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Katie Darby Mullins nominated for Pushcart Prize

Assistant professor of creative writing Katie Darby Mullins has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for her story "Please Clap," which appeared in the Foliate Oak Literary Journal.

Poet George David Clark appearing at Coffee Hour on October 17

Poet George David Clark will be the speaker for the Creative Writing Coffee Hour on Monday, October 17. All the lectures in the Creative Coffee Hour series begin at 4:00 p.m. in UE’s Melvin Peterson Gallery, and are free and open to the public.

Clark teaches creative writing at Washington & Jefferson College, and is the editor of the journal 32 Poems.His current book, Reveille, won the Miller Williams Prize, and his more recent poems can be found in Agni, The Cincinnati Review, The Gettysburg Review, Image, The New Criterion, University of Evansville's Measure, and others.

UE Creative Writing Alumni Successful Defends Dissertation

Warmest congratulations to Susan Elliot Brown who successfully defended her dissertation at the University of Southern Mississippi. Susan writes, "Thank you to my past professors and mentors from SLU and UE. Without your help, I wouldn't have pursued this degree. Thanks...Paul Bone, Rob Griffith, Margaret McMullan, and William Baer at UE. Y'all are the best." Go forth and conquer, Dr. Brown!

Creative Writing Coffee Hour to feature Joseph Harrison

The first Creative Writing Coffee Hour will take place on Wednesday, September 14, at 4:00 p.m. in the Melvin Peterson Gallery. Joseph Harrison will be the guest speaker.The Creative Writing Coffee Hours are free and open to the public.
 

Harrison’s most recent volume of poetry, Shakespeare’s Horse, was published by The Waywiser Press in 2015. His other books are Identity Theft (Waywiser, 2008), Someone Else’s Name (Waywiser, 2003), and The Fly in the Ointment (1994; 20th anniversary edition: Syllabic Press, 2014). Harrison’s poems have been widely published in journals and anthologies.

In 2005 he received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2009 Harrison was awarded a Fellowship in Poetry by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He is senior American editor for The Waywiser Press, and lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Katie Darby Mullins publishes poem

Assistant professor of creative writing Katie Darby Mullins has a new poem, My Illinois Life, coming out in the next issue of Gravel. 

UE Coffee Hour Lecture Series for 2016–2017 Announced

The University of Evansville’s 2016-2017 annual Coffee Hour Lecture series begins Wednesday, September 14. All lectures in the series are free and open to the public, and are at 4 p.m. in the Melvin Peterson Gallery at the University.

Wednesday, September 14: Poet Joseph Harrison

Joseph Harrison’s most recent volume of poetry, Shakespeare’s Horse, was published by Waywiser in 2015. His previous books were Identity Theft (Waywiser, 2008), Someone Else’s Name (Waywiser, 2003), and The Fly in the Ointment (1994; 20th anniversary edition: Syllabic Press, 2014). Mr. Harrison’s poems have been widely published in journals and anthologies. In 2005 he received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2009 he was awarded a Fellowship in Poetry by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He is Senior American Editor for Waywiser Press. He lives in Baltimore

Monday, October 17: Poet George David Clark

George David Clark's Reveille (Arkansas, 2015), won the Miller Williams Prize, and his more recent poems can be found in Agni, The Cincinnati Review, The Gettysburg Review, Image, The New Criterion, University of Evansville's Measure, and others. He edits the journal 32 Poems and lives with his wife and their three young children in Western Pennsylvania where he teaches creative writing at Washington & Jefferson College.

