May 2011

 The English Web




  Department Notepad: a biannual bulletin of English faculty/staff/student/alum development, events, publications, and activities (click on notepad icon to view).






What We Look Like Now: a portfolio of CSB/SJU English faculty/staff/student  photos and captions.


Seeing Voices

Tiphanie Yanique at CSB: 
A Prose Reading at Gorecki Center:

 Tiphanie Yanique's story collection How to Escape from a Leper Colony was published by Graywolf Press and is the winner of the Sister Mariella Gable award granted by the College of St. Benedict. Currently a professor of Creative Writing at Drew University, Yanique is from the U.S. Virgin Islands and lives most of the year in Brooklyn, New York. She is a fiction writer, poet, and essayist and the winner of a Pushcart Prize, the Kore Press Fiction Prize, The Academy of American Poets Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship in writing, the Boston Review Fiction Prize, and the 2010 Rona Jaffe Prize in Fiction.

Her visit to the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University on April 4th and 5th, 2011 was sponsored by the Literary Arts Institute and made possibly by a grant from the Manitou Fund. In addition to giving a public reading from her book, visiting classes on campus, and meeting with students, she also gave an interview with English faculty member Dr. Steven Thomas and students Brittany Basden and Miles Johnson. The video recording of the reading and the audio recording of the interview are featured in the spring 2011 issue of The English Web.


Watch Yanique's reading.




Mike Opitz and Matt Callahan:
Music/ Prose Video Drop:  
Celebrating Scholarship and Creativity Day:



Two video recordings of Mike Opitz's musical performance session (Professor of English) and Matt Callahan's Writing Essays panel (Instructor of English) performances on the 11th annual May 2011 Scholarship and Creativity Day.  Watch Writing Essay's panel.  


Hearing Voices

 Madhu's Migrations: 
Sabbatical Siftings:

Cindy Malone (Professor of English) joins Madhu Mitra (Professor of English) for an audio conversation about Madhu's faculty sabbatical research projects during 2009-10. (audio-25 minutes). Listen to podcast.





Tiphanie Yanique: 
Talking Back to Us:
Award-winning writer Tiphanie Yanique (author of How to Escape from a Leper Colony) joins Steve Thomas (Assistant Professor of English), Miles Johnson (SJU 2011), and Brittany Basden (CSB 2012) for a conversation about Yanique's fiction and writing practice in April 2011. Listen to podcast.








Chris Bolin Chris Bolin: 
Pushing Against Words:
Chris Bolin (Common Curriculum Instructor) joins Luke Mancuso (Associate Professor of English) for an audio conversation about his poetic craft, and the bonus of an author's reading from his growing body of poetic work.  Chris holds an MFA in poetry from the Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, and currently teaches First-Year Seminar  in the CSB/SJU Common Curriculum department. (58 minutes) Listen to podcast.  








Our OSB-Gees:

An Emeritus Conversation:
JP Earls, OSB and Hilary Thimmesh, OSB (English Professors Emeriti) converse with Luke Mancuso, OSB (Associate Professor of English) about their student days, decades-long English professorships, and about their recent retirement beatitudes. Listen to podcast.






Reading Voices/Hearing Voices

Ozzie Mayers:
Fiery Tongues, Hurricanes, and Coming Out:  Louisiana Cajun Inflections
Ozzie Mayers (Professor of English) reads two of his personal essays, "Tongues of Fire" and "Coming Out in the Hurricane" in an audio recording of the text. (text and audio) (28 minutes) Listen to podcast.  (Click here for full text).






Christian Knox, Kate Lutz, Allison Horton: 
Grand Tour Grace Notes:
European Episodes in Ireland, London, Greece, Italy: 
Three CSB/SJU English majors, Christian Knox (SJU 2012), Kate Lutz (CSB 2012), and Allie Horton (CSB 2012), create a joint personal travel essay, with overlapping narrative episodes, from their Fall 2010 Study Abroad semesters in Ireland, London, Greco-Roman programs (text and audio recording). (15 minutes) Listen to podcast. (Click here for full text).




Kelsey Daly: 
It's "Perfect Cadence" for the 2011 Wagner-Berger Prize:
The CSB/SJU English Department is pleased to announce that Kelsey Daly has won this year's Wagner-Berger Prize for Excellence in Creative Writing for her story "Perfect Cadence."  Kelsey is a senior Peace Studies major from Owatonna, MN.  The $1000 Wagner-Berger Prize is awarded annually for the best original work of fiction written by a College of Saint Benedict student.  Look for Kelsey's story this spring in the student literary magazine, Studio One. Read essay.