News, Publications, and Presentations

Benjamin Rose's (BA English '25) poem "The Mirror Betrayed" was published at Cathexis Northwest Press.

Kevin Rulo was invited to lead the peer seminar on "The Waste Land at 100" at the International T.S. Eliot Society's Annual Meeting in St. Louis, MO, Sept. 22-25. 

Ryan Wilson's poems, 'Field Work' and 'Vacation,' were published in IMAGE. He is also the second youngest poet included in the new anthology, Christian Poetry in America Since 1940, edited by Micah Mattix and Sally Thomas. Others in the anthology include Dana Gioia, Marilyn Nelson, Tracy K. Smith, Christian Wiman, and Franz Wright.

Many English department faculty and graduate students participated in the annual meeting of the ALSCW at Yale University this October. Jane Pallares presented a paper on the poetry of Denise Levertov and its relationship to contemporary poets and painters. Evan Hulick presented his paper titled “Ralph Ellison, Robert Penn Warren, and The Rhetoric of Prophecy: Critique as Foretelling." Rachel Daly gave a paper for a panel on "Ulysses at 100," chaired by Dr. Gregory Baker, in which she examined Joyce's aesthetic theory. Emily Grace explored the relationship between poetry and music in a paper on Donne's poem "Batter My Heart." Dr. Tobias Gregory moderated a seminar on Milton. Dr. Taryn Okuma presented a paper entitled “How to Tell a True Story: Teaching Memoir as a Literary Genre,” and Dr. Kevin Rulo presented on “Writing and the Essay in General Education Curriculum” in a session co-chaired by Dr. Ernest Suarez, the executive director of the ALSCW.


Drs. Baker, Auerbach, Rulo and Gonch continue the Reading Together series on November 14th, 7-8:30pm, in Aquinas 102. The poem is “The Wreck of the Deutschland,” and the full schedule and links to all the poems can be found on the Reading Together website

Ryan Wilson will join poet Brad Leithauser in a poetry reading on November 7th. The event is hosted by the ALSCW and will include Q&A and a reception. Click here for event info.

English Society will next meet on December 5th to discuss Evelyn Waugh’s Helena.


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