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Join Libyan-American poet Khaled Mattawa this Wednesday, 2/17 at noon for a discussion about his most recent book, "Fugi...
02/15/2021

Join Libyan-American poet Khaled Mattawa this Wednesday, 2/17 at noon for a discussion about his most recent book, "Fugitive Atlas," published in October 2020. The collection is an account of refugee crises, military occupations, and ecological degradation, an acute and probing journey through a world in upheaval. Through his poetry, Mattawa examines how we are expected to endure our times, how we inherit the journeys of our ancestors, and how we release those we love into an unpredictable world.
Register here:
http://ow.ly/PU0X50DAVEZ

Congratulations to Professor Eric Anderson, whose essay "Big Indigeneity" has been published in "Publications of the Mod...
02/09/2021

Congratulations to Professor Eric Anderson, whose essay "Big Indigeneity" has been published in "Publications of the Modern Language Association of America," as part of a "Theories and Methodologies" cluster on Indigenous literatures and the Anthropocene!
http://ow.ly/rB4z50Dw3KK

We hope you'll join us at 1:00 pm (EST) today! Need the zoom info? If you're a student or faculty member, check your ema...
02/05/2021

We hope you'll join us at 1:00 pm (EST) today! Need the zoom info? If you're a student or faculty member, check your email and find it in the weekly e-newsletter! Otherwise, reach out to Stefan Wheelock ([email protected]) or Eric Anderson ([email protected]).
@ericgaryanderson #masonenglish #joannabrooks

Last day to add is Monday! Need to make an adjustment? Check out LING 485!
01/29/2021

Last day to add is Monday! Need to make an adjustment? Check out LING 485!

We are so excited for the second presentation in the English Dept. Intellectual Life Committee's series, "The Academy in...
01/27/2021

We are so excited for the second presentation in the English Dept. Intellectual Life Committee's series, "The Academy in the Time of Racial Reckoning." Join us on February 5th at 1:00 PM EST! More info here: https://english.gmu.edu/articles/15379

Don't miss Professor Timothy Denevi's insightful look at Trump's departure in his latest dispatch, featured in LitHub:ht...
01/27/2021
Donald Trump Will Never Understand the Pain He Has Caused

Don't miss Professor Timothy Denevi's insightful look at Trump's departure in his latest dispatch, featured in LitHub:
http://ow.ly/PozY50Dk4i9
@TimDenevi @mason__cw #TimothyDenevi

Sometime in the night there’d been rain, a cold front in from the Atlantic. But by morning all that was gone. The clouds thinned into a blue unbroken chain, and the sunrise came on, first in the Wa…

Professor Timothy Denevi reported from the crowd during Trump’s riot-inciting speech and interviewed QAnon conspiracists...
01/11/2021

Professor Timothy Denevi reported from the crowd during Trump’s riot-inciting speech and interviewed QAnon conspiracists near the White House during the attack on the Capitol that followed. Read the dispatch in LitHub: http://ow.ly/6ikl50D5rXL

The Middle East Institute's Arts and Culture Center and the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center at GMU are pleased ...
12/10/2020

The Middle East Institute's Arts and Culture Center and the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center at GMU are pleased to mark the 10th anniversary of the Arab Spring with a series of monthly talks with leading writers from the region. "Ten Years After The Arab Spring" will feature the voices of award-winning writers from Arab Spring countries reflecting on the past ten years through the lens of their writings and personal experiences.

The inaugural event will feature award-winning Tunisian writer Yamen Manai discussing his newly translated novel The Ardent Swarm (originally published as L'Amas Ardent in 2017). In his novel, Manai celebrates Tunisia’s rich oral culture, a tradition abounding in wry, often fatalistic humor. The book is a stirring allegory about a country in the aftermath of a revolution, told through the simple and hermetic life of Sidi, a bee whisperer.

Manai will be in conversation with Matthew Davis, director of the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center at GMU.

