Monday, November 5, 2012

Deep Song Reading Series Kicks Off This Thursday with Adam Clay

This Thursday, November 8th, Belmont's Deep Song Reading Series will host its first writer. This new event series, facilitated by Dr. Gary McDowell, will bring writers and poets to campus in celebration of the written and spoken word.

 For the inaugural event, at 7:00 p.m. in McWhorter 110, the poet Adam Clay will be reading from his new book, A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World (Milkweed Editions, 2012). Click and enlarge the event poster below for more information, and come out to hear Adam read from his work!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Dark Specter Caught on Film

An eerie apparition, long known to haunt the English Department each fall, was photographed just outside the Writing Center this afternoon. Some speculation exists that the spirit of a disgruntled student revisits the department each year around the time of his suspension. Others say this black phantasm is the Ghost of Papers Past, and students have reported hair-raising whispers of "rewrite, rewrite" as they pass down the department's hallway. A few contend that the phantom visits classrooms in an effort to get enough BELL Core credits for graduation. Only one thing is certain. The Gothic abounds in the English Department.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

English Professors to Lecture at Bongo Java

This semester and next, three Belmont English professors will deliver lectures at Bongo Java coffeehouse as part of its Belmont U. Lecture Series. This monthly event series features award-winning Belmont professors and is free and open to the public.

The lectures are held the first Tuesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Bongo Java on Belmont Boulevard.  A complete schedule for the series can be found here:

The first event kicks off in less than two weeks on November 6 with the English Department's Dr. Marcia McDonald. Following in December and April are Dr. Maggie Monteverde and Professor Sue Trout.  Mark your calendars, have some coffee, and learn for free!

Featured English Professors

Tuesday, November 6  
From Partisan Politics to Civil Conversation:  Some Ideas from the Great Writers
Marcia McDonald, English Department

Tuesday, December 4
The Origins of Christmas Customs 
Maggie Monteverde, English Department

Tuesday, April 2
Oh, I Couldn't Wear It, But It Looks Good on You:  The Function of Manners in the South
Sue Trout, English Department

Monday, October 22, 2012

Upcoming Events with Mark Charles

Please plan to attend two important & enlightening programs with Navajo speaker Mark Charles!

Reconciliation: How Teachings from a 2,000 year-old Book Can Bring Healing to a 500 year-old Wound
Friday, October 26, 2012
Neely Hall 10:00-10:50 am
Culture and Arts Convo Credit

Mark Charles is a Native American leader who lives at Fort Defiance, AZ, located on the Navajo Reservation. He seeks to understand the complexities of American history regarding race, culture and faith in order to help forge a path of healing and biblical reconciliation for the nation. Using the indigenous art of storytelling, Charles will share, both from the Scriptures as well as from his personal journey, insights he has gained into the depth of the Creator's heart for reconciliation.

*Co-sponsored by the Office of Spiritual Development and the Department of English

An Apology, an Appropriations Bill, and a Conversation That Never Happened

Friday, October 26, 2012
Beaman A & B 6:00-7:30 pm
Academic Lecture Credit

On December 19, 2009 President Obama signed the 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill, H.R. 3326. Buried on page 45 of this 67-page document is sub-section 8113, titled "Apology to Native People of the United States.” The White House Press Release regarding this bill contained no mention of the apology and it was not read publically until a small ceremony six months later. This is not how a nation of immigrants apologizes to their indigenous hosts for centuries of disenfranchisement, broken treaties and stolen lands. This talk will present efforts currently underway to publically communicate this apology so a conversation regarding reconciliation can truly begin.

*Sponsored by the Communication Studies Department

Biographical Notes:

Mark Charles is a speaker, writer, and consultant from Fort Defiance, AZ, located on the Navajo Reservation. The son of an American woman of Dutch heritage and a Navajo man, Mark seeks to understand the complexities of American history regarding race, culture, and faith in order to help forge a path of healing and reconciliation for the nation. He partners with numerous organizations to assist them in respectfully approaching, including, and working with native communities. Mark is a graduate of UCLA.

