Professor Derek Handley Recommends Books by Black Authors on WUWM

Assistant Professor of English Derek Handley joined WUWM on-air to recommend three books by Black authors. Read more from Dr. Handley about his selections below or listen to the full story here. Where Do We Go from Here? by Dr…. Read More

Professor Liam Callanan interviewed about his new book “When In Rome”

Professor & Coordinator of Creative Writing Liam Callanan discusses his new book and reflects on the relationship between his writing and his faith in the National Catholic Register. Read more here. When in Rome, which will be released by Penguin-Random House on March… Read More

United We Read: UWM Creative Writing Program Graduate Student-Faculty Reading Series

Friday, March 3 2023 7:00pm

Art Bar, 722 E Burleigh St

Please join us for the March event in our United We Read: Graduate Student-Faculty Reading Series, hosted by Art Bar! This month’s readers are Rebecca Baumann, Daphne Daugherty, Danielle Harms, and Professor Valerie Laken.

United We Read poster.

Gerald J. Alred Professional Writing Challenge Awards Ceremony

Friday, February 24 2023 10:30am

Curtin Hall Room 175 and Virtual

Please join us for the Gerald J. Alred Professional Writing Awards Challenge Ceremony to honor our Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 student winners!


Spring 2022

First Place: Thunder Milroy, Second Place: Lauren Anding, Third Place: Chloe Uphoff, Honorable Mention: Zak Klug, Sebastian Laverde

Fall 2022

First Place: Erick Nicia, Second Place (tie): Rebecca Rodefer, Second Place (tie): Michaela Englund, Third Place (tie): Emily Schnaare, Third Place (tie): Isabella Buettner

This event is sponsored by the UWM Professional Writing Program Instructors, the UWM Department of English, the UWM College of Letters & Science, Macmillan Learning, and the Milwaukee Business Journal.

Attend virtually on Friday, February 24 at 10:30am for the Ceremony here.

Professor Derek Handley interviewed for TMJ4’s @TheTable Segment

Assistant Professor of English Dr. Derek Handley sat down with TMJ4 News to share four books written by Black writers that every American should have on their shelves to learn about the Black experience. Watch the clip and read more here…. Read More

Fandom, The Next Generation: A Two-Part Event with Dr. Bridget Kies & Dr. Megan Connor

Friday, March 3 2023 10:30 - 11:30 AM (Panel) & 2:30 - 4:00 PM (Book Talk/Q&A)

Curtin Hall, Room 368

Fandom book cover.

Join us for a two-part event with visiting scholars & Panther alumni Dr. Bridget Kies (PhD 2018) & Dr. Megan Connor (MA 2015)! Both events will be held in Curtin Hall, Room 368.

10:30 – 11:30 AM: Career Panel (Curtin 368)

Participate in a panel discussion of our guests’ experiences with the academic and alt-academic job market and brainstorm ideas for post-graduate school careers. Coffee & Morning Snacks to be served.

2:30 – 4:00 PM: Book Talk / Q&A – Fandom, The Next Generation

Imagine a Millennial parent taking their child to see The Last Jedi after their Baby Boomer parents took them to see Return of the Jedi. Picture longtime friends attending a Backstreet Boys reunion concert as adults. For better or worse, reboots, remakes, and revivals are now a standard media industry practice. New modes of distribution and exhibition have further changed fans’ abilities to encounter or re-encounter media texts. Bridget Kies (UWM Phd 2018) and Megan Connor (UWM MA 2015) offer one of the first close studies of fan generations, looking at how these generations are influenced by and, in turn, influence technologies, industry practices, and social and political changes.

Bridget Kies is assistant professor of Film Studies and Production at Oakland University, where she also serves on the executive committee for the Women and Gender Studies program. Her research on sexualities and media fandoms has been published in the journals Feminist Media Histories, Science Fiction Film and Television, Journal of Popular Romance Studies, Transformative Works and Cultures, and Intensities, as well as several edited collections. With Megan Connor, she is co-editor of Fandom, the Next Generation (2022). She has also co-edited issues of Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture and Participations. She is currently writing a book about the enduring popularity of Murder, She Wrote.

Megan Connor received her PhD from Indiana University’s Media School, where she now serves as research coordinator at the Institute for Communication Research. Her research examines girls’ media, celebrity, and fandom. Her dissertation used an archive of teen magazines such as Seventeen and Teen Vogue to explore the construction and promotion of celebrity girlhood in the 2000s as an idealized form of youthful femininity. With Bridget Kies, Megan is co-editor of Fandom, the Next Generation (2022). Her work has been published in The Black Girlhood Studies Collection (2019) and the journal Black Camera, where she also served as managing editor for several years.

United We Read: UWM Creative Writing Program Graduate Student-Faculty Reading Series

Friday, February 10 2023 - Friday, February 10 2023 7:00pm

Sugar Maple (Bayview), 441 E Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee, WI

Please join us for the first event in our United We Read: Graduate Student-Faculty Reading Series for Spring 2023, hosted by Sugar Maple! This month’s readers are Sean Enfield, Kathryne David Gargano, Brandon Henry, and Professor Brenda Cárdenas.

United we read flyer.