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The English Department at UAF is the largest department in the UAF College of Liberal Arts and is the first to have been established in the State of Alaska.  We offer B.A. and M.A. degrees in English;  the M.F.A. in Creative Writing;  the M.F.A./M.A. combined degree in Creative Writing and Literature;  undergraduate minors in English and Creative Writing;  and a wide variety of general education courses in writing and literature.  Our department provides students from Alaska and around the world the opportunity to study closely with widely published researchers and creative writers.  We invite you to peruse our website and to e-mail or phone us if you would like further information about our offerings.


Latest/Breaking News

NEW! UAF now offers a Minor in Creative Writing. This minor consists of 15 credits in poetry, fiction, nonfiction and dramatic writing courses. For more information, click here:  to go to the Creative Writing minor page.

The Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, in partnership with the Alaska Council on the Arts, has announced the recipients of the 2016 Alaska Literary Awards and they include Daryl Farmer for creative non-fiction.  Professor Farmer will receive a $5,000 award.


Permafrost Magazine announces new Nonfiction Book Prize winner!

The University of Alaska Press will publish Anand Prahlad's The Secret Life of a Black Aspie, winner of the 2016 Permafrost Book Prize in Nonfiction.

Prahlad has published two books of poems, Hear My Story and Other Poems, and As Good As Mango, and has recently completed a new collection of poems,Hijra, which focuses on black, third gender identity. He has also published critical articles and books on Black folklore, including Reggae Wisdom: Proverbs in Jamaican Music, and African American Proverbs in Context, and he has edited the three volume set, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Folklore, and the one volume encyclopedia on African American folklore for high schools. Songwriter and musician, Prahlad released his first CD, Hover Near, in 2008, and is working on a second CD. He teaches folklore, film, creative writing, and disability studies in the English Department at the University of Missouri, Columbia, where he has been a professor since 1990, and is Director of the Creative Writing and Folklore Programs. For more details, visit his website:  http://www.prahladspace.com/    

His winning entry for the Permafrost Book Prize was chosen from nearly 150 entries.

The prize is presented annually by Permafrost, a literary journal produced by graduate students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The prize alternates annually between books of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The UA Press publishes the winners’ work.

