December 2007 Archives

New Websites for Literary Journals

ivory tower for web.jpgTwo of the Department of English's literary magazines have revamped their websites. Dislocate was founded as a new media journal of the arts in 2001 by students in the MFA program in Creative Writing. In 2004-05, Dislocate established itself as a print journal. . . . The Ivory Tower is the literary and art magazine created by undergraduates in a year-long English course. In various guises, the Ivory Tower has published University of Minnesota undergraduate art, photography, prose, and poetry since the 1950s. . . . In addition, new poetry reviews from our graduate students can be found on the Luna site. Luna: a Journal of Poetry and Translation is edited by professor Ray Gonzalez.

Congratulations to MFA Alumni

"from Hallelujah Blackout," by alum Alex Lemon, will be included in the 2008 edition of Best American Poetry, selected by Charles Wright. Alex's chapbook Abracadaver is in the most recent issue of Black Warrior Review. Another chapbook, At Last Unfolding Congo, was just released by horse less press. . . . Alums Michael Seward, Jay Orff, and Kate Hopper received 2008 Minnesota State Arts Board Grants. . . . Alums Laura Flynn, Rachel Moritz, and Charlie Conley received SASE Emerging Artist Fellowships for 2008. Alum Carla-Elaine Johnson was a finalist. . . . Alum Karen Rigby has a poem forthcoming in Black Warrior Review.

Spring Series: Feminist Theory & British Literary Studies

In 1980, the feminist subfield was initiated in the Department of English. To mark more than a quarter century of feminist achievements in literary research, we are hosting a spring semester inquiry into the place of feminist theory in British literary studies. IMPACTS: Feminist Theory and British Literary Studies will kick off March 5 with Rutgers professor Kate Flint (The Woman Reader, 1827-1914) and continue with Brown professor Nancy Armstrong (Desire and Domestic Fiction: A Political History of the Novel) on April 9 and NYU professor Mary Poovey (The Proper Lady and the Woman Writer) on April 30.

Congratulations to MFAs!

MFA candidate Dhana-Marie Branton (nonfiction) received an SASE Emerging Writer Fellowship and a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant for 2008. MFA candidates Emily August (poetry) and Emily Freeman (fiction) were finalists for the SASE fellowship. . . . MFA candidate Laura Owen (fiction) received a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant for 2008 and was also a finalist for the SASE fellowship. . . . MFA candidate Katie Leo-Keast received a Cultural Collaboration Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board in collaboration with Stages Theatre Company in Hopkins. She has been commissioned to adapt the children's book Baseball Saved Us. The book is about Japanese internment camps, and the grant will enable Katie to travel to LA and conduct archival research at the National Japanese American Museum. . . . MFA alum Amanda Fields has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her short story "Boiler Room," featured in the Indiana Review.

Grant Funding Workshop

The Libraries, in collaboration with the Office of the Vice-President for Research, will present a workshop, "Grant Funding for Graduate Students," on February 20 (12:30-1:45 pm, Walter Library First Floor). Learn how to locate internal and external funding sources, search funding databases, and set up alerts for new funding opportunities. Registration required; for questions, contact Julie Kelly at

Post-MLA Workshop Jan 10

In the next job search workshop, we will cover such topics as on-campus interviews, adjunct work, spring job listings, various forms of "damage control" for the job market, "what do I do now," etc. Please bring any questions you might have about this stage of the job search process, whether you expect to have on-campus interviews or not. Thursday, January 10, from 2-3 pm, 207A Lind Hall.

Hampl's Memoir a NYT Notable Book

Regent Professor Patricia Hampl's fifth memoir, The Florist's Daughter, was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2007 in the Sunday Book Review.

Madelon Sprengnether Reading

angeldulth 4 web.jpgProfessor Madelon Sprengnether will read from her poetry in the Carol Connolly S.A.S.E. Intermedia Arts reading series on Tuesday, December 18, 7:30 pm, University Club, 420 Summit Ave., St. Paul; 651-222-1751. Other writers in this holiday celebration reading include: Patricia Barone, Jill Breckenridge, Candy Clayton, Phebe Hanson, Freya Manfred, Cynthia French, and "Minnesota Rollergirl" Dottie Hazard.


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