The Boudreaux Foundation Presents Paisley Rekdal

Thursday, February 22 2018 7:00 PM

On Thursday, February 22nd please join us in welcoming essayist, professor, and current Poet Laureate of Utah, Paisley Rekdal, for a reading of her work!

Paisley Rekdal’s newest poetry collection is Imaginary Vessels, and her latest nonfiction work is The Broken Country, which won the 2016 AWP Nonfiction Prize. She is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee; a hybrid-genre photo-text entitled Intimate; and five books of poetry: A Crash of Rhinos, Six Girls Without Pants, The Invention of the Kaleidoscope, and Animal Eye, which was a finalist for the 2013 Kingsley Tufts Prize, the Balcones Prize and winner of the UNT Rilke Prize. Her work has received the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, a Fulbright Fellowship, and various state arts council awards. She teaches at the University of Utah and is Utah’s Poet Laureate.

This event is generously co-sponsored by the Boudreaux Foundation and the UWM English Department.

The UWM Visiting Writer’s Series Presents Dan Kois

Thursday, March 15 2018 7:00 PM

Curtin Hall Room 175


Thursday, March 15, 2018
Reading and performance: 7 PM, Curtin Hall Room 175
Free and open to the public
Books available for purchase

On March 15, please join essayist and editor (as well as Whitefish Bay native) Dan Kois, co-author of The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America, for a discussion (and partial reading) of his oral history of Tony Kushner’s pioneering, Pulitzer-prizewinning play.

Dan Kois is an editor and writer for Slate’s culture section and a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine. He’s the former culture editor at Slate.com, where he launched the Slate Book Review. He previously co-hosted the podcast “Mom and Dad Are Fighting” and is a frequent guest on Slate’s Culture Gabfest. His previous book was Facing Future, about the Hawaiian musician Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, for Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 series, and his next book is How to Be a Family, a memoir of parenting around the world.

Books available for purchase.

Mark Doty Poetry Event

“Community and Connection” featuring Mark Doty
Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 7pm
Park East Hotel, 916 State Street, Milwaukee
General Admission $10, Students $5

National Poetry Coalition Reading Event, March 28: “Because We Come From Everything: Poetry & Migration”

National Poetry Coalition Reading Event “Because We Come From Everything: Poetry & Migration” featuring Margaret Noodin, Denise Sweet, Kimberly Blaeser, Franklin Kline, and Alexandria Delcourt.

March 28th at 7 p.m. at Woodland Pattern Book Center

Free & open to the public

Graduate Students Present at 4W Summit on Women, Gender and Well-being at UW-Madison

The English department was well represented at the 4W Summit on Women, Gender and Well-being at UW-Madison on April 15th and 16th. Here are the names and titles of presentations of people from our department:

“What Should Anna Duggar Do? A Discourse Analysis of the Quiverfull Movement”
Sara Doan, Graduate Student, English, UW-Milwaukee

“The Queer Rhetorical Agency of Preferred Names and Gender Pronouns”
Molly Ubbesen, Graduate Student, English – Rhetoric & Composition, UW-Milwaukee

“Creative Materiality in the Classroom: A Feminist and Queer Pedagogical Approach”
Frankie Mastrangelo, Graduate Student, English Department;
Casey O’Brien, Lecturer, Women’s and Gender Studies;
Krista Grensavitch, PhD Student, Department of History, MA, Women’s Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Sherri H. Hoffman to Present at NEXUS 2016 Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

Congratulations to Sherri H. Hoffman on her upcoming presentation of “The Reluctant Fundamentalist: Using Affect to Map Global Potentialities.”

Sherri will present at the NEXUS 2016 Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference: Alt + Shift: Unlocking Alternative Methodologies and Marginal Positions, March 3-5, at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Louise Zamparutti Presents at “Italy and Documentaries” Conference

Congratulations to Louise Zamparutti who presented “Il Cuore nel Pozzo: Ethical Implications of a Pseudo-Documentary” at the “Italy and Documentaries” Conference that took place at UCLA January 14-16.

This conference seeks to investigate how documentaries, with their various approaches and genres, have deeply influenced the way Italians and others view Italy and its natural and urban landscapes, cultural diversity, and artistic and literary traditions.

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera at UWM

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera serves as UWM’s Boudreaux Poet this year. The Boudreaux Foundation sponsors the series, which brings a prominent American poet to UWM each year. On March 3rd and 4th, Herrara will visit UWM to hold a poetry reading and craft talk.

The 21st Poet Laureate of the United States (2015-2016), Juan Felipe Herrera is the first Latino to hold the position. He grew up in California as the son of migrant farmers, which shaped much of his work, and from 2012-2014, he served as California State Poet Laureate. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among many other prestigious awards.

Herrera is the author of thirty books, including collections of poetry, prose, short stories, young adult novels and picture books for children. His many collections of poetry include Notes on the Assemblage; Senegal Taxi; Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems, a recipient of the PEN/Beyond Margins Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award; 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross The Border: Undocuments 1971-2007; and Crashboomlove: A Novel in Verse, which received the Americas Award. In 2014, he released the nonfiction work Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes, which showcases twenty Hispanic and Latino American men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the arts, politics, science, humanitarianism, and athletics.

He has served as chair of the Chicano and Latin American Studies Department at CSU-Fresno and recently retired from the Creative Writing Department at UC Riverside. He is also a performance artist and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth.

Thursday, March 3, 7:00 p.m.: Poetry Reading, UWM Union Ballroom

Friday, March 4, 2:00 p.m.: Craft Talk, Bolton Hall, Room B52

Free and Open to the Public.

Books will be available for purchase at the reading.

These events are co-sponsored by the Department of English through the Boudreaux Foundation, the Roberto Hernández Center, and the UWM Union’s Sociocultural Programming.

Louise Zamparutti Presents at the University of Oslo, Norway

Congratulations to Louise Zamparutti, who presented her paper “Victims, Martyrs, and Brava Gente Past and Present: Constructing a National Symbol in Italy” for the symposium National Symbols Across Time and Space at the University of Oslo, Norway.

Avery Edenfield Presents in Kansas City

Congratulations to Avery Edenfield and Fredrik O. Andersson whose proposal, “The emergence of the dominant coalition: a case study of the Riverwest Public House Cooperative,” was accepted for the upcoming conference, Complications and Conundrums: The New Era of Research on… Read More