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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Dr. Lisa Sewell Reading

English professor Dr. Lisa Sewell read selections from her latest poetry collection, Impossible Object, to a standing-room only crowd in Falvey Library on April 14.  A lively question and answer period followed the reading.

Winner of the 2014 Tenth Gate Prize, Dr. Sewell's Impossible Object unfolds what it means to read--read deeply, read fully, read for our lives. Says Series Editor Leslie McGrath, "Lisa Sewell's poems are shot through with an adhesive intelligence born of the accretion of craft, discernment, and engagement with the world." Arthur Sze describes the poems here as "spellbindingly present," while Linda Gregerson says, "These poems are urgent; they are fresh; they acknowledge no divisions in the world, not between the landscape and the printed page, not between her neighbor's suffering and her own being spared, not between the private and the public worlds. And this is the impossible object espoused in each and every line: connection in its purest form."

Dr. Lisa Sewell at the April 14 reading

Carrie Teresa Wins Blanchard Dissertation Prize

The American Journalism Historians Association has selected former Villanova English major Carrie Teresa as the winner of the 2015 Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize.

Teresa, an assistant professor at Niagara University, won the award for her dissertation titled, “Looking at the Stars: The Black Press, African American Celebrity Culture, and Critical Citizenship in Early Twentieth Century America, 1895-1935.”  This study examined how African American journalists and editors writing at the height of Jim Crow-ism covered celebrity culture and how this coverage was connected to the fight for civil rights.

Teresa will receive $500 and a plaque during the 2015 AJHA national convention in Oklahoma City in October.

Carrie Teresa

Sunday, April 12, 2015

67th Annual Philadelphia Writers' Conference

The Philadelphia Writers’ Conference is now offering 50% tuition scholarships to all students!  When you register (click here), just enter "STUDENT" in the Scholarship ID field.  You'll be asked to upload proof of your student status (a copy of your ID or your latest registration will suffice), and our registration site will automatically apply your 50% discount.

The 67th  Annual Philadelphia Writers’ Conference will take place on Friday, June 12 through Sunday, June 14 at the Wyndham Hotel at 400 Arch Street in downtown Philadelphia.  The 2015 keynote speaker is Stephen Fried, award winning investigative journalist, best selling writer, and two time recipient of the National Magazine Award who teaches at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the University of Pennsylvania.

This year’s opening speaker is Sara Shepard, author of the bestselling Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game, both of which have been adapted into TV series appearing on ABC Family.  Among this year’s workshop leaders and speakers are Lu Ann Cahn, Solomon Jones, Dennis Tafoya, Chris Bursk, Suzanne Palmieri, Randall Brown, Anna Evans, Stuart Horwitz, Anne Hamilton, and many other talented writers. The conference includes meetings with book agents and editors and offers master classes in screenwriting and poetry, as well as writing competitions.

The conference features several three-day workshops, including Short Story, Playwriting, Poetry, Memoir, Romance, Writing Horror, Juvenile/YA, Novel, Screenwriting, Mystery, Juvenile, and Nonfiction Book and other genres.  There are other features including Selling to TV, Flash Fiction, Novel Research, Self Publishing, and Finding Creativity.

Beginning and experienced writers are welcome. Past speakers at the conference have included Pearl Buck, James Michener, Ed Rendell, Nelson Johnson, Jennifer Weiner, Michael Smerconish, Larry Kane, Mark Bowden, and Rachel Simon.  The conference draws between 150 and 200 conferees from the Philadelphia area and around the country.

Register by May 1st to save.  Early bird registration is $275.00;  after May 1, the cost is $300.00, which includes all three day workshops but not the cost of the optional master classes or dinner functions.  For details contact Jim Knipp, PWC Registrar and Public Relations Director, at  2013pwcreg@gmail.com.  For further information regarding the conference, visit the website at www.pwcwriters.org, or email info@pwcwriters.org.

Fulbright Fellowship Workshops

As you may know, Villanova has been recognized for the number of students who win awards from the Fulbright Program, which is the U.S. government’s “flagship international educational exchange program”—and students from the English department have been among the most successful in the competition for these awards.  Click here to read more about Villanova's success.

This week, our Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships will be hosting two workshops on the Fulbright awards. The workshops will cover the components of a Fulbright application, how to choose a country, and how to make oneself a competitive candidate.

The workshops are Monday, April 13, at 4:30 pm, and Thursday, April 16, at 3:00 pm.  They will both be in Garey 101 and will last approximately one hour.

To RSVP, or to set up an appointment to discuss their candidacy, students should contact Kurt Davies, Assistant Director of Fellowships (kurt.davies@villanova.edu).

Jobs & Internships with IMA Consulting

Lucas Migliarino, a recent Villanova English minor graduate, has informed us about positions (both full-time positions and internships) with the company he works for, IMA Consulting of Chadds Ford, PA.  The company, which is “a full service professional services Firm that provides Expense Management, Interim Management, and Revenue Management services exclusively to the healthcare industry,” is particularly interested in English majors.


Remember that to receive credit for an internship, you must apply at our Internship Office: http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/undergrad/ous/internship.html.