New Creative Writing Professor's Book in the Running for National Book Award

Poet Brian Teare's (Creative Writing) recent book, Doomstead Days (Nightboat Books) has been "long-listed" for a 2019 National Book Award.

Ph.D. Students Transform Rotunda Into Planetarium, Realizing Jefferson’s Vision

New Creative Writing Professor's Book in the Running for National Book Award

Poet Brian Teare's (Creative Writing) recent book, Doomstead Days (Nightboat Books) has been "long-listed" for a 2019 National Book Award.

Ph.D. Students Transform Rotunda Into Planetarium, Realizing Jefferson’s Vision

Lisa Woolfork's 'Game of Thrones' class in the WSJ

Professor Lisa Woolfork's recent summer class on 'Game of Thrones' continues to capture media attention. The following article in the Wall Street Journal gives an in depth look into the class, talking to students about their experiences immersing themselves in the 'Game of Thrones' world from a literary perspective. It also contains the exciting news that Professor Woolfork is considering offering the course again in different iterations, including possibly as a regular spring semester course.

English PhD Audrey Golden wins third place in National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest

Audrey Golden, a recent PhD and lecturer in the English Department, has been named third prize winner in the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest. Contestants include the winners of three dozen book collecting contests held at colleges and universities across the country. Her entry, “Pablo Neruda and the Global Politics of Poetry,” had won first place in the 50th Student Book Collecting Contest sponsored by the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia last spring.

The press release from the Bibliographical Society of UVA explains further:

PhD candidate Andrew Ferguson quoted as literary expert in The Guardian

PhD candidate Andrew Ferguson was quoted in The Guardian speaking about the works of science-fiction author RA Lafferty. The article credits Ferguson, alongside fellow enthusiast Neil Gaiman, for rekindling interest in Lafferty, described in the article as "the most important science-fiction writer you've never heard of." Ferguson is currently writing a biography of the author for the University of Illinois Modern Masters of Science Fiction series and will chair a panel on Lafferty on 14 August at Loncon, the World Science Fiction Convention, being held at London's Docklands.

Emeritus Professor E. D. Hirsch in Politico

UVa Emeritus Professor of English E. D. Hirsh, writes Politico, can be credited with the foundation of the Common Core teaching standards, currently adopted in 43 out of 50 American states. Developed in 2009 by the National Governors Association to better prepare students for the demands of college and the workplace, the Common Core spells out learning goals for grades K-12. According to David Coleman, who is often called the “architect” of the Common Core, Hirsch’s research showing the fundamental connection between knowledge and literacy “is absolutely foundational.”

Professor Gregory Orr reflects on fatal gun accident

Professor Gregory Orr reflects in The New York Times on the recent incident in which a nine-year-old girl shot and killed her instructor at an Arizona gun range. Professor Orr, author of 12 books of poetry and a memoir titled The Blessing, accidentally killed his younger brother in a hunting accident when he was 12 years old. Professor Orr meditates poignantly on the position of children who suddenly find themselves living out the consequences of a fatal accident and trying to comprehend their part in it.

Once-a-decade Furious Flower conference dedicated to Rita Dove

The Furious Flower Poetry Center’s once-a-decade conference is dedicated this decade to Professor Rita Dove. This gathering of poets and scholars, held at James Madison University, features readings by many of the best established and emerging African American poets writing today—and all of these readings are free and open to the public. The conference began September 24 and continues through Saturday, September 28, with readings, open mics, lectures, and concerts.