Register here: http://ow.ly/NXxg50CIeWE

“‘If not now, when?’ ‘If not me, who?’ Simple: Now. You. Us.”The Director of our Creative Writing program, Gregg Wilhelm...
12/02/2020
Checking Out of Hotel COVID

“‘If not now, when?’ ‘If not me, who?’ Simple: Now. You. Us.”
The Director of our Creative Writing program, Gregg Wilhelm, shared his family's incredible story with Baltimore Magazine:
http://ow.ly/WQbP50CB1HQ
#MasonEnglish #Baltimore #MasonCreativeWriting

One family’s story from the front lines of Baltimore’s pandemic healthcare response.

LiteraryHub.com (“LitHub”) has published three essays by Professor Timothy Denevi detailing his experiences in Washingto...
11/24/2020

LiteraryHub.com (“LitHub”) has published three essays by Professor Timothy Denevi detailing his experiences in Washington, D.C. from election night to the "Million MAGA March." Find them all here: https://lithub.com/author/timothy-denevi/
#MasonEnglish #TimothyDenevi #DCProtest

Congratulations to Alum Ken Budd (BA ’88, MA ’97), whose article—"The Volunteer's Dilemma"—was included in the 2020 edit...
11/18/2020

Congratulations to Alum Ken Budd (BA ’88, MA ’97), whose article—"The Volunteer's Dilemma"—was included in the 2020 edition of "The Best American Travel Writing" (just published!). He is also the recipient of a silver medal in the "Special Purpose Travel" category of the Society of American Travel Writer’s prestigious Lowell Thomas awards.

Read more about Ken's writing and the honors he has received here: https://english.gmu.edu/articles/15133
(link in bio)
#MasonEnglish #MasonCreativeWriting #KenBudd Ken Budd @ken_budd #TheVoluntourist #voluntourist @georgemasonchss @mason__cw

Folklore Studies Program Leads Anti-Racism Initiative in Folklore Studies
11/18/2020
Folklore Studies Program Leads Anti-Racism Initiative in Folklore Studies

Folklore Studies Program Leads Anti-Racism Initiative in Folklore Studies

As part of Mason's Safe Return to Campus Plan, all classes and associated instructional activities—including final exams—will be conducted virtually beginning November 30, while most campus facilities will remain open. Visit Mason’s Safe Return to Campus Plan for COVID-19 updates.

Join us Friday 11/20 for the first part of "The Academy in the Time of Racial Reckoning" series, “Reimagining Freedom fr...
11/13/2020

Join us Friday 11/20 for the first part of "The Academy in the Time of Racial Reckoning" series, “Reimagining Freedom from Gulfs between Us: Collaborative Reckonings, Gulf Shores” with guest speakers Dolores Flores-Silva & Keith Cartwright!

From their initial work on the copresence of Choctaw and Mexican students at a Virginia liberal arts college in the 1870s, to their production of a documentary film on the legacy of the Afro-Mexican maroon leader Yanga, Flores-Silva and Cartwright have focused on the Gulf of Mexico to reimagine literary and cultural frontiers between and within our two nations. This talk will move from discussion of their documentary film (El grito de Yanga / Yanga's Freedom Cry) to challenges that Yanga's legacy raises for racial reckonings in both the United States and Mexico.

Learn more here: https://english.gmu.edu/articles/15151

What does future First Lady Jill Biden have in common with all of these folks:how about some First Lady trivia? What doe...
11/12/2020

What does future First Lady Jill Biden have in common with all of these folks:

how about some First Lady trivia? What does Dr. Jill have in common with these great Americans: Paul Simon, Don Henley, Mitt Romney, Mario Cuomo, Johnny Carson, Conan O'Brien, Joy Behar, Joan Rivers, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorcese, Sally Ride, Rachel Carson, Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Alan Alda, Joan Cusack, Harrison Ford, Catherine Keener, Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Diane Sawyer, Russell Baker, Barbara Walters, Helen Thomas, Andrea Mitchell, Bob Woodward, John Wooden, Thurgood Marshall, and another First Lady, Laura Bush?

They were all English majors!

