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Beverley Catlett C'16 publishes article in Interdisciplinary Journal

May 18, 2017
Recent Sewanee English graduate, Beverley Catlett C'17, has published an article in the prestigious interdisciplinary journal Janus Head.

Edith Freni and Elyzabeth Wilder Selected for Ensemble Studio Theatre's 36th Marathon of One-Act Plays

April 26, 2017
Sewanee playwrights Edith Freni and Elyzabeth Wilder were selected for Ensemble Studio Theatre and Radio Drama Network's 36th Marathon of One-Act Plays.

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Prof. Michael elected president of the International Conference on Romanticism

April 4, 2017
Sewanee English Professor Jennifer Michael has been elected president of the International Conference on Romanticism.

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"Speaking Truth to Power" - A Journalism Panel on March 29

March 1, 2017
Sewanee presents: "Speaking Truth to Power - The Future of Journalism in a Post-Truth, Fake News World," a panel discussion on March 29th in Convocation Hall.

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A poetry reading by Earl S. Braggs

February 17, 2017
Distinguished poet and professor Earl S. Braggs will perform a reading of his poetry.

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John Irving reviews Prof. Kevin Wilson's new novel: "Perfect Little World"

January 30, 2017
John Irving, acclaimed novelist and screenwriter, unpacks the complexities and pitfalls of chasing perfection in Sewanee Professor Kevin Wilson's newest novel, Perfect Little World.

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Dr. Engel's Huntington Library Lecture: "Poe's Cultural Inheritance"

January 11, 2017
On Wednesay, January 25, 2017, Sewanee English professor Dr. Bill Engel will feature as part of the Huntington Library's Brown Bag Lecture Series.

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Dr. Jennifer Michael's 2016 Poetry

December 16, 2016
Dr. Jennifer Michael has published two poems in 2016 with an additional two forthcoming soon.

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Reading by poet Tiana Clark

December 5, 2016
The Mountain Goat and the Sewanee Review invite the community to a reading by poet Tiana Clark, author of Equilibrium.

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Dr. Robert Benson Friends of the Library Talk

November 29, 2016
Friends of the Library of Sewanee: The University of the South invites you to attend a talk by Dr. Robert Benson, Professor Emeritus of English.

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Prof. Engel to present at the Newberry Library on Memory Arts

November 17, 2016
On Wednesday, November 30, 2016, Sewanee's Prof. Bill Engel will present a talk entitled "The Memory Arts in Renaissance England" at the world-renowned Newberry Library in Chicago, IL.

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Kevin Wilson's "Living Underground" wins Theodore C. Hoepfner Literary Award

November 17, 2016
Kevin Wilson's "Living Underground" wins Theodore C. Hoepfner Literary Award

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Routledge Picks up Prof. Engel's Books in Paperback

October 25, 2016
Routledge Press announces the availability of two works by Sewanee English Professor Bill Engel in paperback editions: Chiastic Designs in English Literature from Sidney to Shakespeare and Early Modern Poetics in Melville and Poe.

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Novelist Tim O’Brien to read from his work

October 3, 2016
Award-winning novelist Tim O’Brien will read from his work at 4:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in Convocation Hall. The reading will be followed by a book signing.

Sewanee Grad Has Story Published

September 21, 2016
Congratulations to Chris Poole (C'11), whose story "The Angels' Share" appears in the Autumn 2016 issue of The Gettysburg Review. Poole received the Tennessee Williams Award for best graduating creative writer while at Sewanee, and he recently finished his MFA at Emerson College.

Author Danielle Evans to give Stacy Allen Haines Lecture

September 6, 2016
The Stacy Allen Haines Lecture will be given this year on Monday, Sept. 26, by Danielle Evans, winner of numerous awards for her fiction.

Professor Engel's Book Available on Amazon!

September 5, 2016
Just published in July, Professor William Engel's critical anthology on the Renaissance memory arts is available for purchase.

Engaging the Community through Writing

April 21, 2016
Engaging the Community through Writing

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Hank Lewis Fiction Reading

April 8, 2016
‌Author Hank Lewis will read from his fiction on Wednesday, April 13, at 4:30 pm in Gailor Auditorium. A reception will follow in the atrium. Lewis is the spring semester Brown Foundation Fellow at the University of the South, and the reading is sponsored by the English Department, the School of Letters, and the Foundation.