He consults as a resource development specialist for Indigenous worship through Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. He is the primary investigator in a study conducted by Brigham Young University on the Navajo perception of time. Mark serves as a board member for Christian Community Development Association and the Christian Reformed Church of North America. He developed and coordinates the Global Discipleship Network project through Christian Reformed World Missions.

Mr. Charles is currently traveling across the United States in an effort, as he puts it, to “understand the complexities of our country's history regarding race, culture and faith so that I can help forge a path of healing and reconciliation for our people.”

Monday, October 8, 2012

Graduate Student Presents Work

Allison Belt (show below), a Master's student in the English graduate program who was featured back in February, recently presented her work at two different conference settings in less than a week.

  • On September 22, at Middle Tennessee State University's EGSO Conference, Allison presented a paper titled "The Road to Hell: Intentions in Conrad's Heart of Darkness." 
  • On September 27, in conjunction with Dr. Annette Sisson, Allison presented at Belmont University's Eleventh Annual Humanities Symposium. Her portion of the talk was called, "Toward a Global Perspective: Wendell Berry and the Ties That Bind." 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

English Graduate Student Publishes Work

Shellie Richards (pictured below), an undergraduate alumna of Belmont University and a Master's student in Belmont's Graduate English program, has had a fruitful 2012 when it comes to publishing her writing.  She has placed her poetry and short fiction in a variety of print and online venues. This impressive list includes:

Congratulations to Shellie on her growing corpus of work!

Humanities Symposium Writing Awards Named In Honor of Sandy Hutchins

On Sunday, September 30, the Belmont Humanities Symposium committee announced that, going forward, the Symposium writing awards will be named in honor of Dr. Sandy Hutchins, a longtime member of Belmont’s English Department.  

Dr. Hutchins earned her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and is an Associate Professor of English with teaching focuses in writing, including creative writing and composition, and in British literature. Her research interests include daughter/father relationships, social festivity in literature, Australian literature, literary/cultural study, and teaching and pedagogy, especially the teaching of creative writing. In 2010, Dr. Hutchins was the recipient of the Leo Love Merit Scholarship as part of the Taos Summer Writers Conference. She has published fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction and is now working on her third novel, Already Kindled, told from the perspective of a young girl growing up in Mississippi.  

Please help us in congratulating Dr. Hutchins for  this most recent distinction!

L to R: Dr. Regine Schwarzmeier, Dr. Sandy Hutchins, Dr. David Curtis, Dr. Cynthia Cox, Dr. Gary McDowell

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Humanities Symposium Writing Contest Winners

This year’s Humanities Symposium writing competition received over 100 submissions in three categories: fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Dr. Sandy Hutchins, Dr. Andrea Stover, and Dr. Gary McDowell served as judges for the contest and are proud to announce the following winners:

1st place: Hannah Baggott's "Fighter"
2nd place: Jessica Auville's "Dry Bones"

Creative Nonfiction:
1st place: Erin Turberville's "Operation Desert Storm"
2nd place: Melanie Bond's "The Fall of My Junior Year"

1st place: Austin Boling's "After the wars,"
2nd place: Alissa Lindemann's "The Chaos Sound"

L to R: (seated) Erin Turberville, Alissa Lindemann, Hannah Baggott, Austin Boling, Melanie Bond, Jessica Auville; (standing) Dr. Gary McDowell

Last week, as part of Belmont’s 11th Annual Humanities Symposium, Civility and Its Discontents, the winning writers read from their pieces as part of a symposium panel. Congratulations to all the participants, and especially to the award winners for their deserving work!

Belmont English Professor Publishes in Nashville Arts Magazine

In this month's issue of Nashville Arts Magazine, Gary McDowell, Assistant Professor of English at Belmont, features local artist John Jackson and focuses on Jackson's Technology Series, a collection of paintings that explore the complex effects of technology on our culture. McDowell writes, "The artist exposes the loneliness and vulnerability in contemporary relationships by laying bare the human figure and exploring our cultural obsession with technology." The October issue of Nashville Arts Magazine can be viewed by clicking here.