For more information about this title and many more, please visit http://www.alaska.edu/uapress/ or call 800-621-2736.
Congradulations are in order for the 2016 graduates.  On May 8, 2016 the following students received their degrees.
Lisa Ellen Balvanz, M.F.A. Creative Writing
Daniel P. Dyer, M.F.A. Creative Writing
Maeve E. Kirk, M.F.A. Creative Writing
Amy M. Marsh, M.F.A. Creative Writing
Kendell Leigh Newman, M.F.A. Creative Writing
Craig Steven Sanders, M.F.A. Creative Writing
Chelsey Ann Zibell, M.F.A./M.A. Creative Writing and Literature
Littie Day Ballard, magna um laude, B.A. English
Grace E. Bieber, B.A. English
Nathanial Monte Cole, B.A. English
Anna Michelle Creamer, magna cum laude, B.A. English
Vicki M. Crosby, B.A. English
Eran Eliah Eads, magna cum laude, B.A. English
Shania A. Fifarek, B.A. English
Barrie J. Greenfield, cum laude, B.A. English
Julia Renee Hall, B.A. English
Antonio D. Hamilton, B.A. English
Meryem A. Kugzruk, magna cum laude, B.A. English
Corrine M. Layer, B.A. English
Emily Lucas, cum laude, B.A. English
Meghan Margaret McKinnell, magna cum laude, B.A. English
Ashley Marie Munk, B.A. English
Prof. Jennifer Schell has two recent essay publications to announce, both articles.  The first is: "I Was Now Living in a New World': Frederick Douglass, Herman Meolville, and New Bedford's Cosmopolitan Locality."  Mapping Region in Early American Writing.  Eds. Edward Watts, Keri Holt, and John Funchion.  Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2015.  The second is: "The Eskimos Knew Better': Representations of arctic Whaling in Charles Brower's Fifty Years Below Zero." Northern Review 40 (2015): 1-23.
Carolyn Kremers has received a second Fulbright Scholar award to return to Buryat State University in Ulan Ude, Russia, where she taught for ten months in 2008-09.  At BSU, she will teach creative writing and contemporary American  literature and film for two semesters, beginning September 2015.  Ulan Ude is the capital city of Buryatia, the republic located in eastern Siberia just north of Mongolia and east of Lake Baikal.  The Buryats are the largest group of indigenous people in the Russian Federation, and their homeland is the center for Tibetan Buddhism in Russia.  While living in Ulan Ude, Carolyn will continue work on her narrative nonfiction book about Buryatia, its people and history, and her personal experiences there.
Prof. Sean Hill had his essay "What Spills Over & What Urges the Spill: Somewhere Whys and Wherefores of Dangerous Goods" published in The Volta. It can be viewed at the following link:http://www.thevolta.org/ewc50-shill-p1.html 
The department is also proud to announce that Prof. Hill's book Dangerous Goods is a finalist for the 27th Annual Minnesota Book Award in the poetry category.  The announce can be view at:  http://thefriends.org/27th-annual-minnesota-book-awards-finalists-announced/
He was also awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship. Here's the bulletin, announced (12/2/2014):
"Thirty-six poets have been selected to receive an NEA Literature Fellowship in Creative Writing. This $25,000, non-matching fellowship allows published writers to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and career advancement. NEA fellowships are highly competitive. The NEA received more than 1,634 eligible manuscripts in this round."
And here's the list of the poets awarded NEAs:
Congratulations, Sean!
Dr. Chris Coffman, Associate Professor of English, has published a new article in Arizona Quarterly 70.4 (winter 2014) entitled "Visual Economies of Queer Desire in Gertrude Stein's The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. 
Dr. Sarah Stanley, Assistant Professor of English, has two new publications: an essay "The Road Not taken: John Dewey and Sentences as Limit Situations" in Radical Pedagogy (Vol 11 no 2) and an article "Noticing the Way: Ty and Translingual Possibility" has just been published in JBW (Vol 32 issue 1).

Recent News

Professor Sean Hill is a finalist in the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association Awards for his recent poetry book, Dangerous Goods .  The Midwest Independent Booksellers Association advances the success of independent bookstores, fosters partnerships that create a strong bookselling and publishing community, and celebrates the vital literary culture of their region.

MIBA is a regional nonprofit trade association established in 1981 to promote retail bookselling and support independent booksellers throughout our region. Their members include locally owned and operated independent bookstores; book publishers, distributors, reps, and vendors who do business with their bookstores; and other individuals and businesses allied to the book industry, such as media, librarians, and teachers. With over 225 members, including nearly 200 bookstores, we represent a substantial portion of the region. Their member states include Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Additional member stores are in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. - See more at: http://midwestbooksellers.org/about-miba/#sthash.FIgEgYXt

Dr. Gerri Brightwell, Associate Professor of English, has just had her short story "The Billet" accepted by Memorious: A Journal of New Verse and Fiction.

Ryan Bateman, MFA graduate student, just had a piece of flash fiction published in the online journal Monkeybicycle.

The following people have been awarded grants from the College of Liberal Arts Collaborative Arts Council:

Sean Hill, Assistant Professor of English, and Nathan Hokenson, Academic Advisor for UAF Student Support Services for their proposal "UAF Broadsided".

Sarah Stanley, Assistant Professor of English, for her proposal "Digital Storytelling for Science Education".

Eric Parker and Heather Warren, MFA graduate students, for their proposal "Geologic Processes".


For more information see catalog or contact: Rich Carr, Chair, English Department, University of Alaska Fairbanks, P.O. Box 7575720 | Fairbanks, AK 99775 | (907) 474-6361 | email: rscarr@alaska.edu

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