English Department Awards Ceremony

Our Department Awards Ceremony took place last week, honoring the following well-deserving winners:

Teaching Excellence Award
Academic Staff: Liana Odrcic
Teaching Assistant: Ali Sperling

The Sheila Roberts Prize
Mollie Boutell

The Ellen Hunnicut Prize
Sherri Hoffman

The UWM English Department Poetry Manuscript Award
Soham Patel for “Letter to Carbineer”
Elisa Karbin for “Arcanum”

The Wladyslaw Cieszynski Literary Prize
Prose: Sherri Hoffman
Poetry: Brittany Cavallaro

The Academy of American Poets/Edward Ryan Prize
First Place: Peter Burzynski
Honorable Mention: Brittany Cavallaro

The William Harrold Memorial Award
Brittany Cavallaro

The Thomas J Bontly Fiction Award
* Mollie Boutell

Frederick J Hoffman Award
Shawna Lipton for “Redressing Radclyffe Hall”
Melissa Morrow for “The Shape of Desire: Perception, Geometry, and Poetics”

Alice Gillam Award
Ingrid Nordstrom

Tinsley Helton Dissertation Fellowship
Shawna Lipton for “Queer Theory and the Modernist Author”

James A Sappenfield Fellowship
Ashley Evans
Sherri Hoffman
Frederick Jandt
Bridget Kies
Dawn Nawrot

Congratulations, everyone!


Katie Morrissey received the first ever Provost’s/UWM Libraries Scholar Award, a “special award” created by the University Library Committee to honor the promise and ambition of Katie’s research. Congrats, Katie!


Bill Keith received a S.T.A.R. award as a Stellar Student Affairs Partner. “Staff That Are Remarkable” awards are given by the division of Student Affairs, and Bill is being commended for many years of service as a faculty partner with different areas of Student Affairs, especially the Student Success Center. Congrats, Bill!

Chrysalis: Life Writing. A Reading

This event features Creative Writing graduate students from 813: Life Writing.

Reading featuring: Toby Wray, Peg Gardner, Peter Burzynski, Kizzy Fay, Soham Patel, and Elisa Karbin

The reading will be held at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, May 13, at Woodland Pattern Book Center, 720 E Locust St.

Ching-In Chen as Senior Editor

Ching-In Chen will be joining The Conversant as a Senior Editor this summer. The Conversant is a monthly journal featuring serial interview projects, talk poetries, and interviews between poets and other language-based artists. They are also open to queries for provocative interviews on writers and artists. For more, viist: http://theconversant.org/

Congratulations, Ching-In!

2014 Faye Sigman Woman of Valor Lecture

The Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies presents:
2014 Faye Sigman Woman of Valor Lecture by Darcy Buerkle, “Nothing Happened…Archive of Suicide”

Charlotte Salomon’s fantastical autobiography, Life? or Theater?, consists of 769 sequenced gouache paintings, through which the artist imagined the circumstances of the eight suicides of her family, all but one of them women. But Salomon’s focus on suicide was not merely a familial idiosyncrasy.

Historian Darcy Buerkle (Smith College) argues that the social history of early 20th-century German suicide overlooks an important cultural and social phenomenon by not including the larger story of German-Jewish women and suicide. This absence mirrors an even larger gap in the intellectual history of suicide studies that reproduces the notion of women’s suicide as a rarity in history.

Buerkle’s presentation is the final event in the series “Art and Conflict: Ashkenaz and Beyond.” The event is free and open to the public. It will take place on Thursday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Golda Meir Library, 4th floor Conference Center.

Furrow takes over!

Furrow's new issue podcast is available now: http://youtu.be/VV9-sKiv0eU

Furrow Promotion
There will be a Furrow booth set up in the main hallway at the Union from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Monday, May 5.

The staff of Furrow will be promoting the new issue of Furrow. They will be taking orders for the issue and giving away tickets for the raffle that will take place at the party. There will also be Furrow pint glasses available in exchange for a $5 donation. Free Furrow pens and free candy too! Everyone should stop by and say hi!

Furrow Release Pre-Party Gathering
Furrow will be hosting a pre-gathering in Riverside Park, at 6 p.m., on Thursday, May 8, for those who want to take the Green Line to the Wayward Kitchen instead of driving. They will have free raffle tickets there too.

Furrow Spring 2014 Release Party
The students have put a lot of hard work and loving care into editing and promoting Volume XV, Issue 2 of the journal, which publishes poetry, prose and visual art by Milwaukee-area undergraduates.

In the students’ and magazine’s honor, there will be a release party at the Wayward Kitchen (located at 1407 S. 1st Street), on Thursday, May 8, from 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. Featured will be live music, food and drink specials, a couple of brief readings by our top contributors, and a raffle. Celebrate the creative talents of burgeoning artists and writers in our community!



Peter Burzynski, first-year Ph.D. student in Creative Writing, had poems accepted last week in the Zombie Logic Review, Thrush Poetry Journal, and Your Impossible Voice. Congratulations!

Reading by Douglas Kearney

Raised in Altadena, CA, Doughlas Kearney lives with his family in California’s Santa Clarita Valley. He teaches at CalArts, where he received his MFA in Writing (2004).

Poet/performer/librettist, Kearney’s second, full-length collection of poetry, The Black Automaton (Fence Books, 2009), was Catherine Wagner’s selection for the National Poetry Series. Red Hen Press published Kearney’s third collection, Patter, in March 2014.

He has received fellowships at Cave Canem, Idyllwild, and others. His work has appeared in a number of journals, including Poetry, Nocturnes, Pleiades, Callaloo, and The Ninth Letter. His produced operas include Sucktion, Mordake, and Crescent City.

The event will take place on Friday, May 2, at 7:00 p.m., Woodland Pattern Books and will be hosted by Brenda Cardenas.
More information and sample poems can be found at .

Impression & Projection: The Phantasmagoria in the Art of Goya, Robertson, and Melie

In this exhibition, the significance of phantasmagoria as a source of artistic inspiration in the works of three influential artists in European art is explored. These artists are Francisco Goya (1746-1828), Étienne-Gaspard Robertson (1763-1837), and George Méliès (1861-1938).

Through the display of prints and projections, this presentation compares the artists’ elaborations of phantasmagorical subject matter to develop new visual experiences.

The event runs all week, beginning at noon April 27 to May 15, at the UWM Library, first floor near the Grind. Check out
http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/arthistory/gallery/exhibitions/current.cfm for more info.