Posts Tagged ‘Creative Writing’

Hart Presents Research on Women in the Military

Associate Professor of English and Director of Writing Alexis Hart presented some of her research on women in the military on the panel “Remembering Differently: Re-Figuring Women’s Rhetorical Work” at the Feminisms and Rhetorics conference held in Dayton, Ohio, on October 4-7.

Hart and Assistant Professor of Communication Arts and Director of Speaking Jon Wiebel also presented a roundtable session titled “Collaboratively Fostering Student Voices in Writing and Speaking” at the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts (PCTELA) conference held in Pittsburgh on October 20-21.

Senior Hernstrom-Hill Wins Stony Brook Short Fiction Prize

Allegheny College senior Madeline Hernstrom-Hill has won the Stony Brook Short Fiction Prize for her short story “The Church of the Reformed Eden.”

The prize, awarded to an outstanding undergraduate author, includes a $1,000 prize, a full scholarship to the Southampton Writers Conference in July 2018 and consideration for publication in The Southampton Review.

Judge Amy Hempel, author of six acclaimed books of short fiction, selected Hernstrom-Hill’s story from more than 200 entries. (more…)

Hernstrom-Hill Awarded Short Fiction Prize

Madeline Hernstrom-Hill ’18 was awarded the Stony Brook Short Fiction Prize for her short story “The Church of the Reformed Eden.” The prize includes a scholarship to the Southampton Writers Conference in July.

Hart Delivers Keynote

Associate Professor of English and Director of Writing Alexis Hart presented the keynote address, “Not Just a ‘Necessary Evil’: Reframing Assessment as Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship,” at SUNY Geneseo’s ASSESStivus on September 13.

Hart, Thomas Selected for Writing Workshop

Peer writing consultants Hannah Hart ’19 and Vanessa Thomas ’19 were competitively selected to participate in the Naylor Workshop for Undergraduate Research in Writing Studies held at York College of Pennsylvania on September 15-17. The two consultants presented their research proposals, “Effective Tutoring Methods and the Writing Process of Dyslexic Students” (Hart) and “Social Media and Writing Center Promotion” (Thomas), and received feedback on their projects from faculty mentors in the field of writing studies, including Allegheny’s Director of Writing, Professor Alexis Hart.

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. (more…)

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” ( Reed was also recently awarded a summer internship at the Modern Languages Association in New York City.

Noted Author Ross Howell, Jr. Returns to Allegheny

Ross Howell Jr.’s life of late has revolved around the history of the Jim Crow South and one woman in particular: Virginia Christian.

In his debut novel, “Forsaken,” Howell tells the story of Christian, a black girl tried and convicted for killing a white widow in 1912 Hampton, Va., and Charlie Mears, the journalist who tries to save her life. It’s a story based on true events — Christian is the only female juvenile executed in Virginia history — and one that had Howell hooked from the start. He spent three years researching and writing.

“That idea of bringing history alive has always fascinated me,” said Howell, who worked as director of communications at Allegheny College from 1979 to 1981 and was responsible for re-launching the Allegheny magazine under its current name.

Howell recently visited campus to speak with creative writing students and sign copies of his book, published this year by NewSouth Books. It was a homecoming of sorts.

Working at Allegheny was “one of the first professional positions I had and it was one of the greatest learning experiences I’ve had,” Howell said.


Symposium Reunites Geology Graduates


Allegheny graduates Jim Castle ’72, Kristin Egers Carter ’91 and Michele Cooney ’13 have more in common than their alma mater.

In addition to pursuing careers in geology – and the obvious fact that all three share last names that begin with the same letter – Castle, Carter and Cooney have served as the last three editors-in-chief of an internationally renowned environmental geosciences journal. Carter passed the torch to Cooney earlier this year.

