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English Expo a Success

Eclectic Release Party

Undergrad Conference

Bridging Distances, One Classroom at a Time

Toto Pulls Curtain on Hipchen

People News

Prof. Reinhard Retiring

In Memoriam: Dr. James W. Mathews

Paul Guest Wins Whiting

English Graduate Chooses a Masters Program

National Magazine Publishes Larrew

Kendra Parker Accepted for Ph.D. Program

Student Poets Garner National Acclaim

Students Share Their Conference Experiences

Student Work Accepted at National Conference

Hultquist Joins Faculty

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Job Spotlight on Amy Lavender


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Summer 2008

Fall 2008



National Magazine Publishes Larrew


This year’s Eclectic is back from the printers and almost out of our hands and into yours. Please come to the release party for the 2008 edition of Eclectic on Monday, March 31 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom 108.1 to pick up the first available editions of West Georgia's nationally recognized undergraduate literary journal. We invite you, your friends, and your family to come and enjoy free food, door prizes, great music, engaging art, and, above all, good words. We will be hosting writers Audrey Colombe and Martha Serpas, artist Chad Shore, and musician Paris Luna, who will give an acoustal performance. The release party will also recognize the award-winning student pieces of art, poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

—Kate Peterson, Eclectic Editor-in-Chief

Senior Secretary Jonette Larrew has published her first poem in a national literary magazine. “Ben Grimm in Retirement” appears in the latest issue of Harpur Palate, a semiannual journal housed at Binghamton University. An interior monologue spoken by the comic-book hero The Thing, Jonette’s poem explores complex questions of material decay, extraordinary embodiment, and the ephemeral nature of pop-cultural memory. In 2007, Jonette served as editor-in-chief of Eclectic, West Georgia’s award-winning student arts and literary magazine. She graduated that same year with a 3.6 GPA and a double-major in English and French. Currently enrolled as a masters-degree candidate in English, Jonette is a poet, translator, and critic of considerable confidence and range. About the publication of “Ben Grimm in Retirement,” she notes, "It's a first step. I'm very happy about it."

Kendra Parker Accepted for Ph.D. Program

Kendra Parker recently learned that she has been accepted into the doctoral program in English at Howard University in Washington, D. C.

Kendra will receive full tuition remission and an $18,000 annual stipend for five years. Such an accomplishment speaks volumes about Kendra’s commitment as a thinker and writer, and her promising future as a researcher and member of our profession.


Student Poets Garner National Acclaim

Graduate English student Amy Ellison and undergraduate English major Nick McRae both received word that they are among the finalists for the Agnes Scott College Writers' Festival Contest. Their work will appear in this year's Agnes Scott Writers' Festival Magazine, along with the work of the other finalists. Contest winners will be announced on March 28 at the festival luncheon, where Amy and Nick will rub elbows with writers Martín Espada, Rubén Martínez, and Gillian Lee-Fong-Farris.

In addition, Nick has been accepted into the extremely competitive Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets, held this summer on the campus of Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. This seminar represents the most prestigious event of its kind for aspiring poets and is a veritable training ground for the next generation of young


writers. In the acceptance letter, poet and director G. C. Waldrep claimed that Nick's poems "do both the tradition and the language great honor." Nick will receive a full scholarship to cover four glorious weeks this summer among prize-winning poets Kazim Ali, Laurie Kutchins, Dierdre O'Connor, and many others. Way to go, Nick!

Finally, poet Ashley Warner was recently notified that she won a highly competitive scholarship to the New York State Summer Writers Institute on the campus of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. Ashley was one of ten students nationwide selected out of 350 applicants for the scholarship, which is worth $1120 and pays for all of her tuition costs. She’ll be joining scholarship winners from universities such as Yale, Stanford, and Princeton, and be taking workshops from incredible writers and editors such as Campbell McGrath, Carolyn Forché, and Robert Boyers.