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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.

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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.

Beth Ann Fennelly Awarded Fall 2015 Orlando Creative Nonfiction Prize

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UM Program Transforms Incarcerated Men into College Students

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Literary Death Match Tuesday, Oct. 13th at 7p.m. at The Powerhouse.

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The Edith Baine Lecture Series presents: “Toward a Sustainable Humanities” by Stephanie LeMenager. Sept. 17th at 7p.m. The Depot

imgresStephanie LeMenager is the Barbara and Carlisle Moore Professor of English and Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon. Her publications include the books Living Oil: Petroleum Culture in the American Century, Manifest and Other Destinies, and (as co-editor) Environmental Criticism for the Twenty-First Century. Her forthcoming books are Weathering: Toward a Sustainable Humanities and the collection Teaching Climate Change in the Humanities with co-editors Stephen Siperstein and Shane Hall. She is a founding editor of Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities.

The Lecture will take place on September 17th at 7p.m at The Depot.  This event is free and open to the public.

Mission Statement
The Edith T. Baine Lecture Series for Scholars and Writers invites the best and brightest scholars and writers to our campus. The Baine lecturers and writers are chosen on the basis of energetic and engaged scholarship and creative work, innovative approaches, and dynamic presentation styles. The lectures showcase paradigm-shifting research and groundbreaking writing. The visiting scholars and writers are intended to expose undergraduates to the fullness of a life deeply engaged in literature while inspiring graduate students to pursue ambitious work.

Edith T. Baine
Mrs. Edith Turley Baine of El Dorado was born November 29, 1945 in Greenville, Mississippi, the daughter of Edith Waits Turley and George Turley. She graduated from Leland High School and the University of Mississippi, where she received B.A.E. and M.A.E. degrees. Mrs. Baine was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of El Dorado, El Dorado Service League, Phi Mu Sorority and Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity International. She was a former member of the Board of Directors of the Union County Humane Society. She was an El Dorado Jaycettes and later became an El Dorado Jaycee. She was a tree farmer and retired English teacher who taught in Mississippi and at El Dorado High School. On April 13, 2012, Mrs. Baine passed away at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. Her generous gift to the English Department at the University of Mississippi supports this lecture series and promotes academic and creative exchange.