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Dr. Jaswinder Bolina Participates in UTA Visiting Writers Series
Poet and essayist Dr. Jaswinder Bolina (University of Miami) made an appearance at UTA's Visiting Writers series in October 2014, which focuses on bringing renowned writers to present their literary works. Bolina is most known for his books Phantom Camera, winner of the 2012 Green Rose Prize in Poetry from New Issues Press, and Carrier Wave, winner of the 2006 Colorado Prize for Poetry from the Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University. Bolina obtained his Ph.D. in English with a focus on creative writing from Ohio University is 2010 and is currently a creative writing faculty member at the University of Miami.
Dr. David Rogers Visits UTA
Dr. David Rogers, Director of the School of Writing at Kingston University in London, visited campus to talk about possible joint ventures with the English Department.
Dr. Ken Roemer Hosts Miss Navajo Screening
The English Department's Dr. Ken Roemer hosted a public screening of Miss Navajo at the University Hall in Fall 2014. The movie was selected at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and received a Special Founders Prize Award at the 2007 Traverse City Festival. The movie is a documentary that includes past winners of the Miss Navajo competition and discusses the responsibilities that come with the title. The beauty pageant is not only about looks: it is also a test of Navajo language proficiency, daily tribal life, and the skills needed to become an ambassador of the Navajo Nation. The pageant has been held annually since 1952.
English Alumnus Accepted into Prestigious Writing Program
English Department alumnus Shaun Hamill has been offered a full fellowship for Fall 2014 into the prestigious Iowa Writers Workshop. With the help of UTA's Coordinator of Creative Writing Laura Kopchick, Hamill applied for the University of Iowa’s prestigious Program in Creative Writing (also known as the Iowa Writers’ Workshop) which was the first of its kind in the United States.The degree program was founded in 1936. The Workshop has several distinguished writers in its ranks,including seventeen Pulitzer Prize winners and six US Poet Laureates. The acceptance rate for the Workshop is approximately 2%.
Photo from 2018 Awards Brunch showing Hamill and Kopchick
Marilyn Chin Performed at UTA
As part of the Visiting Writers Series for 2013-14, Marilyn Chin came to UTA's campus on 13 February. She performed some of her poetry and tales, and, after her reading, autographed copies of her books for the audience.
Bethany Morian wins Scholarship
Bethany Morian has won the Hall-Kohlfeldt Scholarship from UTA's Southwest Study Center to do archival research on one of the early journals that published works by American Indian authors. She will be traveling to the journal's archive at Brown University.
Todd Womble Published
Graduate student Todd Womble has published "Windswept and Scattered: Place and Identity in Larry McMurtry’s The Last Picture Show".