Wednesday, March 22: The Wahnita Delong Reading featuring writers and professors emeritus Margaret McMullen and William Baer

Margaret McMullan is the author of seven award-winning novels, the story collection Aftermath Lounge, and editor of the anthology, Every Father’s Daughter, which Parade magazine named a “a best Father’s Day Gift and A Sizzling Summer Read.” Her work has appeared in The Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Southern Accents, The Millions, Teachers & Writers Magazine, StorySouth, National Geographic for Kids, TriQuarterly, Michigan Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Glamour, and The Sun among other journals and anthologies. Margaret is a National Author Winner of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, and she received an NEA fellowship and a Fulbright to research and teach in Hungary for her new memoir Where the Angels Lived: One Family’s Story of Exile, Loss, and Return. She taught at the University of Evansville for 25 years, serving as English Department chair, and she helped form the Department of Creative Writing. She was formerly the Melvin Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Creative Writing until she retired in 2015 to write full time. She currently serves as a faculty mentor at the Stony Brook Southampton Low-Residency MFA Program. Margaret, her husband Pat O’Connor, and their dog Samantha currently live in Pass Christian, Mississippi.

William Baer, a recent Guggenheim fellow, is the author of twenty books, including six collections of poetry, most recently “Bocage” and Other Sonnets (recipient of the X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize) and Love Sonnets from Kelsay Press. His other books include Luís de Camões: Selected Sonnets; The Ballad Rode into Town; Psalter, and The Unfortunates (recipient of the T.S. Eliot Award). A former Fulbright (Portugal) and the recipient of a N.E.A. Creative Writing Fellowship, he was the founding editor of The Formalist and the founding director of the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. He’s also the author of two collections of short fiction, Times Square and Other Stories and One-and-Twenty Tales, and his plays have been performed at more than thirty American theaters.

Wednesday, April 12: Senior Reading

Each spring during the Senior Reading, graduating creative writing majors read from their poetry and prose, and the Department of Creative Writing announces winners of the Virginia Grabill Writing Awards.

Katie Darby Mullins has short stories and poems forthcoming

Katie Darby Mullins, assistant professor of creative writing, has three stories coming out in the next few months. How to Become a Tiger will appear in The Rumpus, and Possede in The MacGuffin. The Head will be reprinted in Nebo. She also has five poems coming out at the San Diego Reader, spread out through September and October.

Paul Bone publishes poems

Paul Bone, associate professor of creative writing, recently published three poems in the online newspaper The San Diego Reader. His poems - APGAR, Daughter, and Present Infinitive - can be found here

Student Joy Grace Chen Wins National Writing Award

Please join the Creative Writing faculty in congratulating 2016 graduate Joy Grace Chen on winning the competitive Norton Writer's Prize, a national competition that is awarded annually for an outstanding essay written by an undergraduate. Chen's essay “Fermentation” took first place, and the judges admired her "use of form, tone, attention to sensory language, dialogue, and pacing." One judge wrote, “Each vignette adds to the author’s ability to finally see the truth of her parents’ world—and her own truth—for what they are.” Read Joy Grace’s essay.

Lisa Nikolidakis’ Work Selected for Best American Essays 2016

Assistant Professor Dr. Lisa Nikolidakis’s essay “Family Traditions” was selected by Jonathan Franzen for the 2016 edition of Best American Essays. The essay first appeared in Southern Indiana Review in 2015.

Katie Darby Mullins Publishes Short Story with BOAAT Press

University of Evansville assistant professor of creative writing Katie Darby Mullins has had several stories and poems published in the last few months. The most recent was "The Meteoric Rise and Fall of Joe Sinclair and His Daughter," which was published through BOAAT Press.

UE Creative Writing Coffee Hour Senior Reading Set for April 20

This month’s University of Evansville’s Creative Writing Coffee Hour Lecture will feature the Senior Reading, during which graduating UE creative writing majors read their poetry and prose. Winners of the Virginia Grabill Writing Awards will also be announced. The event is planned for Wednesday, April 20, at 4:00 p.m. in UE’s Melvin Peterson Gallery. It is free and open to the public

For more information, call 812-488-2963.

UE Coffee Hour Lecture Series for 2015 – 2016 Announced

The University of Evansville’s 2015-2016 annual Coffee Hour Lecture series begins Wednesday, September 16. All lectures in the series are free and open to the public, and are at 4 p.m. in the Melvin Peterson Gallery at the University.

