium of the semester. We will have two presentations. Hastings Hensel will be reading from his current poetry collection. Next, Dr. Alan Reid will be sharing work from his most recent scholarly project.

The English Department Scholars' Symposium highlights the expertise and ongoing research of faculty and students of the English Department. Scholars' Symposia are held several times a semester, and usually include presentations by two English professors. For more information on past, current, and upcoming Symposia, see the Scholars' Symposium website or contact Dr. Tripthi Pillai.

Joe Oestreich and Scott Pleasant to speak for the Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series, Oct 8

The Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series presents a creative non-fiction reading by Joe Oestreich and Scott Pleasant on Thursday, October 8, at 6pm in Johnson Auditorium (Wall 116). This reading is free and open to the public, and a small reception and book signing will follow.

Joe Oestreich is an Associate Professor of Creative Nonfiction in the English Department at Coastal Carolina University and Scott Pleasant is the Director of the Writing Center at Coastal Carolina University. Oestreich and Pleasant will read excerpts from their new book Lines of Scrimmage: A Story of Football, Race, and Redemption. The book chronicles the 1989 Conway High School football boycott, in which 31 of the team's 37 black players walked away in protest, sparking a larger movement in Horry County's African American community. After the reading, Nelljean Rice (Dean of University College at CCU) will moderate a discussion.

Call for submission to the 19th Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series Contest, Oct 1

The English Department is pleased to announce the 19th Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series contest.  The Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series (named in honor and memory of Paul Rice, professor of English at CCU 1987-2004) is a poetry competition open to current Coastal Carolina undergraduate students.  Poems must be submitted through email to Professor Jason Ockert, Coordinator of Creative Writing, by Friday, October 16.  Poems can be no more than 40 lines long.  There is no restriction regarding subject, style, or form.  The winning poem will be selected by an outside judge to be named at a later time.  The winning poet (to be announced Monday, April 6) will receive $100, and the poem will be published as a broadside in an edition of 100 copies and will be considered for publication in Archarios.  For a complete list of rules and example poems from past winners, see the Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series website. Contact Jason Ockert with any further questions.

September 2015

Author Erica Dawson to speak for the Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series, Sept 16

The Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series presents a poetry reading by Erica Dawson on Wednesday, September 16, at 5:30pm in Johnson Auditorium (Wall 116). This reading is free and open to the public, and a small reception and book signing will follow.

Erica Dawson is the author of of two collections of poetry: The Small Blades Hurt and Big-Eyed Afraid. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Birmingham Poetry Review, Crab Orchard Review, Harvard Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other journals and anthologies. Erica is an assistant professor of English and Writing at the University of Tampa, and she serves as Director of UT's low-residency MFA in Creative Writing.

English Department Scholars' Symposium, Sept 15

Join us Tuesday, September 15th in Edwards 164 from 1:30p-3:30p for our initial Scholars' Symposium of the semester. We will have two presentations. Dr. Tripthi Pillai and Dr. Dan Turner will share work from their book chapter on Ron Rash and William Shakespeare. Next, Assamzhan Zhaparova, a visiting scholar from Kazakhstan who is completing her Ph.D. under Dr. Anna Oldfield’s supervision, will present work on metaphor and translation focusing on the works of 19th century Kazakhstani poet Abay Kunanbay.

The English Department Scholars' Symposium highlights the expertise and ongoing research of faculty and students of the English Department. Scholars' Symposia are held several times a semester, and usually include presentations by two English professors. For more information on past, current, and upcoming Symposia, contact Dr. Tripthi Pillai.

Dr. Dan Turner publishes new scholarly work, Sept 9

Associate Professor Dan Turner has published a new scholarly work entitled Undead Souths: The Gothic and Beyond in Southern Literature and Culture, (Louisiana State University Press). Turner coedited the essay collection with professors Eric Gary Anderson (George Mason University) and Taylor Hagood (Florida Atlantic University).

