Congratulations to our Creative Writing students, who have won the three top spots and one honorable mention of Sarabande Books’ annual Flo Gault Poetry Prize. This means that two students from the English Department at UofL received four of the five top prizes.
Deborah Lutz has been awarded a Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Humanities. The $35,000 fellowship will support Professor Lutz’s research project titled “Paper Art and Craft: Victorian Writers and Their Materials,” a monograph about nineteenth-century poets, novelists, and artists who used the materials of writing and everyday life as inspiration for their work.
Congratulations to Kristi Maxwell, assistant professor of English, who has been awarded an Artist Enrichment Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. This grant will support her work on a poetry manuscript-in-progress. For more information see http://www.kfw.org/grants/grantees/ Dr. Kristi Maxwell is the author of six books of poetry: Bright and Hurtless (Ahsahta Press), Realm Sixty-four (Ahsahta Press), Hush Sessions (Saturnalia Books), Re- (Ahsahta), That Our Eyes Be Rigged (Saturnalia), and PLAN/K (Horseless Press). Her scholarly publications include articles on experimental writing practices and the hybrid writing of Jenny Boully and Anne Carson, and her research interests involve theories of representation and difference, textual performance, and the body. A former Elliston Poetry Fellow, she received a PhD in Creative Writing & Literature, along with a graduate certificate in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, from the University of Cincinnati and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, where she served as editor-in-chief of Sonora Review. She is an affiliate faculty member of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department.
PhD candidate Joe Franklin is the winner of a Ben Raforth Graduate Grant from the International Writing Centers Association (IWCA). The IWCA awarded the grant to support his research project "Transnational Writing Studies: Understanding Institutions and Institutional Work Through Narratives of Navigation.” Many congratulations to Joe on these accomplishments! For more information on the IWCA and their research grants, click here.
Dr. Karen Chandler has begun her tenure as President of the Children’s Literature Association (2019-20). Since 1973, the Children’s Literature Association has aimed to “encourage high standards of criticism, scholarship, research, and teaching in children’s literature.” It organizes an annual conference, and in June 2020 the meeting will be at the University of Washington (Bellevue).
Congratulations to Sarah Strickley on the publication of an international feature on writing. Congratulations also to V. Joshua Adams, who published an essay titled”No Puzzle: James Merrill, Philosophical Poetry, and the Structure of the Self" in the journal Literary Imagination.
Congratulations to Sarah Strickley, whose short story "Dewey Dell: An American Ghost Story" won the Editors' Prize in Prose from the journal Copper Nickel. The story appears in the current issue of that journal.
Ph.D. candidate Ashanka Kumari has won a $450 research grant from the Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) People of Color Caucus and Writing Program Administrators-Graduate Organization. The award goes to "a recipient whose project explores and/or advances the understanding of issues of race, civil rights, equity, and/or social justice in writing program administration.”
Students in Mary P. Sheridan's Digital Storytelling class are collaborating with two community partners this semester. First, they are partnering with the Frazier History Museum to promote their upcoming exhibit, What’s A Vote Worth, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.
Prof. Deborah Lutz has been awarded a research fellowship (short term) from the Huntington Library, in California. She will continue research on her book project, now called "Paper Art and Craft: Victorian Writers and Their Materials," with a focus on the Huntington's collection of late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century paper crafts, especially the valentines, greeting cards, scrapbooks, and paper dolls collected by Zelda Walker Gaudin.
Mark Mattes has won a competitive “Grants to Scholars” award from the Friends of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries. Dr. Mattes will use the $2,000 grant to conduct research in the Lyman Copeland Draper collections at the Wisconsin Historical Society for his book project Archival Apocrypha: Indigenous Writing and the Figure of Logan in Colonial and Native American History. This project explores the writing and archiving of information about the Cayuga-Mingo tribal leader Logan (Tachnechdorus).
Sarah Strickley has published a collection of short stories, Fall Together.
We are pleased to announce the release of Issue X of Miracle Monocle, the University of Louisville's online literary journal.
The University of Louisville Writing Center has won the Community Service Award from the College of Arts & Sciences
Sara P. Alvarez receives the 2018 Guy Stevenson Award
The second issue of the online journal thresholds--co-edited by Assistant Professor of English Frances McDonald--is now live. Thresholds is a digital zine, with each issue custom-designed to generate provocative collisions of art and ideas. Issue nr. 2, "Traces," is "a collective writing experiment loosely based on the works of media theorist Siegfried Zielinski.
PhD candidates Ashanka Kumari and Khirsten Echols have each received a highly competitive Scholars for the Dream Travel Award from CCCC. This is a very competitive national travel award for graduate students, and will allow Ashanka and Khirsten to travel to Kansas City in March to share their work at the CCCC conference.
Megan Hartline, a fourth year doctoral candidate in rhetoric and composition at the University of Louisville, has won a 2017 CCCC Chairs’ Memorial Scholarship. The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) is a constituent organization within the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).
Susan Ryan (Associate Professor and Acting Chair) has published her latest book, "The Moral Economies of American Authorship", with Oxford University Press.
UofL’s Department of English Laura Tetreault is one-of-three recipients of the 2017 CCCC Gloria Anzaldúa Rhetorician Award.