Visiting Assistant Professor John Steen and several of his students will be presenting “Archival Explorations: Ongoing Research by Faculty and Students in the Stuart Wright Collection” at Joyner Library on Monday, February 3, at 7:30pm.
Wednesday, November 13th, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Please join us for the next Downtown Dialogues on the Humanities event! Gender Around the Globe One of our new colleagues, Erin Frost is speaking at the November 13 Downtown Dialogues on the Humanities. Come out to support this event!
Featuring Presentations By:
“Gendering the Monarchy: Kingship and Queenship in Castigos y Documentos del Rey don Sancho”
Assistant Professor, Department of English
“Exploding Monocultures of Gender: Perspectives on Health and Medical Rhetorics”
Egyptian Advertising and the Body Politic: 1922-1936”
This Event Will Be Held at the Greenville Museum of Art Located on 802 South Evans Street Greenville, NC 27858 Phone: (252) 758-1946 Please RSVP by Friday, November 8 by going here: http://www.ecu.edu/downtown/forms/rsvpform.html
There will be an evening of poetry reading at the Gray Gallery, ECU School of Art and Design, on the evening of Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
Poets Crystal Good (http://crystalgood.net) and Amber Flora Thomas (http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/amber-flora-thomas) will be reading from their most recent publications:
Crystal Good is a writer poet living in West Virginia with her three sons. Her first chapbook of poetry, Valley Girl, explores themes in quantum physics, Appalachian culture, gender equality and mountaintop removal.
As a member of the Affrilachian (African-American-Appalachian) Poets (http://www.affrilachianpoets.org), she has been a featured poet/speaker at universities and colleges.
Amber Flora Thomas is a professor of poetry and creative writing at East Carolina University. Her lyric poems often engage the body as a record of loss and accrual. She is the recipient of several major poetry awards, including the Dylan Thomas American Poet Prize, Richard Peterson Prize and Ann Stanford Prize. Her published work includes Eye of Water: Poems (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005), which won the Cave Canem Prize and The Rabbits Could Sing: Poems (University of Alaska Press, 2012).
Tuesday, November 19th: Noted jazz musician Stuart Mindeman will be performing personally composed musical settings of poetry by Langston Hughes. The event will take place at 7:30 pm at Speight Auditorium, which is in the Leo Jenkins Fine Art Center. The event is absolutely free, and supported by the David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities and the Department of English.
All lyrics copyrighted 1994 by the Estate of Langston Hughes.
The Department of English welcomes 9 new faculty members to the department for the 2013-2014 new school year:
Jessica Bardill (Indigenous Literatures)
Alyson Eggleston (Teaching Assistant Professor)
Erin Frost (Technical & Professional Communication)
Guiseppe Getto (Technical & Profession Communication)
Elizabeth Hoiem (Children’s and Victorian Literature)
Mark Johnson (Applied Linguistics)
Richard Nace (Teaching Instructor)
Christine Nicodemus (Teaching Instructor)
John Steen (Visiting Assistant Professor)
Rocker. Poet. Performer. We are thrilled to announce that Keith Flynn will be reading on September 24th! The event will be held in Mendenhall 244 at 3:30 PM. Curious minds can check out Keith’s homepage as we begin to prepare for what should be a can’t-miss performance!
“A tornado speed tour through modern and postmodern poetics. . .and one of the most engaging, soulful, generous, and truly exciting books I have ever read.”
- Fred Chappell
“[The Rhythm Method] is destined to become a classic reference and teaching resource.”
- The Writer’s Digest Roundtable of Editors
Keith Flynn was born August 4, 1962. He studied at Mars Hill College and the University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNCA) where he studied Creative Writing and Political Science. While at UNCA, Flynn was instrumental in founding the student newspaper, The Blue Banner, and in 1985 won the Sandburg Prize for Poetry. He moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1987 and formed the nationally acclaimed rock band, The Crystal Zoo, which produced three albums: Swimming Through Lake Eerie(1992), Pouch (1996) and Nervous Splendor (2003), an innovative compilation of music and spoken word. Serving as lyricist and lead singer from 1986 to 1998, Flynn’s poems were blasted to full effect by the double-barreled sonic accompaniment of The Crystal Zoo. As a widely traveled poet and performer, Flynn uses many different voices to accomplish his aims.
Flynn is the author of five collections of poetry: The Talking Drum (1991), The Book of Monsters(1994), The Lost Sea (2000), and The Golden Ratio (2007), and the forthcoming Colony Collapse Disorder (Wings Press, 2013). His poems have appeared in hundreds of magazines, journals, and anthologies in the United States and Europe, including The American Literary Review, Ecotone, Cave Wall, The Poetics of American Song Lyrics, The Carolina Quarterly, The Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, The Cuirt Journal (Ireland), Earth and Soul: The Kostroma Anthology (Russia), The 20th Century Anthology of NC Poets, Poetry Wales, Takahe (New Zealand), Margie, Shenandoah, Quarterly Review (Singapore), Rattle, and The Southern Poetry Review.