Undead Souths is a field-defining work that explores diverse forms of haunting and horror associated with the American South. Depictions of the undead in the South comprise a wide variety of media and historical periods, from current depictions of vampires in True Blood and zombies in The Walking Dead; to well-known authors like Edgar Allan Poe, Faulkner, and Flannery O'Connor; to Civil War battlefield daguerreotypes and Confederate ghosts; to the haunted architectures of old New Orleans; and to vintage horror films like White Zombie. Along with these physical manifestations, southern undeadness also appears in symbolic, psychological, and cultural forms, including the social death endured by enslaved people, the Cult of the Lost Cause that resurrected the fallen heroes of the Confederacy as secular saints, and mourning rites revived by Native Americans forcibly removed from the American Southeast. The result is an engaging, inclusive collection that establishes cultural crossings between the South and other regions within and outside the U.S.

Announcing upcoming reading by author Ron Rash, Nov 18

The English Department in conjunction with the Burroughs Fund for Southern Studies, the Waccamaw Center, the Master of Arts in Writing program, and the Words to Say It series is pleased to announce the upcoming reading by Ron Rash on Wednesday, November 18 in Johnson Auditorium (Wall 116) at 5:00pm. The reading is free and open to the public. For more information contact Dr. Daniel Cross Turner (843) 349-2432.

Ron Rash is one of the preeminent writers of the contemporary American South. Born in the South Carolina upcountry, Rash grew up in the western North Carolina mountains, and his writing centers around both historical and contemporary stories of the southern Appalachians.

Rash is the author of The New York Times bestselling novel The Cove (2012) in addition to five other highly acclaimed novels, Serena (2009 PEN/Faulkner Award finalist), One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, The World Made Straight, and the newly released Above the Waterfall (2015). He has also published four collections of poetry and five collections of short stories, among them Nothing Gold Can Stay, Chemistry (2008 PEN/Faulkner Award finalist), and Burning Bright (2010 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award winner). Rash has twice won the prestigious O. Henry Prize, has received the James Still Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and was inducted into the South Carolina Academy of Authors in 2010. He is Parris Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Studies at Western Carolina University.

August 2015

The English Department welcomes Jessica Richardson as Visiting Assistant Professor, Aug 17

The English Department is excited to welcome Jessica Lee Richardson as Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing specializing in fiction. Jessica earned her MFA in fiction from the University of Alabama in 2013 and taught at Rutgers University before coming to CCU. Her short story collection, It Had Been Planned and There Were Guides, won the 2014 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize and will appear in Fiction Collective Two this fall. Jessica's work has won awards from the National Society of Arts and Letters and the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum.  Jessica's fiction and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming from The Short Form, Ploughshares, and the Authonomy Sunday Shorts Series by Harper Collins, the Atlas Review, BOMB Magazine, Big Lucks, the Collagist, Hobart, Indiana Review, the Masters Review, Joyland, and Western Humanities Review among other places. She is currently working on two new collections and two new novels. You can read some of her stories at her website.

April 2015

Author Jason Ockert to speak for the Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series, April 23

The Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series presents a faculty showcase fiction reading by Jason Ockert on Thursday, April 23, at 4:30pm in Johnson Auditorium (Wall 116). This reading is free and open to the public, and a small reception and book signing will follow.

Jason Ockert is the author of Wasp Box, his debut novel, and two collections of short stories: Neighbors of Nothing and Rabbit Punches. Winner of the Dzanc Short Story Collection Contest, Jason has also been honored by the Atlantic Monthly, the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award, and the Shirley Jackson Award. His work has appeared in several journals and anthologies, including New Stories from the South, Best American Mystery Stories, Oxford American, The Iowa Review, One Story, and McSweeney’s. Jason is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina.

Scholar's Symposium, April 16

Join us Thursday (April 16) in Edwards 164 from 1:30p-3:30p for our final Scholars' Symposium of the semester.  Dr. Dan Albergotti and Dr. Keaghan Turner will each be sharing their recent work with us. Coffee, tea, and cookies will be provided.

