Mary Clinkenbeard Featured in Highlight of UWM Graduate Student Research

Congratulations to Mary Clinkenbeard, Ph.D. student in Professional Writing, for being featured in this highlight of UWM graduate student research:

United We Read: Poetry Grind

Join us for United We Read, a faculty/student reading series. This month’s event will feature readings by Mauricio Kilwein-Guevara, Franklin K.R. Cline, Elise Karbin, Noel Pabillo Mariano, Caitlin Scarano, and Alessandra Simmons.


Tuesday, April 12 at 1 p.m. | Golda Meir Library, The Grind

Miriam Petty Public Lecture on African American Actors

On April 29, Professor Miriam Petty (Northwestern University, Radio/Television/Film) will be coming to UWM for a public lecture. Professor Petty’s book, Stealing the Show: African American Performers and Audiences in 1930s Hollywood, about to be released by the University of California Press in March, studies African American actors including Louise Beavers, Fredi Washington, Lincoln “Stepin Fetchit” Perry, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, and Hattie McDaniel to reveal the “problematic stardom” and the enduring, interdependent patterns of performance and spectatorship for performers and audiences of color. Professor Petty’s work in general focuses on American film history and Black popular culture.

Professor Petty’s lecture will be at 2 PM in Curtin 368; prior to that, there will be an informal gathering for graduate students (breakfast will be provided) at 10 AM in CRT 368 with Professor Petty. This event is co-sponsored by the Program in Film Studies; the Departments of English, Africology, and Urban Studies; Cultures and Communities; and a grant from UWM’s Year of the Humanities.

Graduate Student Breakfast | Friday, April 29, at 10:00 a.m. in Curtin 368
Lecture | Friday, April 29, at 2:00 p.m. in Curtin 368

Eat Local :: Read Local

This year’s annual Eat Local::Read Local reading is coming up soon!–
Through Eat Local::Read Local, UWM bridges the gap between local restaurants and local writers in order to connect with more of the community through poetry. We distribute printed poems to local restaurants who then pass them out to diners throughout April (National Poetry Month).
To kick off National Poetry Month, join us at our annual event. This year, we’re featuring a poetry can-can line of 11 readers (!) + a musical guest. So come and show your support for this fruitful program!
Tuesday, April 57:00pm 
Pizza Man (2597 N Downer Ave)
Readers: Peter Blewett, Peter Burzynski, Brenda Cárdenas, Jim Chapson, Rebecca Dunham, K Lui Engen, Roberto Harrison, Siwar Masannat, Andrew Ruzkowski, Caitlin Scarano, Angela Voras-Hills
Musical Guest: David Engen

Meg Noodin and Pat Mayes Receive Research Growth Initiative Grant

Congratulations to Meg Noodin and Pat Mayes (co-PI) who received the Research Growth Initiative grant for their project “Ganawendamaw: Emerging Anishinaabe Environmental Ideologies.” Fifteen proposals were chosen for funding in the 2016-2017 Research Growth Initiative, an internal seed-funding competition aimed at enhancing… Read More

Shawna Lipton Successfully Defends Doctoral Thesis

Congratulations to Shawna Liptonwho successfully defended her doctoral dissertation “Queer Modernism and the Biographical Fallacy” this January. Shawna is receiving her doctoral degree in Literature and Cultural Theory. Her advisor was Jane Gallop and her committee members were Greg Jay,… Read More

Scott Graham Discusses “The Politics of Pain Medicine” on Madison’s 89.9 WORT

Congratulations to Scott Graham. He recently appeared on 89.9 WORT talking about his book The Politics of Pain Medicine.

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Alumni Claudia Ramirez ’13 Accepted to Iowa Writers’ Workshop

Congrats to Creative Writing alumni Claudia Ramirez (2013) on admission to the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop! For more information about the workshop, visit

Phi Beta Kappa English Inductees, 2016

Congratulations to our undergraduate students who have been selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa.

Elizabeth Ahnen
Esme Barniskis
Jack Ceschin
Leha Froats
Spero Lomenzo
Chelsea Moskow
Collin Oswald
Keane Schmidt
Samantha Smrz
Emylie Tonnacliff
Deborah Torbica
Robert Trettin

Election to membership as a senior requires a minimum GPA of 3.6, while election as a junior requires a minimum GPA of 3.8. In addition, students selected for membership must have satisfied Phi Beta Kappa distribution requirements in language, mathematics, humanities, social and natural sciences.

Phi Beta Kappa is a highly prestigious national honor; membership is recognized by graduate programs and employers as a mark of excellence.

The initiation ceremony and reception will be held in the UWM Union’s Wisconsin Room on Wednesday, April 27 at 5 p.m. Please send an RSVP to if you plan to attend.

Nina S. McConigley Reading

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Presents… Nina S. McConigley

Thursday, April 7 | 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Hefter Center, 3271 N. Lake Drive

NINA McCONIGLEY is the author of the story collection Cowboys and East Indians, which was the winner of the 2014 PEN Open Book Award and a High Plains Book Award. She was born in Singapore and grew up in Wyoming. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston, where she was an Inprint Brown Foundation Fellow, and an MA in English from the University of Wyoming. McConigley is the winner of a Barthelme Memorial Fellowship in Non-Fiction and served as the Non-Fiction Editor of Gulf Coast. Her play, Owen Wister Considered was one of five plays produced in 2005 for the Edward Albee New Playwrights Festival. McConigley’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Orion, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Salon, American Short Fiction, Memorious, Slice Magazine, Asian American Literary Review, Puerto del Sol, and Forklift, Ohio. She has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was the 2010 recipient of the Wyoming Arts Council’s Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Writing Award. She currently serves on the board of the Wyoming Arts Council and teaches at the University of Wyoming and the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.

This event is sponsored by the English Department’s General Fund, The Vilas Trust, UWM Year of the Humanities, and The Center for Celtic Studies.

Free and open to the public.
Books will be available for purchase.