It is with the greatest sadness that we announce the untimely death of Christy Desmet, Josiah Meigs Professor of English, Director of First-year Composition and Director of the UGA Writing Centers, co-founder and co-General Editor of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation and Associate Editor, International Journal of ePortfolio. Christy joined the UGA English Department in 1984, having earned her PhD at UCLA under the direction of Richard Lanham.
Professor LeAnne Howe is a featured writer in Literary Hub's series "New Poetry by Indigenous Women," curated by Natalie Diaz.
According to the editor:
"This feature of indigenous women is meant to ... offer myriad ways of “poetic” and linguistic experience—a journey through or across memory, or imagination, across pain or joy or the impossibility of each, across our bodies of land and water and flesh and ink—an ever-shifting, ever-returning, ever-realizing map of movement, of discovery, of possibility, of risk—of indigenous and native poetry."
Dr. John Lowe's Calypso Magnolia: The Crosscurrents of Caribbean and Southern Literature from UNC Press has won the organization's 2017 C. Hugh Holman Award.
LSU Press has published a critical book about Eidson Distinguished Professor in American Literature LeAnne Howe titled LeAnne Howe at the Intersections of Southern and Native American Literature. The book was written by Kirstin L. Squint, an associate professor of English at High Point University.
Eidson Distinguished Professor in American Literature LeAnne Howe presented on a panel at the 2018 Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Tampa, Florida. The panel, “Erasures, White Shame: We Need to Talk,” was moderated by Natalia Treviño and also featured Ching-In Chen, Wendy Barker, and Rita Dove. The panelists shared their experiences with erasure or being silenced, and how they have confronted the idea of “white guilt” in the classroom, among other topics. Kore Press included the text of the panel discussion in its newsletter, available
Christy Desmet is one of ten faculty members recognized as a 2018 Outstanding Professor by the Student Government Association (SGA). Honorees are chosen from student nominations, and Christy was nominated by graduate student Robby Nadler.
Dr. Ed Pavlic's essay on "Baldwin's Lonely Country" will appear in the Boston Review's special issue entitled Fifty Years Since MLK, available here . Other pieces commemorating MLK Day and Black History Month include Brandon M. Terry's "MLK Now" and Elizabeth Hinton's "On Violence and Nonviolence."
Cultural Front: A Notebook on Literary Art, DH, and Emerging Ideas celebrates Barbara McCaskill's storytelling
Barbara McCaskill's Love, Liberation, and Escaping Slavery: William and Ellen Craft in Cultural Memory was featured on the nationally syndicated Criminal podcast ("In Plain Sight," Episode #59, 1/20/17). In a review of that episode published on the blog Cultural Front: A Notebook on Literary Art, Digital Humanities, and Emerging Ideas, blogger and professor of literature Howard Rambsy II celebrates McCaskill's use of what he calls the "time-honored" storytelling approach to create new audiences for a story of "mystery, drama and suspense, humor, and all kinds of
November is Native American Heritage month at the University of Georgia. The Institute of Native American Studies, Native American Student Association, the University Union and the Multicultural Services and Programs are coming together throughout the month of November to host various events highlighting and promoting education on indigenous heritage.
Congratulations to English major Madison Hogan for winning the Clearest Communication award in this year's Spotlight on the Arts 4 minutes, 33 seconds poster competition! Madison's poster is based on the research she did as an independent study on medieval manuscripts for Dr Cynthia Camp as part of the Hargrett Hours Project.