The English Department Scholars' Symposium highlights the expertise and ongoing research of members of the English Department. Scholars' Symposia are held several times a semester, and usually include presentations by two English professors. For more information on past, current, and upcoming Symposia, contact Dr. Tripthi Pillai.

Author Tim Mayers to speak for the MA in Writing Program, April 13

The Coastal Carolina University MA in Writing program presents a talk entitled “(Re)Writing Craft: Ten Years later” by Dr. Tim Mayers on Monday, April 13, at 6pm in Edwards 256.  This talk is free and open to the public. 

Tim Mayers’s work focuses on the past, present, and possible future states of English studies; more specifically, he explores points of overlap and contention between composition studies, creative writing, and literary criticism.  Mayers’s 2005 book (Re)Writing Craft: Composition Creative Writing and The Future of English dealt with the gap that exists in many English departments between creative writers, compositionists, and literary scholars.  Mayers, himself a compositionist and creative writer, explores the connections between creative writing and composition studies programs, which currently exist as separate fields within the larger and more amorphous field of English studies. If creative writing and composition studies are brought together in productive dialogue, they can, in his view, succeed in inverting the common hierarchy in English departments that privileges interpretation of literature over the teaching of writing. 

Dr. Mayers is an Associate Professor of English at Millersville University in Pennsylvania where he teaches composition, creative writing, and literary criticism.

March 2015

Nick Powell wins 18th Paul Rice Broadside Series Contest, March 31

The Coastal Carolina English Department is pleased to announce “Ars Poetica” by Nick Powell as the winner of the 18th Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series Contest. This poem was selected by the final judge, poet Tarfia Faizullah of Detroit, Michigan. Nick 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.

Commenting on her selection of “Ars Poetica,” Faizullah said, “It is a challenge to write an ars poetica that does the dual work of describing the act of creation while being an act of creation itself. The images and music in this poem tumble into each other into until the final and gorgeous revelation.

Faizullah also awarded honorable mention to Victoria Green’s “May 6, 2007” and Maggie Nichols’s “Délabré.”

The broadside of “Ars Poetica” will be available in the next few weeks. Those wishing to acquire a copy of the broadside should contact Cara Blue Adams. The deadline for the 19th contest in the Paul Rice series will be announced early in the fall semester 2015.

Scholars' Symposium, March 26

Join us Thursday (March 26) in Edwards 164 from 1:30p-3:00p for our second Scholars' Symposium of the semester.  Associate Professor Joe Oestreich will be sharing a portion of one of his recent creative projects with us. Coffee and cookies will be provided.

The English Department Scholars' Symposium highlights the expertise and ongoing research of members of the English Department. Scholars' Symposia are held several times a semester, and usually include presentations by two English professors. For more information on past, current, and upcoming Symposia, contact Dr. Tripthi Pillai.

English Department Faculty honored for book publication, March 5

Three members of the English Department to be recognized at the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts Spring 2015 Authors' Reception.

Poets Chad Davidson and Gregory Fraser to speak for the Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series, March 5

The Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series presents a unique double poetry reading featuring Chad Davidson and Gregory Fraser on Thursday, March 5, at 5:30pm in Johnson Auditorium (Wall 116). This reading is free and open to the public, and a small reception and book signing will follow.

Chad Davidson is the author of From the Fire Hills (2014), The Last Predicta (2008), and Consolation Miracle (2003), all from Southern Illinois UP.  Davidson is also co-author with Gregory Fraser of Analyze Anything: A Guide to Critical Reading and Writing (Bloomsbury, 2012) and Writing Poetry: Creative and Critical Approaches (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2009). He is currently a Professor of literature and creative writing and director of the School of the Arts at the University of West Georgia near Atlanta.

Gregory Fraser is the author of three poetry collections: Strange Pietà (Texas Tech University Press), Answering the Ruins, and Designed for Flight (both from Northwestern University Press). As stated above, he is co-author with Chad Davidson of the textbooks Writing Poetry and Analyze Anything. His poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The Southern Review, and The Gettysburg Review, among others. Fraser is the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and serves as a Professor of English and creative writing at the University of West Georgia.

