Department of English News

“Shakespeare in America” – March 27 Voyages Lecture

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Interim Dean John C. Sutherland invites you to attend the Thomas Harriot Lecture, the final lecture in the 2013-14 Thomas Harriot Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series. Dr. James S. Shapiro, Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, will discuss “Shakespeare in America,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in Wright Auditorium.

 

Shapiro, who is also the Shakespeare Scholar in Residence at the Public Theater in New York City, will give his presentation as part of a series of events celebrating the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. The lecture is co-sponsored by the THCAS Department of English, and the David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities.

 

Tickets for this lecture are free to all attendees and are available through the ECU Central Ticket Office located in Mendenhall Student Center, or by calling 252-328-4788 or 1-800-ECU-ARTS.

 

For additional information, visit http://www.ecu.edu/voyages.


Fourth Annual James Applewhite Poetry Invitational, co-hosted by The North Carolina Literary Review and City Art Gallery

ApplewhiteThe North Carolina Literary Review and City Art Gallery are co-hosting an opening reception for the Fourth Annual James Applewhite Poetry Invitational on March 21 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
For this event, artists submit various multimedia works inspired by the poems of Dr. Applewhite, a frequent contributor to the North Carolina Literary Review and a winner of the North Carolina Award for Literature, as well as an inductee into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. Dr. Applewhite will speak briefly and read his poems at 7:00 p.m.

 

Please join us for the event.

See the website below for a list of new releases!

http://www.cityartgreenville.com/events.htm


Faculty Speaker Series: Joseph Horst

Joseph Horst

Joseph Horst will be reading an excerpt from “Prometheus,” a short story he is currently working on for possible publication.

Please join us this week for the second Spring 2014 talk in our Faculty Speaker Series:

When: Thursday, February 20 at 3:30 p.m. 

Where: Bate 2024 

Come for what promises to be a good conversation. Refreshments will be provided during the presentation.


Downtown Dialogues on the Humanities

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:

Purificacion Martinez
Purificacion Martinez
Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
“Gendering the Monarchy: Kingship and Queenship in Castigos y Documentos del Rey don Sancho”


Erin Frost

Erin Frost

Assistant Professor, Department of English
“Exploding Monocultures of Gender: Perspectives on Health and Medical Rhetorics”


Mona Russell
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Associate Professor, Department of History
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


November 13th: Poetry Reading

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 - Valley Girl

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, Poetry NYC

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).

 

 

For more information, please contact Lisa Beth Robinson at: 252/328-5480 or robinsonli@ecu.edu.


November 19th: A Jazz Celebration of Langston Hughes

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.


Department of English welcomes new faculty

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)


Keith Flynn Reading Live @ Mendenhall on September 24th

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, EcotoneCave Wall, The Poetics of American Song LyricsThe Carolina QuarterlyThe Colorado ReviewCrazyhorseThe Cuirt Journal (Ireland), Earth and Soul: The Kostroma Anthology (Russia), The 20th Century Anthology of NC PoetsPoetry WalesTakahe (New Zealand), MargieShenandoahQuarterly 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)