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National Book Award Finalist Named 2022 Grisham Writer-in-Residence

August 18, 2021 by Staff Report Acclaimed fiction writer Deesha Philyaw has been named the 2022-23 John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi. Philyaw is the prize-winning author of the short story collection “The Secret Lives of Church Ladies” (West Virginia University Press, 2020), which won the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, […]


Exceptional Educators- College of Liberal Arts Professors Honored for Excellence in Teaching

JUNE 17, 2021 BY STAFF REPORT The University of Mississippi College of Liberal Arts recognized three professors for superior teaching at the end of the 2021 spring semester. Jason Solinger, associate professor of English, is the Howell Family Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Named after alumni donors Dr. Norris Howell (BS 75) and Lynne Thomas Howell […]


Author Aimee Nezhukumatahil Set to Deliver Fall Convocation Keynote

August 12, 2021 By Edwin B. Smith   Aimee Nezhukumatathil, University of Mississippi English professor and award-winning author, will deliver the keynote address to the university’s first-year/transfer class Aug. 24 during the annual Fall Convocation. The in-person event begins at 7 p.m. in the Sandy and John Black Pavilion at Ole Miss. Others scheduled to […]


Lindsey Yates: From the Classroom to the Film Set

  July 9, 2021 by Allison Clayton (BA ’21)   Lindsey Yates (B.A. 2012) uses her degree in Journalism and her minor in English in spectacular ways—literally. Working at the Los Angeles branch of the visual effects company, FuseFX, Yates has a hand in creating effects for many popular television shows, like 9-1-1 and The […]


Professors Honored for Creative Research

JUNE 28, 2021 BY STAFF REPORT Six faculty members in the University of Mississippi College of Liberal Arts have been recognized for their creative, research and scholarly activity during the 2020-21 academic year. Four professors received the Dr. Mike L. Edmonds New Scholar Award for junior faculty and two received the College of Liberal Arts Award for […]


Seven UM International Studies Students Named Boren Scholars

April 22, 2021 by Edwin B. Smith For the second time in three years, seven accomplished students at the University of Mississippi have been named as recipients of the prestigious David L. Boren Scholarship from the National Security Exchange Program. All either are or have been enrolled in the university’s Croft Institute for International Studies. The recipients are Brantley Damon, of Madison; Miller […]


‘World of Wonders’ Chosen for 2021 Common Reading Experience

April 19, 2021 by Michael Newsom The University of Mississippi‘s 2021 Common Reading Experience will focus on “World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments,” a celebrated new collection of essays by Aimee Nezhukumatathil, UM professor of English and creative writing. After reviewing many community submissions and other finalists, a committee of faculty, staff and students […]


The 2021 Edith T. Baine Lecture featuring Mab Segrest, Monday, March 8th at 6:30 PM

Mab Segrest is professor emeritus of gender and women’s studies at Connecticut College and the author of Administrations of Lunacy: Racism and the Haunting of American Psychiatry at the Milledgeville Asylum, Memoir of a Race Traitor, Born to Belonging: Writings on Spirit and Justice, and My Mama’s Dead Squirrel: Lesbian Essays on Southern Culture. A […]


The English Department Announces Its 2021 Creative Writing Awards Contests

   


It is with great joy that we announce the 2020-2021 Grisham Writer-in-Residence: Maurice Ruffin!

Maurice Carlos Ruffin is the author of We Cast a Shadow, which was published by One World Random House. The novel is a New York Times Editor’s Choice. Ruffin is the winner of several literary prizes, including the Iowa Review Award in fiction and the William Faulkner–William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition Award for Novel-in-Progress. His work […]