 

The speaker in September will be Richard Newman, author of the poetry collections All the Wasted Beauty of the World, Domestic Fugues, and Borrowed Towns. His poems have appeared in such periodicals and anthologies as Best American Poetry, Boulevard, Crab Orchard Review, Measure, New Letters, and The Sun. His work has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac, Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily.

Other lectures planned for this series are:

Melvin M. Peterson Literary Hour
Wednesday, October 14

Katie Darby Mullins, UE assistant professor of creative writing, is the featured speaker. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is editing a rock 'n roll crossover edition of the metrical poetry journal Measure. She has been published or has work forthcoming in journals such as Hawaii Pacific Review, Harpur Palate, Broad River Review, Big Lucks, and The Evansville Review. She was a semifinalist in the Ropewalk Press Fiction Chapbook competition and in the Casey Shay Press poetry chapbook competition. She is lead writer and founder of the music blog Katie Darby Recommends.

Wahnita DeLong Reading
Wednesday, February 24

Writer Steve Yates is the featured speaker. He has been granted Literary Arts fellowships from the Mississippi Arts Commission for fiction and creative nonfiction. He has received an individual artist’s grant from the Arkansas Arts Council for his fiction. Portions of his novel, Morkan’s Quarry, appeared in Missouri Review, Ontario Review, and South Carolina Review. A novella-length excerpt was a finalist for the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society William Faulkner/Wisdom Award for the Best Novella. Excerpts from the sequel, The Teeth of the Souls, appeared in Missouri Review, Elder Mountain: A Journal of Ozarks Studies, and in Kansas Quarterly/Arkansas Review.

Wednesday, March 16
Poet Corinna McClanahan Schroeder is the featured speaker. Author of the poetry collection Inked, and winner of the 2014 X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize, her poetry appears in such journals as Shenandoah, The Gettysburg Review, Tampa Review, Poet Lore, and Blackbird.  The recipient of an AWP Intro Journals Award in poetry, she has a MFA degree from the University of Mississippi and is a PhD candidate at the University of Southern California, where she holds a Wallis Annenberg Endowed Fellowship.

Senior Reading
Wednesday, April 20

Each spring during the Senior Reading, graduating creative writing majors read from their poetry and prose, and the Department of Creative Writing announces winners of the Virginia Grabill Writing Awards.

For more information, call 812-488-2963.

 

Bill Baer's Second Collection of Short Stories Published

Professor of Creative Writing William Baer’s second collection of short fiction, Times Square and Other Stories, has just been published by Able Muse Press in San Jose, California.  Last month, his collection of twenty-one shorter stories entitled One-and-Twenty Tales was published by Mockingbird Press. Times Square and Other Stories consists of nine longer stories, including stories previously published in The Iowa Review, The Kansas Quarterly, The Chariton Review, The Dalhousie Review, and other literary journals.  One of the stories in the collection, "The Plagiarist," earned Dr. Baer a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

UE Coffee Hour Lecture Series Planned for 2014-2015

The University of Evansville’s 2014-15 annual Creative Writing Coffee Hour Lecture series begins Thursday, September 18. All lectures in the series are free and open to the public, and will be at 4:00 p.m. in the Melvin Peterson Gallery at the University.

The speaker for the first Coffee Hour will be poet Erica Dawson. Her poetry collection, Big Eyed Afraid, won the 2006 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize. Her second book of poetry, The Small Blades Hurt, was published in January 2014. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies. Dawson is an assistant professor of English and writing at the University of Tampa.

Other lectures planned for this series include:

¨October 16: Novelist Ben H. Winters, an instructor at Butler University. Winters’s latest novel, Countdown City, was an NPR Best Book of 2013 and nominee for the Philip K. Dick Award. His earlier novel, The Last Policeman, won the 2012 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. It was also named one of the Best Books of 112 by Amazon.com and Slate.

¨October 23: Catherine Tufariello, poet-in-residence at Christ College, the honors college of Valparaiso University. Tufariello is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Annunciations and Free Time. Her full-length collection, Keeping My Name, received 2006 Poets’ Prize and was a Booklist Editors Choice.

