Posts Tagged ‘English’

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

Allegheny alumnus James Davis May and Chelsea Rathburn will read from their work as part of the College’s Single Voice Reading Series at 7 p.m. November 30 in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center. The event is free and open to the public. (more…)

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

Allegheny alumnus James Davis May and Chelsea Rathburn will read from their work as part of the College’s Single Voice Reading Series at 7 p.m. November 30 in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Author James Davis May.

May’s first book, “Unquiet Things,” was published in 2016. Other poems have appeared in Five Points, The Missouri Review, New England Review, New Ohio Review, New Republic, 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. May, who graduated from Allegheny in 2004, is 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

MacNeill Miller Essay Published

Assistant Professor of English John MacNeill Miller published an essay, “Composing Decomposition: ‘In Memoriam’ and the Ecocritical Undertaking” in a special issue of Nineteenth-Century Contexts comprising select papers presented at this year’s meeting of the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies association. The essay uses ‘In Memoriam,’ Alfred Tennyson’s poem about his best friend’s death, to examine how representations of decay affect our ability to think ecologically.

Two Allegheny Alumni Hold Prestigious Stegner Fellowships

Having one graduate serving as a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University is worth mentioning. But having two from Allegheny College holding those creative writing fellowships at the same time is cause for celebration.

Allegheny alumni Graham Barnhart ’07 and William Brewer ’11 both currently hold Stegner Fellowships, named for the late Wallace Stegner, founder of Stanford’s Creative Writing Program.

“Perhaps the most prestigious fellowship available to writers is the Stegner Fellowship at Stanford. These are very, very competitive, and the list of writers who have received them over the years reads like a who’s who of contemporary American literature,” says Christopher Bakken, Frederick F. Seeley Professor of English and English Department chair at Allegheny.

Brewer was awarded his fellowship in 2016 and is overlapping (the fellowships run for two years) with Barnhart, a 2017 recipient. “It’s simply astonishing that two Allegheny alums have won these and that they are there at the same moment,” says Bakken. (more…)

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.

Miller Publishes Article Exploring Animal Melodrama

Assistant Professor of English John MacNeill Miller published an article in PMLA: Proceedings of the Modern Language Association title “When Drama Went to the Dogs; or, Staging Otherness in the Animal Melodrama.” The article explores the nature and significance of animal melodrama — a wildly popular, but now forgotten form of nineteenth-century theater that included live dogs, horses, and elephants onstage. Miller also workshopped a paper, “The Nature of Political Economy,” at the second meeting of the Vcologies working group in Houston, Texas on September 15-16.

Allegheny Single Voice Reading Series Features Poets William Brewer, Jen Julian

William Brewer, who graduated from Allegheny College in 2011, will join Jen Julian, visiting fiction writer-in-residence at Allegheny College, for a reading from their work at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center. The event, part of the Single Voice Reading Series, is free and open to the public. (more…)

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.

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…)