United We Read

Please join us for our final United We Read Student/Faculty Reading on Tuesday, May 3rd, 7 p.m. At Café Hollander on Downer. Café Hollander is located at 2608 North Downer Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53211. Please note that the reading will take place in the upstairs room of the restaurant.
The event will feature readings by Rikki Clark, Peter Brooks, Carina Gia Farrero, and Michael Larson.
Tuesday, May 3 at 7 p.m. | Café Hollander (2608 North Downer Avenue)

Furrow Magazine’s 2016 Release Party

Furrow has worked hard all semester to put together a beautiful new issue of Furrow Magazine, and they’re just about to send it to the presses.

Furrow received over 250 submissions this year and are proud to feature truly outstanding fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art from dozens of talented undergraduates.

Please join us at Art Bar on May 11, 5-7 pm to pick up a copy of Furrow and celebrate with drinks, short readings, raffle drawings, awards, and more.

If you’d like a preview, check out the new and improved furrowmag.org!

Lindsay Daigle Successfully Defends Dissertation

Congratulations to Lindsay Daigle, who successfully defended her dissertation entitled, “The Small Disasters LP.” Many thanks to the members of the committee: Adream Blair, Liam Callanan, Mauricio Kilwein-Guevara, and Andrew Kincaid.

In Memoriam : Jon Erickson (Ph.D., Modern Studies, 1990)

The English Department is sad to report the passing of a distinguished alumnus of our graduate program: Jon Erickson (Ph.D., Modern Studies, 1990).  Jon was an Associate Professor of English and Comparative Studies at Ohio State University. An accomplished critic… Read More

Valerie Laken, Sukanya Banerjee, Brenda Cárdenas, and Liam Callanan Receive Faculty Teaching Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s faculty teaching awards. These colleagues were selected in recognition of their exceptional record of teaching as well as broader contributions to our department.  The members of the merit committee who reviewed teaching materials (A. Martin, Moulthrop, Puskar, Sangari, Schuster) would like to commend all of our colleagues for the strength and dedication that they so clearly bring to the classroom.  It was our pleasure to single out the particular accomplishments of these colleagues this year.  And we look forward to recognizing more of our colleagues as we continue this tradition in coming years.
These colleagues will be recognized at the Department’s Spring Awards Ceremony, Thursday, May 12, beginning at 3:30 in CRT 368.
Faculty Undergraduate Teaching Award:
Valerie Laken
Faculty Graduate Teaching Award:
Sukanya Banerjee
Brenda Cárdenas
Nomination for UWM Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2016-17:
Liam Callanan

Eat Local::Read Local Madison Reading

Help us celebrate the last glorious days of National Poetry Month at our Eat Local::Read Local Madison reading!

Through our program, UWM bridges the gap between local restaurants and local writers in order to connect with more of the community through poetry.

If you haven’t heard, we distribute printed poems to local restaurants who then pass them out to diners throughout April (National Poetry Month). Hopefully, you’ve already seen them at one of your favorite establishments this month (we’ve distributed to 60 restaurants this year!).

To wrap up National Poetry Month, join us at our annual event in Madison. If you’re interested in carpooling or in being a driver, please contact us!

Tuesday, April 26 – 7:00pm 
Next Door Brewing Company (2439 N. Atwood Ave., Madison)
Readers: Rebecca Dunham, Angela Voras-Hills
Kimberly Blaeser, our current Wisconsin Poet Laureate,
along with other past contributors



Servers will be available to take dinner/snack/drink orders throughout the entirety of the event. So come hungry, thirsty, and early!

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

Heejoung Shin Successfully Defends Dissertation

Congratulations to Dr. Heejoung Shin, who successfully defended her dissertation entitled, “Granite and Rainbow: Queer Authority and Authorship in T.S. Eliot, W.B. Yeats, and Virginia Woolf.”

Sukanya Banerjee and Tasha Oren Receive Research and Creative Activities Support Award

The English Department extends its congratulations to colleagues receiving support through the Graduate School’s RACAS program (Research and Creative Activities Awards) for 2016-17: Sukanya Banerjee Tasha Oren

Professional Growth Forum: Siting Resistance in the Writing Classroom, Strategies for Student and Teacher Empowerment

Carter Reitman, Andrew Ludwig, Storm Pilloff, Yasmine Lamloum, Chelsea Dolan, and Hal Hinderliter

This forum will explore critical pedagogy as it applies to issues of student and teacher resistance, complemented by strategies for empowerment. Discussions will address instructor authority within informed critical resistance; issues of accessibility and inclusivity; leveraging the interplay of enjoyment and motivation; instructor resistance to student voices; and the political underpinnings to our disengagement with grammar. We’ll invite your discussions as we propose actionable ideas applicable to the writing classroom.

Friday, April 15 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Curtin 368