Lo Published in Journal

Professor of English Aline Lo published an article titled “Fanciful Flights: Reimagining Refugee Narratives of Escape in Kao Kalia Yang’s The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir” in the journal a/b: Auto/Biography Studies.

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Marshall, Scenters-Zapico Kick Off 2017-18 Single Voice Reading Series

The Single Voice Reading Series at Allegheny College will begin its 2017-18 season on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. with readings by poets Nate Marshall and Natalie Scenters-Zapico. The event in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center is free and open to the public.

Nate Marshall is the author of “Wild Hundreds” and an editor of “The Breakfast Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop.” “Wild Hundreds” has been honored with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s award for Poetry Book of the Year and The Great Lakes College Association’s New Writers Award. Marshall is the director of national programs for Louder Than a Bomb Youth Poetry Festival and has taught at the University of Michigan, Wabash College, and Northwestern University.

Natalie Scenters-Zapico is the author of “The Verging Cities,” winner of the PEN American/Joyce Osterweil Award and the Great Lakes College Association’s New Writers Award, as well as the forthcoming “Lima::Limón.” Her most recent poems are forthcoming or can be found in “Poetry,” “Boston Review,” and “Tin House.”

Other readers featured in this year’s series include poet and Allegheny alumnus William Brewer, along with Jen Julian, visiting fiction writer-in-residence at Allegheny, on Oct. 19; poet and Allegheny alumnus James Davis May, along with poet Chelsea Rathburn, Nov. 30; prose writer B.J. Hollars, Feb. 8; and prose writer Lily Hoang, March 15.

The Single Voice Reading Series, sponsored by the John C. Sturtevant Memorial Lectureship and organized by Allegheny College’s English department, provides students with an opportunity to hear and meet nationally known writers. Previous readers have included John Updike, Carolyn Forché, Tobias Wolff, Jane Hirshfield, W.D. Snodgrass, Richard Blanco, Robert Olen Butler, Edward Hirsch, Tim O’Brien and Mark Doty.

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Students Perform Prince’s ‘Waterbearer’

Associate Professor of Black Studies and English Valerie Prince’s choreodrama “Waterbearer,” which uses lyrical prose to explore the labor of African-American women, was presented as a dramatic reading in Pittsburgh on August 24th at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Performed by Itzel Ayala ’18, Luka Crozier ’19, Robyn Katona ’19, and Nia Shuler ’18 and directed by Professor of Theatre Beth Watkins, the company was invited by the Larimer Consensus Group, the River Roots Community Arts Project, and the Metro Urban Institute, arts and advocacy organizations working on integrating green infrastructure into urban spaces.

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Caballero’s Poems to be Published

Associate Professor of English M. Soledad Caballero has two poems forthcoming, “Stories for Strangers” in the magazine Voices from the Attic, and “This Body” in the literary journal The Iron Horse Literary Review. In addition, she has been selected to be a CantoMundo Poetry Fellow at Columbia University this summer. CantoMundo is a national organization that promotes and cultivates the work of Latinx poets.

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Reed Wins Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association Scholarship

English major Jessica Reed ’18 was awarded a scholarship from the Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association (MAWCA) to present her work at the 2017 MAWCA conference held at Penn State Berks on April 1. Reed and Director of Writing and Associate Professor of English Alexis Hart presented as part of a roundtable titled ““Playing with Topics and Tools: Undergraduate Research as Intellectual Maker Space” (http://www.mawca.org/2017Saturday-Sessions). Reed was also recently awarded a summer internship at the Modern Languages Association in New York City.

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Bakken Awarded Residency at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

Professor of English Christopher Bakken recently was awarded a week-long residency at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He has an essay forthcoming in “The Iowa Review” and his new poems have appeared in The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day series, “Michigan Quarterly Review,” and “Parnassus: Poetry in Review.”

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Miller Presents Paper Examining Changing Attitudes About Decomposition

Assistant Professor of English John MacNeill Miller presented his paper “Composing Decomposition: In Memoriam and the Ecocritical Undertaking” at the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS) conference in Philadelphia on March 18. The essay uses a close reading of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s elegy In Memoriam to examine how attitudes towards bodily decay have changed over time, arguing that those attitudes affect our ability to understand humanity’s impact on the natural environment.

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Michaels publishes ‘Sweet and Lowdown: Wood Allen’s Cinema of Regret’

Lloyd Michaels, emeritus professor of English, has published “Sweet and Lowdown: Woody Allen’s Cinema of Regret” with Wallflower Press, the film imprint of Columbia University Press. The book, which covers the entirety of Allen’s prolific career, is described on the publisher’s website here and can be purchased at amazon.com or at the Allegheny College Bookstore.

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Valerie Sweeney Prince (Weiss Faculty Lecture)

Allegheny College Associate Professor of English and Black Studies Valerie Sweeney Prince will speak on “Key Metaphors in ‘Daughter’s Exchange’” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, in the Campus Center Room 301/302. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Prince will draw from her soon-to- be-published book “Daughter’s Exchange: The African American Woman’s Encounter with the Intellectual Marketplace,” emphasizing the life experiences communicated through the words of Africans and women.

The address is the last one in the 2016-17 Karl W. Weiss ’87 Faculty Lecture Series, which features professors from various departments representing the diversity of scholarship at Allegheny.

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Single Voice Reading Series Welcomes Authors James Davis May, Chelsea Rathburn

James Davis May and Chelsea Rathburn will read from their work as part of Allegheny College’s Single Voice Reading Series at 7 p.m. April 6, 2017 in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center. The event is free and open to the public.May’s first book, “Unquiet Things,” was published in 2016. Other poems have appeared or are forthcoming in “Five Points,” “The Missouri Review,” “New England Review,” “New Ohio Review,” “New Republic,” “Pleiades,” and “The Southern Review.” In 2013, he won the Collins Award from “Birmingham Poetry Review,” and has received scholarships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Inprint, and the Krakow Poetry Seminar.  An Allegheny alumnus, May is currently a professor of English and creative writing at Young Harris College.

Chelsea Rathburn was raised in Florida before earning her master’s of fine arts at the University of Arkansas. Her first full-length collection, “The Shifting Line,” won the 2005 Richard Wilbur Award, and in 2009 she received a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work has appeared in “Poetry,” “Atlantic Monthly, “New Republic, “The Southern Review, “New England Review, “The Threepenny Review” and “Ploughshares.” She is the director of the Creative Writing Program at Young Harris College. 

For more information about the Single Voice Reading Series, contact Frederick F. Seely Professor of English Christopher Bakken at cbakken@allegheny.edu

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