“O brave new world that has such people in it!” remarks the island-raised Miranda in William Shakespeare’sThe Tempest, e...
11/10/2020

“O brave new world that has such people in it!” remarks the island-raised Miranda in William Shakespeare’sThe Tempest, encountering humans from beyond the sea for the first time. The line registers the profound impact of a radically expanded worldview. So, too, do the ethnographic accounts, journals, illustrations, and maps that flooded the London print marketplace in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, struggling to keep up with the reports emerging from early colonization efforts in the Americas. How, though, did the writers of Renaissance England incorporate this awareness of—and desire for—a “land of paradise” in their poems, plays, and novels? To answer this question, we will consider how news from the New World, good and bad, inspired novel conceptions of space, race, culture, knowledge, power, and slavery. Our readings, though largely focused on transatlantic movements between England and North America, will invite more general reflections on travel literature’s function in the early colonialist mindset. What is the interest of travel, both as lived experience and as recorded narrative? What are the epistemological and cultural effects of newly “discovered” geographies, ecologies, and peoples? What is the relationship between ethnography and empire, between description and dispossession? Can a travelogue be trusted at all? Ranging from the Tudor era to the early eighteenth century, readings include works by More, Shakespeare, Donne, the New England Puritans, Behn, and Defoe.
#MasonEnglish #GMU #GMUspring2021

Come join us for an online Department Trivia on Friday November 13 from 5-8pm! The Zoom link will be published in our de...
11/09/2020

Come join us for an online Department Trivia on Friday November 13 from 5-8pm!

The Zoom link will be published in our department e-newsletter today, and has been sent out on our student list-servs. If you have questions, please email [email protected].

This course is not about Gone With the Wind. The novels and short stories we’ll read are far stranger and far more darin...
11/06/2020

This course is not about Gone With the Wind. The novels and short stories we’ll read are far stranger and far more daring than what you’ll find on any given page of Margaret Mitchell’s very big novel. We'll investigate multiple Souths and various Southern literary multicultures—including Native Southern and African-American—in this course. We'll read stories of Southern ecstasies and terrors, uplift and degradation, fragility and brutality, healing and trauma, gossip and silence. Except for some blues, film clips, respectful nods to the Athens, GA music scene, and criticism, our course texts will be all fiction, all the time, beginning with early 1930s novels and ending in the here and now. We’ll read a Faulkner novel early on, then consider Civil Rights/Cold War era Southern fictions by women writers, then dedicate a significant portion of the class to what’s going on now in 21st-century southern literature. As Annette Trefzer and Kathryn McKee write, "the U.S. South is not an enclave of hyperregionalism but a porous space through which other places have always circulated." When we consider the South as the northern rim of the Caribbean or as one among many Atlantic coasts or as a place that has been inhabited by interesting human beings for over 100 centuries or as a hotbed of American literature, our sense of Southern cultures and literatures changes for the richer.

We'll start with William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor and end with a virtual reality Trail of Tears theme park and various other recent takes on the South.

#MasonEnglish @ericgaryanderson #gmu #georgemasonuniversity

Posted @withregram • @georgemasonchss SIS faculty, Dr. Wendi Manuel-Scott and Dean Ann Ardis, will join President Washin...
11/06/2020

Posted @withregram • @georgemasonchss SIS faculty, Dr. Wendi Manuel-Scott and Dean Ann Ardis, will join President Washington in the Freedom & Learning Forum on Nov 16th focusing on issues of campus climate, racial justice, equity & inclusion. Learn more by clicking the link in our bio.

Posted @withregram • @gmuwritingcenter Preparing your applications for graduate school? Come to our workshop on November...
11/06/2020

Posted @withregram • @gmuwritingcenter Preparing your applications for graduate school? Come to our workshop on November 6th to learn some strategies for researching, planning, organizing, and drafting your personal statement! Sign up via the link in our bio.

#writingcommunity #writingcenterlife #writingcenter #workshop #gmu #georgemasonuniversity #autumn #georgemason #writing #writers #essay #college #gradschool #learning #reading

Congratulations to Professor Art Taylor and MFA alum Tara Laskowski on collectively winning not one, not two, but THREE ...
11/06/2020

Congratulations to Professor Art Taylor and MFA alum Tara Laskowski on collectively winning not one, not two, but THREE awards at Virtual Bouchercon 2020, the World Mystery Conference! 🏆🤩👏 Taylor's story "Better Days" won the Macavity Award for Best Short Story, and Laskowski's book One Night Gone won an Anthony Award and a Macavity Award, both for Best First Novel.

