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Dr. Montz Publishes Book on Young Adult Fiction
Dr. Amy Montz is a co-editor of a new book collection, Female Rebellion in Young Adult Dystopian Fiction. The collection focuses on novels with young female protagonists who struggle against cultural assumptions and expectations. The book is available through Ashgate Publishing.
USI Students Experience the Middle Ages
A group of USI English majors attended the Society for Creative Anachronism event, Rendezvous at the Bridge XXIV, at Lincoln State Park on October 12, 2013. The SCA is an international organization interested in the culture of pre-17th-century Europe. Members, dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, attend events which feature tournaments, royal courts, feasts, dancing, various classes & workshops, and more. (Full Story)
>> Nicole Reid, editor RopeWalk Press, interviewed by Every Day Fiction
Creative Writing Students Perform Works
In the RopeWalk class (ENG 459), students have the opportunity to study the works of our visiting writers in the RopeWalk Reading Series, and try on those authors’ styles and techniques in order to discover their own voices. They also undertake a project of illustrating—through whatever medium they wish—the writing of one classmate in an effort to enhance the written word, just like the fully illustrated chapbook A Man Worthy of Your Attention (RopeWalk Press, 2012). During the spring ’13 semester, students illustrated through dance, song, radio drama, and visual art.
Not all can be reproduced here but these can and they are truly wonderful.
- Jon Haslam composed, played guitar for, and sang a song called "Even Giants Fall," which is made up of lines taken from Violet Brooks’s poems.
- Drew Coles transcribed Warren Stokes II's short story into a radio drama and performed it with the help of some extras, sound effects, and a professional recording studio.
- Sarah Stoltz, brand new to creative writing, performed her modern dance choreography to Ursula K. Le Guin’s short story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas."
Grant Writing Students Serve the Community
As a part of English 319, Introduction to Grant Writing, students work with community organizations to assist them in writing grants. According to Audrey Hillyer, the course instructor, Jess Durkin was paired with Historic Newburgh as her organization during the class. The grant proposal she authored on their behalf for her final class project was funded. As a result of Jess’s work, Historic Newburgh will receive a $1,500 grant. To express her appreciation, Carol Schaefer, Director of Historic Newburgh, invited Jess and Ms. Hillyer to their Preservation Party in May to celebrate.
Keely Muench, another student in ENG319, has been awarded an internship with Wildlife Alliance in New York City.This non-profit organization works to preserve wildlife in Southeast Asia, particularly in Cambodia. Keely will be doing grant writing and editing as part of her internship. Students taking English 319 can have a positive impact on the community while gaining valuable hands-one experience.
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