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Kevin Wilson honored as 2017 Hobson Prize recipient at Chowan University

April 5, 2016
Chowan University is pleased to announce that author Kevin Wilson, assistant professor of English at Sewanee, is the recipient of the 2017 Mary Frances Hobson Prize for Distinguished Achievement in Arts and Letters.

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Hank Lewis - Brown Foundation Fellow

February 15, 2016
The English Department would like to welcome William Henry (Hank) Lewis, who is joining us for the Easter semester as a Brown Foundation Fellow. He

My America, Too

December 8, 2015
Visiting Assistant Professor (English and Theatre) Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder has written That I Know for Sure, which was directed by Baltimore Center Stage's Artistic Director, Kwame Kwei-Armah. The short play was filmed in Sanford, Florida on the location where Treyvon Martin was killed.

Sewanee Review Fall Open

October 19, 2015
The Sewanee Review Fall Open House will celebrate our birthday and completion of our 123rd volume at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28.

As We Like It: Staging Shakespeare in the Twenty-First Century

September 10, 2015
The Sewanee community is invited to “As We Like It: Staging Shakespeare in the Twenty-First Century,” a lecture by Andrew Hartley, Russell Robinson Distinguished Professor of Shakespeare, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Fiction Readings: Bobbie Ann Mason and Steve Yarbrough, Sept. 9

September 4, 2015
Fiction Readings: Bobbie Ann Mason and Steve Yarbrough, Sept. 9

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Sewanee Professors Contribute to MTSU's SymPOEsium

June 19, 2015
Dr. Bill Engel and Dr. George Poe both presented at MTSU's symposium on "Poe and Place" or "SymPOEsium on Place".

Professor Macfie participates in Harvard Roundtable

June 3, 2015
On April 24 and 25, Professor Macfie participated in a roundtable focused on Shakespeare and Classical Literature at Harvard University's Barker Center. Linked to The Ashgate Research Companion to Shakespeare and Classical Literature (scheduled for publication in 2016), the conference scrutinized what Shakespeare read, wrestled with early modern and postmodern meanings of the words "classic" and "classical," and addressed what it means to call Shakespeare "a classic." Macfie's contribution to the Ashgate volume, an essay titled "Shakespeare, Ovid, and Surprise: Reversal in the Sonnets and Narrative Poems," explores how Shakespeare bends to his own purposes several strategies of reversal and cancellation orchestrated in Ovid's Amores.

Dr. Macfie's work published in "Renaissance Papers"

June 3, 2015
Pamela Macfie is happy to report that her essay, "Allusion as Plunder: Marlowe's Hero and Leander and Collulthus' Rape of Helen," has appeared in Renaissance Papers 43 (2-13): 31-42.

Congratulations Class of 2015!

May 16, 2015
The English Department would like to congratulate the class of 2015 as they prepare to enter graduate school, the workforce, or simply prepare to figure out what is next.

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Professor Irvin's Letter Goes Viral

May 16, 2015
Professor Matthew Irvin was the subject of a piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education, after a letter of his to syndicated columnist Dan Savage was published and went viral.

2015 Stacey Allen Haines Lecturer Announced

February 11, 2015
John Lahr, author of Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, will be the 2015 Stacey Allen Haines Lecturer. On Wednesday, April 8th, at 4:30, Mr. Lahr will give a reading, appropriately enough, at the Tennessee Williams Theatre, followed by a reception.

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Professor Tucker's Article on Stevie Smith Published

February 4, 2015
Lauryl Tucker has published an article in Twentieth Century Literature called "Progeny and Parody: Narcissus and Echo in Stevie Smith's Poems," in which she discusses how Smith's uses this classical motif to critique both Christian and Freudian accounts of desire, gender, and childhood. The discussion of Echo as a parodic feminist figure in Smith is part of Professor Tucker's broader scholarly interest in this area, as she's currently working on a book project centering on queerness and parody.

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Professor Michael Awarded Faculty Fellowship

December 16, 2014
Congratulations to Professor Jennifer Michael who has been awarded a faculty fellowship from the Appalachian College Association for 2015-16.

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AIKEN TAYLOR INTERNSHIP DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 24

November 12, 2014
Senior students from all disciplines are invited to apply for the Aiken Taylor Internship with the Sewanee Review.

