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!
English senior Sarah McKeever was one of the presenters in the student and instructional panel at the 3rd Digital Innovation and Scholarship in Social Sciences and Humanities (DISSH) Symposium on March 16, 2017. For the past two years, Sarah has worked as an intern for the Donne Varorium project led by Professor Jeffrey Johnson, building her own research agenda along the way. Sarah’s Student Spotlight is also available here! Below are pics from the DISSH Symposium. 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.
Last week, ECU hosted the 2017 Veterans Writing Workshop. The workshop featured National Book Award-winning author Phil Klay.
The annual Veterans Writing Workshop is designed to coach and mentor veterans and military-connected writers to record their stories of service. The event is an English Department initiative in concert with ECU Veteran Services and other departments and local agencies. Committee members include Tom Douglass, Anna Froula, Jim Kirkland, Bob Siegel, and John Hoppenthaler. Siegel and Hoppenthaler will lead writing workshops, and ECU grad students Ben Abel, Cameron Green and Will Eddins are involved as assistants.
To learn more about the workshop, visit http://www.wcti12.com/…/ecu-veteran-writing-works…/398871077.
Below are photos captured from the event by English MA Emily Tucker and Gabrielle Carrero!
Photo Credit (above): Emily Tucker
Photo Credit (above): Gabrielle Carrero
Mark your calendars for the Seventh Annual ECU English Graduate Student Conference, on March 25th from 10:00am-2:00pm.
English graduates, if you are interested in submitting a 250-word proposal, please email your proposal with title by March 22nd to Teresa Bryson (email@example.com). All proposals will be accepted.
This conference provides an opportunity to:
*Learn about the work and interests of your peers.
*Gain conference experience in a friendly setting.
*Expand your CV.
*Present material related to your Thesis/CAP (in progress or potential) to receive feedback.
Ways to Participate:
*Present a paper (perhaps one you wrote for a class).
*Create a two or three-person panel (perhaps papers written for the same class).
*Create a roundtable discussion (two or more people) on a scholarly or pedagogical topic.
*Design a poster presentation.
*Read from your original creative writing (all genres welcome).
Email questions to Teresa Bryson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
English department’s PhD student Kimberly Thompson’s article, “The Cross-Cultural Power of Yuri: Riyoko Ikeda’s Queer Rhetorics of Place-Making in The Rose of Versailles,” has been published in the current issue of Peitho (19.2, 2017).
Download her article here: http://peitho.cwshrc.org/.
The article analyzes the first four episodes of the adapted Japanese animation of Riyoko Ikeda’s The Rose of Versailles to illustrate the value of examining queer rhetorical practices of place-making in transnational texts. Set in the late eighteenth century, The Rose of Versailles provides viewers a glimpse of the French Revolution through the main character Lady Oscar, the gender-bending bodyguard and advisor of Marie Antoinette. By queering place and space, Ikeda develops an alternative narrative of eighteenth century France that illuminates queer possibilities of being.
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.