February 2015

English Week, Feb 23-27

Come learn what CCU's English Department has to offer as we kick off English Week‌. During the day, visit our table in the Edwards lobby to learn more about the English Major, our various Minors, our upcoming course offereings, and special programs. Then, on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoon starting at 4:30pm join us for a special event.

Tuesday: Faculty Q&A. Learn more about English Studies and careers for English Majors, as well as little-known facts about English faculty in an open forum Q&A. Beginning at 4:30pm in Edwards 256. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday: Team Trivia. Team up with your friends and favorite English Faculty in a fun-filled English trivia competition. Beginning at 4:30pm in The Black Box Theatre (Edwards 117). Refreshments will be served.

Thursday: Readings and Reception. Come listen to readings from the creative works of English Faculty and English Students, followed by a meet and greet with English Department Faculty. Pizza will be served. Beginning at 4:30pm in The Black Box Theatre (Edwards 117).

Scholars' Symposium, Feb 19

Join us Thursday (Oct 19) in Edwards 164 from 1:30p-3:30p for this semester's first Scholars' Symposium. Dr. Becky Childs, Dr. J. Daniel Hasty, and Graduate Student Brooke Parker will present their collaborative work on language variation and change in modern Appalachia. Coffee and cookies will be provided.

The English Department Scholars' Symposium highlights the expertise and ongoing research of members of the English Department. Scholars' Symposia are held several times a semester, and usually include presentations by two English professors. For more information on past, current, and upcoming Symposia, contact Dr. Tripthi Pillai.

Call for submission to the 18th Contest in the Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series, Feb 10

The English Department is pleased to announce the 18th Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series contest.  The Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series (named in honor and memory of Paul Rice, professor of English at CCU 1987-2004) is a poetry competition open to current Coastal Carolina undergraduate students.  Poems must be submitted through email to Professor Cara Blue Adams, Coordinator of Creative Writing, by Monday, March 2.  Poems can be no more than 40 lines long.  There is no restriction regarding subject, style, or form.  The winning poem will be selected by an outside judge to be named at a later time.  The winning poet (to be announced Monday, April 6) will receive $100, and the poem will be published as a broadside in an edition of 100 copies and will be considered for publication in Archarios.  Please contact Cara Blue Adams with any questions.

November 2014

Author Dan Albergotti to speak for the Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series, Nov 13

The Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series presents a poetry reading by our very own Dr. Dan Albergotti on Thursday, Nov 13, at 7pm in Johnson Auditorium (Wall 116). This reading is free and open to the public, and a small reception and book signing will follow.

Dan Albergotti is the author of Millennial Teeth (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014) and The Boatloads (BOA Editions, 2008), as well as a limited-edition chapbook, The Use of the World (Unicorn Press, 2013). His poems have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Five Points, The Southern Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and Pushcart Prize XXXIII, as well as other journals and anthologies. A graduate of the MFA program at UNC Greensboro and former poetry editor of The Greensboro Review, Albergotti is a Professor of English and Chair of the English Department at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina.

Mikaella Victoria Antonio wins 17th Paul Rice Broadside Series Contest, November 3

The Coastal Carolina English Department is pleased to announce “We Are Ugly” by Mikaella VictoriaAntonio as the winner of the 17th Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series Contest. This poem was selected by the final judge, poet Matthew Olzmann of Asheville, North Carolina. Mikaella 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.

Olzmann also awarded honorable mention to Nicholas Powell's "A Good Memory with You” and Gabriel Miller's “Communion.”

The broadside of “We Are Ugly” will be available in the next few weeks. Those wishing to acquire a copy of the broadside should contact Cara Blue Adams. The deadline for the 18th contest in the Paul Rice series will be announced early in the spring semester 2015.