Belmont Alum Reads from Her Novel

Today, at 5:00 p.m. in the Leu Art Gallery, recent Belmont alum Erica Williams (M.A. English, Creative Writing, 2010) will read from her self-published first novel, Love Lifted Me, and talk about the writing and publishing process. Come and hear about a recent graduate’s success in her field! After the author talk, Erica will be available to sign books and answer questions. Books will be available to purchase for $8. More information about the novel can be found at: 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Former English Major Teaches Abroad

Below are notes from the field by Shelly Reed, a Belmont English major and recent graduate who spent time in Greece teaching English:

This past school year I received the Hellenic American Educational Foundation Teaching Fellowship, which awarded me the incredible opportunity to teach English in Greece. My placement was at Athens College, and consisted of teaching advanced high school students Shakespeare, running creative writing workshops for the literary journal, and coaching duet acting for the forensics team. As a recent Belmont graduate wondering about my career path, this was the perfect chance to discover what teaching is all about. 

The fellowship provided housing, a stipend, great health insurance, a transportation pass, and meals at the school. It also provided a free Greek language class. The stipend was enough to allow for travel and I took full advantage of exploring the Greek islands! 

 Not only did the fellowship offer a lot of professional experience, including valuable ESL experience, but it also changed me profoundly. While living abroad is exotic and exciting, it is also fraught with challenges. I now know what it is like to be a minority, to not speak the language, and to be truly disconnected from home. All of my time in Greece---the exciting times and the challenging times led me to a richer understanding of humanity, one that I believe I could not have gotten any other way. 

 So to those of you dancing with the decision about whether or not to teach abroad, my advice is to go for it! I guarantee the experience will teach you something, like not to eat oranges off the trees in Athens! 

- Shelly Reed

Friday, August 3, 2012

Belmont English Accolades

The English Department would like to congratulate the following students for their academic achievements!

  • Matt Dodson, who received his B.A. in English this past spring, will be attending Oregon State University after being accepted into its School of Writing, Literature, and Film. Matt will pursue a Master of Arts degree in Literature and Culture and teach writing as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. He wants to study American literature from 1900 to present with an emphasis on nature/environmental literature. He was also accepted by Masters programs at Colorado State University, Portland State University, and the University of Colorado at Boulder.
  • Jeff Russell, a Belmont graduate of the Master of Arts in English program, has been accepted into the Ph.D. program in Educational Psychology and Research at the University of Tennessee.  He will pursue his doctorate with a concentration in Adult Learning and a minor in English Education.
  • Michael Watson, a Belmont English graduate student, recently delivered a paper at The Joseph Conrad Society's Annual International Conference, held in Bath, England in July. His paper was titled, "Steaming Towards a Dark Intent: Establishing Discourse between the Production of Purpose and Self-Discovery in 'Heart of Darkness'."

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Belmont English Congratulates Graduates

The Belmont English Department would like to congratulate its Bachelors and Masters graduates who took degrees in the Spring of 2012.  Here are this year's graduates:

Bachelor of Arts (English)
Taylor Boyd
  Amanda Buckner
Matthew Dodson
Heather Entsminger
    Katie Godwin
Jennifer Hamrick
Abby Henry
Allison Hill
 Rainu Ittycheriah
Jesse Johnson
Scott Maddux
Alyson McHargue
Britney Morey
Nathan Stabenfeldt
Laura Stack
Shannon Titus
Ashley Trabue
Lance Umenhofer
Rachel Worsham

Master of Arts (English)
Nina Adel
John Bjorklund
Michael Jackson
Margaret Kingsbury
Sarah Rowe

Associate Dean David Curtis 
prepares to lead CAS faculty at 
2012 graduation procession .

