Saturday, July 28, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
Mark Brazaitis's short stories appear or are forthcoming in the Beloit Fiction Journal ("Cuts"), Cimarron Review ("Rick the Dick"), West Branch ("The Blind Wrestler"), H.O.W. Journal ("Barbados," in print and online: http://howjournal.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/h-o-w-contest-winners-fiction-edition-2/ ), Ascent ("No Less Afraid": http://readthebestwriting.com/?p=1133 ), Witness ("Blackheart," in print and online: http://witness.blackmountaininstitute.org/author/markbrazaitis/ )
and Carve ("Truth Poker": http://www.carvezine.com/issue/2011/summer/brazaitis.htm ).
His essay "Sucker" appears in Lunch Ticket (http://lunchticket.org/sucker/ ) and his essay "Lament" appears in Under the Sun.
His poems appear or are forthcoming in Poetry East ("Spring is Here") and Slant ("The Dancer").
His community service included compiling a 0-22 record as the girls' basketball coach at North Elementary. His youngest daughter (point guard) has demanded a trade to Mountainview.
Andi Stout, going into her third year in WVU’s MFA program, has had an exceptionally productive year. She has received a number of awards and honors this past year, and has two forthcoming poetry publications.
At the beginning of March, Andi read her poems “Folding Paper” and “Six Words About Myself” at the AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) Conference, at an off-site reading sponsored by Connotation Press. She read after Meg Tuite and before Natasha Trethewey (the new United States Poet Laureate). Andi’s poems received a really warm reception, as you can here in the video of her reading.
At the beginning of April, the WVU English Department nominated Andi for the Best New Poets Anthology. This anthology selects fifty poems from emerging writers across the country, and Andi was chosen as the voice to represent WVU.
Later in April, Andi won second place in the Hungry Poets Competition for her poem “Folding Paper.” This is the second time Andi has placed in this annual competition, the first time being in 2009 for “Hang in There, Baby.”
Perhaps most impressive, however, is that Andi has two poems that will be published this coming August: “Folding Paper” has been picked up by Scissors and Spackle and will be available in print and online in the 23 August issue.
The poem “Six Words About Myself” has been selected to be part of The Living Poetry Project, which prints poems on car magnets which “will be place all over the
Andi will continue infusing the WVU community with her poetry, and will undoubtedly continue to achieve spectacular things.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
|The Book in Question|
"The present volume offers a stimulating collection of essays primarily devoted to literary representations of subaltern issues by Indian novelists writing in English and with a particular focus on gender, nation and language. It brings together essays on two writers who have been frequently associated with subaltern concerns, Amitav Ghosh and Mahasweta Devi, and discussions of other internationally acclaimed writers, such as Kiran Desai, Rohinton Mistry and Khushwant Singh, whose work also deals with disparities in Indian society and the problematics of representing this. Subaltern Vision has a valuable contextualizing Preface by Debjani Ganguly. The editor, Aparajita De’s Introduction, both illuminates the evolution to subaltern studies and introduces the individual essays. The volume is a significant intervention in the field and it is essential reading for anyone interested in the ways in which literature has responded to the challenges posed by the widening gap between India’s haves and have nots.”
– John Thieme, Professor, University of East Anglia
We were also pleased that Aparajita included a recent photo of herself, which provoked a big debate about whether it was taken in ancient Athens or contemporary Philadelphia. We'll let you decide:
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Irina Rodimtseva (PhD 2012) (in about two weeks, actually) has accepted a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor at Alderson-Broaddus College.
And it turns out that Dr. Dragulescu's job at Virginia Union University is tenure-stream so that, as she notes, she plans to be in Richmond for awhile.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
By William MeredithTouching your goodness, I am like a man
Who turns a letter over in his hand
And you might think that this was because the hand
Was unfamiliar but, truth is, the man
Has never had a letter from anyone;
And now he is both afraid of what it means
And ashamed because he has no other means
To find out what it says than to ask someone.
His uncle could have left the farm to him,
Or his parents died before he sent them word,
Or the dark girl changed and want him for beloved.
Afraid and letter-proud, he keeps it with him.
What would you call his feeling for the words
that keep him rich and orphaned and beloved?
Friday, July 6, 2012
Adjunct Instructor of English Composition
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
|Thomas Hart Benton, Changing West|
Aparajita De (PhD 2009) has accepted a tenure-track job as an Assistant Professor at CUNY Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn.
Jon Harvey (PhD 2010) has accepted a permanent position as an Assistant Professor at Northern Virginia Community College.
This coming year, Luminita Dragulescu (PhD 2011) will be a Visiting Assistant Professor at Virginia Union University in Richmond.
Lori Zerne (PhD 2011) will be teaching next year at Highland View Academy in Maryland.
Jeremy Justus (PhD 2012) received multiple offers of visiting appointments for next year. The one he chose is a one-year position at University of Pittsburgh--Johnstown.