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What's Happening in the Department of English?

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Upcoming events

  • On February 28th, Caitlin Horrocks will give a reading from 5:30PM-7:30PM in the UC Beale Room.
  • On March 1st, there will be an interview with Caitlin Horrocks from 10AM-12PM in Patterson 456
  • On March 30th, Shara McCallum will give a reading from 5:30PM-7:30PM in Patterson 456.
  • On March 31st, there will be an interview with Shara McCallum from 10AM-12PM in Patterson 456.

Fall 2016 Events

Naseeb Shaheen Memorial Symposium and Lecture Series

Shaheen symposium
The Naseeb Shaheen Memorial Lecture Committee and the University of Memphis Department of English are pleased to present a symposium on the topic of "Reading Resistance," to be held on October 14, 2016. Our conversation anticipates the themes of the Shaheen Lecture, to be given this year on October 20th by Prof. William J. Maxwell of Washington University in St. Louis. The symposium will feature readings by graduate students, professors, and instructors.

Shaheen poster

 

The U of M English Department is 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." Prof. Maxwell's lecture will be held on October 20th, 2016, at 6:00pm in the University Center River Room (UC 300), and will be preceded by a reception at 5:30pm. Learn more about the Shaheen Lecture Series and Symposium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

River City Writers Series 

David Kirby portraitThanks to generous funding and support from SEA, the English Department, and the Lambuth Foundation, River City Writers Series at the University of Memphis will welcome poet David Kirby for two readings. The readings are free and open to the public.

  • The first reading will take place at Lambuth campus on Thursday, October 20th at 6PM in Wisdom Parlor.
  • The second reading will take place at main campus on Friday, October 21st at 5:30PM in UC Beale

David Kirby's collection The House on Boulevard St.: New and Selected Poems was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2007. Kirby is the author of Little Richard: The Birth of Rock 'n' Roll, which the Times Literary Supplement of London called "a hymn of praise to the emancipatory power of nonsense." Kirby's honors include fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. His latest poetry collection is Get Up, Please.

English Orientation   Orientation materials   Orientation

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

DYMD Set-up   Dale wins 3rd place

Dale Williams and her set-up crew pose by the display.
(Photo by Curt Hart)

 

Dale Williams accepts the Third Place Award for Best Display.
(Photo by Curt Hart)

Students by booth   Dale and Molle with award
     

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 we had here!

Spring 2016 events

Read about the Harry Potter Honors study abroad trip led by Cathy Dice and Tammy Jones in Spring 2016. 

Women In Words

Women in Words Panel

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.

 
River City Writers' Series 2016

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. Brown has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Kentucky Arts Council. She is an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

 Nickole Brown with her book
Nickole Brown poses with her book Fanny Says.

 

 Nickole Brown with faculty

Nickole Brown poses with her book Fanny Says.

 Students speak with Nickole Brown
Creative Writing students speak with Nickole Brown after her interview.
 

 Creative Writing Students

MFA students before Nickole Brown's talk.


WordSmith Writing Olympics

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 and view the 2016 winners list.

 

Local students participating in the WordSmith Writing Olympics.
Local students participating in the WordSmith Writing Olympics.

 

WordSmith gives young students an opportunity to get to know the UofM.
WordSmith gives young students an opportunity to get to know the UofM.

Smiling students
Students receive awards for short dashes at the event, but the 400-word main event is judged by English faculty members in the following week.
  PorterLeath books

This year'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.


Humanities Brown Bag Series

Domingo presentationOn 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.

 

 

 

 

Fall 2015 Events

Guest Readings

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

Dr. De Veaux speaks to students.
Dr. De Veaux engages students and faculty during her talk.

 

Shelby Crosby and De Veaux
Dr. Shelby Crosby poses with
Dr. De Veaux, her mentor.

 

Discover Your Major Day 2015                              

Dale Williams created a mesmerizing display for Discover your Major Day on October 1st!

Fortune Teller Booth

The English Department won "Honorable Mention" for their fortune teller themed display.

 

Dale Williams and Lauren Walker dress as fortune-tellers.
Lauren Walker, assistant to Undergraduate
Studies, and Dale Williams, Undergraduate
Advisor, along with many student and
instructor volunteers showed students
why English should be in their future.