Wednesday, February 23, 2011

In Memory of Liz Ketterer

It is with great sadness that the English department announces that our PTI and Visiting Professor Lizz Ketterer
passed away last Saturday.  Memorial services will be held in New Jersey and Stratford upon Avon, where she had many friends and colleagues. 

Should you wish to express your condolences, the family has asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
She was a lovely, vibrant colleague --she will be sorely missed.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

eWords: Adam Gopnik in the New Yorker - The Information

"A series of books explaining why books no longer matter is a paradox that Chesterton would have found implausible, yet there they are, and they come in the typical flavors: the eulogistic, the alarmed, the sober, and the gleeful."

Adam Gopnik writes about books and the information age

Civil Rights Symposium: Mental Health and the Community

All UNM Faculty, Students, &Staff are invited to participate:

Friday, March 4, 2011 – Fourth UNM Civil Rights Symposium SUB Ballroom C
9:00a.m. -4:00 p.m. (Free & Open to the Public)
"Mental Health and the Community"

Featuring Dr. Stephanie Hall, Chief Medical Officer for LA County and Associate Dean of the USC Keck School of Medicine, as key note speaker, this symposium features panels and presentations on topics such as Mental Health,  Alcohol and Drug Addiction, Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System, Cyberbullying, Mental Illness and Cultural Difference, Structural Racism and Public Health, and others, and will draw experts in public health and law from the UNM and surrounding community.

Contact: Brian Hendrickson, Assistant WAC Events Coordinator,

This event is being presented in conjunction with the First Annual Mental Health Awareness Week, February 28-March 4, presented by Agora Crisis Center.

Contact: Emerson Epstein, Chair, Mental Health Week,

Friday, February 18, 2011

Michelle Brooks: Publication News

Visiting Writer Michelle Brooks' novella, Dead Girl, Live Boy, will be released next month through Storylandia and Wapshott Press as a trade paperback, Storylandia Journal issue, and eBook. The link for more information is

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Reading: Duke City Dime Stories

CONTACT:  Jennifer Simpson,


Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 16, 2011—Duke City DimeStories will celebrate its one year anniversary with a Showcase of DimeStories selected from the best of the past year’s monthly open mic events. Several affiliated with UNM’s Department of English will be reading their Best Of from the past year:  Annarose Fitzgerald, David Rubalcava, James Burbank, Larry Goeckel, Ariel Gore, Cassie Lopez, Von Jones, Lucy DuPertuis, and Suzanne Richardson and Jennifer Simpson.

DimeStories are 3-minutes prose pieces read by the author and the three best stories of each month are recorded and posted online at The reading series has been partly sponsored by the English Graduate Student Association.

The First Showcase will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 20, 2011 at Alamosa Books, 8810 Holly Avenue NE Suite D, in Albuquerque where as many as 22 authors will read their three-minute prose pieces.  We will also enjoy a potluck reception; the event is free and open to the public.

About Duke City DimeStories:
Duke City DimeStory monthly Open Mic events take place every third Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Source, 1111 Carlisle Ave. SE (south of Central at Anderson).  Sign up begins at 6:45 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Duke City DimeStories is affiliated with DimeStories Theater, a national organization dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of 3-minute stories read by the author to the listening public by open mic, showcase events, or radio and podcasts. Events are held each month in San Diego, Orange County and New York. The Albuquerque event is co-hosted by Jennifer Simpson and Merimee
Moffit.  The first year was sponsored in part by the English Graduate Student Association at the University of New Mexico.

About Alamosa Books:
Alamosa Books is an independent bookstore. It is the newest independent bookstore in Albuquerque, and it is the only one that specializes in our youth. For more information, visit

About the Hosts:
Jennifer Simpson writes very creative mostly non-fiction prose and is enrolled in the MFA / creative writing program at UNM. Before moving to Albuquerque she was a regular at the San Diego DimeStories Open
Mic. One of her pieces, “The Letter,” was selected for San Diego’s Best of Year 3 CD.  Merimee Moffitt is a graduate of UNM; she writes poetry and memoir and teaches now and then at CNM.  She is co-editor of the monthly broadside The Rag and has published poems in Pemmican, Lunarosity, and Persimmon Tree literary magazines.

For More Information:
For more information about DimeStories, visit For information about the Albuquerque event, call 505-503-1380 or email

Spring Colloquium: Professor Peter L. White

English Department Spring Colloquium
The New Mexico Musical Heritage Project

Wednesday, February 16 from Noon to 1:00

A Multimedia Presentation by Professor Peter L. White


The presentation will be held in Professor White’s violin workshop
(Room 144 Communication & Journalism Building, First floor on the south side of the building)

Call for Papers: International Conference on Medievalism

Medievalism, Arthuriana, and Landscapes of Enchantment

The conference committee for Studies in Medievalism is pleased to invite
paper and session proposals for its 26th Annual International Conference on
Medievalism, to be held at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, on
October 20–22, 2011.

The theme of this year's conference is “Medievalism, Arthuriana, and
Landscapes of Enchantment.” We therefore especially invite proposals
addressing any or all of these concepts. We will also welcome proposals on
any topic related to the invocation or representation of the Middle Ages in
post-medieval periods. As an interdisciplinary organization, we also
encourage proposals from all areas of the humanities, social sciences, and
beyond, particularly proposals that address interdisciplinary themes or
employ interdisciplinary theories and methods. Post-medieval interest in
Arthuriana has flourished unabatedly since the 19th-century medieval
revival and is, for instance, reflected in the 2010 publication of Joerg O.
Fichte’s From Camelot to Obamalot: Essays on Medieval and Modern
Arthurian Literature.

    Subthemes for the conference might include, but are not limited to:
    Re-imaginings of important Arthurian figures (King Arthur, Guinevere,
        Lancelot, Gawain, Morgan le Fay, Perceval, Lady of the Lake, etc.)
    Representations of Arthuriana in art
    Women and questions of gender in Arthuriana
    Arthurian themes in music
    Roles of landscapes in modern Arthurian works
    Arthuriana and enchantment in modern historical novels (including
    Connections between magical enchantments and landscapes
    Arthuriana and enchantment on the contemporary stage
    Arthuriana in Shakespeare
    Tolkien, Arthuriana, and enchantment
    Enchantment in contemporary Arthurian works
    Arthuriana portrayed on film, television, and/or the radio
    Arthuriana and enchantment on the Internet
    Arthuriana and enchantment in electronic and/or non-electronic games

Publication Opportunities:
Selected papers related to the conference theme will be published in The
Year’s Work in Medievalism.

Submission Deadline:  April 18, 2011
Please send 250-word abstracts for individual papers and session proposals
as an email attachment in Word or pdf formats to:

Anita Obermeier, Conference Chair
International Conference on Medievalism
Institute for Medieval Studies
University of New Mexico

Works in Progress February Event

Join us for the first Works in Progress of the Spring 2011 semester

Friday, February 18th at 7 p.m.
Winnings Coffee Company
111 Harvard Dr SE

Poetry: Nora Hickey
Fiction: Carmela Starace
Creative Nonfiction: Ty Bannerman