Tuesday, February 22, 2011
The Tenants are very pleased to announce that, in the words of Placement Director John Ernest:
"Matt Ferrence has accepted a [tenure-track] position as Assistant Professor at Allegheny College, which he says is 'truly a perfect fit.' As many of you know, Matt has both an MFA and a PhD, and he will teach both nonfiction writing and literature."
"Sohinee Roy has accepted a [tenure-track] position as Assistant Professor at North Central College, an outstanding institution. This is a great job, and Sohinee was their first and unanimous choice for the position."
The Tenants extend their congratulations not only to Matt and Sohinee but also to Sohinee's mother, who has been sworn to secrecy until the signed contract was returned and who now can tell anyone she wants.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Creepy, right? In a rare and wonderful I-must-have-it sort of way?
And that's just a teaser. More to come, folks, more to come. Tickets for RAFFLEMANIA! will go on sale a week before the event, and you don't have to be present to win. (Although, if you are present you get to come into posession of your creepy twig-deer that much sooner, along with winning the love and affection of your MFAs.) Seek out Rebecca Schwab to buy your advance tickets, and we hope to see you at the reading!
Hosted by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania
September 29 - October 1, 2011
This conference will bring together a diverse group of graduate students to discuss the power of stories and their relationship to authority in early America and the Atlantic world before 1850. Addressing written, pictorial, oral, or other narratives, papers might consider examples of how groups or individuals decide what stories to tell about themselves; why some narratives come to predominate over others; how narratives change over time and across generations; and the ways in which stories can strengthen or undermine political, ethnic, religious, economic, or other communities. At a broader level, papers might address how scholars can harness the power of stories in their own writing as a means of evoking past worlds.
We seek papers that will engage a wide range of disciplines, including history, anthropology, Native American studies, literature, American studies, African American studies, political science, art history, geography, material culture, and race and gender studies. In order to be considered, applicants should email their proposals to email@example.com by March 15, 2011. Proposals should include a one-page c.v. and a prospectus of no more than 250 words. Paper presentations will be limited to 20 minutes. Limited financial support is available for participants' travel and housing expenses. Decisions will be announced by May 15, 2011.
Please direct conference-related questions to Whitney Martinko at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
"Why would your put yourself through all that torture?" the civilians ask.
And we, MFA candidates, answer, "Duh, because it's AW-fricken-P."
AWP, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, hosts an annual conference filled with readings, panels, and the infamous bookfair. Every year, thousands of word lovers trek the country to attend this four day event. West Virginia University is one of the sponsors and sent some lucky MFAers to represent. We asked these lucky MFAers what their AWP experience was like beyond the initial shock of thousands of writers emerging from hermitage. These are their responses:
Kelly Sundberg on the book fair and rubbing elbows: "I brought home 2 bags full of books, and I don't regret a dime of it . . . Personal Highlights? Well, buying my friend, Alan Heathcock's book, Volt, from the Graywolf booth at the bookfair, talking to Pam Houston about living in the West, meeting Benjamin Percy in line at the coffee shop, [and] talking to editors (and fellow MFA students) from the Black Warrior Review at the Black Squirrel over a pint."
Heather Frese on panels and pimping her working book: "I . . . went to some great panels on first-time publishing, travel writing, and fashion writing, because, yes, I'm just that girly . . . I also got to meet with an agent for 10 minutes, and I'm eternally grateful to Shane [Stricker], Ben [Bishop], and Micah [Holmes], who calmed me down beforehand by telling me anecdotes of goats on the highway."
Shane Stricker on maintaining and forging friendships with people in high places: "I would say the highlights of my trip were catching up with my editor from BkMk Press in Kansas City, meeting Kelly Cherry whose book, Girl in a Library, I worked so hard on (even extending my internship to try and finish it), officially meeting Jim Clark from Greensboro (who has been so very nice to me over the last few years for reasons I can't explain), [and] spending too much money at the bookfair . . . All in all, I had a wonderful time."
And we, too, had a wonderful time, Shane! We got the chance to attend the Keynote Address by Jhumpa Lahiri (Jhumpa Lahiri!). She reminded us to ignore the statistics and the familial urges to get a "real job" and to write, write, write ourselves into being writers. We also attended Junot Diaz's reading. The man, Junot Diaz, kept it real with a "snuggie draft" (a draft that you know is cute but unfinished) and a short story, "Alma," which is in the second person. Man, we love the "you" perspective!
All in all, we all had a great time and if we scared you too much with tales of armies of canvas bags and anxiety bursting out of skinny jeans, you at least have to join us in Chicago next year to get yourself a "Write like a Motherf*er" coffee (or tea) mug--whichever your poison.
PS Kelly Sundberg attended a panel, "Agents and Authors Share Strategies for Falling in Literary Love." She took notes on finding the agent that's right for your book. She has offered up her notes for anyone who is interested. Thanks, Kelly!
Friday, February 11, 2011
Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute www.glli.org/vci
Victory Congressional Internship
The Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute’s Victory Congressional Internship is developing the next generation of out public leaders. This summer we’ll bring five outstanding LGBTQ college students to Washington, D.C., for an intensive summer leadership program, including:
An eight-week Congressional internship with a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus
A structured curriculum to learn about the legislative process and careers in the policy-making process
A community service project
The VCI program will prepare young LGBTQ people to become informed decision-makers and influential leaders who can change their communities and our world.
