February 2013 Archives

5 X Friday: English Major Jared Anderson

Jared AndersonSenior Jared Anderson is a captain of the University of Minnesota swim team, currently ranked number 14 in the country. From February 27 to March 2, Anderson and his teammates competed in the 2013 Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Bloomington, Indiana, coming in fourth; Anderson took fifth in the 100 breaststroke. Both as a junior and a sophomore he received Academic All-Big Ten recognition. A double major (English and Journalism) with a minor in German, Anderson was awarded the Donald V. Hawkins Scholarship and Sharon Borine Scholarship from English. He blogged for GopherSports earlier this year about the swimming and diving team's training trip to Hawaii (give swimmers a day off, they go shark diving). Read on . . .

Faculty News

Professor Maria Damon has three text/textile pieces in the Katherine E Nash exhibit The Dance of Words, a group show of artworks that reference the use of text and calligraphic traditions found in many languages and cultures. The exhibit is up until March 15, 2013. . . . Professor Andrew Elfenbein has won an ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies) Fellowship for 2013-14 for a project entitled "The Gist of Reading."

5 X Friday: MFA Candidate Jennifer Fossenbell

Jennifer FossenbellSeven of our graduate students in Creative Writing will be reading 7 pm March 1 at Magers & Quinn Bookstore. Poet Jennifer Fossenbell is one. In her middle year of the three-year Creative Writing Program, Fossenbell serves as the co-editor-in-chief (with Nasir Sakandar) of dislocate, the print literary magazine that has been edited, produced, and published by graduate students in the Department of English since 2005. Before she came to Minnesota, Fossenbell taught English as a foreign language in Ukraine and Vietnam and co-edited a literary anthology of international writing, Strange Roots: Views of Hanoi. She's also a member of the poetry promotion collective Our Flow Is Hard, involving four other graduate students, which is working to free readers from the well-manicured garden of poetry. How? Read on . . .

Faculty in the Media

The scholarship of Professor Michael Hancher is referenced in The Times Literary Supplement review of the new edition of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations. . . . Responding in part to the discovery of certain bones found buried under a British parking lot, Professor John Watkins looks at current U.S. foreign policy through the lens of Shakespeare & Richard III in Foreign Policy. He was subsequently interviewed on NPR about the story.

Upcoming Creative Writing Faculty Publications

Assistant Professor Peter Campion will be publishing his third book of poetry, El Dorado, with the University of Chicago Press in October. He is interviewed about the book by poet Katie Peterson. Professor Ray Gonzalez will present his 12th book of poetry, Beautiful Wall, in 2014 with BOA Editions, publisher of five of his earlier volumes. Finally, Professor Julie Schumacher just sold a novel with the working title Dear Committee Members to Doubleday. This will be Schumacher's second novel for adults; she's published five for younger readers since her first adult novel, The Body Is Water (1995). Congratulations!

5 X Friday: BA Alum Jerr Boschee

JERR BOSCHEEIn the last decade, his seventh, social entrepreneurship innovator Jerr Boschee (BA English, 1966; MA, Comparative Literature, 1974) served as an adviser to England's Department of Trade and Industry Social Enterprise Unit, published his sixth book, trotted the globe giving master classes and presentations, was named three times to The NonProfit Times' "Power and Influence Top 50" list, and served as founding Chair of Encore! Service Corps International, which sends former Peace Corps Volunteers on short-term assignments in their areas of professional expertise. How did an English major arrive here? Read on . . .

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