English Faculty Book Launch set for April 8

Publication Date

Four faculty writers from the Department of English will discuss their new work in a Faculty Book Launch on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 6 p.m.

Faculty book covers

Faculty will be in conversation with students in Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honorary.

The event will feature the following:

Kara Doyle, associate professor, is the author of a book, The Reception of Chaucer’s Shorter Poems 1400-1450: Female Audiences, English Manuscripts, French Contexts (2021, Boydell and Brewer), which explores constructions of literary reception, audience, female readership and Chaucer’s work. Prof. Doyle will be in conversation with Lydia Hursh ’21.

Jennifer Mitchell ’04, assistant professor, is the author of a new book, Ordinary Masochisms: Agency and Desire in Victorian and Modernist Fiction (2020). She also is co-editor (with Lizzie Harris McCormick and Rebecca Soares) of The Female Fantastic: Gendering the Supernatural in the 1890s and 1920s (2018). Prof. Mitchell will be in conversation with Mitchell Famulare ’21.

Jordan Smith, Edward E. Hale Jr. Professor of English, is the author of Little Black Train (2020), his eighth full-length poetry collection and the winner of the Three Mile Harbor Press Poetry Prize. Smith also has collaborated with colleague Walter Hatke of Visual Arts for recent exhibits including “What Came Home: Works on Paper from Hikes in the Mountains.” Prof. Smith will be in conversation with Eva Erickson ’21.

Bunkong Tuon, associate professor, is the author of two new poetic works: the poetry collection, The Doctor Will Fix It, (2019) and a poetry chapbook, Dead Tongue (2020). His poetry won the 2019 Nasiona Nonfiction Poetry Prize and he has also published two previous collections And So I Was Blessed (2017) and Gruel (2015). Prof. Tuon will be in conversation with Marie Lindsey ’21.

The event is the second of a two-part series celebrating a prodigious few years for English faculty writers. An event in February featured Shena McAuliffe, assistant professor; Professor Emeritus Jim McCord and photographer Carol McCord; and Hugh Jenkins, professor.

The event is coordinated by Mitchell Famulare ’21, president of Sigma Tau Delta and Prof. Claire Bracken. It is sponsored by the Department of English, Minerva Programs and the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement.

Zoom link: https://union.zoom.us/j/93775258360