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spring 2017

Sarai Walker talk

Visiting Professor and fiction/nonfiction author Sarai Walker gave a reading, Q & A session, and book signing of her novel Dietland On January 25th.

Dietland cover
Caitlin Horrocks

On February 28th and March 1st, the River City Writers Series presented a reading and interview by Caitlin Horrocks, author of the New York Times Book Review Editor Choice winning and Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selected short story collection This Is Not Your City.

Caitlin Horrocks
Women in Words

In celebration of Women's History Month, undergraduate and graduate students read their creative works at Women in Words: An Invitational Student Reading on March 16th. Featured student readers included Briana Brakhage, Madison Cardinez, Devan DelConte, Marisa Manuel, Jeanna Paden, Kendra Vanderlip, and Christine Wunrow. MFA student Amanda Muir served as Master of Ceremonies.

Women in Words
Shara McCallum

On March 30th-31st, The River City Writers series presented a reading and interview with Shara McCallum, a Jamaican-born award-winning poet and essayist. Shara's books of poetry include Madwoman, The Face of Water: New and Selected Poems, This Strange Land, Song of Thieves, and The Water Between Us.

Shara McCallum
Baldwin Now

In conjunction with Rhodes College, the Department of English presented the Baldwin Now Symposium on March 30th. The roundtable discussion was led by acclaimed Baldwin scholars Quentin Miller, Soyica Colbert, and Magdalena Zaborowska.

Baldwin Now
African American Teaching Workshop

On Saturday, April 29th, the African American Literature concentration invited Shelby County elementary, middle, and high school teachers to a teaching workshop called Explosive Topics: Teaching Race in Literature. The workshop was led by African American literature faculty members and graduate students.

African American Teaching Workshop photo

fall 2016

William Maxwell

The U of M English Department was pleased to welcome Prof. William J. Maxwell of Washington University in St. Louis, who will deliver the Seventh Annual Naseeb Shaheen Memorial Lecture on October 20, 2016. Prof. Maxwell's talk is entitled: "Born-Again, Seen-Again James Baldwin: State Surveillance, Afro-Pessimism, and the Literary History of Black Lives Matter." The Lecture Series also included a symposium on the topic of "Reading Resistance," featuring readings by graduate students, professors, and instructors, on October 14th. Learn more about the Shaheen Lecture Series and Symposium.

William Maxwell
David Kirby

Thanks to generous funding and support from SEA, the English Department, and the Lambuth Foundation, River City Writers Series at the University of Memphis welcomed poet David Kirby for two readings on October 21st and 22nd. David Kirby's collection The House on Boulevard St.: New and Selected Poems was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2007. Kirby's honors include fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. His latest poetry collection is Get Up, Please. 

Get Up Please cover

Students gathered in Patterson Hall to learn about all the English Department has to offer at the English Undergraduate Orientation in September.

Discover Your Major Day

The Department of English won third place at Discover Your Major Day for its carnival-themed booth! Congratulations to Dale Williams and thanks to all our volunteers. See more of the fun in this slideshow!

Discover Your Major Day
Discover Your Major Day

More photos of Discover Your Major Day, courtesy of Curt Hart.

Discover Your Major Day

Spring 2016

HP Study Abroad

On May 9-19, 2016, thirty-three students and three Department of English faculty members (Cathy Dice, Tammy Jones, and Susan Popham) from the UofM Honors Program traveled to London and Edinburgh for the Study Abroad course, Rediscovering Harry Potter: Sources, Landscapes, and Legacies. Visit the English Department Study Abroad page to learn more.

HP Study Abroad
Women in Words 2016

 As part of Women's History Month in March, the English department sponsored Women in Words, a reading, panel discussion, and reception showcasing the writings of women from the English Department. CW Faculty member Sonja Livingston read from her book, Ladies Night in Dreamland, and flash readings were presented by students Breanne Hager, Deven Lyle, Nikki McQuire, Kat Moore, and Amanda Muir. A panel discussion on publishing featured Sonja Livingston, Brandy Wilson, and Kat Moore. The event was moderated by Ashley Roach. 

Livingston cover
Nickole Brown and book 

On Wednesday, February 17th, the River City Writers' Series welcomed author Nickole Brown for a reading and craft talk. Brown's works include Fanny Says, an "unleashed love song" to her late grandmother; her debut, Sister, a novel in poems; and Air Fare, which she co-edited with Judith Taylor. 

 Nickole Brown meets with students
Wordsmith 16 Students

On February 29th, UofM instructors Cathy Dice and Tammy Jones held the annual WordSmith Writing Olympics, a writing competition for Memphis-area middle and high-schoolers. Learn more about WordSmith. 2016's WordSmith competition included a children's book-drive to benefit Porter-Leath, which helps promote literacy and health for underprivileged families in the Memphis community.

 Wordsmith 2016
 Domingo talk

 On March 2nd, Dr. Darryl Domingo presented "Advertising, Amusement, and the Arts of Persuasion in Eighteenth-Century London Newspapers" as part of Marcus W. Orr Center for Humanities Brown Bag series, which allows faculty to present and get feedback on current research. 

Domingo cover


fall 2015

DeVeaux Talk

The English Department hosted Dr. Alexis De Veaux, who gave a talk and a reading from her novel Yabo on September 29th.

Fortune Teller Booth

Dale Williams created a mesmerizing display for Discover your Major Day on October 1st! The English Department won "Honorable Mention" for their fortune teller themed display.

Fortune Tellers DYMD