Check it out here (Macavity Award announcement): https://mysteryreadersinc.blogspot.com/2020/10/macavity-award-winners-2020.html
and here (Anthony Awards announcement):
http://mysteryreadersinc.blogspot.com/2020/10/anthony-awards-bouchercon.html

Art Taylor, Writer #onenightgone #taralaskowski #MasonEnglish #MasonCreativeWriting #boucheron #macavity #mysteryreadersinternational #mysteryreadersjournal #crimefiction #suspense

Ethnographic research seeks finely grained understandings of people, their practices/work, their beliefs, values, and cu...
11/04/2020

Ethnographic research seeks finely grained understandings of people, their practices/work, their beliefs, values, and cultures, through the study of the everyday settings. “Writing Ethnography” explores the variety of methods used by those who study people, communities, and social groups. Readings and assignments will prepare students to design and carry out a semester-long study that entails observation, photography, mapping exercises, interviews, note taking, participatory involvement, analysis, interpretation, and the triangulation of data sources. Students will learn how to mix library and local research with their own primary observations to write engaging creative, but scholarly, pieces on people, culture, and activites. This semester’s writing assignments will include “My Pandemic Journal,” a digital photo essay/mapping of a location, and a lengthy final research paper.

*ENGH 484 fulfills the capstone requirement in the English major.

This Thursday at 7:20 PM! The GMU Linguistics Colloquium Series Presents "Language and Cultural Revitalization of Wester...
11/04/2020

This Thursday at 7:20 PM! The GMU Linguistics Colloquium Series Presents "Language and Cultural Revitalization of Western Mono and Beyond." Learn more about Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival here: https://aicls.org/, and we'll see you Thursday!
#MasonEnglish #MasonLinguistics #GMULinguistics #GMU #Linguistics #IndigenousLanguages Sylvia LR Schreiner

Tomorrow (Friday 10/30) at 1:30! "No Data Plan" follows Revereza as he travels-cross country as an undocumented person. ...
10/29/2020

Tomorrow (Friday 10/30) at 1:30! "No Data Plan" follows Revereza as he travels-cross country as an undocumented person. Through his experience, he creates a frame that becomes a microcosm of the immigrant experience in the United States.

No Data Plan is available now for Mason students, faculty, & staff to watch! For more information, see bio or visit link: https://vfs.gmu.edu/events/11496

#FilmatMasonTogether #VisitingFilmmakersSeriesOnline #MasonEnglish @undocumason @MikoRevereza #nodataplan #documentary #undocumented

WRITER WEDNESDAY: HALLOWEEN EDITION! Professor Eric Gary Anderson has gifted us with the perfect Halloween book recommen...
10/28/2020

WRITER WEDNESDAY: HALLOWEEN EDITION!
Professor Eric Gary Anderson has gifted us with the perfect Halloween book recommendation:

"For good spooky season reading, you can't go wrong with Blackfeet fiction writer Stephen Graham Jones. Jones is phenomenally prolific, which means that he's written something creepy about pretty much everything in the horror universe: ghosts, werewolves, space aliens, slashers, undead mannequins, zombie sharks with metal teeth (the title of one of his short story collections), and more, sometimes including Native American and Indigenous intergenerational trauma and sometimes not. In my Haunted Native America class this fall, we're going to read his novel The Only Good Indians, in which four Native hunters make the mistake of making Elk Woman mad. I've also taught his novel Mongrels, a werewolf coming-of-age story set in the U.S. South. Happy reading and Happy Halloween!"

#MasonEnglish Eric Anderson @ericgaryanderson #MasonCreativeWriting #WriterWednesday #StephenGrahamJones #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #stephengrahamjones #theonlygoodindians

IT'S WRITER WEDNESDAY! Today, we're featuring Lysley Tenorio, author of "The Son of Good Fortune" and the winner of the ...
10/21/2020

IT'S WRITER WEDNESDAY! Today, we're featuring Lysley Tenorio, author of "The Son of Good Fortune" and the winner of the 2020 New American Voices Award (presented by Fall for the Book and the Institute for Immigration Research).

