Faculty Achievements Update

martin017_web_58b1a30d7283a735c46a439f23e4c656We would like to offer our warm congratulations to our colleague Michael Martin, assistant professor of English and co-director of the Geschke Writing Center, who just received a contract to publish a version of his dissertation. The book, entitled Literature and the Encounter with God in Post-Reformation England, will be released next year by Ashgate Publishing in the UK.

Michael also has contracts for two additional books pending;  stay tuned for announcements of those!




Welcome Back Event for English Majors and Minors

8097950112_3330b49085_cOn Thursday, September 19, from 4:30 till 6 pm in the Keenan Courtyard behind the Madame Cadillac Building, the English and Modern Languages Department will host a welcome back gathering for our majors and minors.

This is a great opportunity to learn about some of the upcoming events we have planned for the coming year, as well as to renew acquaintances with your old friends in the department and meet new ones.

And, if you’re a new major or minor, or thinking about becoming one, it’s a way to get to know the members of one of the most interesting, active departments at Marygrove.

This is a drop-in kind of thing, so don’t worry if you can’t stay for the whole time . . . just stop by to say hello and enjoy some of the tasty refreshments we’ll have for you.

Please visit this link to RSVP on Facebook.

Tomorrow’s senior seminar presentations are going to be apocalyptic–sort of.

016Apocalíptico_IYou are invited to attend the Department of English and Modern Languages Senior Seminar Presentations: Post-Apocalyptic American Fiction

Wednesday, April 24, 6:00-8:30 p.m., Denk Chapman

Mia Balbin Cuesta
Alienation in Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

Crystal Barber
The Culture of Death in Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

Fletchia Brand
Internally Displaced Persons

Carrie Hurn
Morality, the Catalyst for Survival in a Post-Apocalyptic World

Rhonda Moore-Lewis
Being ‘the Good Guys’: The Role of Family in Four Post-Apocalyptic Novels

Linda Neal
Economics after the Apocalypse

 Willie Peterson
The Post-Apocalyptic Notion: Letting Go of the Past to Gain a Future

Ji Zhang
Gender Discrimination: Women in Post-Apocalyptic Novels

Photo credit: Mauricio García Vega

All are welcome ♦ Light refreshments served

Mary Helen Washington Writing Award Contest Winners Announced

The Department of English and Modern Languages at Marygrove College has just completed the judging for the third year of the Mary Helen Washington Writing Award Contest, offered in conjunction with its Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series (CAALS). Named after nationally-renowned scholar, editor, essayist, and teacher Dr. Mary Helen Washington, and supported through the generosity of series sponsors Lillian and Don Bauder, this annual contest asks students to write essays in response to the works of the CAALS guest artist. This year’s students were asked to write essays or poems in response to the works of this year’s guest artist, National Book Award-winning poet Terrance Hayes.

The College is pleased to congratulate the 2013 winners, listed below with their winning entry titles, schools, and teachers:

Grand Prize: Sarah Mokh, “Lighthead’s Guide to Poetry,” an essay, Fordson High School, Kerry Howell

Second Prize: Lujine Nasralla, “Quid Sit Ars Poetica?,” an essay, Fordson High School, Kerry Howell

Second Prize: Zekeyra Phillips, “Emotions,” a poem, Cass Technical High School, Vicki Green

Second Prize: Skylar Wilkes, “Pieces of Perception,” a poem, Cass Technical High School, Vicki Green

The winners will receive their recognition at the Master Class with Mr. Hayes on the morning of April 19, 2013.

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Bauder Contemporary American Authors Lecture, and features a reading and book signing by Mr. Hayes, which will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 19, in Alumnae Hall on the Marygrove College campus. The event is free and open to the public.