Categories: Upcoming Events, English Club Cool Stuff
Tags: Widener English, open mic, English Club
Categories: News, Recommended (Internet) Reading, Upcoming Events
Tags: Delaware County, Fiction, Philadelphia region, poetry, State Street Reading Series
Last week saw a great crowd at the Media Arts Center for another installment of the State Street Reading Series. Featured were Tamara Oakman, Executive Editor of Apiary Magazine and Instructor of English at Widener University, and Simone Zelitch, Associate Professor of English at Community College of Philadelphia. Oakman read a series of poems speaking to issues both personal and political, and Zelitch read from her most recent novel Waveland, the story of a woman experiencing Freedom Summer.
The State Street Reading Series, sponsored by the Media Arts Council and Widener University, is a wonderful opportunity to meet local authors and hear their work. Don’t miss the next one: Thursday, March 17 at 7pm, where you’ll have a chance to hear M. Nzadi Keita and Carmen Maria Machado.
Categories: English Club Cool Stuff, News, Upcoming Events
Tags: English, Lone Brick Theater, open mic, poetry
We hope everyone had a restful winter break — we’re looking forward to a great semester. In the coming weeks and months we’ll be featuring news from the Chester Writers House, readings and open mics and plays, and much more!
- AUDITIONS for Lone Brick Theater will take place on January 21 and 22 from 4-6 in Alumni Auditorium.
- We’re already excited for what is sure to be another awesome open mic during Honors Week (stay tuned!)
- Iain Haley Pollock, author of Spit Back a Boy, will be our visiting writer this spring. Pollock will be reading his poetry on Wednesday, March 23.
Come by the English Suite to say hi, and have a good spring!
Categories: Course Information, News, Professoring
Tags: English, literature, senior research
Every fall we close out the semester with one of the high points of our year here in English and Creative Writing: thesis presentations by English majors finishing up Senior Seminar. This year’s Senior Seminar was led by Professor Annalisa Castaldo, with a focus on the early modern playwright Christopher Marlowe.
Junior English major and Sigma Tau Delta President Kimberlee Roberts introduced the evening, providing background on Marlowe’s work and his turbulent life. Students then presented the results of a semester’s worth of research and writing on the dramatist, focusing on Dido, Queen of Carthage and Edward II, as well as offering a panel consisting of a trio of papers on Doctor Faustus, concentrating on the question of the protagonist’s damnation.
Marlowe’s work in the hands of these emerging scholars presented the audience of faculty, family, and friends with important themes of agency, knowledge, the limitations of redemption, and the arrogance of youth. We’d like to congratulate them on good work, and wish them a well-deserved winter break!
Here’s the full program:
Sierra Offutt, “‘Reward’st thou virtue so?’: Godly Manipulation of Human Will and Agency in Marlowe’s Dido, Queen of Carthage”
Megan Lewis, “The Hidden Protagonist: A Character Study of Christopher Marlowe’s Queen Isabella”
Christian Scittina, “Unbecoming Irony: Marlowe’s Despair of Calvinist Negation in Dr. Faustus”
Brittany Cassidy, “The Quest to Damnation: Doctor Faustus’ Limit to Knowledge”
Alan Parkerson, “‘Never too late, if Faustus can repent’: Damned by Youth, Not Providence”
Categories: News, Professoring, Recommended (Internet) Reading
It has been a busy semester for Dr. Pobo — his new book of poetry, Booking Rooms in the Kuiper Belt, is out from Urban Farmhouse Press. You can pick up a copy over at the website for the press, and we encourage you to show your support for poetry AND for small presses by doing so!
He’s also had poetry appear over the last month or two in venues such as Minor Literature[s] [here], Gnarled Oak [here], and Silver Birch Press [here]. One of my favorite pieces is this one, a prose poem published by Rat’s Ass Review:
IN MICAH I WATCH A LOT OF BETTE DAVIS MOVIES
1949. In Beyond The Forest, Rosa Moline says if she doesn’t get out of that town, she’ll die. Burn that town down, burn it so even the ashes fly away, make it so no one even remembers such a town was there. That’s what I feel in Micah. Even when redbuds bloom. Stunted, our gray houses never bloom. If they could bloom, the flowers would be pus-filled devils.
1942. In In This Our Life, spoiled Stanley, yes, that’s her name, makes a mess of other people’s lives (a tablespoon of incest with her uncle). I’m called rotten too. And bitch. And fag. And cocksucker. If you don’t eat dinner at 6:00pm, people think “He’s odd.” I’m no saint. I’m the bad boy, the bad girl, the glassblower’s glass, fragile yet radioactive.
1962. In Whatever Happened To Baby Jane, Jane Hudson is so made up you can’t see any real skin. In Micah we all wear heavy makeup. Our sins are the mascara on our soul’s face. You are a gang plank. The many people who you despise must walk until they drop down into a shark-infested ocean. You laugh hysterically, call the liquor store, add another layer of paint.
Some go to church and get by, shop at Wal-Mart. Some are so despairing that their one life jacket, “tomorrow,” is too torn to keep them afloat. Me, I watch Bette Davis films. I know them line by line. When Micah turns over in its sleep, I kiss its seeringly hot cheeks, catch on fire. I live in fire. One step closer—and I’ll burn you.
Categories: News, Upcoming Events
Tags: conferences, FUSE, writing
Happy to cross-post from the blog at The Blue Route, the undergraduate online literary magazine run by English and Creative Writing faculty and students here at Widener. We’re delighted to welcome the annual conference for the Forum of Undergraduate Student Editors starting tomorrow! You can follow along on Twitter at #FUSE15.
Panels featuring students from Shippensburg University, Susquehanna University, Cabrini College, Warren Wilson College, SUNY Geneseo, Mary Baldwin College, St. Louis University, Cedar Crest College, Bowling Green State University, UCLA, Drexel, and Ursinus College will focus on topics ranging from designing an online journal and developing a personal aesthetic as an editor, to promoting campus magazines and evaluating submissions.
Students have been working hard to put this together, and we can’t wait!
Tags: literature, memoir, Visiting Writer
On October 14, Widener English and Creative Writing was pleased to host noted author Dinty Moore as the fall Distinguished Visiting Writer. Moore directs the Creative Writing Program at Ohio University, and is the editor of Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction.
Moore read from his most recent book, Dear Mr. Essay Writer Guy, a collection of humorous prompts supplied by other well-known essayists, and Moore’s essays in response. An audience of faculty and students was treated to Moore’s thoughts on growing up Catholic, being a father to a teenaged daughter, and what it means to meet your writer heroes and have them turn out to be much different from how you might have imagined.
After several days of workshops and an excellent reading, I think we can all say that meeting Dinty Moore and hearing his work was just as enjoyable an experience as we could have imagined!