Following the summer program, students will apply their learning during the fall semester and, in December, will attend GLLI’s annual international conference for three days of training, skills building, networking and discussion alongside hundreds of openly LGBT leaders in government, politics, advocacy, business and community organizations.
March 7, 2011 Applications and letters of recommendation due – apply now at http://bit.ly/vci2011
March 25, 2011 Participants selected, all applicants notified of selection status
June 3, 2011 Participants arrive in DC, program begins
July 31, 2011 Summer program ends, participants leave
Fall 2011 Participants are encouraged to find an internship working with a local campaign, elected official’s office, or advocacy organization
December 1-4, 2011 GLLI 2011 International Leadership Conference in Houston, Texas
$2,000 stipend to cover expenses in DC for the summer
Airfare or other transportation to and from Washington, DC, at the beginning and end of the program
Academic credit for the summer internship (depending on each participant’s college or university)
Airfare, hotel and conference fees for the GLLI 2011 International Gay & Lesbian Leadership Conference in December.
Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute www.glli.org/vci
Work a minimum of 32 hours a week in a congressional office assignment for eight weeks
Participate in all GLLI-sponsored activities, including program orientation, weekly leadership development sessions, and program wrap-up
Participate in a community service project
Identify a focus area/question to guide your summer experience, and for which you will complete 2-3 short writing assignments during the course of the summer
U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident or permit to work in the U.S.
Currently enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree program (note: students graduating in May/June 2011 are not eligible); applicants need not be pursuing majors in social sciences
Demonstrated interest in public service, governance, and policy-making process
Active participation in public and/or community service activities
Apply now at http://bit.ly/vci2011. You will be asked for the following information and materials:
Demographic Information & Financial Need (optional)
Statements of Interest
Where do you see yourself in five years and how would the Victory Congressional Internship help you get there? (Maximum 750 words)
Talk about two policy issues of importance to you. (Maximum 500 words)
Resume – attached to your application
In addition to submitting an application online, please obtain two letters of reference, including at least one from a professor or academic advisor from your academic institution. Ask your references to send their letters directly to email@example.com. All letters of reference must be received by March 7, 2011.
The Victory Congressional Internship is open to students of all genders, orientations, abilities, races, and political affiliations. We are actively searching for LGBTQ college students who will bring diverse perspectives to Capitol Hill, and who will also benefit from the opportunity, as determined by our selection committee. All applicants are submitted to, reviewed by, selected by and will be notified by GLLI. Participants are selected based on:
Solid scholastic achievement
Strong analytical and writing skills
Public / community service
Evidence of leadership skills and interest in the political process
Quality of application and, in some instances, interview performance
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
"Congratulations to Cara Snider who has passed her comprehensive exams. She was impressively well prepared, and a historically sound and theologically good time was had by all. Good job, Cara!"
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
"We are pleased to announce our 2011 awards and scholarships available to faculty and students in women's studies and related fields.
This year, we have awards for returning women students, students in math and sciences, and graduate students. In addition, we encourage you to consider applying for the Judith Gold Stitzel Award for Excellence in Women's Studies Teaching and Learning.
Details about the awards and the application forms are available on the WMST website at http://wmst.wvu.edu/students/scholarships_and_awards. The deadline for application is Monday, March 14, 2011."
Regards, Dr. Ann Oberhauser
The Tenants are happy to add their congratulations too.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
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The seminar will be led by Carl Lindahl, Martha Gano Houstoun Research Professor of English and Folklore at the University of Houston, who has emerged as a champion of the Appalachian folk- and fairy-tale (märchen) tradition, both in historical context and contemporary performance.
This non-credit seminar addresses several issues in the history and conceptions of Appalachian oral fiction. Why did American märchen go almost totally undocumented for two centuries, between the time it was first attested and the publication of Richard Chase's The Jack Tales (1943)? Why did American märchen collectors concentrate almost exclusively upon male narrators and tales in which the protagonists were males? Why has the collection and study of märchen thrived in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, but not in fifth core Appalachian state, West Virginia? Most importantly, what is the nature of the märchen tradition as it has actually been practiced, and largely ignored, in recent generations?
To assess Appalachia's oral märchen traditions, the seminar will draw upon the collections of Leonard W. Roberts (1912-1983), who assembled the nations' largest corpus of field-recorded märchen (now housed at Berea College) as well as Lindahl's own collection, recorded in the same region where Roberts worked and sometimes from the same narrators whom Roberts recorded. The vast majority of Roberts's published tales were recorded in southeastern Kentucky near the Virginia border, but Roberts conducted substantial unpublished research at West Virginia Wesleyan University, and that work will be discussed in the seminar.
Registration is $350 for faculty and $250 for graduate students, and is open until April 29, 2011.
Format: The seminar will begin with a public lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 9th and conclude at noon on Sunday, June 12th. There are five, two-hour sessions during the seminar. By mid-May, registered participants will be provided with a list of readings to be completed before arrival at the seminar.
Seminar Site: West Virginia University is located in scenic north central West Virginia about 75 miles south of Pittsburgh, PA and 200 miles west of Washington, DC. Housing will be available on campus, and one local hotel is close by for those who prefer non-dormitory housing.
Please join us for all the pleasures of an academic seminar--provocative readings, great discussion, and expert leadership--without the stress: no papers, no final projects, no grades!
For more information, please visit http://english.wvu.edu/centers/projects/summer_seminar or contact email@example.com.