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2013 Creative Writing Award Recipients Announced

Rachel Banka’s “The Dead-End” for the Evans Harrington Creative Writing Scholarship (Judge Melissa Ginsburg)

Jacob Donaldson’s “Father, Son, and Holy Ghost” for the Ella Somerville Award in Poetry (Judge Ann Fisher-Wirth)

Vivian Lang’s “You and Henry, That One Time” for the Ella Somerville Award in Fiction (Judge Jack Pendarvis)

Kieran Lyons’s “Banyon” for the Bondurant Prize in Fiction (Judge Nic Brown)

Jessica Comola’s “Valentine” for the Bondurant Prize in Poetry (Judge Beth Spencer)

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Melissa Ginsburg signs Dear Weather Ghost at Off Square Books on April 24 at 5p.m.

safe_imageMelissa Ginsburg will sign her book of poems, Dear Weather Ghost, at Off Square Books on April 24 at 5:00p.m. and read at 5:30p.m.  See more here.

Authors Hannah and Ford Honored with Room in UM English Department

Second-floor Bondurant Hall lounge to be used for creative writing workshops, receptions and more.  See the full story here.RKJ_1939-G-300x168


Prospective graduate students, check out our 2013 M.A./Ph.D. Brochure

English_MA_PHD_brochure (1) (dragged)Click here to see our 2013 M.A./Ph.D Brochure.

Megan Abbott Selected as Grisham Writer-in-Residence

-1Crime fiction author Megan Abbott has been selected as the 2013-2014 Grisham Writer-in-Residence.  Click HERE for the full story.

Poet Dave Smith Joins UM English Department

We are pleased to announce that renowned poet Dave Smith will be joining the UM English Department this fall.  Get the full story HERE.

The Frances Bell McCool Lecture in Faulkner Studies Presents: “The Man from Mottstown” on Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Phillip “Pip” Gordon  will deliver his lecture, “The Man from Mottstown: Hubert Creekmore’s Debt to and Influence on William Faulkner” on Monday, November 12 at 7:30 P.M.  in Peabody 206.

Phillip is a Ph.D. candidate in the English department.  His lecute is based on a chapter from his in-progress dissertation, “Gay Faulkner: Uncovering a Homosexual Presence in Yoknapatawpha and Beyond.”

The Frances Bell McCool lecture is sponsored by the Department of English.  The Frances Bell McCool Dissertation Fellowship in Faulkner studies is funded by a generous endowment from the McCool Family.

This event is free and open to the public.

Special Screening of HBO’s TREME, episode 6, hosted by the author of the screenplay, Chris Offutt on October 30 at 7p.m. in Bishop 209

Please join author Chris Offutt and the Ole Miss community for a screening of the episode of Treme that Offutt scripted for HBO.  Treme, the award-winning HBO series, is set in a post-Katrina New Orleans and features musicians, chefs, and artists as compelling characters.  The series has been celebrated for its lively, authentic writing and Offutt, a Guggenheim recipient, was invited to write the sixth episode of the season.

Before screenwriting, Offutt was an award-winning author of five books that received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation and American Academy of Arts and Letters.  He has also written and produced for True Blood, Weeds, and wrote two commissioned pilots for Lions Gate and CBS.  His short film “The Trapper” was produced in 2010.  He is currently working on a novel and a screenplay.

The viewing will be followed by a Q and A with Offutt in which he will discuss writing for TV in general and HBO in particular.  What are the challenges of writing a script for a series, and how is this kind of writing diffferent than writing novels or short stories?  How can one learn more about writing for TV?

Click Here to check out a recent story about Offutt and Treme in the Washington Post.

Internationally Acclaimed Poet and Classicist, Anne Carson to Perform at the Ford Center on October 23, at 7p.m.

The internationally acclaimed poet and classicist Anne Carson and her partner Robert Currie will come to the University of Mississippi soon. On Tuesday, October 23, at 7 p.m., they will perform two experimental, collaborative pieces that involve Carson’s poetry along with dance and film. The titles of the pieces are “Cassandra Float Can” and “Possessive Used as a Drink (Me): A Lecture on Pronouns in the Form of 15 Sonnets.” These pieces will also feature several students from the English and Theatre Departments at the University of Mississippi. The performance will be held at the Rehearsal Hall Space (the small theatre) at the Ford Center. It is free and open to the public but as seating is limited it would be a good idea to come early.

This performance is made possible by the generosity of the John and Renee Grisham Visiting Writers Series, the English Department, the Theatre Department, and the Ford Center.

Toril Moi to deliver the 52nd annual Christopher Longest Lecture September 27 at 6 p.m.

Duke University professor, Toril Moi, will deliver the 2012 Christopher Longest Lecture.  For more information, click Here.