He has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, for the Pushcart Prize, was awarded the Paumanok Poetry Prize in 1996, and has given thousands of performances from his work across North America and abroad. (www.ketihflynn.net)
North Carolina Literary Review Explores the Changing State of North Carolina
GREENVILLE, NC – The North Carolina Literary Review (NCLR) focuses on the state’s ever-changing historical, environmental, and literary landscape in its 2013 issue.
The issue’s special feature section includes interviews with Cold Mountain author Charles Frazier; Maria DeGuzmán, founder of the Latina/o Studies program at UNC-Chapel Hill; and novelists Wiley Cash and Anna Jean Mayhew. It also has essays by Bland Simpson and Gustavo Perez Firmat, a short story by Big Fish author Daniel Wallace, and the 2012 James Applewhite Poetry Prize poem by Mark Smith-Soto. “North Carolina’s constant state of change is reflected and recorded in the state’s literature,” writes editor Margaret Bauer in her introduction to the special feature section. “One of the greatest of North Carolina’s gifts is its literature.”
Other sections of the issue feature a series of poetry and prose by former North Carolina Poet Laureate Fred Chappell; poetry by James Applewhite, a member of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame; and the second-place and honorable mention poems by Laurence G. Avery and Grace Cloris Ocasio from the 2012 James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition,; and “The Saint,” a short story by Leah Hampton, which won the 2012 Doris Betts Fiction Prize.
Also in the 2013 issue: UNC-Asheville Professor Erica Abrams Locklear discusses the Native American connection, specifically the Lumbee Indians, in the novel Mandy Oxendine by late-nineteenth/early twentieth-century African American writer Charles Chesnutt, which was not published until 1997. Elon University Professor Anthony Hatcher reintroduces James Ross, author of one novel, They Don’t Dance Much, originally published in 1940 and reprinted this year by Mysterious Press. And author Bland Simpson remembers his colleague Jerry Leath (Jake) Mills in a poignant essay about their friendship.
Published by East Carolina University and the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, NCLR has won numerous awards in its now 22 years of publication—most recently from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals in 2010 for Best Journal Design. The 2013 issue received support, too, from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, for the James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition and from the North Carolina Writers Network, which sponsors the Doris Betts Fiction Prize competition. Several finalists from these competitions were published in NCLR Online earlier this year.
The cover art for NCLR 2013 is by Mary Shannon Johnstone and Dana Ezzell Gay, both on the faculty at Meredith College in Raleigh. Gay, NCLR Art Director since 2009, also designed the cover and much of the content. Other content designers include Pamela Cox of Five to Ten Design in Washington, NC; Stephanie Whitlock Dicken, a Pitt Community College graphic design instructor; and Karen Baltimore, a graphic design student at Meredith College.
NCLR 2013 will go out to subscribers in June and will be available in independent bookstores across the state. The official launch of the issue will take place at the Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming on the campus of East Carolina University, September 20–21. Several of the writers featured in this issue will be in Greenville for this event. For program information, go to www.ecu.edu/lithomecoming.
For a complete table of contents for this issue, subscription and purchase information, go to www.nclr.ecu.edu.
PORTRAITS: HE SAID.. SHE SAID.. written by Robert Siegel is performed by two actors portraying men and women from different walks of life, different perspectives, and different ages. It covers a wide range of situations in our culture. There are twenty six monologs, 13 by a man, 13 by a woman, alternating, one at the end together. There are also three interludes where spoken word interacts with live music.
About the Author:
Robert Siegel recieved his B.A. from San Francisco Statue University and a M.F.A. from Brooklyn College. His plays have been produced Off Broadway at the John Houseman Studio Theatre, EST’s Octoberfest, and the New York Library for the Performing Arts at the Bruno Walter Auditorium, and regionally at the Mill Hill Playhouse in New Jersey, Charlotte Rep. He has written screenplays for Lumiere in New York and Film Magnum Oy in Finland. He teaches playwriting and screenwriting at ECU.
Author and Texas A&M University Distinguished English Professor Jerome Loving, whose published works include a Mark Twain biography, will give a lecture titled, “Mark Twain’s Civil War Confession,” as part of FaculTea. The event will take place at 3:30 p.m. April 25, at Joyner Library.
Loving, author of 2010’s “Mark Twain The Adventures of Samuel L. Clemens,” also has written biographies of Walt Whitman and Theodore Dreiser.
Loving’s honors include a 2007 National Endowment of the Humanities Fellowship, and the 2007-2008 “We the People” project for biography for the Mark Twain John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.
He earned his Ph.D. in English from Duke University.