Widener Ink Drop Party and Student Project Day!

Posted April 22, 2015 by Janine Utell
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End-of-year celebrations of achievements in English and Creative Writing!

  • STUDENT PROJECT DAY!  Friday, April 24, join the students of Textual Scholarship and their mentor Professor Daniel Robinson as they share their year-long work in editing the poetry of William Wordsworth.  The presentation is titled “Editing the Texts of Wordsworth’s Life (Writing):  Textual Scholarship and Literary Experiential Learning,” and will be held in University Center Room C at 11:15.  Speakers:  Taylor Brown, Ashley DeRienzo, Evan Kramer, and Kimberlee Roberts.
  • WIDENER INK DROP PARTY!  Today!  April 22 in University Center Room A, 4pm.  Come celebrate the latest issue of our literary magazine, honor the work of the editors, staff, and writers, and participate in the open mic.

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Events Roundup!

Posted April 10, 2015 by Janine Utell
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LOTS of exciting stuff happening around here lately.

  • We were delighted to host Professor James Donahue from SUNY-Potsdam as he visited campus to give a lecture on narrative theory and the importance of interdisciplinary work in literary studies.  Check out the video here!
  • The English Club put on a blast of an open mic Tuesday night, complete with raffles and cake for Wordsworth’s birthday.

AND…Come out on Sunday for Student Voices:

In conjunction with the Creative Writing ENGL/CRWR 308 Playwriting class, Lone Brick Theatre Company presents the 2nd Annual Student Voices Project on Sunday, April 12 at 7 pm in Alumni Auditorium.

This year’s staged reading features seven dramatic pieces, ranging from monologues to Ten Minute plays, developed in Dr. Pobo’s Fall 2014 playwriting class.Student Voices features the original work of Luis Aguilar, Emily DeFreitas, Matthew Drake, Devon Fiore, Taylor Jones, Gianna Sheridan, and Kim Vogel. In addition, the Lone Brick Theatre actors bringing the monologues and plays to life include Luis Aguilar, Jared Bernatowicz , Taylor Blum, McKailey Gordon, Carolyn Lodge, Nathan Mirando, Josh Mulzoff, Tyler Palma, Kirk Reichart, Erika Sprague, Kim Vogel, and Lizzy Yenser.

From a funeral for a man of questionable character to an altercation on a city bus, this year’s plays offer a delightfully cynical view on human nature. “There is a shared desire to find an answer to the basic question of why people mercilessly use each other that links these plays,” said Melissa Mowday, director of Student Voices and adjunct instructor of English. “The plays highlight the urgency of needing to find empathy and decency in others, which makes us question our current cultural climate of what is and is not acceptable in terms of connectedness.”

 

Mrs. Dalloway Editor Visits Widener

Posted March 20, 2015 by Janine Utell
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Jenn Rohrbach, English ’18, wrote up a piece for The Blue & Gold covering Professor Anne Fernald’s lecture on editing Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs. Dalloway.  Read all about it here!

Here’s an excerpt:

If you have any experience with Virginia Woolf, you know her novels are challenging enough to read. Imagine attempting to edit them!  Dr. Fernald took those of us in attendance on her 10-year journey of editing the 1925 novel, which she began in 2001. The edition of the novel is designed for scholars to reference: a textual edition for libraries that, besides the actual content of Woolf’s novel, includes an editorial introduction and three different types of footnotes that shed light on the history of the time period, information about Woolf’s life, and allusions to other media made in the novel.

Congratulations to Sigma Tau Delta Inductees!

Posted March 17, 2015 by Janine Utell
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Monday, March 16, saw the induction of new members to the Widener University chapter of Sigma Tau Delta.  Chapter President Autumn Heisler (’15) offered some remarks, which she was generous enough to share here:

I am a psychology major. Wait. Yes. I am a psychology major. I’m seventeen years old, and I’ve been told by everyone and their mothers that I need to pick my major for college so that I can plan out the rest of my life. I pick psychology, because I am

Chapter President Autumn Heisler shares her remarks; photo courtesy of Professor Mark Graybill

Chapter President Autumn Heisler shares her remarks; photo courtesy of Professor Mark Graybill

told I would be good at it. I’m seventeen years old. I have no idea what I want to do with the rest of my life. I do know it isn’t psychology, though, but I choose it anyways. I have no real clue what else I want.

Okay. I have a clue. Actually, I know the only clue: I want to write. And at seventeen, I don’t know how to tell people that. So I hide away my stories, each world closeted for only me to know. Until, one day, when I leave four pages, single spaced lying on my bed, and my father stumbles upon them, thinking it’s an essay. He reads them. He calls me to him, and I am mortified, (encounters like this mortify seventeen year olds), and he asks me, “Why aren’t you pursuing this?”

I’m telling everyone here this particular story, because I wouldn’t be standing in front of you if it hadn’t happened this way. Or maybe I would. I do believe in fate, and I believe that writing has always been mine. But it did happen this way, and though I’ve never told my father this, I am eternally grateful for his “snooping.”