On winning this prestigious award, Tenorio said, “As an American immigrant myself, the question of American-ness—both its limits and its possibilities—has been central to my work and to my life. Fiction allows me to explore this idea in ways that draw upon my personal experience and transcend it, in the hopes that readers might recognize aspects of their own experience—and their own humanity—as well."

If you'd like to hear more about Lysley Tenorio and "The Son of Good Fortune," you can watch a replay of the award ceremony here: https://fallforthebook.org/nav2020ceremony/

#MasonEnglish #MasonCreativeWriting #LysleyTenorio #thesonofgoodfortune Author Lysley Tenorio Fall For The Book @fallforthebook

We're so excited that Professor Jessica Hurley's  book, "Infrastructures of Apocalypse: American Literature and the Nucl...
10/20/2020

We're so excited that Professor Jessica Hurley's book, "Infrastructures of Apocalypse: American Literature and the Nuclear Complex," has just been published by University of Minnesota Press! A new approach to the vast nuclear infrastructure and the apocalypses it produces, "Infrastructures of Apocalypse" focuses on Black, queer, Indigenous, and Asian American literatures.

Read more about it here! http://ow.ly/NPgn50BY02u

Tomorrow! Saturday, October 17th 3 p.m. via Zoomhttps://fallforthebook.org/partner-so-to-speak/So to Speak, GMU Creative...
10/16/2020

Tomorrow! Saturday, October 17th 3 p.m. via Zoom
https://fallforthebook.org/partner-so-to-speak/

So to Speak, GMU Creative Writing and Office of Student Media’s intersectional feminist literary magazine, is almost 30 years old, and has had a longstanding mission of upholding the voices of marginalized authors.

At this event, for the first time since its founding, the journal’s founders, past editors, and current editors will be coming together for a conversation on how So to Speak has changed; its mission and the work that it does in the world; and how we can continue to amplify and platform marginalized voices for years to come.

@SotoSpeak @FallForTheBook @sotospeakjrnl

#SoToSpeakJournal #FallfortheBook2020 #MasonEnglish #feminism #intersectionalfeminism #GMU

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"What happens to a little girl who grows up without a father? Can she ever feel truly loved and fully alive? Does she ever heal—or is she doomed to live a wounded, fragmented life and to pass her wounds down to her own children? Fatherlessness afflicts nearly half the households in America, and it has reached epidemic proportions in the African-American community, with especially devastating consequences for black women. In this powerful, searingly intimate book, accomplished journalist, poet, and fiction writer Jonetta Rose Barras breaks the code of silence and gives voice to the experiences of America’s fatherless women—starting with herself. "We are legions—a choir of wounded—listen to the dirge we sing," writes Barras of the millions of black women like her who lost, either through abandonment, rejection, poverty, or death, the men who gave them life. A father is the first man in a girl’s life—the first man to look in her eyes, protect her, care for her, love her unconditionally. Fathers fashion their daughters as expertly and as powerfully as they do their sons. When a girl loses this man, she grows up with an ache that nothing else can soothe. Psychologists have found that fatherless daughters are far more likely to suffer from debilitating rage, depression, abuse, and addictions; they tend to seek "sexual healing" through promiscuity or anti-intimate behavior and end up fearing or despising the men whose love they crave. Barras knows from personal experience the traps and the fury of being a black fatherless daughter, and she makes her own life story the heart and soul of her book, alternating chapters of spellbinding memoir with the stories she has gathered from women all over the country. Passionate and shockingly frank, Whatever Happened to Daddy’s Little Girl is the first book to explore the plight of America’s fatherless daughters from the unique perspective of the African-American community. Like Hope Edelman’s New York Times bestseller Motherless Daughters, this brilliant volume gives all fatherless daughters the knowledge that they are not alone and the courage to overcome the hidden pain they have suffered for so long." Register for Esther's 2nd Annual Essay Contest at estherproductionsinc.com/contest Thank you #dmv #online #targetaudience
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