“It’s pretty amazing to have three generations of Allegheny alumni serving as editors-in-chief of the same journal,” says Carter when referring to their roles for Environmental Geosciences, a publication of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. “The journal has been around for about 20 years, and Michele is probably the youngest editor. I think it says a lot about Allegheny’s geology program.”

The three alumni met on campus during the Allegheny Geology Alumni Symposium held Sept. 26 and 27. The symposium included alumni presentations, meetings and mentoring opportunities for alumni and geology students, a field trip and time for socialization.

According to Ron Cole, geology professor and department chair, he and Roger Willis ’80, a geology major, developed the symposium two years ago as a way for alumni to connect with each other and the department.

“For the past two decades, we have had alumni returning to campus for guest lectures and our geoscience career events, and we consistently hear that they enjoy returning to campus and would like to stay connected,” Cole says. “I credit Roger Willis with the concept of the alumni symposium, providing a balance of professional and social activities. The first symposium in 2013 was a huge success, with more than 40 alumni returning to campus and even more attending in 2014. We’ll have the next symposium in fall 2015 in honor of the Bicentennial, and thereafter we envision having it every other year.”

Alistair Macdonald '83 leads a discussion during the geology alumni field trip.

Alistair Macdonald ’83 leads a discussion during the geology alumni field trip.

Another reason Cole and Willis developed the symposium was to foster student-alumni connections – and Carter and Cooney serve as a primary example. Carter, assistant state geologist with the Pennsylvania Geological Survey, first met Cooney when she came back to campus in 2009 to recruit student interns for her organization and to speak about the geology field.

“I like hiring Allegheny interns, they’ve always been reliable and are able to think outside the box,” says Carter, who double-majored in geology and environmental science at Allegheny.

After their first meeting, Carter and Cooney kept in touch, and Cooney was eventually hired as an intern at the Pennsylvania Geological Survey in 2010, the summer after her sophomore year. She was then invited back for a second summer and continued on through part of her senior year.

“My internships actually led into my junior year thesis comp-planning process. Kris gave me the idea to do something on the Utica shale, which was a project the Pennsylvania Geological Survey was researching at the time,” says Cooney, who majored in geology and minored in writing.

“So while I was doing my internship, I also was doing my comp presentation planning. In fact, every Friday I would leave Allegheny and drive down to Pittsburgh to work on research and data as part of my internship and my comp,” she adds. “I was fortunate that I had the unique opportunity to combine my internship and comp experience. Kris even served on the committee of advisers for my senior comp.”

Following Cooney’s graduation, she completed a summer internship at a different organization in Pittsburgh. She then returned to the Pennsylvania Geological Survey as a geologic contractor.

“Kris has been my mentor going on five years now. She’s a great leader,” Cooney says. “She’s also opened many doors for me, including the role as editor-in-chief for Environmental Geosciences and through an organization called the Women’s Energy Network.”

“I love making trips back to Allegheny so I can meet and mentor students like Michele,” Carter adds. “I also like coming back for this symposium because I get to see people like Jim Castle, who is a geology professor at Clemson University and one of my mentors. It really comes full circle.”

Being back on campus brings back memories – especially about Alden Hall – for Carter and Cooney. Looking back on her experience, Cooney says she believes Allegheny prepared her well.

“Allegheny gave me tools such as how to be an independent researcher and worker,” she says. “The amount of research I did at Allegheny also prepared me well for graduate school. I had so many opportunities to do research and then apply that research to the workforce. Those experiences have been invaluable for me as a recent Allegheny graduate.”

Two Student Writers to Attend Chautauqua Festival

Cale Davis ’13 and Kate Leary ’13 are winners of Allegheny’s Chautauqua Writers’ Festival Scholarship for 2013. Cale and Kate will travel to the Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York to attend workshops, lectures, readings and panel discussions.

This year’s festival, held on June 13-16, features fiction writers Anthony Doer and Ann Pancake, poets Stephen Dunn and Margaret Gibson, and creative nonfiction writers Barbara Hurd and Scott Russell Sanders.

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