Every time I recall this story, I always get this passionate surge of responsibility to tell people to follow their dreams. It’s a cliché, I know, but it’s one that I think is so important for people to hear. Follow your dreams. You should never have to sacrifice your own happiness, because you are afraid of what others might be saying or thinking. In the end, it’s your life; not theirs. I wish that I had had the confidence to tell my family and friends on my own, but I needed that push. I was introverted, and I carried that with me into college. Being at Widener has brought me out of my shell.

Sigma Tau Delta, for me, is a community of book nerds who love giving the gift of English to everyone they meet.

Widener has given me more opportunities than I can even count. Because of English and creative writing, I’ve gained experience in writing, critical reading, editing, and more. I’ve worked as a student editor for three years in University Relations. I’ve been on the staff of our literary journal for four years and am now editor-in-chief of Widener Ink. I’ve had the amazing opportunity to go to Seattle and soon Minneapolis to attend the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference. I was a part of the pilot team in creating the Blue&Gold, bringing news to students. I’ve been published in the numerous magazines and online. I love writing so much, I added a professional writing minor during my sophomore year in order to learn as many styles of writing as I could. I was inducted into Sigma Tau Delta last spring and have acted as president for the past school year.

Sigma Tau Delta is an organization that strives to support high standards of academic excellence by fostering learning through literature, language, and writing, both within our community and in the larger society. In continuation of this serving our community, our chapter has donated books to Chester City Hall to be used by the Youth Aid Panel and the GED training group. Widener’s chapter has also donated books in order to support children’s literacy to an English immersion elementary school on  Zamorano University’s campus in Honduras, as well as to an orphanage close to Zamorano. Sigma Tau Delta is a celebration of people who know the importance of the written word.

l-r: Dean Don Devilbiss, Ellen Madison, Emily DeFreitas, Maria Klecko, Christian Scittina, Kimberlee Roberts, Veronica Vasquez, Autumn Heisler, Dean Sharon Meagher; photo courtesy of Professor Mark Graybill

l-r: Dean Don Devilbiss, Ellen Madison, Emily DeFreitas, Maria Klecko, Christian Scittina, Kimberlee Roberts, Veronica Vasquez, Autumn Heisler, Dean Sharon Meagher; photo courtesy of Professor Mark Graybill

I want the new inductees to know that they are joining something with a very important meaning. Sigma Tau Delta, for me, is a community of book nerds who love giving the gift of English to everyone they meet. I started out scared and quiet. Now, I am a creative writing and English dual major. I am twenty-one years old. I am following my dream, and though I am a rather quiet person, I tell everyone why I am where I am today, because I’m happy here, being me.

New Poems from Professor Pobo!

Posted March 12, 2015 by Janine Utell
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The last couple of weeks have seen quite a few new poems from Professor Ken Pobo.  We encourage you to head over to Silver Birch Press to read “Extremely Middletown”The Lake for “Great Journey” and “Elegy for a Calamondin,” and Unbroken Journal for a really fantastic short prose piece, “Wet Cellophane”.   If you want to keep up with Professor Pobo, follow him on Twitter, @KenPobo (where you’ll also get the lowdown on the playlists for his weekly radio show, “Obscure Oldies”).

I’m partial to this one myself:

Elegy for a Calamondin

Unwatered, the leaves,

green snow in a blue pot.

Seven small fruits

hang on barren branches,

 

angry eyes.  Perhaps I should

apologize to it.  Instead,

I make spaghetti, watch TV.

The oranges thickened

through summer days,

even in fall.  On Halloween

I took it in, gave it a sunny sill.

 

My spouse gets the vacuum cleaner,

sucks up leaves.  He’s both

funeral director and gravedigger.

Carrying it out,

he says nothing.

English Club Lunchtime Flash Mic

Posted February 19, 2015 by Janine Utell
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Kudos to the English Club for pulling off an awesome lunchtime flash mic!  And special thanks to Kelsey Styles for the video.  Make sure to catch their next open mic during Honors Week in March!

Don’t-Miss Events This Week!

Posted February 18, 2015 by Janine Utell
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Take a break from the pre-midterm whirl to catch these two don’t-miss events!

  • Lone Brick Theater is in the second week of running their production of Steve Yockey’s “Very Still and Hard to See” — it’s been selling out, so make sure to reserve your tickets!  Catch the show 2/19, 2/20, or 2/21 at 8pm.  More details here.

    LBT doing "Very Still and Hard to See"

    LBT doing “Very Still and Hard to See”

  • Jayne Thompson and Emily DeFreitas will be reading from Letters to My Younger Self at Big Blue Marble Books on Friday, 2/20 at 7pm.  The two will be sharing audio recordings of these men reading their work, as well as exploring the role of memoir and writing in changing lives, and guiding a conversation on the school-to-prison pipeline.

We’re also pleased to announce that Letters to My Younger Self will be the common reading for the Fall 2015 First-Year Common Experience — so if you have not yet heard Jayne read, come on out!

 


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