Friday, May 4, 2012

Students Receive English Department Awards

Congratulations to a number of Belmont students who received end-of-year awards from the Belmont English Department!
  • Lindsey Ricker, Jesse Johnson, and Tim Beaton are the winners of the James and Sarah King Awards, presented to recognize outstanding papers written in response to assignments for English courses. These awards are given in honor of the parents of James B. King, former chair of Belmont's English department.
  • Jesse Johnson was presented the Ruby Treadway Award in recognition of his outstanding creative writing. This award is given to honor Ruby Treadway, a former faculty member in the English department.
  • Matt Dodson received the Carl Chaney Award; Katie Godwin and Rachel Worsham received the Virginia Chaney Award. These awards are given to outstanding English majors who have produced excellent academic work in the department and who show promise of excelling in their future endeavors.  

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Haven't gotten your fill of The Hunger Games yet? Then come out to the forthcoming roundtable, "Another Way of Looking at a Mockingjay: Teaching The Hunger Games in the College Classroom." On Wednesday, April 11 as part of the English Club's Spring Lecture Series, Dr. Marcia McDonald, Dr. Cynthia Cox, and Professor Sue Trout will hold a discussion on how to successfully incorporate a pop culture hit like The Hunger Games into a college class. The roundtable will be at 10 a.m. in Beaman A&B. Academic Lecture convo credit will be offered.

Alex Lemon Reading on April 13

On Friday, April 13, 2012, to celebrate National Poetry Month, poet/memoirist/professor Alex Lemon will be giving a reading and lecture at Belmont, followed by a Q&A. The even will be at 7:00 p.m. in McWhorter Hall 110 (Culture and Arts convo credit offered). Alex is a phenomenal poet, one gifted with both the ability to write incredible poems on the page and then perform them equally well. More information can be found on his website, linked here:

Here’s Alex’s bio: Alex Lemon is the author of Happy: A Memoir (Scribner), the poetry collections Mosquito (Tin House Books), Hallelujah Blackout (Milkweed Editions), Fancy Beasts ( Milkweed Editions), and the chapbook At Last Unfolding Congo (horse less press). His writing has appeared in Esquire, Best American Poetry 2008, AGNI, BOMB, Gulf Coast, jubilat, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Open City, Pleiades and Tin House, as well as other venues. He was awarded a 2005 Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2006 Minnesota Arts Board Grant. He co-edits LUNA: A Journal of Poetry and Translation with Ray Gonzalez and frequently writes book reviews. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas and teaches at Texas Christian University.

Belmont Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta Inducts Twenty-eight New Members

Dr. Cynthia Cox, Belmont's advisor for Sigma Tau Delta would like to recognize this year's new members. On Sunday, April 1, the Belmont Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta inducted twenty-eight members in a ceremony at Dr. Annette Sisson's home. Sigma Tau Delta is the international English honor society with over 800 chapters across the United States. Membership in the society confers distinction for high achievement in English language and literature studies as an undergraduate, graduate, or professional. Congratulations to the following inductees from Belmont!

Kristen Allerton
Hannah Baggott
Jill Loftus Barrett
Austin Boling
Amanda Buckner
Jessica Rheay Duble
Betti-Chandrea Frazier
Caroline Hart
Jennifer Hamrick
Abigail Lee Henry
Allison Hill
Rainu Ittycheriah
Jessica Lavender
Hilliel R. Levin
Daniel Ross Logan
Emily Lynd
Alyson McHargue
Scott Maddux
Richard T. Martin
Anna Matlock
Melanie Meriney
Jeremey Minor
Brittney Morey
Jessica Spradlin
Laura Elizabeth Stack
Heather Thompson
Kate Tully
Layne Walton

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Meet Alison Ng Hays, English Graduate Student

English Department graduate student Tara Ng Hays completed her degree here at Belmont in 2011, majoring in Liberal Studies. She was born in the Bay Area of Califonia but moved to Nashville at the age of eighteen. Tara currently lives in Spring Hill with her husband Matt, daughter Aria, son Axle, and dog Chloe. Tara loves creative writing and is pursing the Writing Track in the graduate program. Her favorite things to write are children’s books, creative pieces, and text messages. When she completes her degree at Belmont, her dream job is “to be a travel journalist who writes about places and food.” But she’ll also be happy with “being an English teacher.” Some of her favorite books include: Game of Thrones, The Help, The Twilight saga, dystopian literature, and “all great children’s books.”

