The US News and World Reports 2015 rankings are out, and UWM’s graduate program in English is ranked 52nd out of the 156 programs they ranked. (Many programs don’t make it into the rankings.) Congrats to all of us!


Sherri Hoffman (PhD in Creative Writing student) has co-edited a new anthology of place-based essays, Utah Reflections: Stories from the Wasatch Front, that has been released for pre-sale this week.

Contributors include Pam Houston, Terry Tempest Williams, Phyllis Barber, Lance Larsen, Katharine Coles, and other established and new voices from the Wasatch Front region of Utah.

For more information, please visit the Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/WasatchFrontReflections.


For National Poetry Month, Susan Firer and Jim Chapson were featured in the food section of the Journal Sentinel, where their savory poetry was shared alongside recipes.


Human/Technology: Interface for Performing Arts

Recognized for his work in interactive multimedia, computer visualization, and digital music, Dr. Kia Ng, of Computing and Music, Leeds University, UK, presents his research on gesture visualization and sonification.

Starting with the relationship between music and motion, Ng will discuss selected ICSRiM projects including musical instrument interfaces and an interactive rock instrument from the Ruskin Rock project. This talk will explore how user-centred design can enhance the interactive and expressive potentials present in performance and learning spaces.

This talk has been made possible by the generous support of UWM’s Center for 21st Century Studies, the UWM Golda Meir Library, and UWM’s Center for Instructional and Professional Development.

The talk will be on Friday, April 18, at 3 p.m., in the Digital Humanities Lab (Second Floor, East Wing of the UWM Golda Meir Library in room E272).

For more, please see this link to the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/491694647607384/

The First Year Idea: Supporting First-Year First-Gen Composition Students

The Composition Professional Development Group focuses on the current status, available student resources, and potential university changes that may affect our first-year and first-generation college composition students.

The event will be held on Friday, April 18, from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. in 368 Curtin Hall.

IOrg Lecture: Credibility Assessment of User-Generated Content

Assessment of information credibility is a ubiquitous human activity given that people constantly make decisions and selections based on value and quality of information in a variety of information seeking and use contexts. The Web 2.0 environment presents new challenges and opportunities to people as they now have to decide the extent to which they can believe online information posted by user-generated content contributors.

In this talk, Dr. Soo Young Rieh of University of Michigan, presents a lab-based study about how people assess the credibility of user-generated content (UGC) versus traditional media content (TMC) within the context of two online activities: information search and content creation. She will discuss the practical implications of her study for web designers and web search engine as well as theoretical contributions to the field of information behavior.

The even twill be held on Friday, April 18, from 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. in NWQ 3511.

A Night of Poetry and Prose in the Library

Furrow, UWM’s undergraduate literary magazine, will be hosting this open mic event, and all are welcome to come and share their creative works in front of an audience.

The event will take place on Thursday, April 17, from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m at Golda Meir Library, Instruction Room A.

Boudreaux Reading Series: Eric Pankey

Eric Pankey is the author of ten collections of poetry. His most recent books are Trace (Milkweed Editions, 2013) and Dismantling the Angel, a book of prose poems that won the New Measure Poetry Prize. His poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared widely in such journals as The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Iowa Review, The Yale Review, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The Partisan Review, and The Kenyon Review. His work has been supported by fellowships from The National Endowment for Arts, The Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He teaches in the Master of Fine Arts Program at George Mason University, where he is the Professor of English and the Heritage Chair in Writing.

The reading series event will be on Thursday, April 17.
Craft Talk: 4 p.m. in 405 Curtin Hall
Reading: 7 p.m. in the Hefter Center

An interview with Pankey can be found here: http://milkweed.org/blog/interviews/five-questions-eric-pankey/

Celtic Studies Talk: Ancient, Old, and New: The Evolving Landscape of Scotland

The Declaration of Arbroath was a letter sent to Pope John XXII, dated the 6th of April, 1320 and signed by Scotland’s chieftains, churchmen, and nobility. As a definition of Scottish independence, it is a stirring manifesto which ranks among the world’s great statements. It is particularly important as the sturdy response of a small nation to stronger powers who sought to curtail its freedom.

This event is celebrated every April as Tartan Day. Guest speaker Tyler Hackworth will give a talk about how Roman hands, medieval stones, and modern steel have blended, giving cities like Edinburgh, a unique beauty and aura of ancient footsteps in modern shoes.

The UWM event is held on Wednesday, April 16, from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., in Greene Hall.

Speak, Poet! A Student/Faculty Poetry Reading

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the creative writing program and the Golda Meir Library are co-hosting a student/faculty poetry reading called Speak, Poet! The fantastic reading lineup includes creative writing professor, Jim Chapson, and creative writing students Marissa Neal and Peter Burzynski.

The event will take place on Wednesday, April 16, at 12:30 p.m. in the Golda Meir Library. It’s free and open to everyone.

For further information, visit http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/News/speakpoet14.pdf.