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Professor Engel has busy fall and spring planned

October 23, 2014
Bill Engel has just been voted Discipline Representative for "Emblem Studies" of the Renaissance Society of America; and is slated to become the next President of the Poe Studies Association. He will be presenting a paper entitled "'The Domain of Arnheim' decoded" at the International Poe Conference in New York in February.

Sewanee Review Announces Fall Open House

October 16, 2014
Join us on Tuesday, November 11 for the Sewanee Review Fall Open House as we celebrate the release of our fall issue on the form of the essay and the close of our 122nd year of publication.

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POET LAUREATE CHARLES WRIGHT READING FROM HIS COLLECTION OF WORK

October 8, 2014
U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Wright will read from his collection of work in Guerry Auditorium on October 16th at 4:30 PM. He is the author of more than 20 books of poetry and two volumes of criticism, and has won numerous awards, including the National Book Award, the PEN Translation Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Wyatt Prunty elected chancellor of the Fellowship of Southern Writers

September 10, 2014
Wyatt Prunty, director of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and Carlton Professor of English at Sewanee, has been elected chancellor of the Fellowship of Southern Writers (FSW).

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WILDER PLAY “GEE’S BEND” OPENS IN CHATTANOOGA

September 3, 2014
The Chattanooga Theatre Centre and ShawNuff Productions presents “Gee’s Bend,” a play with traditional music, Sept. 10 – 21, on the MainStage of the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. The play is written by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder, the Tennessee Williams Playwright-in-Residence at Sewanee.

Honors Candidates Successfully Defend Theses

May 5, 2014
Congratulations to the senior Honors English majors who successfully defended their theses

Poe’s Economy of Memory

February 17, 2014
Professor Engel just published an article on "Echoic Effects and Poe's Economy of Memory" in the international journal Connotations.

Professor Michael’s poem inspires choral piece

February 6, 2014
The Park Avenue Christian Church in New York recently commissioned a new choral piece, "Bell of Silence" by Nathan Davis, based on a poem by Professor Jennifer Davis Michael.

Aiken Taylor Recipient Announced

January 30, 2014
he Sewanee Review is proud to announce that Dana Gioia is the recipient of this year’s Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry. Dana Gioia, known for his poetry, criticism, and arts advocacy, holds the newly created Judge Widney Chair in Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California.

Professor Wilson Pens Foreword

January 21, 2014
Penguin Classics has recently reissued several of Shirley Jackson's books, including her second novel The Bird's Nest, which includes a foreword from Kevin Wilson, an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of the South.

English Majors Among First Sewanee Group to Present Papers at National Conference

January 17, 2014
Rachel Harris and Toby Hickson will share their work at the NCUR Convention in Lexington, KY, hosted by the University of Kentucky, in April of this year.

Professor Lewin Selected as Literary Judge

January 10, 2014
ennifer Lewin has been selected as a judge for the Southern Literary Festival this year, which is being held at the University of Mississippi in March (www.southernliteraryfestival.com).

Professor Engel to Publish with Cambridge University Press

December 4, 2013
Humanities professor Bill Engel, author of five books on intellectual history and literary studies, has a new book contract with Cambridge University Press for The Renaissance Arts of Memory: An Archival Companion of Images and Texts.

More options on the comprehensive exam

November 23, 2013
As English majors should be aware, the English comprehensive exam is organized into chronological periods that help guide your course selection in the major. This year, as always, comping seniors will be asked to write on five sections.

Notes on courses being offered this Easter term

November 23, 2013
This spring’s Medieval offerings include a few notable changes.

Sewanee Review invites applications for 2014-2015 Aiken Taylor Internship

November 23, 2013
The Sewanee Review invites applications from current seniors for the 2014-2015 Aiken Taylor internship—an exceptional opportunity to gain experience in the field of literary editing and publishing.

A new face in Gailor Hall

October 23, 2013
This year, Professor Ross Macdonald (A.B. Harvard, Ph.D. Yale) joins the English faculty.

“What Wants My Son”

August 25, 2013
Professor Kevin Wilson's story “What Wants My Son”,

New Merit Scholarship Announced

August 6, 2013
The University of the South is pleased to announce the creation of a new merit scholarship award for the purposes of encouraging creative writing and creative writers, the Walter E. Dakin Scholarship, for an entering freshman showing unusual promise in creative writing.