Tara chose to enroll in the English Graduate Program because she really enjoyed her experience at Belmont during her undergrad years. She wasn’t interested in a completely on-line Master’s program and needed evening classes—so Belmont was a perfect fit. So far, her favorite things about Belmont are the friends she's made as well as "Belmont's awesome professors." If you see Tara, please welcome her back to Belmont as part of the English Graduate Program.

- Profile by Misty Wellman.

English Faculty Present at Service-Learning Summit

English Department faculty members, Dr. Charmion Gustke (pictured at left) and Dr. Jason Lovvorn, recently delivered a panel presentation entitled “Transforming Voices through Service Learning: Personal Narrative, Community Partnership, and Student Citizenship” at the Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement in Higher Education, held March 21-23 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Gustke and Lovvorn discussed ways in which they and fellow faculty member Dr. Linda Holt (English) incorporate service learning and writing into their classes. Their community outreach involves partnerships with Dismas House Nashville (Gustke), Carter-Lawrence Elementary School (Holt), and Nashville Adult Literacy Council (Lovvorn).

Belmont English Club at Family Literacy Day

Members of the Belmont English Club recently participated in Family Literacy Day, an annual event that promotes reading engagement for Nashville elementary students and their families. The focus of the event involves Reading Circles hosted by various groups. This year, the English Club hosted circles with a wide variety of themes: camping & outdoors, school, animals, monsters & dinosaurs, seasons, and Dr. Seuss. Counting Belmont English majors and minors, along with their friends, the English Club engaged over forty volunteers at this year's Family Literacy Day.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Part III of Spring Lecture Series

The English Club announces its third installment of the Spring Lecture Series. Tomorrow, March 16, from 10 to 10:50 a.m. in Beaman A&B, Dr. Gary McDowell will deliver a talk titled "Exploratory Poetry: The Syntax of Disjunction and Juxtaposition" (Culture & Arts convo credit offered). Dr. McDowell will offer a poetry reading and comment upon and illustrate contemporary exploratory poetry’s leanings toward disjunction, disruption, association, and juxtaposition. Whether it’s through syntax, content, or a combination of the two, exploratory poems, as McDowell puts it, “do not aspire to be comfortable or comforting;” instead they wish to “stretch the boundaries of the sayable.”

Dr. McDowell is an Assistant Professor of English at Belmont who specializes in creative Writing and contemporary American poetics. He is a widely published poet and critic. His first full-length book of poetry, American Amen (Dream Horse Press, 2010), won the 2009 Orphic Prize for poetry, and he's the author of two previous volumes of poetry, Blueprint (Pudding House, 2005) and They Speak of Fruit (Cooper Dillon, 2009). He's also the co-editor of the best-selling anthology, The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry: Contemporary Poets in Discussion and Practice (Rose Metal Press, 2010).

Monday, February 20, 2012

Meet Allison Belt

A profile of one of the newest members of the English Graduate Program, by Misty Wellman.

Allison, AKA Ping-pong Extraordinaire, completed her undergraduate work at Wheaton College, majoring in Sociology and English. She was born in Murfreesboro, TN, but in adulthood meandered up to Chicago, where she lived for six years and passed her time delivering babies.

She currently lives in Murfreesboro, which she proudly states “used to be the capital of Tennessee,” on a plot of ground measuring over an acre. She uses the space to raise “various vegetables, raspberries, peaches and a few pears – but no partridges.” She shares her abundant crops with “deer, fox, possums and tree rabbits” (your guess as to what those are, is as good as ours). She shares her home with cats and asks that we not hold that tidbit of information against her.

