Dan Lochman presented “Embodied Energeia: The Physiology of ‘Forcibleness’ in Sidney’s Poetics” at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, held October 17 in St. Louis, Missouri. He organized the session at which he presented, with the participants receiving an invitation to submit papers for a special issue of the Sidney Journal on Philip Sidney and energeia.
“The Obituaries of James Dorner,” a short story by MFA fiction student Taylor Kirby, appears in Atticus Review.
Geneva Gano presented “Tony Lujan’s Taos: Modern Arts Colonialism and Native Sovereignty,” at the Modernist Studies Association’s Annual Meeting and Conference: Upheaval and Reconstruction, held in Toronto, Ontario in mid-October.
John Blair won the 2019 Connecticut River Review Poetry Contest, judged by Leslie McGrath, for his poem “A Certain Butterfly.” It will appear on the CRR website soon. His seventh book, The Art of Forgetting, has been accepted by Measure Press for publication in late 2020.
For “’Tell Me This Didn’t Happen’: Poems on Truth,” an event for the Common Experience series, Creative Writing faculty John Blair, Roger Jones, Naomi Shihab Nye, Cecily Parks, Kathleen Peirce and Steve Wilson read from their work in the Gallery of the Common Experience on Oct. 23.
Assistant Professor Cecily Parks performed her poem “Between the Hawthorn and Extinction” with live music accompaniment at Indiana Humanities in Indianapolis, IN on October 24. This was the world premiere of the piece, which will also appear in the album Ultrasonic: Making Music with Endangered Indiana Bats (May 2020), created by artist, musician, and field recordist Stuart Hyatt and supported by National Geographic. Parks’ poem, with the title “The Indiana Bats,” will also appear in next month’s Orion Magazine.
Flore Chevaillier presented “The Winterization of Writing: Weather and Erasure in Bhanu Kapil’s Schizophrene” at the meeting of The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, held in College Park, Maryland this October.
On November 10 Rob Tally will present the keynote address, “Sea Narratives as Nautical Charts: Literary Cartography and Oceanic Spaces,” at the International Symposium on Sea Literature and Culture, Ningbo University, Ningbo, China. While in China, he will also give invited talks on spatial literary studies and contemporary criticism at the Zhejiang University, the Zhejiang University of Technology, Shanghai Jiaotong University, and Fudan University.