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The English Department heartily congratulates Chris on the announcement that his poetry collection Tula has won the fifth annual Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry from Milkweed Editions. The prize awards $10,000 and a publishing contract. 

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St. Thomas English professor Nathan Hill gave a lecture about the process of revising his novel THE NIX, scheduled for publication on August 30th.
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Author Amelia Gray gave a short fiction reading as part of the Sacred Arts Festival.
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A partnership with Wonderlust Productions helped bring an element of drama – and deeper thinking – to classes all over St. Thomas' College of Arts and Sciences.

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Author Jennifer Kwon Dobbs read poetry from her new online mixed-media collection and her previously published work, PAPER PAVILIONS
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Lon Otto gave a great reading to a packed O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library Leather Room
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Author Heid Erdrich Read From Her Poetry Collection CELL TRAFFIC: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS
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Slam poetry week at St. Thomas consisted of workshops, performances by acclaimed group Sister Outsider and a chance for students to show off their poetry skills.

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Four students represented St. Thomas at the annual ACTC English Majors Conference, hosted this year by Macalester College
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Michael Jordan, 63, was a professor of English at St. Thomas who served as associate vice provost for undergraduate studies from 2005 to late 2015. He will be remembered for his steadfast belief in the lasting power of a liberal arts education and his passion for providing every St. Thomas student with an intellectually rigorous, soul-shaping core curriculum.

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Though he looked the part of the stereotypical English professor – he rarely was seen on campus not donning his trademark uniform: a tidy sport coat and a tie – he was anything but. Mikolajczak was one of a kind.

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Students in the ENGL 421/422 Literary Magazine Practicum course recently visited the Minnesota Center for the Book Arts.
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During her freshman year, English major Mollie Laidly studied and presented on street photographer Vivian Maier.
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Outside-of-the-box classes allow professors to share research interests while students develop critical-thinking skills and foster connections in the community.

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Poet Jamaal May gave a dynamic reading from his collection HUM and a fascinating lecture on the concept of "disquiet" to a packed auditorium during two evenings in mid-October.
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Dr. Ray MacKenzie's new translation of Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly’s 1874 collection, DIABOLIQUES: SIX TALES OF DECADENCE has just been published by the University of Minnesota Press. The edition includes an extensive introduction, notes, and appendices, including a preface of Barbey’s that is considered the first discussion of the modern Catholic novel.
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English professor Todd Lawrence got to St. Thomas thanks to as little math as possible, a smoke-filled advising session from a college professor, and a just plain love for books.

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St. Thomas Office of Civic Engagement

Dr. Lucia Pawlowski, Assistant Professor of English, describes her own efforts in piloting a service-learning course, and offers some tips for faculty new to service learning to try it in one of their own upcoming courses.

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Alexis Easley, Professor of English and graduate English program director, explores her fascination with the women who risked everything to pursue the literary life during the Victorian era.

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Robert Lippert, who taught English at St. Thomas from 1955 to 1989 and was an activist in civil rights and peace movements, died June 18. He was 94.

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Shannon Scott ’10 M.A, adjunct professor of English, knows a lot about werewolf literature. She will have an essay appear in SHE-WOLF: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF THE FEMALE WEREWOLF.

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The English Department congratulates its graduating English majors, minors, and M.A. in English students!
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The English Department congratulates the student winners of its annual English major essay contest and its second annual Lon Otto Creative Writing contest.
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Mauricio Carranza '14 shares his love of J.R.R. Tolkien's writing.

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A self-described “hunter of happiness, community and what makes humans thrive,” Margret Aldrich has added “author” to her list of adventures; she spent the past year tracing the history, impact and stories of the Little Free Library movement. Her research culminated in the aptly titled THE LITTLE FREE LIBRARY BOOK, published by Coffee House Press this month.

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Junior Melanie Kraemer received a Young Scholars Research grant from St. Thomas, which will allow her to spend ten weeks this summer researching early ecofeminist theory in New Woman novels of the Victorian period in Britain.

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Five English Majors represented UST at this annual conference
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We congratulate adjunct instructor Jim Silas Rogers on the selection of his book NORTHERN ORCHARDS: PLACES NEAR THE DEAD as a finalist in the 2015 Minnesota Book Awards Memoir/Creative Nonfiction category.
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We remember Prof. Paul Hague, a faculty member in the English Department from 1955-1990 who enjoyed sharing his love of Willa Cather and detective fiction.

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CAS Spotlight magazine highlights Dr. Todd Lawrence's documentary film Taking Pinhook.

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Jacqueline Lucca '14 explored why our fascination with Dracula and Frankenstein has been so long-lasting.

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Amy Leach, author of THINGS THAT ARE: ESSAYS, participated in a number of events in late September as the ACTC Visiting Writer to St. Thomas.
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Michael Lackey '86, author of TRUTHFUL FICTIONS: CONVERSATIONS WITH AMERICAN BIOGRAPHICAL NOVELISTS, recently spent some time with the Newsroom discussing the rise of the biographical novel and his experience conversing with 16 authors of note.

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Christopher Bakken, author of HONEY, OLIVES, OCTOPUS, visited English classes, gave a cooking demonstration, and presented a lecture on Greek food in mid-September.
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Students in Liz Wilkinson's English class recently visited Bees Knees to learn about bees and honey production.
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The English Departments bids farewell to its graduating English majors and minors, especially those who are graduating with Latin honors.
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The English Department congratulates the student winners of its annual English major essay contest and its new creative writing contest!
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5/1/14 English Major Celebration

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The English Department recently hosted a reception and small program to honor its senior English majors.
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On April 25th, members of both the UST community and wider Twin Cities community participated in an Emily Dickinson marathon reading.
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The University of St. Thomas English and Art History graduate programs recently held an interdisciplinary conference that explored the topic of Visualizing the Past/Imagining the Future.
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Current and prospective English majors and minors recently had an opportunity to meet with English major alumni, who described their personal career paths and described how they utilized their English skills to get great jobs.
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The English Department is proud to announce that English students Emily Hurd and Annemarie Thompson presented papers at the undergraduate Literari Conference held on Saturday, March 29th at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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The English Department congratulates Dr. Alexis Easley, Dr. Liz Wilkinson, and Dr. Raymond MacKenzie on their recent news.
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In its Winter 2014 issue, St. Thomas magazine spoke with four emerging, though undoubtedly accomplished writers: Mark Ehling, Lisa Brimmer, David Doody and Dustin Nelson. Collectively, these four young alumni illustrate the diversity and reality of emerging writers today. Ehling, Doody, and Nelson are English with Writing Emphasis Major alumni and Brimmer is an English minor alumna.

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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the M.A. in English program, three alumni from our first graduating class reflect on their program experience and update us on their life after UST.
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Ann Ursu with ENGL 326 students

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Ann Ursu, author of several children's books, recently visited Dr. Heather Bouwman's ENGL 326 creative writing class.
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Visiting ACTC poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil, named as one of thirteen "Young Poets to Watch" by former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove, gave a great reading to a huge audience on Monday evening.
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Senior English with Writing Emphasis major Melissa Seymour empowers women one comic book at a time.
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