Thursday, September 30, 2010

Lecture: Leigh Johnson

The Feminist Research Institute invites you to a lecture:

"Historical Romance and Representation: Jovita González and Eve  Raleigh’s Collaboration and Correspondence"

Leigh Johnson,
Wednesday, October 6th
12:00- 1:00 pm
SUB, Cherry/Silver

Jovita González and Eve Raleigh (Margaret Eimer) coauthored the 1934  novel Caballero, yet critics continue to assign most of the content to  Gonzàlez. The historical romance features relationships between  Tejanos/as and Anglos that signify changes in the political climate of  South Texas. Letters from Eimer to González suggest a collaborative  effort unrecognized by scholars. Leigh Johnson will discuss the  letter, politics of collaboration, and what recognizing collaboration  means for Chicana studies.

Readings: Casandra Lopez and David Rubalcava

Best Of September's Duke City DimeStories included "When Later Means Love" by Casandra Lopez (MFA candidate) and "EFF You OK Cupid" by David Rubalcava (MFA candidate). Selected from the 18 stories shared at the September 15 event, audio of these two stories along with a story from local writer Georgia Santa Maria are posted on the website at:

Past Open Mic selections have included Larry Geockel (creative writing faculty), Annarose Fitzgerald (PhD candidate) and Lisa Gill (recent MFA grad).

A chapter of the nation-wide DimeStories Theater, Duke City DimeStories hosts monthly open mic events in Albuquerque every third Wednesday (details online).

Richard Vargas: Editor's Selection for Outstanding Poem from New Mexico

The editors for the anthology New Poets of the American West awarded eleven $200.00 prizes, one each to a contributor from each of the eleven states represented in the anthology. The poem, "Baby Brother's Blues" by UNM English Department student Richard Vargas, was selected as the editors' selection out of all the poems published from New Mexico, which included poetry by Jimmy Santiago Baca, Joy Harjo, Leo Romero, Carol Moldaw, Jon Davis, and several others.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Poetry Reading: In Honor of Hector Torres and Stefania Gray

Thank you to all the poets who read last night as the closing event for the Gray-Torres Conference on Domestic Violence and Stalking. It was a moving and inspiring event.

Our particular thanks go to Jim Burbank who organized and MC'd the evening.

If you were unable to attend, keep an eye out here on our blog as we recorded the readings and will be posting the video once it's edited.

Remember that donations are still being accepted to benefit the Hector Torres UNM Fund and Stefania Gray's children.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

English Department Colloquium: Greg Martin

Professor Greg Martin will be presenting his talk, "Memoir and Transgression" on Thursday, September 23rd in the Department Lounge from 12:30 - 1:45.

Mark your calendars now for the semester's subsequent speakers:

October 6th: Professor David Jones
November 11th: Professor David Dunaway
December 2: Professor Susan Romano

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Amy Beeder: Publication News

Amy Beeder has work currently in the Kenyon Review and forthcoming in Virginia Quarterly Review and Threepenny Review.  Her second book, Scarab Poetica, will be out from Carnegie Mellon in 2011.

Gray-Torres Conference on Domestic Violence and Stalking: Agenda

Conference is OPEN and FREE. Participants are welcome to drop into any session they find interesting. 

Monday, September 27, 2010

8:30-9:00   SUB BALLROOM B
   Silent Auction Opens
   Safe Room Opens
   Information Tables Open

9:00-10:30 SUB BALLROOM B
  Opening Remarks
   Plenary: No More Secrets: Opening a Campus Conversation
   about Domestic Violence and Stalking.
Cameron Crandall, Lisa Broidy, Edna Sprague, Quintin McShane (AFAC/NMSP)

   Film: Generation M

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:00 Concurrent sessions:
   Literary and Historical Perspective on Domestic Violence
   Sorting Dirty Laundry: Domestic and Sexual Violence in African American Families and Communities
   Domestic Violence Investigations

12:00-1:00 Lunch on Own

1:00-2:45 SUB BALLROOM B
   Community Resources Panel

   Film: Tough Guise

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-4:45 SUB BALLROOM B
   By-stander Training

   Film: The Pornography of Everyday Life
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

8:30-9:00 SUB BALLROOM B
    Silent Auction Opens
    Safe Room Opens
    Information Tables Open

9:00-10:30 SUB BALLROOM B
   Creating a Coordinated Community Response at UNM Working Group

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:00 Concurrent Sessions:
    Personal Safety 101
    APD Stalking Profiler
    “Romancing Violence: American Entertainment’s Encouragement of Visual Pleasure in Female Victimization” and “Domestic Violence in Art”
      FIESTA A&B

12:00-1:00 SUB BALLROOM B
   Orders of Protection and Other Civil Legal Responses to Interpersonal Violence


1:00-2:45 SUB BALLROOM B
   NMSAFE TEEN- Teen Dating Violence

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-4:45 SUB BALLROOM B
   Creating a Statewide Impact through Legislation and Policy: Bringing the UNM Community to the Table

