April 2012 Archives

Ivory Tower Wins Tony Diggs Innovation Award

2012 Tony Diggs AwardIvory Tower, the literary and arts magazine created for and by undergraduates at the University of Minnesota, has won the Tony Diggs Innovation Award from the Student Activities Office. These Excellence Awards are intended to recognize student group achievements; the Innovation Award specifically recognizes student groups that have displayed innovation and/or fostered creativity through their program/events. Ivory Tower, which is edited and produced through the year-long English course Literary Magazine Production Lab, this year introduced the "Write and Return" program: circulating notebooks to encourage student writing and drawing on campus, as well as to boost submissions to the journal. Ivory Tower also helps organize the Writer's Block writing workshops, among other activities. The new issue of Ivory Tower is celebrated 7 pm, Wednesday, April 25, at the Whole in Coffman Union with readings, music, and art. Congratulations to the Ivory Tower staff and the writers and artists included in the 2012 Ivory Tower!

Publishing Internships!

Interested in getting a handle on the publishing world? The Department of English sponsors annual internships with the University of Minnesota Press. Two English majors are chosen for year-long internships in which they work on editorial, marketing, and production functions and receive four credits each semester. Application deadline for next year is April 20: email cover letter, unofficial transcript, and 2-3 page purpose statement drawing connections between academic work, this internship, and career goals. Must be of junior standing and have completed EngL 3001 Textual Analysis and at least two additional "foundation requirements" in major.

Annual Campus-Community Colloquim

On Monday, April 30, the Annual English Department Campus-Community Colloquium takes place 12:45 - 2:15 pm in Lind Hall 207A. Students from Eric Daigre's year-long Community Learning Internships course will present about their literacy work in the K-12, nonprofit, and adult basic education worlds. Lively presentations, dialogues with community partners, and Q and A sessions. Food, beverages, and celebration!

Writer's Block Workshop with Juliet Patterson

Ivory Tower presents an opportunity to work on revising poems with local poet Juliet Patterson this Wednesday the 18th in Coffman 304 at 5:30 pm. Patterson is a poet, community activist, and teaching artist living in Minneapolis. Her first book, The Truant Lover, won the Nightboat Poetry Prize in 2004. Her forthcoming book, Threnody, speaks about ecological crisis and our "attempts to conceptualize nature and wilderness in the face of loss." If possible, PLEASE BRING 3-4 POEMS you'd like to take a fresh look at, but don't reread them before the workshop begins! Mesa pizza!

Job Placement Meeting

On Thursday, April 26, at 3 pm, there will be a required meeting for people going on the job market in fall 2012; we will discuss the overall job search process as well as the documents you will need to work on over the summer. Strongly recommended for students who do not plan to go on the job market this fall but do plan to go on the market the year after: getting an early start on the job search documents and the overall process is vitally important. Lind Hall 207A.

BA Alum Strayed in National Press

Image of Cheryl StrayedCheryl Strayed (BA 1997) has been featured in Interview Magazine, Vogue Magazine, and the New York Times in the past month, after publishing the memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Knopf). Strayed is the author of a 2005 novel, Torch. She also writes the advice column "Dear Sugar" in the online literary magazine Rumpus. She grew up in Minnesota and lives now in Portland, Oregon.

Award-Winning Students

Second-year MFA Kate Johnston is the recipient of the Scribe for Human Rights Fellowship for 2012, a ten-week fellowship with the Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota. Kate's project concerns Somali refugees in the Twin Cities and solitary confinement in Minnesota prisons. . . . PhD candidate David Moberly has accepted a Critical Language Scholarship from the US Department of State and will be traveling to Tangier, Morocco, to study Arabic in an intensive summer program. . . . PhD candidate John Pistelli has been offered a place at the NEH "Oscar Wilde and His Circle" summer seminar at UCLA, an award that comes with a $3900 NEH fellowship. Of the 16 Summer Scholars, only two are graduate students; the rest are faculty. . . . Congratulations also to MFAs Victoria Scher and Elisabeth Workman, recipients of Marcella DeBourg Fellowships for summer 2012, granted $1700 each to complete a writing project that gives creative expression to women's lives.

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