So Long, Farewell . . .

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Three professors, with a combined total of 134 years of department service, officially retire this spring semester. Tom Clayton, Gordon Hirsch, and Charles Sugnet sat down with us as they began clearing out their offices and offered their perspectives on a changing University and discipline. (Regents Professor Clayton's interview will run in the June issue.) . . . Until we meet again!

Schumacher Forges New Fiction Fellowship

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After her mother, "a voracious and enthusiastic reader," passed away last year, Creative Writing Professor Julie Schumacher wanted to honor her in some way. This winter Schumacher created the Winifred Fellowship to recognize fiction writers in the MFA program--and give them more time to write. How did Winifred Schumacher inspire her daughter, author of the widely acclaimed comic novel Dear Committee Members? Read on.

New Pages

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A new poetry collection by the professor emeritus who has recently been celebrated by both Wild writer Cheryl Strayed and Minnesota Teacher of the Year Tom Rademacher. Plus other springy works in our annotated list of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction by English faculty, students, and alums.

What We're Reading: Dan Philippon

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The current Director of Undergraduate Studies is writing (and reading) about food these days. And what food: He recently returned from a short stint in France, where he was Visiting Professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon and did research on food writing and the sustainable food movement. "The highlight of my stay was the Lyonnaise cuisine," he recalls, "Saint-Marcellin and Comté cheeses, Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône wines, quenelles de brochet and saucisson de Lyon." Yep, the book he recommends includes recipes.

News: AWP Here April 8-12

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Just three weeks until Minneapolis goes word crazy with the annual literary conference (open to the public) of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). We've got the goods on events featuring our faculty, students, and alumnae/i--both AWP sessions and free off-site readings.

Faculty News

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The latest about publications, lectures, and awards from English faculty and staff.

PhD News

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Read news about publications, presentations, and awards from PhD candidates and alumnae/i. And fill us in on your activities!

MFA News

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What's going on with you? News about publications, presentations, and awards from MFA candidates and alumnae/i.

BA News

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Find out what our BA alumnae/i are accomplishing--and let us know what you're doing!

North America's Largest Lit Conference Hits Twin Cities

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You may not have heard of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), but next April it's taking over Minneapolis. AWP's annual literary conference (open to the public) goes down at the Minneapolis Convention Center (with lit stars from T. C. Boyle to Roxane Gay), and related events will be erupting all over town. Predictably, our Creative Writing Program is involved up to its eyebrows.