University of Mississippi

Winners of 2016 Creative Writing Awards Announced!

Evans Harrington Scholarship:  Victoria Collins
Ella Somerville Award for Poetry:  Devin Kerr Pitts
Ella Somerville Award for Fiction:  Charles McCrory
Bondurant Prize for Poetry:  Shertock Lama
Bondurant Prize for Fiction:  David Tran
Congratulations to our winners!

The Forty-Fourth James Edwin Savage Lecture in the Renaissance: “Demonic Possession and the Theater in Early Modern England” by Brian Levack. April 12th at 6p.m. Bondurant Auditorium

Levack photoBrian Levack grew up in a family of teachers in the New York metropolitan area. From his father, a professor of French history, he acquired a love for studying the past, and he knew from an early age that he too would become a historian. He received his B.A. from Fordham University in 1965 and his Ph.D. from Yale in 1970. In graduate school he became fascinated by the history of the law and the interaction between law and politics, interests that he has maintained throughout his career. In 1969 he joined the History Department of the University of Texas at Austin, where he is now the John E. Green Regents Professor in History. The winner of several teaching awards, Levack offers a wide variety of courses on early modern British and European history, legal history, and the history of witchcraft. For eight years he served as the chair of his department. His books include The Civil Lawyers in England, 1603-1641:A Political Study (1973), The Formation of the British State: England, Scotland and the Union, 1603-1707 (1987); The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe (4th edition, 2016), which has been translated into eight languages; Witch-Hunting in Scotland: Law, Politics, and Religion  (2008); and The Devil Within: Possession and Exorcism in the Christian West (2013). He has also edited twenty books, including The Jacobean Union: Six Tracts of 1604 (1985); The Witchcraft Sourcebook (2004; 2nd edition 2015); and The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America (2013).

The lecture will take place on April 12 at 6:00 p.m. in the Bondurant Auditorium.

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare. April 11, 2016 Ford Center for the Performing Arts 6:30 p.m. Opening Remarks 7:00 p.m. The History of Shakespeare’s Text

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Workers Discover Smokestack and Railwork Where William Faulkner Composed *As I Lay Dying*

On Tuesday, March 22, workers at the University of Mississippi excavated the brick foundation for the smokestack structure originally located just to the west of the 1908 power plant building where William Faulkner composed As I Lay Dying in the fall of 1929.  The brickwork was discovered upon removal of a concrete pad that had in recent years supported a large HVAC unit serving the building.  Other excavation work linked to the demolition of the power plant building has uncovered fifteen feet of the iron railwork originally laid for the railroad cars that once transported coal to the plant’s steam-powered electrical generator.

Check out Derrick Harriell’s article “Chicago State State of Mind” in Los Angeles Review of Books.

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Derrick Harriell was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He’s worked as assistant poetry editor for Third World Press and The Cream City Review and has taught community writing workshops for individuals of all ages, including senior citizens. A two-time Pushcart Nominee, Harriell’s poems have appeared in various literary journals and anthologies. Cotton (Aquarius Press-Willow Books 2010) is his first collection of poems.  He received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Chicago State University.

Click HERE for the article.

English Alumnus, Taylor Sledge, Finds Success in Finance

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

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Gregory Heyworth delivers his talk: How I’m Discovering the Secrets of Ancient Texts at TEDxUM

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Chris Offutt to read at Square Books on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 – 5:00pm

465_1chris_offuttChris Offutt will read from his latest work My Father, The Pornographer at Square Books on Wednesday, February 10th at 5p.m.  For more information, click here.

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 atrefzer@olemiss.edu or 662-473-2484, or Mr. Mickey Howley: 662-473-6767.