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Spring 2009

McRae Selected to Attend Prestigious Seminar for Poets

 

commitment to creative writing as a legitimate academic pursuit, and to our department's ability to train those students who wish to become writers. For our program, there is simply no better measure of success, no better assessment tool, than our students earning spots in prestigious writing seminars that usually cater to Ivy Leaguers and the like. It’s the first step in what promises to be a long writing career for Nick.”

Although McRae was a bit weary at the thought of moving immediately to a new residence and having to make all new friends after over eight months of doing exactly that in the Czech Republic, he discovered it was worth the effort.

“I honestly can't think of anything I'd rather have done this summer,” he said. “The seminar has been a great place to write poetry and get to know some of the most talented members of my generation of poets. I would encourage any undergraduate poet who is serious about his or her art to apply to the program. Believe me, if you are accepted, the effort put into your application process will not be wasted.”

*Reprinted from the Fall 2008 issue of Perspective, published by the UWG Division of University Advancement.

By James A. Janis

This past spring, Nick McRae of Lafayette, a student from the Department of English and Philosophy, was selected to attend the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets on the campus of Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. The seminar is considered the most prestigious of it its kind in the nation.

A panel of professional writers and educators hand-pick only 10-12 fellows annually from among as many as 1,000 applicants, based on their level of poetic promise and achievement. Each fellowship covers tuition, housing in campus apartments, and meals.

Reserved for only the best and most ambitious undergraduate poets, the program provides students the opportunity to receive guidance and assistance from visiting and staff poets through writing workshops, lectures and discussions, and individual conferences. Additionally, the visiting students get a chance to engage each others in their writing and form a community of peers.

“The Bucknell Seminar was a whirlwind of poetry-writing and friend-making unlike anything else I had ever experienced,” McRae said. “It is uncommon, I feel, for an undergraduate poet to be around so many talented and passionate poets in such an unbelievably nurturing environment, and so my experience was a true dream-come-true, the capstone to probably the greatest year of my life thus far.”

Prior to attending the Bucknell Seminar, McRae had spent the past academic year studying abroad at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, and learned while living there that he had been selected to be one of the “June Poets,” as they are called at Bucknell.

Dr. Chad Davidson, associate professor of English and coordinator of creative writing at UWG, said, “Nick's acceptance into Bucknell is a systemic success and speaks to both our university’s

 

Dr. Meg Pearson participated in a research seminar at Victoria University in the Toronto this summer. She was one of 12 junior scholars chosen from around the world for the program, which was entitled "Making Theatrical Publics in Early Modern Europe." The month-long seminar considered how theatres and public performances create political agency in early modern societies.

Prof. Stephanie Hollenbeck welcomed a baby girl, Abigail Grace, on Thursday, October 16th. Abigail weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and was 19½ inches long.

Dr. Chad Davidson was named UWG Outstanding Faculty Member for September 2008.

 

Drs. Fraser and Davidson completed their book, Writing Poetry: Creative and Critical Approaches, due out in November on Palgrave Macmillan. The poets also celebrate new collections—Dr. Fraser's Answering the Ruins and Dr. Davidson's The Last Predicta—both of which will appear shortly.

Former graduate student Ben Brown was accepted into the highly competitive MFA program at George Mason University.

Student Jimmy Worthy presented a paper this past summer at the Southern Writers Southern Writing Graduate Conference in Oxford, MS.