Posts Tagged ‘English’

Single Voice Reading Series Features Poet Afaa Weaver

This undated photo released by Claremont Graduate University shows Afaa Michael Weaver.  Weaver, who spent two years in the army and 15 years in a factory, has won some life-changing money.  Claremont Graduate University in Southern California announced Wednesday, March 12, 2014, that Weaver of Somerville, Mass., has won the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for his book of verse, “The Government of Nature.”  (AP Photo/Claremont Graduate University, Catherine Laine)

Acclaimed poet Afaa Michael Weaver will read from his work as part of the 2016-17 Single Voice Reading Series at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2, in the Tillotson Room of Allegheny College’s Tippie Alumni Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Weaver’s fourteen collections of poetry include “My Father’s Geography,” “Timber and Prayer,” “Multitudes,” and the three books that make up “The Plum Flower Trilogy.”  Weaver will be launching his newest book of poetry, “Spirit Boxing,” at his reading on Allegheny’s campus. (more…)

Allegheny College Senior Heather Bosau Awarded Pennsylvania House Legislative Fellowship

Heather Bosau

Allegheny College senior Heather Bosau, of Mentor, Ohio, has been awarded a Pennsylvania House Legislative Fellowship for 13 weeks beginning in late January 2017. Allegheny students have been selected for three consecutive years for the highly competitive fellowship program, which puts students in the offices of committee chairmen or other leaders in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.


MacNeill delivers two research presentations

Assistant Professor of English John MacNeill Miller delivered two presentations on his research in early November. The first, at the annual meeting of the North American Victorian Studies Association in Phoenix, was entitled “Society Without Humanity: Forms of Ecology in the Victorian Novel.” The second talk, on “Charles Darwin, Thomas Hardy, and the Art of Environmental Storytelling,” was delivered as part of the Karl W. Weiss ’87 Faculty Lecture Series at Allegheny.

Meadville’s Military Matters Poster Presentation


Eleven first-year Allegheny College students will present posters in the Henderson Campus Center lobby on Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., with the theme of “Meadville’s Military Matters.” The event is free and open to the public.

Associate Professor of English Alexis Hart, who served in the U.S. Navy, is teaching a first-year seminar course to develop students’ speaking and writing skills. She assigned a poster presentation as one of the major assignments for the course, hoping to give students public speaking experience. The assignment directs students to “inform the audience about Meadville’s military and make an argument about why Meadville’s military matters.”


Hart presents “Connecting College and Community: Meadville’s Military Matters”

Associate Professor of English and Director of Writing Alexis Hart presented a talk titled “Connecting College and Community: Meadville’s Military Matters” at The Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts Conference held at Penn State. Hart also published an “article of the week” on the GLCA Consortium for Teaching and Learning (CTL) blog ( .

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.


Hart published in journal

Associate Professor of English and Director of Writing Alexis Hart’s guest-edited roundtable of veterans’ voice was published in Volume 16 of the journal Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture:

Reed, Hart participate in Naylor Workshop

Writing consultant Jessica Reed ’18 was competitively selected to participate in the Naylor Workshop for Undergraduate Research in Writing Studies at York College of Pennsylvania, an interactive workshop that brings together undergraduate researchers, graduate students, and faculty mentors to advance the work of new participants in the field of writing studies. Reed is conducting research on questioning in “matched” writing consultations. Director of Writing Alexis Hart was invited to serve as a faculty mentor and to conduct a mini workshop on writing toward public advocacy at the Naylor Workshop.

Miller publishes essay

Assistant Professor of English John MacNeill Miller published an essay in the online literary review The Millions about the treatment of birds in “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
The essay, entitled “Is It Really So Wrong To Kill a Mockingbird?”, can be found here .

Single Voice Reading Series at Allegheny College Begins Season


The Single Voice Reading Series at Allegheny College will begin its 2016–17 season at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, with Professor Christopher Bakken presenting his work. The reading in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center is free and open to the public.

Bakken is the author of three books of poetry, most recently “Eternity & Oranges.”  He is also the author of the culinary memoir “Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table,” and he co-translated “The Lions’ Gate: Selected Poems of Titos Patrikios.” One of his poems was included “Best American Poetry 2016” anthology, released last week.   A former Fulbright Scholar, Bakken serves as chair of the English department at Allegheny.

Other readers featured in this year’s series include Edward Hirsch, author of eight books of poetry and president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, on Oct. 20; memoirist Angela Palm on Nov. 17; poet Afaa Michael Weaver on Feb. 2; poet and essayist Jane Hirschfield on March 9; and Allegheny alumnus James Davis May, along with Chelsea Rathburn, on April 6.

The Single Voice Reading Series, sponsored by the John C. Sturtevant Memorial Lecturship 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, W.D. Snodgrass, Robert Olen Butler, Tim O’Brien and Mark Doty.