¨April 16: Margaret McMullan, professor of creative writing and the Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing at UE. McMullan is the author of several award-winning adult and young adult novels. She has received an NEA Fellowship in Literature, a Fulbright at the University of Pecs in Hungary, and the Eugene and Marilyn Glick National Authors Award.

¨April 17 Wahnita DeLong Reading: Bruce McPherson, founding editor and publisher of McPherson & Company, an independent literary and arts press. In 2010, he published Jaimy Gordon’s novel, Lord of Misrule. Among McPherson & Company’s forthcoming books is an anthology of essays, Every Father’s Daughter, edited by Margaret McMullan.

¨April 23 Senior Reading: UE graduating creative writing majors will read from their poetry and prose. The University’s Department of Creative Writing will also announce winners of the Virginia Grabill Writing Awards.

For more information on these events, call 812-488-2963.

 

Creative Writing Majors Published in New Anthology

UE creative writing majors Jane Friedman ‘98, Johanna Gohmann ’98, and Jessica Russell-Pope ’13, have all had essays included in a new anthology, Every Father’s Daughter, to be published in the spring of 2015 by McPherson & Company, New York.

UE Professor of Creative Writing Margaret McMullan and Columbia University Professor Phillip Lopate edited and wrote introductions for Every Father’s Daughter, a collection of personal essays about fathers written by contemporary women writers such as Nobel laureate Alice Munro and Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley. Other contributors include Joyce Maynard, Ann Hood, Lee Smith, Jill McCorkle, Antonya Nelson, Bobbie Ann Mason, Jayne Anne Phillips, Alexandra Styron, and Maxine Hong Kingston.

UE creative writing major Jessica Russell-Pope ’13 also served as copyeditor for the manuscript during her senior year Independent Study with Professor McMullan.

Professor McMullan and Professor Lopate taught together in 1993, when Professor Lopate came to UE as a visiting writer. Professor Lopate currently directs the MFA program in Creative Nonfiction at Columbia University in New York. Professor McMullan is the Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing.

In April, Professors McMullan and Lopate will host a panel event at the AWP in Minneapolis, MN with readings from anthology contributors Joyce Maynard, Ann Hood, Jayne Anne Phillips and Jill McCorkle.

Creative Writing Coffee Hour Welcomes George Singleton

On Thursday, September 20, the University of Evansville’s Department of Creative Writing will feature fiction writer and teacher George Singleton in its Coffee Hour series, which brings celebrated writers to campus for afternoon readings of their published works.

Each Coffee Hour begins at 4:00 p.m. in the Melvin Peterson Gallery at the corner of Lincoln and Weinbach avenues. Coffee and cookies will be served, and the authors will be available afterward for conversation and book signings. Coffee Hours are free and open to the public.

George Singleton is the author of five collections of short stories: These People Are Us, The Half-Mammals of Dixie, Why Dogs Chase Cars, Drowning in Gruel, and Stray Decorum. He has also published two novels, Novel and Work Shirts for Madmen, and a book of writing advice titled Pep Talks, Warnings, and Screeds. He has published more than 150 short stories in magazines and journals such as Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Zoetrope Georgia Review, Southern Review, Epoch, Oxford American, and Kenyon Review.

A past Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, Singleton has also received the Hillsdale Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. He teaches fiction writing at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, South Carolina.

For more information on the Coffee Hour series, please visit the Department of Creative Writing's website.

Student Writers of Indiana Awarded Indiana Arts Commission Grant

Student Writers of Indiana, a program in the University of Evansville’s Department of Creative Writing, has received a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission.

Student Writers of Indiana (SWIP) sends talented UE students to local middle and high schools to provide needed education in the art of creative writing to underserved students. The Indiana Arts Commission grant, totaling $2,960.09, will support the cost of producing anthologies of students’ work, space rentals, postage, training, and classroom supplies.

“Studies show that arts education has a dramatic impact on the learning experience in general, especially for underserved students,” said Margaret McMullan, professor of creative writing and Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing, who co-directs SWIP. “This program not only impacts local youth and UE students, but also inspires teachers and community leaders to further support the arts.”