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Brian Teare
Brian Teare
Brian Teare
Brian Teare
Kiki Petrosino
Kiki Petrosino
Writing Communities
Stephen Parks
The Brick House
Micheline Aharonian Marcom
A Brief History of Yes
Micheline Aharonian Marcom
The Mirror in the Well
Micheline Aharonian Marcom
Draining the Sea
Micheline Aharonian Marcom
The Daydreaming Boy
Micheline Aharonian Marcom
Three Apples Fell From Heaven
Micheline Aharonian Marcom
Victorian Connections
Jerome McGann
Air Heart Sermons
Jerome McGann
Don Juan in Context
Jerome McGann
Publication icon
Jerome McGann
Hothead: A Poem
Stephen Cushman
Roads of the Heart
Christopher Tilghman
Stauffer
Andrew Stauffer
The Textual Condition
Jerome McGann
Byron and Romanticism
Jerome McGann
Petronius’ Satyrica
J. Daniel Kinney
Cellar
Lisa Russ Spaar
Kneeling on Rice
Elizabeth Denton
Selected Poems
Rita Dove
The Craft of Argument
Jon D'Errico
Blue Pajamas
Stephen Cushman
Cussing Lesson
Stephen Cushman
Riffraff
Stephen Cushman
The Victorians and Old Age
Anna Brickhouse
American Smooth
Rita Dove
The Rape of the Lock
Cynthia Wall
Mason's Retreat
Christopher Tilghman
Best New Poets 2010
James (Jeb) Livingood
The Poet's World
Rita Dove
Museum
Rita Dove
Book icon
Lisa Russ Spaar
The Way People Run
Christopher Tilghman
Robert Browning's Poetry
Andrew Stauffer
Blue Venus
Lisa Russ Spaar
Glass Town
Lisa Russ Spaar
Rethinking Tragedy
Rita Felski
Sonata Mulattica
Rita Dove
Fifth Sunday
Rita Dove
Thomas and Beulah
Rita Dove
Mother Love
Rita Dove
Satin Cash
Lisa Russ Spaar
A Transnational Poetics
Jahan Ramazani
Modernism
Michael Levenson
Vanitas, Rough
Lisa Russ Spaar
Grace Notes
Rita Dove
Why Read?
Mark Edmundson
In a Father's Place
Christopher Tilghman
The Right-Hand Shore
Christopher Tilghman
Heart Island
Stephen Cushman
Book icon
Jerome McGann
Byron and Wordsworth
Jerome McGann
The Invention Tree
Jerome McGann
Torn Sky
Debra Nystrom
Bad River Road
Debra Nystrom
A Burnable Book
Bruce Holsinger
The Invention of Fire
Bruce Holsinger
The Red List
Stephen Cushman
Orexia: Poems
Lisa Russ Spaar
This Thing Called the World
Debjani Ganguly
Uses of Literature
Rita Felski
Nine Island
Jane Alison
A Quarter Turn
Debra Nystrom

Events

Thursday, November 14th

  1. Ann Beattie Lecture
    • Where: Minor Hall, Room 125
    • Start time: 05:00pm
    • End time: 06:00pm
  2. MFA Reading Series
    • Where: New Dominion Book Shop 404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, United States
    • Start time: 08:00pm
    • End time: 09:00pm
    • Hannah Dierdorff and Kate Severance

Friday, November 15th

  1. Neal Curtis - Dissertation Presentation
    • Where: Bryan Hall Faculty Lounge
    • Start time: 12:00pm
    • End time: 01:00pm

Wednesday, November 20th

  1. Gregory Orr Reading
    • Where: New Dominion Book Shop 404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, United States
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End time: 08:00pm

Thursday, November 21st

  1. MFA Reading Series
    • Where: New Dominion Book Shop 404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, United States
    • Start time: 08:00pm
    • End time: 09:00pm
    • Jeddie Sophronius, Acacia Johnson, and Sahika Gurler

Saturday, November 23rd

  1. Jillian Weise and Lindsay Stuart Hill Poetry Reading
    • Where: New Dominion Book Shop 404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, United States
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End time: 08:00pm
    • Join us for a reading with poets Jillian Weise and Lindsay Stuart Hill. This event will be free and open to the public.

      Jillian Weise [pronounced VICE-uh] is a poet, performance artist, and disability rights activist. She is the author of four books: three poetry collections and a novel. Her first book, The Amputee’s Guide to Sex, was reissued in a 10th anniversary edition with a new preface. The Book of Goodbyes won the Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. Cyborg Detective is just out from BOA Editions. Weise has written about being a cyborg for Granta, The New York Times, and Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics. Her web series, “Tips for Writers by Tipsy Tullivan,” has been profiled by BOMB, Electric Lit, and Inside Higher Ed. She teaches at Clemson University. Her website is jillianweise.com.

      Lindsay Stuart Hill is a writer and editor based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including Ploughshares, The Southern Review, Bellevue Literary Review, and Barrow Street. She was the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize at the University of Virginia, where she earned her MFA. Her chapbook, One Life, was published by Finishing Line Press, and her full-length poetry manuscript was recently a finalist for both the BOAAT Book Prize and the National Poetry Series.