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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

The UAF English and Art Departments, Collaborative Arts Council, and UA Museum of the North have jointly sponsored a multidisciplinary celebration of the arts.  Award-winning poet Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge and visual arts icon Richad Tuttle will be part of a joint lecture and reception at the UA Museum of the North 6-8pm on Wednesday April 22nd.  This is the last of 2014-15 Midnight Sun Visiting Writers Series.  Please make plans to attend.
Bios of both Mei-Mei and Richard can be found on the page titled Midnight Sun Visiting Writers Series.
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).
Dr. Johnny Payne has a new book being released soon by Mouthfeel Press. VASSAL " is richly descriptive, energetically ironic and playfully anachronistic" according to Reginald Gibbons, Frances Hooper Professor of Arts and Humanities.
VASSEL tells the story of Odysseus since he washed up on  shore on Ogygia...it seems everybody wants a piece of Odysseus.  His sailors, one in rehab, plot to mutiny.  Calypso, Circe and Nausikaa demand sex.  In Itaka his sarcastic son fumes at his fathers absence.  In the underworld, the great tactician's mother blames Odysseus for her death.  There is no rest for an aging warrior with arthritis and possible PTSD.  All he dreams of is Penelope's arms, as he rebuilds his ship and outwits gods for whom he's a cosmic Joke.  In a poem cycle well-versed in Homer, varied in form, imbued with humor, melancholy, epic reach and tender quiet lyricism, Johnny Payne gives us a fractured hero, valiant by necessity and held toget5her only by the glue of his wily grit.
 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

The English Department is pleased to welcome Johnny Payne to the faculty.  Professor Payne is a Kentucky native, a novelist , poet and playwright.  His novels include Kentuckian, Second Chance, the Irish epic Silver Dagger, and most recently, La muerte de Papi, his first novel written in Spanish.  His teaching philosophy can be summed up by the phrases "compassionate rigor" and "planned spontaneity."  He is partial to multimedia and has taught a number of courses online.

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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