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UA Press releases new Permafrost Prize winner
The University of Alaska Press has published Becky Hagenston’s “Scavengers: Stories,” winner of the 2015 Permafrost Book Prize in Fiction.
This is Hagenston’s third collection of stories. She is an associate professor of English at Mississippi State University. Her 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.
Hagenston will offer a reading at 7 p.m. April 8 in Schaible Auditorium. She’ll be joined by author Ben Percy, who judged the 2015 prize entries.
In Hagenston’s “Scavengers,” stories mix the familiar with the bizarre. A woman obsessed with reality shows meets a sorority girl on a very personal scavenger hunt. A man discovers that his father suddenly believes in lake monsters. A woman goes to St. Petersburg, Russia, and tries to lose herself in museums and palaces to avoid dealing with her husband’s near fatal accident. A grown-up Hansel tries hard to be a good father. A young girl begins to suspect that the séances taking place in her basement aren’t as harmless as they seem.For more information about this title and many more, please visit www.uapress.alaska.edu or call 800-621-2736.
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.
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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".
Latest Updates Fall 2014:
Professor Jennifer Schell just published an article entitled, "We Account the Whale Immortal': Fantasies of Ecological Abundance and Discourses of Extinction in Herman Melville's Moby-Dick" in the book Critical Insights: Moby-Dick."
Professor James Ruppert recently published an article entitled "Native Literatures of Alaska" in The Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literature edited by James Cox for Oxford University Press.
recently published an article entitled "Native Literatures of Alaska" in The Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literature edited by James Cox for Oxford University Press.
Dr. Chris Coffman, Associate Professor of English, recently published an article entitled "The Migrating Look: Visual Economies of Queer Desire in The Book of Salt" in Texas Studies in Literature and Language 56.2 (Summer 2014).