October 2014

Scholars' Symposium, Oct 23

Join us Thursday (Oct 23) in Edwards 164 from 1:00p-3:00p for this semester's first Scholars' Symposium. Dr. Kate Faber Oestreich and Dr. Alan Reid will present their work to us. Dr. Oestreich is a literature professor specializing in British Literature of the long 19th century, and Dr. Reid is a composition and rhetoric professor specializing in metacognition and self-regulation in new media. Coffee and cookies will be provided

The English Department Scholars' Symposium highlights the expertise and ongoing research of members of the English Department. Scholars' Symposia are held several times a semester, and usually include presentations by two English professors. For more information on past, current, and upcoming Symposia, contact Dr. Tripthi Pillai.

Author David James Poissant to speak for The Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series, Oct 23

The Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series presents a creative non-fiction reading by David James Poissant on Thursday, Oct 23, at 7pm in Johnson Auditorium (Wall 116). This reading is free and open to the public, and a small reception and book signing will follow.

David James Poissant's short story collection The Heaven of Animals was published by Simon & Schuster on March 11, 2014, and he is currently working on a novel Class, Order, Family to be published by Simon & Schuster. His writing has been awarded the Matt Clark Prize, the George Garrett Fiction Award, the RopeWalk Fiction Chapbook Prize, and the Alice White Reeves Memorial Award from the National Society of Arts & Letters, as well as awards from The Chicago Tribune and The Atlantic and Playboy. Poissant's stories and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, The Chicago Tribune, Glimmer Train, The New York Times, One Story, Playboy, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and in the New Stories from the South and Best New American Voices anthologies. Poissant teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida and lives in Orlando with his wife and daughters.

September 2014

Call for submission to the 17th Contest in the Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series, Sept 19

The English Department is pleased to announce the 17th Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series contest.  The Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series (named in honor and memory of Paul Rice, professor of English at CCU 1987-2004) is a poetry competition open to current Coastal Carolina undergraduate students.  Poems must be submitted through email to Cara Blue Adams, Coordinator of Creative Writing, by Wednesday, October 15.  Poems can be no more than 40 lines long.  There is no restriction regarding subject, style, or form.  The winning poem will be selected by an outside judge to be named at a later time.  The winning poet (to be announced Monday, November 3) will receive $100, and the poem will be published as a broadside in an edition of 100 copies.  Please contact Cara Blue Adams with any questions.

Author Aisha Sabatini Sloan to speak for The Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series, Sept 11

The Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series presents a creative non-fiction reading by Aisha Sabatini Sloan on Thursday, Sept 11, at 7pm in Johnson Auditorium (Wall 116). This reading is free and open to the public, and a small reception and book signing will follow.

Aisha Sabatini Sloan's essay collection, The Fluency of Light: Coming of Age in a Theater of Black and White was chosen as a finalist for the 1913 First Book Contest in 2011, and published by the University of Iowa Press in 2013. Her essays have been named notable for the Best American Non-Required Reading and Best American Essays anthologies of 2011, nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and published in Ninth Letter, Identity Theory, Michigan Quarterly Review, Terrain.org, Callaloo, The Southern Review, and Guernica. Aisha earned an MA in Cultural Studies and Studio Art from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU, and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Arizona. Aisha is currently teaching courses in literature and creative writing at Carleton College and is a contributing editor for Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politics.

English Department Represented at 2014 Rush a Major, September 10

English Department faculty and students will be out to recruit new majors and minors at Coastal's 2014 "Rush a Major" event. The event takes place Wednesday, September 10th from 11a-1p in Blanton Park. The English Department will be represented by several faculty members illustrating the breath of English Studies offered in our department (Cara Adams-Fiction Writing, Dan Albergotti-Poetry Writing, Becky Childs-Linguistics, Daniel Hasty-Linguistics, Tripthi Pillai-Shakespeare and British Literature, and Dan Turner-American Literature and Southern Studies). Additional, many of our wonderful English Majors will be there to talk personally about their experiences and the reasons that they chose to major in English.

