Past English Events
2014-2015 Academic Year
Writing workshops and a reading by award-winning author Kathleen Founds. Ms. Founds led faculty workshops on teaching social justice issues in Humanities and Arts classes and a fiction writing workshop. She also gave a public reading from her book When Mystical Creatures Attack, winner of the 2015 Simmons Prize in Short Fiction and a New York Times notable book.
A reading by Monica McFawn. Ms. McFawn read from her story collection Bright Shards of Someplace Else, winner of the 2014 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction.
2013-2014 Academic Year
Poetry reading by Abigail Cloud, editor-in-chief of Mid-American Review and creative writing faculty members at Bowling Green State University. Ms. Cloud read from her recent book, Sylph, and discussed the writing, editing, and publishing process with Siena Heights students.
Poetry reading by Frank X. Walker, Poet Laureate of Kentucky and 2014 NAACP Image Award winner for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry. Professor Walker read from his most recent book, Turn Me Loose: the Unghosting of Medgar Evers and discussed his creative process and strategies for using poetry to engage and dismantle racism and inequality. A major event in Siena Heights's Black History Month activities, this reading was funded in part by the Siena Heights Committee on Social Responsibility and a grant from the Adrian Dominican Sisters.
"Institutionware," a lecture and discussion with Dr. James Schirmer of the University of Michigan-Flint. An expert in digital rhetoric and the use of computers in writing, Dr. Schirmer explored the concept of "institutionware," those digital tools which enable, structure, and sometimes limit academic work in digital settings. He discussed with the audience the limits technology places on the practice of writing.
2012-2013 Academic Year
A Roundtable discussion on "Masculinities and Intersections of Place/Class/Race." This event featured short presentations by Dr. Chadwick Roberts of the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, Cherod Johnson of the University of Pittsburgh, and Dr. Matthew Barbee of Siena Heights University. Dr. Roberts discussed the television show American Pickers and the role of class and authenticity in mediating masculinity and sexuality. Mr. Johnson discussed James Baldwin's time in Paris and his perspectives on American and African-American masculinities. And, Dr. Barbee discuss the humorist David Sedaris's use of constructions of Southern exceptionalism in Sedaris's personal essays about negotiating masculinity and sexuality.
Poetry reading by Saleem Peeradina of Siena Heights University. During his final semester as a faculty member in Siena Heights's English program, Professor Peeradina gave a passionate, virtuosic reading of poems selected from his decades long career.
A reading by fiction writer Tessa Mellas and poet Matt McBride, both of The Ohio State University. Dr. Mellas and Dr. McBride spent the afternoon leading writing workshops with Siena Heights students and then read their recent work for a large audience.
2012-2013 Academic Year
A fiction reading by Seth Fried. An up-and-coming writer of comic fiction, Fried spent the day on campus and met with creative writing students to discuss their work. In the evening he gave a reading from his short story collection The Great Frustration.
A poetry reading by Marcus Wicker. A recipient of the Ruth Lilly Fellowship and a Pushcart Prize, Wicker is currently an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Southern Indiana and poetry editor of Southern Indiana Review.
A public lecture by Dr. Emily Lutenski of Princeton University and St. Louis University. A Visiting Fellow at Princeton's Center for African-American Studies, Dr. Lutenski gave a public lecture based on her forthcoming book which will explore Harlem Renaissance writers and the Great Migration in the American West. While on campus Dr. Lutenski visited ENG 348: Multi-Ethnic U.S. Literature to discuss Black Feminism
A poetry and prose reading by Matthew Gavin Frank, Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Northern Michigan University. Professor Frank read from his travel memoir Barolo and some of his recent poetry.
A poetry and fiction reading by Karin Barbee and Alexander Weinstein, both of whom had just joined SHU's English and Creative Writing faculty.
Every year, the English program collaborates with other offices on campus and contributes to events such as Common Dialogue Day, Black History Month, Women's History Month, the Aquinas Forum, and the Chiodina Ethics Lecture. And, English faculty regularly present readings of their creative and scholarly work and organize workshops for faculty and students.
Every April the English program collaborates with the Theater program to celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday. This event features cake and ale, readings of Shakespeare's poetry and drama, games and other activities.
Every year the English program hosts Poetry Marathon celebrating Women's History Month. Organized by Professor Karin Barbee, this marathon lasts all day and features SHU students, faculty, and staff reading poems by women poets. Throughout the day donations are accepted and all proceeds were donated to the Catharine Cobb Shelter in Adrian.