Professors John O’Brien and Brad Pasanek spoke to UVA Today about their new web application for Thomas Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia. The application – developed by O’Brien and Pasanek, with the help of students and the University Library’s Scholars’ Lab – includes two versions of Jefferson’s encyclopedic volume: one of the first 1784 printings, which he gave to the Marquis de Lafayette, and a 1787 copy whose pages are full of his handwritten annotations, revisions and personal thoughts.
Professor Gregory Orr spoke to Robin Young on Here and Now about living after an accidental shooting death. Orr reflects on the recent incident in which a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her instructor at an Arizona firing range, as well as his own tragic experience: when he was 12 years old, he killed a younger brother in a hunting accident. Orr reads from his own poetry and discusses finding meaning after an incomprehensible tragedy.
Listen to the interview here.
If you are an English major or potential English major, come out to The Great English Exposition this Wednesday at 7pm in Bryan Hall 229. This information session, sponsored by the English Department and UVa College Council, will include faculty sepakers, an introduction to our new specialist in Career Services, and exciting new updates about the major, including:
The New Undergraduate English Association
New Tracks in the Major
The UVA Winter Reading Project
The Honors Program . The London Program . The BA/MA Program
Rita Dove, Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia, is the recipient of the 2014 Carole Weinstein Prize in Poetry. The prize was awarded at the 17th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration on October 18 at the Library of Virginia in Richmond. Established in 2005, the prize is awarded each year to a poet with strong connections to the commonwealth of Virginia. The $10,000 annual prize recognizes significant recent contribution to the art of poetry and is awarded on the basis of a range of achievement in the field of poetry.
Author James Salter spoke to UVA Today recently about his time in residence with the UVA English Department's Creative Writing Program. The Kapnick Distinguished Writer-in-Residence Program, established last year in the tradition of William Faulkner’s legendary residencies at the University in 1957 and ’58, aims to bring writers of international stature to Charlottesville for one semester to teach and engage with U.Va. students and the literary community.
Professor Lisa Russ Spaar is one of five finalists for the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing for the National Book Critics Circle Awards. These awards are some of the most prestigious American literary awards and are judged by a panel of critics and book review editors. Read more about the awards and other nominees here.
The English Department will host a community reading and discussion event this Wednesday at 7:00pm in the Bryan Hall Faculty Lounge. The Winter Read will bring together undergrads, graduate students, and professors to discuss Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Professors Clare Kinney, Stephen Cushman, and Victor Luftig will start off the event with a panel discussion, then participants will break into groups to discuss the book over pizza. Come one and all!
Members of the UVa English Department have suggested the following texts as ones that might be helpful to students, colleagues, and other members of the community in relation to current circumstances.
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Thursday, October 25th
John Keene Reading
- Where: Special Collections Library Auditorium
- Start time: 05:00pm
- End time: 06:00pm
Saturday, November 3rd
Black Queer Cinema Film Series - Jason and Shirley
- Where: Venue & Time TBA
Venue and Time TBA. Part of the Virginia Film Festival. Q&A with Director to follow. A critical reimagining of the events behind Portrait of Jason. (dir. Stephen Winter, 2015)
Friday, November 9th
Dream of a Common Language Reading
- Where: The Rotunda University of Virginia, 1826 University Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903, United States
- Start time: 04:00pm
- End time: 05:15pm
Creative Writing Program faculty, alumuni, and and second- and third-year MFA students read poetry as part of the UVA Arts Festival.
Saturday, November 10th
Austin Smith and William Wylie Reading
- Where: New Dominion Book Shop 404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, United States
- Start time: 07:00pm
- End time: 08:00pm