December 2012 Archives

English in the Winter Issue of Reach

Cover of Reach MagazineCLA's alumni magazine reach celebrates English BA alum and feminist writer Kate Millett, with contributions from Professor Emerita Toni McNaron and alums Arvonne Fraser and Jigna Desai. McNaron noted: "Millett's writings urged me to confront the classics, because she understood firsthand how limiting and debilitating it can be to an aspiring female undergraduate to keep studying ideas and works from theoretical positions that ignored characters and experiences like her own." In addition, books by English alums Amanda Coplin, Cheryl Strayed, and David Wojahn are reviewed in reach's "Bound to Please" section.

5 X Friday: MFA Alum Amanda Coplin

Amanda CoplinOur 5 X Friday series of interviews with alumni, faculty, and students continues with MFA alumna Amanda Coplin, whose debut novel The Orchardist hit the bestseller charts. Coplin talks about unconventional plots, violence, and the relationship between people and environments. More . . .

Faculty News

The Primitive, the Aesthetic, and the SavageAssociate Professor Tony C. Brown published his first book, The Primitive, the Aesthetic, and the Savage: An Enlightenment Problematic, with University of Minnesota Press. . . . Professor Maria Damon published a book of collaborative experimental poetry with Finnish artist Jukka-Pekka Kervinen entitled Door Marked X (cPress) . . . The scoop on the royal baby bump from an expert on British history and monarchy: Professor John Watkins gives a fun radio interview about the history of British monarchy and its political power, in light of the Duchess of Cambridge's pregnancy (WTIP-North Shore Community Radio).

5 X Friday: BA Alum David Wojahn

David WojahnFor this week's entry in our 5 X Friday interview series, we check in with David Wojahn (BA '76), who this fall was awarded the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets. Wojahn's 2011 collection World Tree was honored as the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States the previous year. Born and raised in St. Paul, Wojahn confesses he sneaked into John Berryman's classes and helped stop traffic on Washington Avenue. Why? Read on . . .

5 x Farah: Interviewing the Winton Chair

NuruddinFarah_(c) 2010 Jeffrey Wilson 150.jpgAfter hosting award-winning Somali novelist Nuruddin Farah for three fall semesters, English bids farewell to the outgoing CLA Winton Chair with a celebration December 7 and 8: special staged readings of Farah's revised play A Stone Thrown at the Guilty. Acclaimed British theater director Irina Brown arrived November 28 and has been workshopping the play with Farah and actors drawn from the Twin Cities professional theater and Somali communities. During his time here Farah has taught classes, published a novel, given many readings and talks, including the fall 2010 CLA Commencement address, and written two plays. "I'm happy that I've been able to do these things," Farah says graciously. More . . .


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