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Nickole Brown and Jessica Jacobs Writing Workshop on 2/20

Drawing on the poems of contemporary writers, this workshop, conducted by Nickole Brown and Jessica Jacobs, will help you ground your love poems in the rough, vibrant texture of the world.  Presented in a partnership of the Department of English Creative Writing Program and the LGBT Resource Office.  Monday, February 20 from 6-9 pm in the Green Room at the Croatan.  Nickole and Jessica are both published poets.  They are married and live in Asheville, North Carolina.
NOTE:  At the request of the workshop leaders, we ask that you RSVP only if you can stay for the full 3-hour length of the workshop.
In addition to their workshop, Nickole and Jessica will conduct a poetry reading on 2/21. For more information, please go to:
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Peter Makuck Reading 2/15

ECU Distinguished Professor Emeritus Peter Makuck will be reading from his poetry and fiction next week: Wednesday, February 15 at 7:30 in Bate 1026.

Long-time eastern North Carolina resident Peter Makuck will present a public reading from his poetry and fiction at ECU on Wednesday, February 15.

Makuck, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, taught English and creative writing at ECU from 1978 until his retirement as Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences in 2006. Founder of the internationally acclaimed literary journal Tar River Poetry, he is also the author of eight books of poetry and four collections of short stories, including one of each published in 2016.

Makuck’s reading, sponsored by ECU’s Department of English, is in Bate 1026, at 7:30. Admission is free and open to the public.

Makuck grew up in New London, CT and has a PhD in American literature from Kent State University. He has been a Fulbright Exchange Professor at Cambery, France and a Visiting Writer at Brigham Young University and NC State University.

Five Makuck short stories have received honorable mentions in the Best American Short Stories collections, and a personal essay on guns was named a Best Essay of 2000. For poetry, he has received the Zoe Kincaid Brockman Award for best book of poems by a North Carolinian.

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Exhibit Reception for “Desegregating Healthcare in Eastern North Carolina”

Poster of Desegregating Healthcare in Eastern North Carolina

The Laupus Library History Collections welcomes you to attend the opening of a new exhibit, “Desegregating Healthcare in Eastern North Carolina.”

This exhibit celebrates Dr. Andrew A. Best and Dr. Milton D. Quigless and their work to dissolve racial barriers in the region’s healthcare centers. It will feature several artifacts from the History Collections and the Country Doctor Museum, including Best’s satchel and microscope and Quigless’ adult scale.

The opening reception will be on Thursday, February 16, from 4:30-6:30PM in the Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery on the 4th Floor of Laupus Library. The curator of the exhibit, Lindsay Canting, will provide a brief history of the two doctors and an introduction to these primary source materials shortly after the reception begins.

This event is free and open to faculty, staff, students, and the public.

The exhibit will run through April 28, 2017.

Console-ing Passions Poster 2017

Call for Papers! Undergrads Encouraged to Apply for Console-ing Passions @ ECU 2017

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International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media, and Feminism

July 27-29 2017

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC


This is an exciting opportunity for ECU undergrads to get the experience of an academic conference without having to travel! CP@ECU is hoping to have a few undergrad panels this year (and undergrads will read through those submissions).

For more information about how to apply, please refer to this PDF attachment.

Console-ing Passions was founded in 1989 by a group of feminist media scholars and artists looking to create a space to present work and foster scholarship on issues of television, culture, and identity, with an emphasis on gender and sexuality. The first Console-ing Passions conference was held at the University of Iowa in 1992. Since then, Console-ing Passions has expanded to become not only the most important conference for scholars studying gender in television but also among the top conferences for scholars of media generally.

The 2017 Conference Organizing Committee invites proposals for individual papers, pre-constituted panels, and pre-constituted forums that consider television, video, audio, or new media alongside gender, sexuality, race, and/or other intersected components of identity. We also welcome proposals for video, audio, or new media creative works related to gender and other modes of identity.

Submission Guidelines:

The deadline for undergraduate submissions is 11:59 PM (US Eastern Daylight Time) on Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Submit Link:


Proposal Guidelines:

Proposers may submit:

  1. one paper or creative project, and one CP Forum.

