Congratulations to the winners of the essay prizes for the 2013-2014 academic year! Monica Schroeder won in the English literature category for her essay “A Conscientious Defiance: Kent and Oswald’s Civil Disobedience in King Lear,” Joshua Vega won in the American literature category for his essay "Doubling in 'The Fall of the House of Usher,'" and Said Fallaha won the World literature prize for his essay "Left with Pets" on texts by Gustave Flaubert and Ingeborg Bachmann.
This year, four WU English majors presented their work at the 2014 National Undergraduate Literature Conference from April 3-5 at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Matt Dixon presented one of his short stories, and Hillary Hall, Alexandra Schafer, and Monica Schroeder presented scholarly papers on literary works. They were accompanied by faculty mentors Dr. Ben Beier and Dr. Erin Chamberlain.
On March 31, the English Department was co-sponsor of a day-long celebration of the life and work of Kansas Poet William Stafford, on the occasion of the centennial of his birth in 1914. Over 40 Kansas writers read Stafford poems, as well as their own work, and William Stafford’s son, Kim Stafford—a remarkable poet in his own right—delivered an evening keynote: “You Must Revise Your Life: 100 Years of Poetry and Peace.” The event was coordinated by English faculty including Tom Averill, Israel Wasserstein (who also guest edited a Stafford issue of North Dakota Quarterly), Liz Derrington, Karen Barron, Dennis Etzel, Eric McHenry, and Chairman Danny Wade.
On October 16, Dr. Stanley Lombardo, Professor of Classics at the University of Kansas and an internationally acclaimed literary translator, presented the 2013 Klemmer Lecture titled "Homer's Light."