Harvard professor Stephen Burt speaks, studies at ECU

Harvard professor Stephen Burt speaks to a crowd gathered at ECU's Joyner Library during a visit to campus Feb. 7.


Harvard professor and poet-critic Stephen Burt read from his poetry and spoke about the relationship between writing poetry and criticism during a visit to East Carolina University Feb. 7.

Burt spoke at Joyner Library, where he also investigated the library’s collection of books and papers related to poet-critic Randall Jarrell.

Burt’s second book, “Randall Jarrell and His Age,” focused on the poet-critic who settled in North Carolina. Some of Jarrell’s books and papers are part of the Stuart Wright Collection in the Joyner Library.

Burt said the Jarrell collection would be valuable in his research and he might return for additional time studying the material.

A recent interview with Burt by ECU English professor John Hoppenthaler, along with several of Burt’s poems, is available at http://connotationpress.com/a-poetry-congeries-with-john-hoppenthaler/1027-stephen-burt-poetry.

While at ECU, Stephen Burt enjoyed studying Joyner Library's collection of papers from poet-critic Randall Jarrell, the subject of Burt's research.


ECU grad student debuts new online journal

East Carolina University creative writing graduate student Michael Kent Brantley has published the first issue of an online  journal entitled “What the Fiction.”  The journal is available at http://www.whatthefiction.com.

Cover art for the new journal was completed by Jim Fuess.

ECU English instructor Dean Tuck serves as associate editor for the journal.

Brantley said the work was inspired through a creative writing class taught by ECU professor Luke Whisnant, who serves as an advisory editor for the new journal. Professors Liza Wieland and Alex Albright also supported Brantley’s work.

The journal publishes fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. The first issue includes poetry from ECU graduate students Jessica Cory and Meghan Palko.

Brantley serves as a graduate assistant for Tar River Poetry (http://www.tarriverpoetry.com/) and a graduate teaching assistant in the ECU Department of English.


ECU’s Joyner Library hosts illustrator at annual summit

Keynote speaker James Ransome, an award-winning children's book illustrator, and ECU Provost Marilyn Sheerer are seen at the Librarian to Librarian Summit Feb. 4. (Contributed photo)


The 7th annual Librarian to Librarian Summit was held at Joyner Library’s Teaching Resources Center Feb 4.

The conference, only one of two statewide, featured more than 30 diverse roundtable discussions from understanding cultural diversity in elementary education to copyright and app exchanges.

“Joyner Library strives to provide an environment for scholarship and collaboration,” said Dr. Larry Boyer, dean of academic library and learning resources. “One outstanding example of this is our Librarian to Librarian Summit, a unique conference hosted by our Teaching Resources Center, providing the venue for professional development to school librarians and media specialists from across North Carolina.”

North Carolina native and award-winning children’s book illustrator, James Ransome gave the keynote address. Ransome has received both the Coretta Scott Kind Award for Illustration and the IBBY Honor Award for his book, “The Creation.”

For Ransome, the story has always been his inspiration and uses his writing and illustration to instill in children the unique qualities of our cultural and racial differences. Raised by his grandmother in Rich Square, Ransome said “as I read (the Bible), the illustrations, filled with figures in dramatic poses wearing flowing garments and surrounded by beautiful landscapes, sparked my imagination.”

Provost Marilyn Sheerer also attended the event.

“What an exciting presentation given by an accomplished illustrator from North Carolina. We are proud of our Teaching Resources Center’s dedication to the development of our state’s media coordinators while featuring ‘homegrown’ artists like James Ransome,” said Sheerer, who previously served the university as dean of the College of Education.

Former educator and N.C. House Rep. Marian McLawhorn served as a panelist for multiple sessions.

“A good librarian needs to know how to retrieve information from the right sources. The summit provides an opportunity for librarians across the state to review the latest in technology while networking with others in their profession,” she said.

For more information on this event or about Joyner Library, contact Dawn Wainwright at wainwrightd@ecu.edu or (252) 328-4090.
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ECU FAFSA Day set for Feb. 18

East Carolina University will host a FAFSA Day from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 18 in Joyner Library.

Staff from ECU, Pitt Community College and Miller-Motte College will be on hand to help students and families complete the federal application for financial aid. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine eligibility for most financial aid programs to assist in the cost of higher education.

FAFSA events will be held at more than 300 locations across the state, concluding a week of attention to financial aid awareness. North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue proclaimed Financial Aid Awareness Week in North Carolina Feb. 13 through 19, urging students and families to learn more about the process of applying for financial assistance for college.

Registration is recommended. To register or for more information, visit http://www.cfnc.org/fafsaday or call 1-866-866-CFNC (2362).

Another option for students and parents with a few questions on completing the FAFSA is the FAFSA Phone-In offered every Tuesday night in February, including the night of February 14 during Financial Aid Awareness Week.

Financial aid specialists and experts will be available to answer specific FAFSA questions on the toll-free number, 1-866-866-CFNC (2362), between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Financial Aid Awareness Week is sponsored by the N.C. Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. The Association also joins College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) and the State Employees’ Credit Union to make FAFSA Day available.