Datner ’20 Selected as Assistant in the Meddeas program

Chloe Datner, a December 2020 grad with a major in English: Creative Writing and a minor in Linguistics, has been selected as a Language and Culture Assistant in the Meddeas program. As such, she will be teaching English language and grammar and the basics of US culture to elementary school children in Spain for the next year while completing her TEFL certificate. … [Read more...]

Spring 2021 Flywheel Reading Series Announced

Ray Levy, Assistant Professor of English, has announced the Flywheel Reading Series, which features literary readings and Q&A conversations with contemporary writers of poetry and prose. Flywheel is supported and facilitated by the Department of English and Linguistics at the University of Mary Washington. The Spring 2021 Reading Series will be conducted virtually. Events are free and open to the public. If you’re interested in a Zoom invitation to a particular reading, please follow the registration links or contact Ray Levy. Warren Rochelle | February 25, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. EST Register here. Warren Rochelle is the author of four novels and a collection of short fiction. His recent books include The Werewolf and His Boy and The Wicked Stepbrother and Other Stories, both published by JMS Books in September 2020. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, and has just retired from teaching English at the University of Mary Washington. Never Angeline Nørth | March 11, 2021 at 5:00 … [Read more...]

Rafferty Publishes Two Essays from Forthcoming Book in The Rumpus

The Rumpus has published two essays written by Colin Rafferty, Associate Professor of English. The essays are excerpts from Rafferty's forthcoming book Execute the Office: Essays with Presidents. The first, “Preamble,” is the first essay of the book, while the second, “Dissolve To,” considers the Reagan presidency through the lenses of film scripts and John Wayne movies. … [Read more...]

Lee Leads Linguistics Teach-In

Janie Lee, Associate Professor of Linguistics, recently led a teach-in in the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. The teach-in was part of the workshop "Room at the Table: Locating Asian Identity in Linguistics and the LSA." In it, Lee gave a short presentation on teaching Asian American linguistics and facilitated an informal discussion. The conference was held virtually from January 7 through January 10, 2021. … [Read more...]

Barrenchea Presents on Novelist Leslie Marmon Silko at MLA

Antonio Barrenechea, Professor of English, recently contributed to "Poetics of Persistence in Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead: Perspectives on the Thirtieth Anniversary," a special session of the virtual Modern Language Association conference in January 2021. The MLA is the flagship organization for literary studies in the United States. … [Read more...]

Rafferty Publishes Essay, Participates in Discussion

Colin Rafferty has published an essay on Dwight D. Eisenhower, “Kansas, She Said, Is the Name of the Star (#34),” in the newest issue of Bennington Review. He also participated in a discussion regarding nonfiction writing, historical commemoration, and monuments through Fountain Bookstore in Richmond with Connor Towne O'Neill, author of Down Along with That Devil’s Bones: A Reckoning with Monuments, Memory, and the Legacy of White Supremacy. The video of the talk is available here. … [Read more...]

Krista Beucler ’20 Wins Flash Fiction Award

Krista Beucler ’20 recently won the 2020 Julia Peterkin Award for flash fiction from South 85 Journal, run by Converse College’s MFA program. Her story will appear in their fall/winter 2020 issue. Details are available on their blog and Facebook page. Krista completed her degree this spring with a major in English: Creative Writing and minors in Spanish and Museum Studies. While at UMW, Krista was the recipient of the Laurie Mansell Reich ’79 and Henry E. Reich Jr. Scholarship and was a finalist for the Barbara Thomas Phillips Creative Writing Scholarship. … [Read more...]

Celebrating the National Day on Writing on Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 is the National Day on Writing, an annual celebration established by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). The University of Mary Washington is observing this day in socially distanced fashion through digital writing and writing about the pandemic, which necessitates our socially distanced activities. UMW's Department of English and Linguistics, Simpson Library, the UMW Writing Center, Honors, and others invite you to share online why you write (using the hashtag #WhyIWrite) and by composing 6-10 word stories about life during the pandemic. For more information, follow Simpson’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and respond to their prompts. You can also add your thoughts and comments to Simpson’s Call to Contribute page and document your experiences during COVID-19; for more information, see their web page. Professor Brenta Blevins, of the Department of English and Linguistics, has developed a short video on the physical and emotional … [Read more...]

Riris ’19 Is Pursuing MA in French Studies in Provence

Eleni Riris ’19 (double major in Linguistics and French) is currently pursuing an M.A. in French Studies, specializing in Teaching French as a Foreign Language, at the American College of the Mediterranean in Aix-en-Provence, France. For more information, see Eleni's website. A piece of her calligraphy from her site is included below. … [Read more...]

Alum, Professor Emeritus Publish Book Reviews

Sunday's Free Lance-Star featured book reviews by Ashley Riggleson, UMW '18 with a major in English, and Dan Dervin, Professor Emeritus of English. Riggleson's review of Finna by Nate Marshall is available online. Dervin's review of Things in Jars by Jess Kidd is also available online. … [Read more...]