The Writing Track is her chosen path in the English program. She prefers to write creative nonfiction about gardening, birth, animals and “other filthy, wonderful things.” Lucille Clifton is her favorite anything, ever. But, she also enjoys reading Mary Oliver, Flannery O’Conner, William Faulkner, and Claude McKay among others.

Allison is currently a principal and teacher at a rural Rutherford County college-prep high school. She says she’s “very good at giving stern looks, infusing her voice with disappointment and humbling all the male students at ping-pong.” She enrolled at Belmont because “she enjoys stories, the hearing and telling of them, and one day hopes to obliterate the Oxford comma.”

Please join us in welcoming Allison to Belmont and the English Graduate Program!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Stover Speaks!

The English Club proudly announces its second speaker in the Spring Lecture Series, a set of events designed for students, particularly English majors/minors, to see faculty's work beyond the classroom. On Friday, February 24, Dr. Andrea Stover will deliver her talk, "(Not) Fade Away: Writing the Self Through Time." Dr. Stover will discuss the benefits associated with articulating the self in a diary over time and how it provides relative comfort and a sense of authenticity for some writers, while it causes anxiety and a sense of duplicity in others. The event will run from 10:00-10:50 a.m. in 114 McWhorter Hall, and Personal/Professional Growth convo will be available. Mark your calendars now, and come out to hear Dr. Stover's engaging presentation!

Feeling Critical?

Matt Colbeck, Matt Jones, and Alex Everett are three students at the University of Sheffield who have recently established a new user-generated review site for the creative arts. The site,, encourages writers to post their insights about a variety of creative genres. The creators are interested in building a solid review base for films, books, music, television and games. They feel that undergraduate and graduate arts students are "best placed to provide consistent content as they are at the rockface of emerging and existing creative output." Interested in contributing? Just click the link above, sign up, and get busy reviewing. Submissions do have a strict word limit. Viva la Reviewlution!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine's Bake Sale on Tuesday and Wednesday!

Please join Belmont English majors Tuesday and Wednesday (February 14 and 15) in the lobby of Massey Hall for a two-day bake sale to heighten awareness for this year's Family Literacy Day and to raise funds for Vanderbilt's Pediatric Oncology Unit. Both days, you can stop by and purchase goods baked by the majors and English professors and/or a custom written Valentine. Come satisfy your sweet tooth and contribute to two good causes!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Belmont Hosts Poet Chad Sweeney on February 9

On Thursday, February 9 (7:30 p.m., Multimedia Hall, Bunch Library), Belmont will host poet, translator, and professor Chad Sweeney for a reading and lecture, followed by Q&A (Culture & Arts convo credit offered). According to Belmont professor Gary McDowell, Sweeney's poetry, "with leanings toward the surreal and fantastical, offers spiritual enlightenment while liquefying the boundaries between imagination and the very world it inhabitshis work always surprises, always transforms, and always inspires its audience." A video clip of such work can be found here. Be sure to mark your calendars for this exciting event!

Below is Sweeney's biographical info from

"Chad Sweeney is a poet and translator. He is the author of four books of poetry, Parable of Hide and Seek (Alice James, 2010), Arranging the Blaze (Anhinga, 2009)An Architecture (BlazeVox, 2007), and Wolf Milk: Lost Poems of Juan Sweeney (Forklift, 2012, bilingual English/Spanish). He is the translator (from the Persian, with Mojdeh Marashi) of The Selected Poems of H.E. Sayeh:The Art of Stepping Through Time (White Pine, 2011). He has published five chapbooks of poetry, including A Mirror to Shatter the Hammer (Tarpaulin Sky, 2006) and the bilingual (English/Spanish) Lost Notebooks of Juan Sweeney de las Minas de Cobre (Forklift, 2010), which has been translated into Catal├ín by poet Anna Aguilar-Amat of Barcelona. Sweeney edited the anthology Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sounds: the Teachers of WritersCorps in Poetry and Prose (CityLights, 2009) and is coeditor of Parthenon West Review, a print journal of contemporary poetry, translation and essays, based in San Francisco. Chad’s poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2008, The Pushcart Prize Anthology 2011, American Poetry Review, Black Warrior, New American Writing, Colorado Review, Denver Qtly, Verse, Volt, Barrow Street and The Writers Almanac. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and is a PhD candidate at Western Michigan University. He teaches poetry in the MFA program at California State University, San Bernardino, and lives in Redlands, California with his wife, poet Jennifer K. Sweeney, and their son Liam." 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Liberating Voice of Philosophy

