|UWG Students Take Part in Prestigious Writing Workshop
UWG graduate student Jonette Larrew, senior Nick McRae, and junior Katy Gunn were all invited to study with renowned poet Thomas Lux at Georgia Tech last spring. The agreement between UWG’s Department of English and Philosophy and Professor Lux allows for three highly promising students to dual-enroll at Georgia Tech for the semester and study in his workshop. Professor Lux currently holds the Bourne Chair in Poetry at Georgia Tech, and runs the notable Poetry at Tech program. A former Guggenheim fellow, Lux is the author of numerous poetry collections and has earned the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.
All three UWG students received valuable poetic training from Professor Lux and relished their time in his workshop. “Thomas Lux knows, and has known, a lot of famous poets,” said Larrew, “and he repeated some fascinating stories about them, especially concerning James Dickey.” Larrew added, “If you ever get a chance to ask him about the dinner party with Dickey and Robert Lowell, you should.” The three students also gained an influential friend in the poetry world in Professor Lux. In fact, through his recommendation, Katy Gunn was awarded a full scholarship to the Sarah Lawrence Summer
Writers Seminar in Bronxville, New York, where she spent one week in June. Following Sarah Lawrence, Gunn then attended the Antioch Writers’ Workshop in Yellow Springs, Ohio. “Tom makes the workshop experience new,” said Gunn. “Set in his office, meetings are small, comfortable and intimate, and though focus on poetry is intense, it allows room for the anecdotes and personal philosophies of a successful poet.”
As for graduating senior Nick McRae, he has safely arrived in the Slovak Republic, where he will spend the year teaching high school English on a Fulbright scholarship. McRae turned down acceptances to MFA programs at Bucknell University, the University of Mississippi, UNC-Greensboro, and McNeese State University to take advantage of the Fulbright. Congratulations to these three talented student poets.
The Department of English and Philosophy plans to send three more student poets to Professor Lux next spring. Graduate student Trista Edwards and seniors Jeffrey Peterson and Ashley Warner will head to Georgia Tech in January. If you see Trista, Jeffrey, or Ashley, congratulate them on this enormous honor and opportunity.
Mary Kay McBrayer, a senior undergraduate English major with a Creative Writing minor will be reading a paper at the prestigious International Auto/Biography Association Conference. The conference will be held in Sussex, England this coming June; it runs four days, and will provide her an audience of many of the most important scholars in autobiography studies.
Kendall Pope's essay, “Monster Lore,” recently won a $500 award and will appear in an upcoming issue of Memoirs, Ink. Kendall, who graduated last May, began the essay in Emily Hipchen’s English 4210 Advanced Creative Writing: Nonfiction class.
Kendall Pope and Kate Peterson, recent graduates from our major, have won finalist (fourth place) positions in a national writing contest from Press 53. The judge was Dinty W. Moore. Kate's piece was published in this year's Eclectic, and won this year's Creative Nonfiction prize. It's called "Women's Issues." Kendall's piece was a product of the Advance Writing Workshop in Creative Nonfiction last year. It's called "Chicky the Coward." Their names will be published at the P53 website and will appear on the list of winners in Poets & Writers.
Prof. Andy Brewer's essay, "Life After Pseudo-death: William Beckford's Vathek," was published in the Spring 2009 (vol. 67:3) of The Explicator.
Dr. Debra MacComb's article, "Mink Snopes Deals in Post Holes: Countering the Violence of Capital in Faulkner's Snopes Trilogy," was published in Mississippi Quarterly: Special Issue on Faulkner and Labor 61.3 (Summer 2008).
Dr. Meg Pearson's 2008 essay, “A Dog, a Witch, a Play: The Witch of Edmonton,” has just been named the best critical/interpretive essay to appear in volumes 10-11 (2007-2008) of Early Theatre.
Dr. Patrick Erben was recently selected as one of the recipients of the 2008-2009 COAS Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Erben received a plaque commemorating his achievement and $500.00 for professional development.
Prof. Bonnie Adams and her husband, Blake, welcomed twin boys, Zander and Jonathon, on October 20.