November 2007 Archives

MFA Reading(s)

Current MFA candidates Kevin O'Rourke (poetry), Jake Mohan (nonfiction), and Philip Fuller (fiction) will read Tuesday, December 4, at 7 pm, along with Creative Writing Program Director Julie Schumacher, who will unveil a new story. Lind 150, Taylor Library. . . . MFA alum Margie Newman reads with Sandra Benitez and Donna Trump in a Loft Mentor Series Reading 7 pm Friday, November 30, at Open Book (1011 Washington Ave. S., Mpls.). . . . MFA alum Eric Dregni presents a reading, quiz and slide show regarding his books Midwest Marvels and Weird Minnesota at Common Good Books (Selby & Western, St. Paul) at 7 pm, Saturday, December 1. . . . MFA alums Amanda Coplin and Susan Taylor read at the Happy Gnome (498 Selby Avenue, St. Paul) Tuesday, December 4 at 5 pm.

Paul Muldoon This Wednesday

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon will talk about "The Eternity of the Poem" this Wednesday November 28, at 7:30 pm, in Coffman Theater. Muldoon is most currently the author of the collection Horse Latitudes. In a recent interview, he states, "All my books are potboilers." The Esther Freier Endowed Lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book-signing and reception.

Alumnus Brings New Orleans to Minneapolis

sugarcane4web.jpgLast summer, Michael Tisserand (B.A. ’92) published Sugarcane Academy, about his family's experiences in the post-Katrina diaspora. On Sunday, November 25 at 7 pm, Magers & Quinn will host a reading and celebration with Tisserand, featuring the band The Southside Aces and a brief slideshow of the New Orleans photos of David Rae Morris (also a U of M grad). We recently interviewed Tisserand in our Alumni & Community website pages.

Faculty Roundtable on the Job Market

On Monday, November 12, 4-5:30 pm, the Department is hosting a faculty roundtable on the job market. Michelle Wright, Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley, Nabil Matar, and Maria Damon have generously agreed to provide an inside scoop on the state of the profession. This is a wonderful chance to hear their words of wisdom. Please come even if you're not on the market this year, and bring a friend. Refreshments! 207A Lind Hall.

Alumnus' Arts Journal Launches

Image of Pike Magazine logoBrooks Doherty (BA Honors magna cum laude 2005) is co-founder and managing editor of the new Twin Cities-based on-line arts journal Pike Magazine. Pike's stated mission is to bring to public notice those artists, writers, and musicians for whom "art swims in their marrow. They must create it. They must share it or fold." The November issue notably features six poems from Paul Muldoon, who will be our Esther Freier Endowed Lecturer on Wednesday, November 28, at 7:30 pm in Coffman Memorial Theater. Doherty also contributes to the lively Pike blog, which has name-checked professor Michael Dennis Browne, among other University of Minnesota references.

New Alumni Publications

Image of Luella book coverMelinda Braun (BA 2006) has published Luella (Savage Press), a children's picture book about a young duck and the family dog she takes as her mother. . . . Leigh Herrick (BA 1988) publishes two of her poems in Cost of Freedom: The Anthology of Peace and Activism (Howling Dog Press).

eNow! presents Ch'ien, Winduo, and Lucast

The Department of English's eNow! series of faculty and graduate student presentations continues with a special program on language: English associate professor Evelyn Ch'ien addresses the question "Is English Getting Weirder?" with reference to novelist Juno Diaz, visiting professor Steven Winduo reads his poems in the Tokpisin Pidgin language, and Linguistics and Cognitive Science graduate student Ellen Lucast explores "What Do You Know? Theory of Mind in Communication." All welcome. Refreshments! Monday November 19, 2:30 pm, Lind Hall 207A.

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