Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Five Questions for New Mexico Authors - Sharon Oard Warner - New Mexico Mercury

Please see the full interview with Professor Warner at!

Book Release, Of Small Children / And Other Poor Swimmers: Poems by Brian Hendrickson

"Of Small Children / And Other Poor Swimmers is centered in the push-pull of place. Hendrickson wants to leave behind his Florida childhood, where every memory is still moist, but he continues ‘calling on the voices’ and crossing back, wading into love, loss and danger with vivid imagery." - 
Lauren Camp, author of three collections of poetry, including One Hundred Hungers, and winner of The Dorset Prize (Tupelo Press)

"Hendrickson's literary prowess is plentiful, but what intrigues me most is how the collection calls us to embrace, fully, what's most formidable (and most innocent) in our own humanity. As if each shattering was merely a good throttle and every devastation could blossom on chain link. The smallest moments of truth. The largest. Line-break-grit / word-ache-gorgeous. How stark, how challenging and awkward, how irresistible our foibles become when rendered by Hendrickson!" - 
Lisa Gill, recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Poetry and author of five books, including Caput Nili and Red as a Lotus

"Brian Hendrickson demands the inclusion of the real press of the discursive and meditative into his poems, by juxtaposing multiple levels of diction, and by frequently shifting between the anecdotal, the essayistic, and the lyrical. Through his careful use of these techniques, Hendrickson is able to achieve James Scully's ideal of ‘audacious speaking’: he refuses to capitulate either to the lyrical moment or the abstraction, and so his poetry exists and persists as an urgent place for utterance of consciousness." - Don Winter, author of seven collections of poetry, including Saturday Night Desperate

The Book Release, Of Small Children / And Other Poor Swimmers: Poems by Brian Hendrickson will be celebrated at Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW,. on Wednesday, December 3rd at 7:00 PM

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Professor Sharon Warner interviewed by the New Mexico Maganize

"Taos Summer Writers’ Conference founder Sharon Oard Warner talks about her new novel and tending to D.H. Lawrence’s local legacy."

Please see the full article, "Sharon Oard Warnder:  Homing In", by Candace Walsh from the New Mexico Magazine.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Anita Obermeier Publishes Book Review

Anita Obermeier publishes book review of Scattergood, John, Occasions for Writing: Essays on Medieval and Renaissance Literature, Politics, and Society (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2010) in Mediävistik 26 (2013): 288-89.

Brian Hendrickson Published in Mosaic

Brian Hendrickson published "Irreverently Unromantic: A Rhetorical Path to Sophistic Poetics in the Poetry of Bob Hicok." in the June 2014 issue of Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary studyof literature.

"Irreverently Unromantic" is a rhetorical analysis of Bob Hicok's earliest and most recent poems in which Hendrickson reveals how the poet modifies the terms of the central problem in contemporary poetry--Romantic irony--by employing an irreverent poetics he describes as sophistic to highlight its rhetorical tendencies while differentiating it from the inverted Platonism of Romantic irony.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Daniel Worden’s coedited book Oil Culture has just been published by the University of Minnesota Press

Daniel Worden’s coedited book Oil Culture, edited by Ross Barrett (Art History, University of South Carolina) and Daniel Worden (American Literary Studies, University of New Mexico), has just been published by the University of Minnesota Press.

Oil Culture is a field-defining, interdisciplinary collection of essays on the cultural life of oil. In the 150 years since the birth of the petroleum industry, oil has saturated our culture, fueling our cars and wars, our economy and policies. But just as thoroughly, culture saturates oil. So what exactly is “oil culture”? This book pursues an answer through petrocapitalism’s history in literature, film, fine art, wartime propaganda, and museum displays. Investigating cultural discourses that have taken shape around oil, these essays compose the first sustained attempt to understand how petroleum has suffused the Western imagination.

The contributors to this volume examine the oil culture nexus, beginning with the whale oil culture it replaced and analyzing literature and films such as Giant, Sundown, Bernardo Bertolucci’s La Via del Petrolio, and Ben Okri’s “What the Tapster Saw”; corporate art, museum installations, and contemporary photography; and apocalyptic visions of environmental disaster and science fiction. By considering oil as both a natural resource and a trope, the authors show how oil’s dominance is part of culture rather than an economic or physical necessity. Oil Culture sees beyond oil capitalism to alternative modes of energy production and consumption.

Contributors: Georgiana Banita, U of Bamberg; Frederick Buell, Queens College; Gerry Canavan, Marquette U; Melanie Doherty, Wesleyan College; Sarah Frohardt-Lane, Ripon College; Matthew T. Huber, Syracuse U; Dolly Jørgensen, Umeå U; Stephanie LeMenager, U of Oregon; Hanna Musiol, Northeastern U; Chad H. Parker, U of Louisiana at Lafayette; Ruth Salvaggio, U of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Heidi Scott, Florida International U; Imre Szeman, U of Alberta; Michael Watts, U of California, Berkeley; Jennifer Wenzel, Columbia U; Sheena Wilson, U of Alberta; Rochelle Raineri Zuck, U of Minnesota Duluth; Catherine Zuromskis, U of New Mexico.

For more information about the book, see

If you purchase the book through the above link, you can use code MN76520 for a 30% discount on Oil Culture.

Oil Culture

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Ana Castillo to deliver the 5th Annual Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya Lecture on the Literature of the Southwest

On Thursday, October 23, the UNM Department of English will host the distinguished writer Ana Castillo as the featured speaker for the fifth annual Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya Lecture on the Literature of the Southwest. Castillo will speak at 7:00 p.m. in Room 101 of George Pearl Hall (the School of Architecture and Planning), with a reception to follow. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Ana Castillo is one of the leading figures in Chicana and contemporary literature. A celebrated poet, novelist, short story writer, essayist, editor, playwright, translator and independent scholar, Castillo is the author of the novels So Far From God and Sapogonia, both New York Times Notable Books of the Year, as well as The Guardians, Peel My Love like an Onion, and many other books of fiction, poetry, and essays. Her most recent novel is Give it to Me, and the 20th-anniversary, updated edition of her groundbreaking book The Massacre of the Dreamers: Essays on Xicanisma will be published this October by the University of New Mexico Press.

The UNM English Department established the annual lecture series on the literature of the Southwest in 2010 through a gift from the renowned fiction writer Rudolfo Anaya and his late wife Patricia Anaya. The annual Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya Lecture on the Literature of the Southwest features foundational figures such as Acoma Pueblo poet Simon Ortiz (2010), Las Cruces writer and playwright Denise Chávez (2011), Taos writer John Nichols (2012), and Kiowa writer N. Scott Momaday (2013). For further information, visit the Anaya Lecture Series website at