Congratulations to Will Banks, Stephanie West-Puckett, and Kerri Flinchbaugh, who have received a $15,000 federal National Writing Project SEED Invitational Leadership Institute Grant for 2017-2018 to build teacher leadership cohorts in eastern NC. The Tar River Writing Project leadership institute will focus on advocacy and social justice as a frame for thinking about writing, learning, collaborating, leading, and going public with teachers’ work. The TRWP team will be recruiting local teachers and kicking off the institute with a retreat at Pocosin Arts Riverside Lodge this summer. Go English!
Bike Infrastructure: Beyond Paint
By Brian Glover
Description: Bicycles are fun, stylish, efficient, and, compared with cars, way more compatible with beer. In polls, Americans consistently say they would like to use their bikes for transportation more often – but they don’t like sharing the roads with motor vehicles. Drivers say they don’t like sharing the roads with bicycles. What’s a sweet li’l city like Greenville to do? This talk will briefly outline the history of U.S. bike infrastructure (is Vehicular Cycling a cult? Tune in to find out!), then present an overview of today’s modern bikeway designs from the cycling meccas of Denmark and the Netherlands to homegrown innovations from around the USA.
Bio: Brian Glover is the kind of nerd who has actually made a trip to Copenhagen just to check out the bike lanes. He served for five years on the Greenville Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission, and is a League of American Bicyclists certified traffic safety instructor. He is also Teaching Associate Professor of English at East Carolina University.
Folklore: The Greatest Discipline You’ve Never Heard Of
By Andrea Kitta
Description: Have you ever picked up a hitchhiker, only to discover they died 10 years ago that very night? Have you heard about the Kentucky Fried Rat? The person who got a gerbil stuck where it didn’t belong? Believe it or not, someone actually studies these things and they are willing to drink and talk to you about them! Dr. Andrea Kitta will discuss urban legends, the supernatural, belief, and medicine and demonstrate that nothing is “just” folklore and folklore is a lot more than you thought. Draw comfort in the fact that “fake news” has been around forever and “alternative facts” are nothing new. Laugh at hilarious memes! Learn that you, too, fell for a ridiculous story at some point in your life!
Bio: Dr. Andrea Kitta has a MA in Folk Studies and a PhD in Folklore. She’s an associate professor in the department of English where she studies contemporary (urban) legends and tricks students into learning theory by talking about ghosts. You probably shouldn’t ask her about cats or horror movies unless you have a lot of time on your hands.
The PDF for the event may be found here.
Congratulations to Margaret Bauer, whose personal essay “Design of Darkness” was just published in the Spring 2017 issue of storySouth.
You can read it online here: http://www.storysouth.com/2017/03/design-of-darkness.html.
storySouth showcases the best fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry that writers from the new south have to offer. Special emphasis is given to finding and promoting the works of promising new writers.
Congratulations to Liza Wieland, who has been named the winner of the 2017 Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. For this award, there is no application or nomination process; the fellowship members choose the winner based entirely on their own judgment of the writer’s literary achievements.
Past winners include Lee Smith and Cormac McCarthy, among other luminaries: http://www.fellowshipofsouthernwriters.org/robert-penn-warr…
Liza will receive the award at the Fellowship’s biennial meeting in Chattanooga in November.
Dr. Andrea Kitta just returned from McGill University in Montreal where she gave a lecture at the Osler Library of the History of Medicine. Her lecture was part of a special exhibit on vaccination hesitancy.
To learn more about Dr. Kitta, check out her Faculty Spotlight on the ECU English blog!
English faculty member John Hoppenthaler meets with Pulitzer Prize winning poet Rita Dove (far left) and other writers at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference in Washington, DC.
John Hoppenthaler will participate in an official off-site Reading at this year’s Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference
John Hoppenthaler will participate in an official off-site Reading at this year’s Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Washington, DC. The lineup includes Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rae Armantrout. For more information about the event, please visit: http://www.pw.org/literary_events/connotation_press_celebration_and_reading
John Hoppenthaler’s poem “Immigrant Song” is reprinted in Vox Populi: A Public Sphere for Politics and Poetry
John Hoppenthaler’s poem “Immigrant Song” is reprinted in Vox Populi: A Public Sphere for Politics and Poetry. https://voxpopulisphere.com/2017/01/27/immigrant-song/
John Hoppenthaler’s review of books by Noel Crook and Kelly Michels, “What the Owl Knows,” has been published in the new issue of the North Carolina Literary Review.