Sunday, December 22, 2013

A Very Colson Christmas, Part 2

As you can see from the following artist's rendering, Sarah and Piers were successful in their search for a Christmas tree, and we've now got it up and decorated. Note how excited the graduate students are:

Saturday, December 21, 2013

A Very Colson Christmas. Part 1

We're a bit behind this year, but we should have the place decorated for the holidays very soon. In fact, Professors Sarah Neville and Piers Brown were just sent off to get us a Christmas tree....

...since they seem to have found a lot that sells partially pre-decorated trees, it shouldn't be too long before we get it up in the Great Hall.   


Bonnie Wheeler Summer Research Fellowship for Women Medievalists

The deadline for the Bonnie Wheeler Summer Research Fellowship for 2014 is January 31, 2014. The fellowship is designed to support the research of women medievalists below the rank of full professor. The $10,000 award is to be used during the period of June 1–December 31, 2014.

Eligibility: Applicants must be women who hold a Ph.D. in any area of medieval studies and who are full-time faculty in an academic department in the U.S. Preference will be given to candidates who are “caught in the middle” in the promotion ladder, as described in the MLA report “Standing Still: The Associate Professor Survey.” Budgets for Fellowship applications should include not only research costs, but also the costs of freeing up applicants’ time--for example, relief from summer teaching, daycare and/or eldercare expenses, and the like. Candidates from previous years are welcome to reapply.

Mentoring: A special feature of the Fellowship is that it will connect the recipient with a mentor in her scholarly field.

Timetable: The application period is from October 1, 2013 through January 31, 2014. Completed applications must be received no later than January 31, 2014. The award will be announced February 28, 2014.

Application Procedure: Please see the Application Instructions on the website ( for details.

Wanted: Authors to Read Their Food-Related Works

By way of background, the following appeal came to the Tenants via Jeremy Justus, one of our doctoral alums, who is a colleague of Professor Landrigan. Participation is worth contemplating, if only for the name of the January event alone:
Allow me to introduce myself: I'm Marissa Landrigan, creative nonfiction writer and Assistant Professor of Writing at the University of Pittsburgh - Johnstown, and I'm seeking writers to participate in a new food-themed reading series I'm curating.
Acquired Taste is a series of public readings in various locations around Pittsburgh, each featuring 3-4 authors reading their work around a food-related theme. Our first event will be held at East End Book Exchange in December, and future events are lining up at local food shops, bars, music venues, and more.
I'm looking for writers who may be interested in participating in the series to submit work, most urgently to our upcoming event tentatively scheduled for January 15th at The Shop (a studio space/music venue in Bloomfield) on the theme of "Punky Foodster: Readings on Food, Sex, and Rock and Roll," which will also feature live performances by several local Pittsburgh bands.

The work may be in any genre -- fiction, nonfiction, journalism, and poetry are all welcome, but pieces should be around or under 15-20 minutes long. The work may also, of course, have been previously published, or under consideration for publication.
Themes are meant to be interpreted as broadly or narrowly as each writer likes, and do not need to be taken literally. My hope is that this will be a playful reading series, one that welcomes humor, smut, irreverence, etc. One that makes food tasteful or tasteless. One that engages our audience's imagination to make them salivate, and to extend our ideas of what "food writing" looks like.
Please feel free to get in touch with me ( with any questions, submissions (for this or future events), or just to express interest in being notified about future calls for submission to the reading series. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Calliope Accepting Submissions

Calliope, WVU’s undergraduate literary journal, is now accepting submissions!

Are you an aspiring writer, poet, or artist? Would you like to be published in an award-winning journal? If so, then this is for you! Calliope is now accepting submissions in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and artwork for this year’s edition. Each submission should include your name, major, and MIX email address. Additionally, prose pieces should include a fiction or nonfiction designation. For more information, check us out on Facebook or

Thanks, and we look forward to seeing your work!

 Submission guidelines

2000 words per entry
3 entries per person
fiction or nonfiction

500 words per entry
5 entries per person

3 entries per person


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