“Creative writing addresses multiple Indiana Department of Education academic standards by offering enjoyable ways for students to improve their vocabulary, critical analysis skills, and reading comprehension,” adds Rob Griffith, associate professor of creative writing and co-director of SWIP. “Only 35 percent of secondary schools nationwide offer creative writing courses, so there is a great need for programs like SWIP.”   

In its first year, SWIP served approximately 1,200 students at 10 schools, trained 19 teaching fellows, and developed a strong base for ongoing leadership. In future years, the program will reach out to students across Indiana with an annual statewide creative writing competition, culminating with a conference. An annual anthology will showcase students’ best poems and short-short stories, and anthologies will be distributed to schools and libraries statewide.

SWIP was established in Fall 2011 with a $21,000 grant from the Ball Brothers Foundation Venture Fund. The program is housed in UE’s Department of Creative Writing, which offers one of the few Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing programs in the nation. Currently, 90 students from around the nation are enrolled as majors.

The University of Evansville wishes to thank the Indiana Arts Commission for its generous support of Student Writers of Indiana. The IAC’s Regional Initiative Grant program is supported by the Vanderburgh Community Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Members of UE Community Honored by Arts Council

This morning, several members of the University of Evansville family received recognition for their significant contributions to the arts in a seven-county region of Indiana.

Winners of the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana’s annual Arts Awards were announced at a news conference at the council’s Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery. The recipients will be honored at an awards banquet at Casino Aztar on September 6.

Those with UE ties who won awards are:

Melvin M. Peterson H’91, Mayor’s Arts Award. Peterson received the year’s most prestigious award, which recognizes long-standing support and a lifelong interest in the arts in and around Evansville. Since moving here from San Francisco 23 years ago, Peterson has been named an honorary trustee at UE for his significant impact at the University. UE’s newest art gallery, the Melvin Peterson Gallery, bears his name, and in 2002 the Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing was established. Peterson has also served as a docent at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science and been a supporter of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and the EVSC Foundation. One of Peterson’s nominators called him “an acknowledged, inspiring, and resourceful leader, a friend of students and a model for others in our community.”

R. Scott Lank, Educator of the Year. Lank, professor of acting and director of playwriting in UE’s Department of Theatre, may be best known in the Evansville community for the many UE theatre productions he has directed. However, his students recognize and praise his work inside the classroom, too, which has helped them launch careers in playwriting and acting. A 2012 graduate writes: “He has a truly significant impact on his students’ lives.  At the end of each of his classes, we leave wanting to keep working, desiring to grow more, aching for a chance to apply what we have learned in class to our work onstage.” 

William Baer, Artist of the Year (two recipients chosen). Nominator Margaret McMullan, UE professor of creative writing, has worked with Baer for 23 years and says she knows no other writer who is quite so fearless in crossing into new writing genres. Baer has written plays, screenplays, novels, essays, poems, and musicals — all while teaching in UE’s Department of Creative Writing, mentoring students outside of class, and running the University of Evansville Press.

Elizabeth Robertson, Artist of the Year (two recipients chosen). Robertson, UE consortium instructor of music for oboe and English horn, has served as principal oboe of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra since 1995 and is also a member of the Harlaxton Woodwind Quintet. Nominators call her a performing artist of the highest caliber who shows superb technique and musical expressiveness with every passage she plays. Also a disciplined and focused teacher, Robertson lays out clear expectations for her students and works tirelessly to help them achieve their goals. 

Jo Frohbieter-Mueller ’56, Arts Advocate of the Year. As a lifelong resident of Vanderburgh County, most of Frohbieter-Mueller’s activities have revolved around the arts: She is an artist, collector of art, published writer, musician, and research biologist. She plays fife in the Civil War Band and can often be found at classes and recitals, art exhibits, and board meetings. Truly a Renaissance woman, Frohbieter-Mueller says that art makes her happy. Her nominators say that those around her are made happy, too, by her support and enthusiasm.

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