August 2014

English Department Welcomes New Faculty, August 18

Emma Howes joins the Department of English as an assistant professor. She recently completed her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Massachusetts. Her dissertation examines literacy campaigns as they were incorporated into industrial welfare work in Carolina cotton mill villages around the turn of the 20th century. She has received fellowships and grants from the American Association of University Women, Duke University, and the University of Massachusetts, and she has presented her research at the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

Alan Reid joins the Department of English as an assistant professor. He completed his Ph.D. in Instructional Design & Technology at Old Dominion University in 2013. His work has appeared in Immersive Environments, Augmented Realities and Virtual Worlds: Assessing Future Trends in Education, and he has already been instrumental in designing the new digital badge initiative associated with the redesign of the first-year writing program at CCU.

Christian Smith joins the Department of English as an assistant professor. He completed his Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric at the University of South Carolina in May 2014 with a dissertation titled “From Capture to Care: Attention, Digital Media, and the Future of Composition.” He has presented his research regularly over the past few years at the Conference on College Composition and Communication and the Rhetoric Society of America Conference.

Keaghan Turner joins the Department of English as an assistant professor. She completed her Ph.D. in English literature at the University of South Carolina in 2006 with a dissertation on representations of nursing in four British women’s novels from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century. She has recently presented her scholarship at the Victorians Institute and the Nineteenth Century Studies Association Conference, and her work has appeared in South Writ Large: Stories, Arts, and Ideas from the Global South.

April 2014

Special English Faculty Highligh for The Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series, April 8

The Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series presents a special CCU English Department Faculty highligh reading, including poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction by Jason Bordt, Colin Burch, Caroline Cahill, Jeremy Griffin, and Hastings Hensel on Tuesday, April 8, at 4:30 pm in the Johnson Auditorium (Wall 116). This reading is free and open to the public, and a small reception and book signing will follow.

Jason Bordt lives in the Myrtle Beach area, where he teaches English and creative writing at Coastal Carolina University. He has work published in South Dakota Review, The Tooth, and Red Weather.

Colin Burch is a former section editor at The Sun News and holds writing awards from the N.C. Press Association and the S.C. Press Association. Burch has also published in The Charlotte Observer, Weekly Surge, Iodine: A Poetry Journal, New Mirage Journal, and Appraisal: The Journal of the British Personalist Forum. He holds an MFA from Queens University.

Caroline Cahill’s poetry has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review and Copper Nickel. Her nonfiction has appeared in The Tusk and American Bicyclist. She was the recipient of a partial fellowship/work exchange grant to the Vermont Studio Center in February 2013. Her poem “Dear Watson” was a finalist in Copper Nickel’s poetry contest in 2011. She is a teaching associate at Coastal Carolina University.

Jeremy Griffin received his MFA in fiction from Virginia Tech University. His book A Last Resort for Desperate People was released from Stephen F. Austin University Press in 2012 and was nominated for a Library of Virginia Book Award. He has published in a number of journals such as The Greensboro Review, Indiana Review, and Shenandoah.

Hastings Hensel is the author of a chapbook, Control Burn. His poems have appeared in The Greensboro Review, 32 Poems, Cave Wall, Gray's Sporting Journal, and elsewhere. He is a lecturer at Coastal Carolina University.

Author Nikky Finney to speak as part of the 2014 Celebration of Inquiry, April 2

The Arts and Humanities track of the 2014 Celebration of Inquiry welcomes plenary speaker Nikky Finney  on Wednesday, April 2, at 4:00 pm in Johnson Auditorium (Wall 116). This reading is free and open to the public.

Nikky Finney was born in South Carolina, within listening distance of the sea in Conway, SC. A child of activists, she came of age during the civil rights and Black Arts Movements. At Talladega College, nurtured by Hale Woodruff's Amistad murals, Finney began to understand the powerful synergy between art and history. Finney has authored four books of poetry: Head Off & Split (2011); The World Is Round (2003); Rice (1995); and On Wings Made of Gauze (1985). The John H. Bennett, Jr. Chair in Southern Letters and Literature at the University of South Carolina, Finney also authored Heartwood (1997) edited The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (2007), and co–founded the Affrilachian Poets. Finney's fourth book of poetry, Head Off & Split was awarded the 2011 National Book Award for poetry.

