Friday, May 27, 2011

Jennifer Simpson: Publication News

MFA candidate Jennifer Simpson's short essay, "Mom's Chicken Divan" was published on StyleSubstanceSoul. The essay is an excerpt from her in-progress memoir / dissertation, "Reconstructing My Mother."

You can read the essay on-line here.

Check out Jennifer's blog here.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

ePublishing for Academia: Adobe Online Event

On June 9th at 9:00 AM Adobe is presenting an online seminar titled, "Adobe ePublishing for Academia." From the seminar description:

"Join John Schuman, Adobe Higher Education expert, as he covers how Case Western Reserve and Indiana University use Adobe Digital Publishing Suite for publishing scholarly information to the next generation of tablet devices."

You can register for this free seminar here.

Publication News: Honors Student Philip Stephens

Philip Stephens

Honors recipient Philip Stephens had a story published in Conceptions Southwest titled, "Vondelpark", using his full pen name of Philip Charles Stephens (unfortunately misspelled in the magazine). He plans to continue work on the story and is hoping for further publication.

Philip's Honors thesis was entitled "Captain Wizzlebeaks: Science Fiction and the Technologized Lens", and he was awarded cum laude. He comments, "it began as a critique of industrial changes in the Gothic but quickly became a sort of Heideggerian look at reality and how it's represented in the technological age. I used the 75'000 word zero draft of my novel to begin my thesis and I'm now 50'000 words into the first draft. It's coming along well and takes up most of my creative energies. Hopefully it will work!"

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Resources: Media-Entertainment-Jobs

The Communications Career site Media-Entertainment-Jobs has a list of employment opportunities for communication/media graduates.

Check out the website here.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Resources: Yale Digital Commons

Yale University has launched its art and artifact collection online, including over 33,000 prints, drawings and photographs, and 45 rare books and manuscripts.

Take a look at this excellent research resource here.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Of Interest: The Future of Books?

In an English department e-books are, to say the least, a fraught subject. The debate could simplistically (and probably misleadingly) be reduced to that of body - the format of a book (hardback, paperback, e-book) vs soul (content). With the proliferation of the e-reader - Kindle, Nook, Sony's Reader and, of course, the Ipad/Ipod apps that allow readers to use multiple platforms - the e-book is rapidly gaining ground on traditional publishing, bringing the debate into sharp focus.

So, does this Ted presentation demonstrate the possibilities of this new publishing platform, or highlight the problems of a medium that is more flash than substance?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tanaya Winder: Publication News

MFA student Tanaya Winder's poems, "consider the assemblage of a longing," and "measure by measure: the body begs," have been published on Superstition Review. Read more here.

Elizabeth Tannen: Publication News

MFA student Elizabeth Tannen's essay, "My Mother Reads My Blog," has been published in the
online magazine, StyleSubstanceSoul. Read the essay here.

Ty Bannerman: Publication News

Congratulations to MFA candidate Ty Bannerman whose article "The 7 Deadly sins of New Mexico" has been published in The Alibi. You can read his article here.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Center for Regional Studies Hector Torres Fellowship

The Center for Regional Studies and the English Department at the University of New Mexico announce the Center for Regional Studies Hector Torres Fellowship.

The Center for Regional Studies Hector Torres Fellowship supports graduate research and scholarship in the English Department directly related to the late Dr. Hector Torres’ fields, as well as the mission of the Center for Regional Studies. These areas include Chicano/a literary and cultural studies; theory (i.e. Marxism; post-structuralism; deconstruction; psychoanalysis; and globalization); film studies; and scholarship related to the mission of the CRS (including history; archival research; literature; and other interdisciplinary fields related to New Mexico, the US-Mexico borderlands, and the greater southwest).

The award amount ranges from $10,00 to $15,000 a year, depending on availability. Renewal is not automatic. The Fellowship is housed in the English Department but sponsored by the Center for Regional Studies.

Qualified graduate student applicants must meet the above criteria; be graduate students in good standing (3.0 GPA or better); maintain full-time graduate student standing during the tenure of the award; and complete a CRS application, which includes a letter of intent; transcripts; resume; two letters of recommendation; and proof of enrollment. Preference will be given first to advanced doctoral students (post-exams); doctoral students in coursework; and advanced MA students. Highly qualified applicants to the English doctoral program in American Literary Studies will also be considered for the fellowship for recruitment purposes. Send all applications and inquiries to Dr. Jesse Alemán, Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Department of English.

Deadline: May 20, 2011.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

English Student Letter to the Daily Lobo

Undergraduate Chelsea Stallings has written to the Daily Lobo praising the English department and the Political Science department.

Read the full letter here.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Where Are They Now: Jesse Peters

Jesse Peters received his Ph.D. from the UNM English Department in December 1999.  His Dissertation Director was Professor Louis Owens. His dissertation was titled: “Only the Drum Is Confident”: Simulations and Syncretisms in Native American Fiction.

Where is  Dr. Peters now?

He joined the faculty of UNC Pembroke in the Fall of 1999. Currently, he is a tenured Professor of English and American Indian Studies. He also serves as Dean of the Esther G. Maynor Honors College and Director of the Pembroke Undergraduate Research and Creativity center. Professor Peters tells us his first love is teaching.

Learn more about Dr. Peters on his website here.

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