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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.


Latest/Breaking News

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".

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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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