Attendees may present:

  1. one paper or creative project, and may participate in one CP Forum.

Individual Papers: Individuals submitting a paper proposals should provide an abstract of 250 words, a short bio, and contact information. Co-authored papers are acceptable.

Panels: Panel coordinators should submit a 250-word rationale for the pre-constituted panel as a whole. Coordinators should submit a 250-word abstract, a short bio, and contact information for each panel participant. Panels should include 3-4 papers. Co-authored papers are acceptable. Panels that include a diversity of panelist affiliations and experience levels are strongly encouraged.

CP Forums: Building upon the success of discussion-based roundtables at Flow and other conferences, we invite proposals for a limited number of pre-constituted roundtables that focus either on scholarly topics in the field or matters of professional interest. We are especially interested in roundtables that are likely to engage wide participation by conference attendees and which reflect our field’s diversity of cultural identities, institutions, methodologies, and professional rank or employment status. Proposals should be submitted by a convener, who will propose a question (<100 words) and solicit brief (<250 words) responses from 5-7 respondents. Proposals should also include a brief bio and contact information for the convener and each participant. If the proposal is accepted, each participant will write a response to the question of no more than 600 words, which must be submitted to the conference organizers 2 weeks prior to the conference. Those papers will be circulated to all attendees and will form the basis of a public discussion during the CP Forum sessions. Roundtable participants’ remarks at the conference should be brief in order to encourage substantive discussion with attendees.

Creative Works: We invite proposals for video, audio, or new media screenings or exhibits. Each proposal should consist of a 350-word abstract (including the length and format of the work), a short bio of the producer/director, and contact information. If the work is viewable online, please submit a URL.

Please direct any questions about the conference and/or the submission process to the conference organizers:

Follow us on Twitter: @CPECU17

Visit the conference website for updates about events, schedules, travel information, and more:

A note on House Bill 2: Console-ing Passions 2017 will provide a safe, welcoming environment to all of its members. The 2017 Conference Organizing Committee does not support or enforce the recently passed HB2. Both the ECU Faculty Senate and the Greenville City Council passed resolutions opposing HB2.

Conference Organizers:

Cheryl Dudasik-Wiggs, Teaching Instructor, Department of English (Women’s Studies)

Anna Froula, Associate Professor, Department of English (Film Studies)

Su-ching Huang, Associate Professor, Department of English (Asian American Studies)

Amanda Ann Klein, Associate Professor, Department of English (Film Studies)

Marianne Montgomery, Associate Professor, Department of English (Renaissance Studies)

Jennifer Valko, Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages (Hispanic Studies)

Katy Kavanagh Webb, Assistant Professor, Joyner Library

Carolyn Willis, Associate Professor, Joyner Library

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:

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Alumni and former NCLR Editorial Assistant Celeste McMaster wins a South Carolina Academy of Authors prize!

Already-decorated alumni and former NCLR Editorial Assistant Celeste McMaster wins a South Carolina Academy of Authors prize! Congratulations!!!

“Celeste McMaster’s short story “Shimmy” won the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Fellowship in Short Fiction, a $1,500 award accompanied by publication in “Fall Lines” from Muddy Ford Press. McMaster is an associate professor of English at Charleston Southern University. She has published fiction and poetry in various literary reviews and was the 2016 winner of The Saturday Evening Post’s Great American Fiction Contest.”

For more information, please visit: South Carolina Academy of Authors Facebook Page.

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ECU MA grad Kevin Dublin has published his first collection of poetry, How to Fall in Love in San Diego

How To Fall in Love in San Diego Book Cover PhotoEnglish MA Graduate Kevin Dublin has published his first collection of poetry How to Fall in Love in San Diego (Finishing Line Press, May 2017).

How to Fall in Love in San Diego is a chapbook of 26 love & anti-love poems. The poems are set inside, around, and far outside the bounds of San Diego, CA. They’re a collective attempt to encapsulate the city’s energy and people, as well as the universal, sometimes heart-wrenching, 21st century search for love or something similar. For more information about how to pre-order, please visit:

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