   Silent Auction Ends
   Safe Room Closes
   Information Tables Close

   Poetry Readings

Proceeds from the Silent Auction and Poetry Readings will benefit the daughters of Stefania Gray and the Hector Torres Memorial Fund in the Dept. of English

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Research Lecture: Poetic Vocabulary, BASIC English, and the Art of Robert Creeley

The Department of English and the English Graduate Student Association Present:

Poetic Vocabulary, BASIC English, and the Art of Robert Creeley
A Research Lecture Delivered By:Dr. Matthew Hofer, Assistant Professor of English

Monday, September 20, 2010
SUB—Acoma Rooms A&B

“Every revolution in poetry,” as T. S. Eliot declared, “is apt to be, and sometimes to announce itself to be a return to common speech.” Robert Creeley, a major twentieth-century American poet who earned his M.A. at UNM, aimed to be the author of just such a revolution. This lecture will reveal what Creeley’s enormously influential early style owes to I. A. Richards and C. K. Ogden’s stripped-down artificial language, BASIC English. Hardly designed to be a medium for literature—the acronym stands for British, American, Scientific, Industrial, Commercial—this 850-word vocabulary nevertheless has surprising modernist credentials: in the 1930s it briefly captured Ezra Pound’s imagination and was used to translate James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. Dr. Hofer’s lecture will make the case for why BASIC English fascinated Creeley, elucidate what it made possible for an innovative poet after World War II, and explain how the art of a common language matters for literary criticism and history.

The event is free and open to the public.

Contact: Dr. Jesse Alemán

Friday, September 10, 2010

Poetry Reading

 the poet Carolyn Forche will speak and read from her work at UNM Medical School on Thursday, September 16, from noon to 1 p.m. in Dominici 3010.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Gray-Torres Conference on Domestic Violence and Stalking

On September 27-28, 2010, the Gray-Torres Conference on Domestic Violence and Stalking will occur in the SUB Ballrooms, with talks, a silent auction to benefit the children of Stefania Gray children and the Hector Torres Memorial Fund, legislators and non-profit groups, all of which will provide information about Domestic Violence and Stalking and how to help those who are in violent situations.

A finalized agenda will be available later this week.

This event is sponsored by English, Feminist Research Institute (FRI), Women's Studies (WS),Women's Resource Center (WRC), Foreign Language and Literature (FLL), History and other important groups, with participation from the Second Judicial District Attorney.

Richard Vargas: Poetry Journal Inaugural Publication

The Más Tequila Review, edited by MFA student Richard Vargas, will celebrate its inaugural publication at Albuquerque’s newest independent bookstore in the NE Heights, Alamosa Books, (8810 Holly NE, Ste. D, 505-797-7101.) The event is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 19, 2-5 PM. Free and open to the public.
Poets from throughout New Mexico will be reading, and will include: Lisa Gill, Marilyn Stablein, Mitch Rayes, E.A. “Tony” Mares, Ken Gurney, Dale Harris, Gary Brower, Richard Vargas, John Macker and Mary McGinnis (Santa Fe) and Amalio Madueño (Taos.) There will also be an open mic (subject to time available.)

Los Angeles poet Michael C Ford wrote: “…I paged slowly thru Mas Tequila and assimilated what turned out to be total ambrosia… not a false note in these poems, practically seamless integrity of language… a lesson all who do indie publishing should learn: only print the words which have the ring of truth.”

Poet and retired UNM professor E.A. “Tony” Mares writes: "In the Malpaís Review, the words of poetry turn the badlands of the heart and of the disappearing natural landscape into fertile vistas for a better world, for the good lands we all desire."

Learn more about The Más Tequila Review at the website here.

Carrie Cutler: Poetry Publication

Carrie Cutler's poem, "A Shadowy Socialite," was selected for publication in the anthology, Brainstorms, the second book in the series titled "expressions of depression." The anthology is out of a UK press, Little Episodes. A second poem, "beautiful," has been selected to appear on the Little Episodes website as an editor's pick. The anthology's scheduled release date is October 28th of this year and the web publication should occur around the same time.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Poetry Reading: In Honor of Hector Torres and Stefania Gray

On Tuesday evening, Sept. 28, 7-9 PM, fourteen of Albuquerque's most prominent poets will gather to read in the UNM SUB Old Higher Ground space. The reading is the final event of the Gray-Torres Domestic Violence and Stalking Conference held on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 27-28.

The poetry reading celebrates the life and scholarship of English Dept. Professor Hector Torres and Englsih Dept. TA, Stefania Gray who were killed last spring in a domestic violence incident.

The reading will feature works by Lisa Gill, Levi Romero, and Margaret
Randall as well as other Albuquerque and New Mexico poets. The reading is to raise money for Professor Torres's UNM Fund and to benefit Stefania Gray's children.