University of Mississippi

English Education major, Heather Williams, elected Associated Student Representative for the southern region of Sigma Tau Delta

HWilliamsThis March Heather Williams, a senior English Education major at the University of Mississippi, attended the  national conference of the English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta, where she was elected  Associated Student Representative for the Southern Region.  Heather currently serves as the Vice President of her chapter, Eta Nu, and will become President in May 2016. She is a transfer student from Bevill State Community College in Jasper, AL, where she was involved in Sigma Kappa Delta (SKD), The English Honor Society Two-Year Colleges. She also is published in SKD’s 2014 literary journal, The Hedera helix. Besides Sigma Tau Delta, Heather also is involved in other leadership roles including the Transfer Leadership Organization and 1+1 Transfer Student Program, both of which help make the transition into university life easier for transfer students. When not reading or writing, Heather enjoys playing the guitar and loves putting music to her poetry. Her favorite literature genre is Southern literature, and her favorite book is The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

MFA Candidates Maggie Woodward and Gothatoane Moeng Chosen for the 2016 Seaside Writers Conference

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Hubert Creekmore State Historical Marker Dedication, October 9th, 4p.m. Water Valley, Mississippi

UntitledPlease join us for the unveiling of the State Historical Marker dedicated to the life and work of Mississippi author Hubert Creekmore (1907 – 1966) on Friday, October 9th at 4p.m. in Water Valley, Mississippi.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Unveiling of the State Historical Marker at 114 Panola Street, the family home built by his father Hiram Hubert Creekmore around 1900.

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Reminiscences of Hubert Creekmore and

Reading from his Work at Bozarts Gallery at 403 N. Main St.

Refreshments served.

This program brings together family members, scholars, readers, archivists, students and all those who care about preserving and recovering Mississippi’s literary heritage. The program features recitations of poems from four published collections of his poetry, a reading from each of his three novels including The Welcome, a novel set in Water Valley, as well as readings, commentary, and overviews of his numerous translations of literature from Latin and his non-fictional work.   Also on view will be paintings on loan by the family, photography, and various editions of his books as well as a facsimile exhibition of letters and material items pertaining to his life curated by Dr. Jennifer Ford, head of Special Collections at the J.D. Williams Library at the University of Mississippi.

This event is free and open to the public. Please direct inquiries to Dr. Annette Trefzer or 662-473-2484, or Mr. Mickey Howley: 662-473-6767.

Beth Ann Fennelly Awarded Fall 2015 Orlando Creative Nonfiction Prize

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Franklin CWA Golden Dagger Award recipient

October 7, 2011—Tom Franklin wins CWA Golden Dagger Award (U.K.) from Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. Congratulations Tom! Click here for more information.

Babson reads at Middlebury College

October 6, 2011—UM graduate student Anne Babson reads at Middlebury College from White Trash Pantheon. Click here for more information.

Poetry infiltration

September 26, 2011—To celebrate 100 Thousand Poets for Change, in Oxford, Mississippi, the MFA poets and Professor Ann Fisher-Wirth carried on a little infiltration of poetry into the day of the home game against Georgia.

To celebrate 100 Thousand Poets for Change, in Oxford, Mississippi, the MFA poets and Professor Ann Fisher-Wirth carried on a little infiltration of poetry into the day of the home game against Georgia. On Friday night they chalked poems on the sidewalk panels around a fountain that is at the center of campus, and Saturday at dawn they chalked poems downtown on the Square. Also they made beautiful 3X5 cards with poems on them, for people at various restaurants and the bookstore and public library to have as a gift, and MFA poet Emileigh Barnes made a series of decorated broadsides that will hang in the local art gallery and later at another gallery in another town — broadsides of faculty and students in our program. Several of the poets read poems to English classes at Oxford High School. And at a potluck Friday night, they decorated beer cups with poems, as a giveaway in the Grove where all the tailgaters are partying.

Responding to the call for an international day of poetry actions, Ann Fisher-Wirth asked her students in the graduate poetry workshop if they would become involved. Josh Davis and Emileigh Barnes primarily took charge of organizing the event. Milly West, who is a professional photographer, took lots of great photos. Here is what we accomplished:

100,000 Poets for Change: By the Numbers

1,000 — 3.5 x 5.5 poems distributed to 10 local businesses as gifts for their patrons.

900 — 8.5 x 11 poems handed out at Oxford High School and plastered on cars all over campus this afternoon.

200 — Poetry-decorated Solo cups handed out in the grove.

12+ — Poems chalked both on campus and all over downtown Oxford.

15 — Handmade broadsides — featuring the work of our MFAs and faculty — on display at Southside Gallery and the Public Library. Go see them today, if you haven’t already!

4 — OHS classes visited and read to.

Fisher-Wirth completes yoga teacher training

June 1, 2011—Professor Ann Fisher-Wirth has completed a 200-hour Hatha Vinyasa Yoga teacher training course at Southern Star Yoga Studio in Oxford, Mississippi, where she teaches yoga.

Hayes’ publishes ventriloquism monograph

April 13, 2011—Professor Mary Hayes publishes monograph on divine ventriloquism in medieval literature and culture. Congratulations Mary! Click here to view.

Urgo President of St. Mary’s College in Maryland

April 7, 2011—Former UM English chair now leading Maryland College. Click here to view.