Hallberg Award Winner Gives Reading

Walker Reads from her StoryRachael M. Walker read her work, “A Small Seed of Fate Carried Inside Me,” at the annual Bill Hallberg Creative Writing Award Reading on Wednesday, November 14th. This year’s genre was creative nonfiction.

Each year, the Department of English presents a prize to an outstanding piece of literature written by an undergraduate in N.C., V.A., T.N., or S.C. Ms. Walker was a student at Hollins University in V.A. when the essay was written.

The award was created to honor Hallberg, who was a former ECU creative writing professor.

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Professor Hoppenthaler Travels to Morocco

John reads at the ConferenceLast April, ECU English and Creative Writing Professor John Hoppenthaler took a trip to Morocco, where he was a featured reader at the Annual Alhamra Center for Culture and Thought Prose Poetry Symposium in Marrakech. He also traveled to Tamri, a small Berber fishing village in the north, where he visited, read poems and answered questions for high school students in the school’s English club. He later met the superintendent of English classes in Morocco, Abdellatif Zoubair, and learned of the successful English Club program he began some years ago. Morocco is a place where knowledge of the English language truly is power and does open all sorts of opportunities for these students. He was able to identify several ways our faculty and students can help these students, and Hoppenthaler intends to roll these out in the coming months. John thinks valuable ties can be established that will be of great benefit to ECU students as well as the English learning students in Morocco.

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John with students at Azzatoine High School, Tamri

Dr. Nikki Caswell Inducted to Hall of Fame

Dr. Nikki Caswell was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services at her alma mater, Kent State University. The award is “the highest honor bestowed upon a former student who graduated within the last ten years from a program within the college. The award recognizes an alumnus who has achieved extraordinary distinction in a career rooted in education, health, and human services.”

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Professor Bob Siegel’s play premiers at NY Fringe Festival

Robert Siegel's New Play

Bob Siegel’s new play Stranger than a Rhino was featured during the Oct. 12-20 The New York International Fringe Festival.

A director with a reputation for restaging classics takes on Ionesco’s Rhinoceros turning the play inside out to reflect current societal fears of Muslims. A neophyte lands the role of the protagonist. Another cast member begins to wonder about his stake in this play. As rehearsals progress and the new Rhino emerges, the tension between cast and the play, especially our mysterious neophyte, brings the play to a startling conclusion about our recent past.

“This is in no way an adaptation. It is a tip of the hat but a wholly original absurdist farce/drama,” stated playwright Robert Siegel. “The subject is so serious that the only way I could come at it is to try and make an audience laugh at first, then ask themselves what they’re laughing at, and hopefully think about our history and place in the world.”

Dr. Tom Shields Published in The Washington Post

ECU English professor Dr. Tom Shields has had his work on the Lost Colony cited in The Washington Post. The Post’s piece focused on Virginia Dare and white nationalism.

To read the article, visit https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/how-a-child-born-more-th…/….

The article was also reprinted in the News & Observer: http://www.newsobserver.com/opi…/op-ed/article212325244.html.

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PhD alum Janine Butler

PhD alum Janine Butler published in Rhetoric Review

ECU English’s PhD alum Janine Butler (2017) has published an article, “Integral Captions and Subtitles: Designing a Space for Embodied Rhetorics and Visual Access,” in the journal Rhetoric Review.

Read her work here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07350198.2018.1463500?journalCode=hrhr20.

Janine’s work at ECU focused on accessibility and multimodality. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, a college of Rochester Institute of Technology. Go English!

Berryman on stage with students watching

Berryman keynotes Duke TIP State Recognition Ceremony

English major and Honors College EC Scholar Glenesha Berryman was a keynote speaker at the 2018 Duke TIP State Recognition Ceremony held at ECU’s Hendrix Theater on Friday, May 11, 2018. Glenesha spoke to the attending 7th graders enrolled in the 7th Grade Duke TIP Talent Search program about “minding the gap” as they progress from middle school to high school and college. These students were invited to State Recognition Ceremony because they achieved 22 or higher on the ACT English, Math, Reading, and Science tests; or at least 540 on SAT Math and Reading/Writing tests normally taken by high school juniors and seniors.  Glenesha captured her audience’s attention and made us very proud. Go English!

Cariño’s poem “Feast” printed in broadside

Broadsides of East Carolina Department of English alumna Ina Cariño’s poem “Feast” are available for pre-order. “Feast” was the winner of our 2017 Poetry Broadside Contest.
 
The broadsides will be printed at Sundress Academy for the Arts on a full-size working 19th century Challenge copy of a C&P old-style letterpress.
 
Josephine “Ina” Cariño’s work has appeared in such journals as New American Fiction (New Rivers Press), One (Jacar Press), and december. She grew up in the mountains of the Philippines, a folkloric and aesthetic background to many of her poems. Cariño currently resides in Raleigh, NC, where she is pursuing her MFA in creative writing at North Carolina State University.
 
Like much of Cariño’s work, “Feast” is built on childhood memory, the natural world, and the interplay between life and death. The broadside edition combines her work with an original piece by Mariana Sierra, graphic designer at Sundress Publications.
Order at: https://squareup.com/store/sundress-publications/item/feast-by-josephine-ina-carino-broadside
Graduation

Congratulations ECU Graduates!!

Congratulations ECU English Class of 2018!

A special shout out to the department’s Outstanding Graduating Students:

Undergrad: Victoria Ann Dudley, with honorable mentions going to  Madeline Ann Daniel and Paige A. Vaughan.

 

Master’s: Omar Sutherland, with honorable mentions going to Cameron Green and Kelsey Burroughs.

 

As we wrap up the semester, we would like to wish all of our: graduates, current students, and faculty, a restful and happy summer!

 

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From left to right: Tracy Morse, Will Banks, Wendy Sharer, Michelle Eble

Congratulations to Wendy Sharer, Tracy Morse, Michelle Eble, William Banks!

 

Reclaiming Accountability Book Cover

Congratulations to Wendy Sharer, Tracy Morse, Michelle Eble, and Will Banks, whose edited collection Reclaiming Accountability: Improving Writing Programs through Accreditation and Large-Scale Assessments (Utah State UP, 2016) has been selected as the winner of the 2018 Council of Writing Program Administrators Best Book Award.

Reclaiming Accountability brings together a series of critical case studies of writing programs that have planned, implemented, and/or assessed the impact of large-scale accreditation-supported initiatives. The book reimagines accreditation as a way to leverage institutional or programmatic change. The award will be presented at CWPA’s conference this summer in Sacramento. Go English!

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