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The 2104 Shakespeare Lecture

News for 09-16-2014

On Wednesday, Sept. 24th at 5 pm in Baker Center Theater, Dr. Bart van Es from St. Catherine’s College, Oxford will deliver a lecture titled "1594: Shakespeare’s Most Important Year.” At the start of 1594 Shakespeare was still an onlooker to the Elizabethan theatre industry, but by its close he had moved to a unique position at its heart. In this lecture Bart van Es explores the consequences of Shakespeare’s decision that year to become a sharer in the Chamberlain’s acting company. This decision, he argues, changed the playwright’s art forever and would prove the most important of his life.

All members of the Ohio University community and the public are welcome to attend. A reception, to be held in the Baker Center lounge, will follow the lecture.

Professor Patrick O’Keeffe Publishes Book

News for 04-14-2014

Patrick O'Keeffe's novel The Visitors was published through Viking Penguin in March, and has already garnered praise from Publishers Weekly, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and the Knoxville News Sentinel. Check out The Visitors on Amazon for a look inside the book.

Patrick was born in Ireland, but he has lived in the US for over twenty years. He received a BA in English at the University of Kentucky and an MFA in fiction writing at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Viking Penguin published his collection of long stories, The Hill Road, in 2005. The book was a Barnes and Noble Discovery selection, and it received the The Story Prize for 2005. O'Keeffe has also received a Whiting Award for fiction writing.

He has taught at the University of Michigan, Colgate University, and the University of Cincinnati. He is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at Ohio University.

His work has appeared in the Irish Times, Doubletake, and the Michigan Quartely Review.

Becca J.R. Lachman Receives Award and Publishes Edited Anthology

News for 01-20-2014

Ohio University alum and current Associate Coordinator of OU's Student Writing Center Becca J.R. Lachman received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for 2014. Additionally, the anthology A Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford, which she edited, was published by Woodley Press. Congratulations to Becca for her hard work and recognition.

Faculty Member Dinty W. Moore Edits Nonfiction Bestseller

News for 01-02-2013

Dinty W. Moore, was listed as #6 in Small Press Distribution's top-ten list of bestselling nonfiction titles for 2012."OU English faculty member Eric LeMay is among the 26 distinguished writers represented in the craft of essay writing collection. Click here for the announcement.

Marsha Dutton’s Talks on Medieval Cistercian Writers

News for 12-25-2012

In August of 2012, Professor Marsha Dutton gave eight talks on medieval Cistercian writers at Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey in Lafayette, Oregon.

Zakes Mda’s Memoir Included in List of “100 Notable Books of 2012”

News for 12-20-2012

Professor Zakes Mda's memoir Sometimes There is a Void is included on the New York Times Book Review's list of "100 Notable Books of 2012." “Mda takes us deep into his country’s literal interior, those rural regions that, in most South African writing, are pushed to the margins,” writes Robert Nixon about Mda’s “Gregarious and transfixing memoir.” Find the full review, here

Professor Ayesha Hardison Presents at ACS Conference

News for 10-22-2012

In July, Professor Ayesha Hardison presented "From Native Daughter to International Ebony: The Life and Times of Era Bell Thomson" at the Crossroads in Cultural Studies conference, hosted this year at Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris. The conference is organized every other year by the Association for Cultural Studies.

Traci O. Connor’s Work Published by Sidebrow Press

News for 10-22-2012

Selections of Traci O. Connor's work were published in March of 2012 as part of a collaborative chapbook entitled White Horse, published by Sidebrow Press. According to the publisher's website, "White Horse threads the poetry and prose of 25 writers into an experimental narrative of the altered and its after effects." Those interested can click here to purchase copies of the book, or can preview the book here.

Lydia McDermott Contributes to Feminist Rhetorics Collection

News for 09-28-2012

Lydia McDermott's essay "Echo as Ventriloquist: Disembodied Vocal Performance and Feminist Rhetorical Agency" will appear as a chapter in Feminist Challenges, Feminist Rhetorics: Locations, Scholarship, and Discourse, edited by Kirsti Cole for Cambridge Scholars Press. Lydia (PhD, 2012) is a visiting assistant professor in Women's and Gender Studies.

Eric LeMay’s Multimedia Publications

News for 09-23-2012

Eric LeMay recently published several multimedia essays:

"Gaetan Dugas, A Personal History" has been published in issue 15 of the online literary magazine Drunken Boat;

"Taking Up Montaigne: The Essay in the Digital Age" appears in In Media Res, an online Media Commons project;

and "Of Studies" was published in the spring issue of New River Journal: A Journal of Digital Writing and Art.