March 2014

Author Juliana Gray to speak for The Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series, March 27

The Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series presents a fiction reading by Juliana Gray  on Thursday, March 27, at 4:30 pm in Johnson Auditorium (Wall 116). This reading is free and open to the public, and a small reception and book signing will follow.

Juliana Gray’s second collection, Roleplay, won the 2010 Orphic Prize and was recently published by Dream Horse Press. A chapbook, Anne Boleyn’s Sleeve, won the 2013 Winged City Chapbook Press poetry chapbook contest and is forthcoming. Recent poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from PMS: poemmemoirstory, Measure, 32 Poems, River Styx, and elsewhere. An Alabama native, Gray lives in western New York and is an associate professor of English at Alfred University.

CCU English Department Hosts SECOL 81, March 27-29

Coastal Carolina University is excited to host the 81st meeting of the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics (SECOL). SECOL 81 will be held March 27-29 at the Embassy Suites Resort in sunny North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. SECOL is the oldest regional linguistic association in the US, and is dedicated to the advancement of the study of language in all its aspects.  Contact Dr. Becky Childs and Dr. J. Daniel Hasty for more information.

February 2014

Call for submissions to 16th contest in The Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series, March 3

Call for submissions to the 16th contest in The Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series.  The Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series (named in honor and memory of Paul Rice, professor of English at CCU 1987-2004) is a poetry competition open to current Coastal Carolina undergraduate students.  Poems must be submitted through email to Cara Blue Adams, Coordinator of Creative Writing, by Monday, March 3.  The winning poem will be selected by an outside judge to be named at a later time.  The winning poet will receive $100, and the poem will be published as a broadside in an edition of 100 copies.

Author Kyle Minor to speak for The Words to Say it Visiting Writers Series, February 20

The Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series presents a fiction reading by Kyle Minor on Thursday, February 20, at 4:30pm in the Edwards Recital Hall. This reading is free and open to the public, and a small reception and book signing will follow.

Kyle Minor is the author of Praying Drunk and In the Devil’s Territory. His work appears in print in The Southern Review, The Iowa Review, and Gulf Coast; online at Esquire, Tin House, and Salon; and in anthologies including Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best American Mystery Stories, and Random House’s Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers. He teaches fiction writing and screenwriting at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. 

Reviews of Minor’s work: “Reading a Kyle Minor story feels like watching a Coen Brothers’ Film: you have no idea where you’re being led, but you know it’s going to be good.”—Los Angeles Review of Books.

Scholars' Symposia, February 19

The English Department announces the first meeting of the semester for the Scholars’ Symposia.  On Wednesday, February 19th, we will have two presentations, one by Dr. Becky Childs and Dr. J. Daniel Hasty and another by Dr. David Kellogg.  We will meet in EHFA 164 at 12pm-1:30pm.  Coffee, tea, and cookies will be served.

January 2014

Recent Faculty Books

Three English faculty had important new books published in the fall of 2013.

Bachman, Maria K. (Chair and Professor), Tromp, Marlene, and Kaufman, Heidi, eds. Fear, Loathing, and Victorian Xenophobia (The Ohio State University Press, 2013)

Childs, Becky (Associate Professor), Mallinson, Christine, and Van Herk, Gerard, eds. Data Collection in Sociolinguistics: Methods and Applications (Routledge, 2013)

Ennis, Daniel J. (Dean and Professor) and DeRochi, Jack E., eds. Richard Brinsley Sheridan (Bucknell University Press, 2013)

December 2013

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

October 2013

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 (albergot@coastal.edu, 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 (dturner1@coastal.edu) with any questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 2013

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.

May 2013

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.

April 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.  

January 2013

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.

Professor Denise Paster and the 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. 

The Master of Arts in Writing Graduate Teaching Assistants present at the South Carolina Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference at Kiawah Island.