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The English Department at UAF is the oldest in the state and one of the largest departments in the College of Liberal Arts.  Our faculty's emphasis on the creation and critical analysis of literature and on the importance of good writing makes our contribution to the college's liberal arts mission unique.

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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

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.
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/
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).
 Visiting Assistant Professor Sean Hill has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship. Here's the bulletin, announced today (12/2):
"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!

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".

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.

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). 

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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