November 2005 News
Alain J.-J. Cohen
"Return." [poem] United Daily News [Taipei]. Oct.21, 2005:Literary Supplement.
Yingjin Zhang published a refereed
AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS
Rae Armantrout's book of poems, Up to Speed (Wesleyan University Press, 2004), was selected as a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award in Poetry.
PEN Center USA’s annual awards program, established in
1982, is a unique regional competition that recognizes
literary excellence in ten categories, including nonfiction,
fiction, poetry and screen and theatrical plays.
Distinguished panels of judges comprised of writers, editors
and journalists selected this year’s winners and finalists
from more than 500 entries.
Sarah Shun-lien Bynum received a prestigious Whiting Writers' Award at a ceremony held Thursday, October 27, in New York. Author of several highly regarded short stories, including "Accomplice," reprinted in The Best American Short Stories of 2004, Ms. Bynum is acclaimed for her first novel, Madeleine Is Sleeping (Harcourt 2004), a finalist for the National Book Award. The keynote speaker for the 2005 Whiting Writers' Award ceremony was Grace Paley, one of America's most revered short story writers.
This year the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation
recognized ten writers of "extraordinary talent and
promise." Since its inception in 1985, the foundation has
awarded more than $5 million to promising fiction writers,
poets, and playwrights early in their careers. Among past
recipients who have later achieved prominence in their field
are Michael Cunningham, Deborah Eisenberg, Jonathan Franzen,
Jorie Graham, Cristina Garcia, Tony Kushner, Allegra
Goodman, Alice McDermott, Katha Pollit, Jeffrey Eugenides,
Mary Karr, and Colson Whitehead.
photo: Grace Paley with Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
Marcel Hénaff was invited
be a respondent to Professor Amartya Sen's keynote speech at an
international conference entitled "Ethics, Economics and Law:
Against Injustice" at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in
Kyoto on October 28. Professor Sen, an Indian citizen who is
currently the Lamont University Professor at Harvard University,
won the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics for his work in the theory
of famines. At the conference, Professor Hénaff also presented a
Sangeeta Mediratta is a lecturer at Stanford University's program of writing and rhetoric.
Priya Venkatesan is giving a public lecture at Dartmouth
College on November 3, 2005. Her talk is entitled "The
Legitimation of Local Knowledges: Introducing the Postmodern
into Laboratory Science."
EXAMS & DEFENSES
Rocio Giraldez-Betron – September 27, 2005
Kyla Schuller – October 24, 2005 (also received an MA in Literatures in English)
discussion in German and English
Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 11:00
am - 12:15 pm
Sponsors: Department of Literature
and German Studies Program
has been named recipient of the
" Tree Tangled in Tree: Re-Siting Poetry in ASL"
Thursday, 10 November 2005 4:00 p.m.
Reception to follow.
The Department of Literature Faculty Lecture Series
Imperialism: Allotment, Sovereignty, and Subjectivity
Wednesday, November 16, 2005 12:00 – 1:00
saturday, november 19, 7:00 pm
New Writing Series
|Thurs Nov 3||
Vis Arts Performance Space 4:30
Kevin Killian is a fiction writer, poet, critic, and playwright. His novel, Shy, was a nominee for Best Novel in the Lambda Literary Awards, 1990. His collection of stories, Little Men, won the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award in 1996. A second collection, I Cry Like a Baby, was published by Painted Leaf Books in 2001.
Wed Nov 9
Katia Noyes's first novel, Crashing America (a Book Sense Pick for October 2005), is about a young San Francisco vagabond who takes a pilgrimage to the heartland. In many ways Katia is an “old school” author in that rather than being the product of a writing program, she has immersed herself in a life of hands-on experience.
|Wed Nov 16||
Bhanu Kapil is the author of The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers, a book of poetry, from Kelsey Street Press, Autobiography of a Cyborg, a chapbook of fiction, from Leroy Press, and a forthcoming text about monsters, hitchhiking, and other strategies to accomplish mating, from Renee Gladman’s series for experimental prose, Leon Works.
|Wed Nov 30||
Former UCSD writing major Sawako Nakayasu was born in Yokohama, Japan, and has lived mostly in the US since the age of six. Her second book of poetry, Nothing fictional but the accuracy or arrangement (she, is forthcoming this year from Quale Press.
THESE READINGS ARE SPONSORED BY THE
DIVISION OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES,
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Galleria Ninapi – Ravenna
Art from California: San Diego
Featuring work of the "San Diego Collective"
Ernest Silva: "Prescription"
The Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prizes and Poet Laureate Contest
The Ina Coolbrith competition was established by friends of the late Ina Donna Coolbrith, former Poet Laureate of California. Awards totaling $500 are made for the best unpublished poems or groups of poems (maximum of three poems per group) by undergraduate students at the UC campuses, University of the Pacific, Mills College, Stanford University, the University of Santa Clara, or St. Mary’s College.
The Poet Laureate contest was established by the Ina Coolbrith Circle in memory of Ina Coolbrith. Four prizes ($1500; $1000; $750; $250) are awarded for the best unpublished poem or group of poems (maximum of three per group) from graduate or undergraduate students at any of the UC campuses.
Manuscripts must be typewritten or clearly printed, with the last four digits of the entrant’s student identification number and the name of the contest (Coolbrith or Poet Laureate) indicated at the top of each page – with no other identifying information, please. A cover sheet should be attached to each set of entries (1-3 per person per contest) with the following information: name, local address, permanent address, telephone number, e-mail address, major, last four digits of the student identification number, contest name (Coolbrith or Poet Laureate), and entry title(s) [or the first four words]. Undergraduate students may enter both contests, but not with the same poems.
Contestants should retain original copies of the entries. Manuscripts will not be returned.
Participating campuses will each select three finalists for each contest. A faculty judge from the Department of Literature will make the UCSD selections, which will be forwarded to the panel of final judges.
UCSD entries must be submitted to the Literature Undergraduate Office, Room 110 Literature Building, by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 9, 2005.
The California Council for the Humanities
UC Humanities Research Institute
The Huntington Library
UCSD Center for the Humanities
Numerous other funding opportunities are available on the department's funding opportunities website, http://literature.ucsd.edu/funding.
American Studies Association,
November 3-6, 2005 – Washington, DC