Tomorrow evening, January 25 at 7 p.m. in the Massey Boardroom, Dr. Philip Edward Phillips will deliver a talk titled "The Liberating Voice of Philosophy: The Function of Poetry in Boethius's The Consolation of Philosophy." Dr. Phillips, a Belmont alumnus, is Professor of English and Interim Associate Dean of the University Honors College at Middle Tennessee State University. His teaching and research areas include medieval and early modern literature, Milton and the epic tradition, Boethius and the vernacular translations of The Consolation of Philosophy, and Poe and early nineteenth-century American literature.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Still Time for Tragedy

That's right. If you haven't already caught former Tennessee Titan Eddie George as Julius Caesar in the Nashville Shakespeare Festival's winter production, there's still time.  Today, NPR featured Eddie in an All Things Considered story.

The final weekend of the production starts this Thursday, the 26th, and runs through Sunday, the 29th. Because of popular demand, a performance on Sunday, the 29th, has been added at 7:30 p.m. All shows are at Belmont's Troutt Theater, and student tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Additional information can be found at:

Thursday, January 19, 2012

English Club Kicks Off Spring Lecture Series

The English Club proudly announces its annual Spring Lecture Series beginning next Friday. Dr. Douglas Murray will kick off the series on Friday, January 27 at 10 a.m. in Massey 100 with his lecture, “English Comfort/English Discomfort: Conflicting Cultural Spaces in Jane Austen’s Emma” (academic lecture convocation credit available). Please mark your calendars now for Dr. Murray's lecture on the 27th!

The Spring Lecture Series is designed for students (particularly English majors and minors) to see the kinds of work and subjects their faculty are interested in beyond the classroom. Subsequently, there will be presentations by Dr. Andrea Stover, Dr. Gary McDowell, and a panel discussion by Dr. Marcia McDonald, Dr. Cynthia Cox, and Professor Sue Trout.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Study Abroad Opportunities for Belmont Students

Dr. Maggie Monteverde, Assistant Provost for International Education and Programs Away, would like to remind students that a number of summer, study-abroad opportunites are still open for applicants. If you are interested in study abroad this summer, please mark your calendars for an informational meeting on January 27 at 10:00 a.m. in MBC 103.

In addition, English majors may be interested in several of the upcoming semester-abroad programs. Dr. Monteverde will host a meeting regarding these semester-long programs on February 17 at 10 a.m. in MBC 103 (convo credit available for this meeting). Please make plans to attend!

Nashville Public Library Presents "Nevermore"

from Nashville Public Library press release...


Nashville Public Library presents a new series entitled "Night at the Library" which will consist of diverse programming for all ages throughout the year. The premiere event, "Nevermore” will take place Jan. 19 at 7:00 p.m. and will feature a performance by film and television star Jeffrey Combs. A reception will be held prior to the performance at 6:15 p.m. Combs will be performing as the brilliant but tragic poet and storyteller Edgar Allan Poe in honor of the bicentennial of the author’s birth. He will recite Poe’s most famous poem “The Raven” as well as other selections including “The Tell–tale Heart” and “Annabel Lee.” The production is directed by Stuart Gordon and co-written by Dennis Paoli.

WHAT: Night at the Library series featuring "Nevermore." The event is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Jan. 19 at 7:00 p.m. (reception at 6:15 p.m.)

WHERE: Nashville Public Library