I hope everyone had a great first week back — nice to see everyone in class ready to go, and good to meet new people.

Please save these dates and join in the intellectual and social life of our department…and always feel free to stop by and say hi!

  • Wednesday, September 18:  Open House in the English Suite, 8-10 am — Join English and Creative Writing majors — and friends — for bagels, coffee, and conversation.
  • Friday, September 20:  Fall Faculty Lecture, University Center Room A, 3-4 pm — Professor Daniel Robinson will be giving a talk entitled “Wordsworth Writing Wordsworth.”  All are welcome; refreshments will be served.
  • Tuesday, September 24:  Screening of Boyz n the Hood, Wellness Center Media Room, 6-8 pm — This film and discussion is one of the featured events for the freshmen common experience meant to complement the university-wide reading of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Beautiful Struggle.  Moderated by Professor Mark Graybill; all are welcome.
  • Wednesday, September 25:  Reception and Keynote for the Widener Art Gallery exhibit From the Studio:  The World of Norman Rubington,” Webb Room, 5-7 pm — John de St. Jorre, author of Venus Bound: The Erotic Voyage of the Olympia Press and Its Writers, will give a talk entitled “Norman Rubington:  Graphic Pioneer, Sometime Pornographer, Lifelong Artist.”  All are welcome; refreshments will be served.

And looking forward — our visiting writer this semester is Thomas Mallon.  He will be on campus September 17-18 for workshops, and then back again November 5-6, with a public reading on November 5 at 4pm in the Webb Room.

A novelist, essayist, and critic, Thomas Mallon directs the Creative Writing program at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.  His most recent novel, and his fifteenth book, Watergate, was a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.  Other honors include Guggenheim and Rockefeller Fellowships, the National Book Critics Circle citation for reviewing, and the Vursell Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  A former deputy chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, he is a former literary editor of Gentleman’s Quarterly, and is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic, and The American Scholar.  Dr. Mallon earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University with a dissertation on English WWI poet Edmund Blunden.

Coming up… watch this space for announcements regarding open mics and the inaugural season of the Lone Brick Theatre!

As you can see, we have a lot of exciting events happening this semester, and we’d love to hear your news!  If you’ve got anything exciting to share, please let me know.