New Chapbook Reno Published by Florida Review

April 12, 2016  Reno, by Memphis author Nat Akin, has been published by Florida Review Publications as the fourth in a new series of chapbooks. The chapbook project was started by former editor Jocelyn Bartkevicius in honor of previous editor Jeanne Leiby, who had gone on from UCF to become the first female...

Censorship Is Not All Bad

March 09, 2016  Censorship is not all bad! Free-speech idealists argue that the solution to bad speech (misinformation, lies, abusive language, etc.) is not censorship but more speech. But bad speech can, and often does, drown out the good. A classic form of bad speech is hate speech. Jeremy Waldron, a law professor...

Students Selected for University's Highest Honor

February 16, 2016  Congratulations to Michael Scimeca, Gabriela Wolk and Amy Maitner, recipients of the 2016 Order of Pegasus Award. Michael Scimeca is a part of the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences and College of Arts and Humanities, and majoring in biomedical sciences and the Spanish language. He is a member of The...

'The Big Read' at UCF to Focus on Zora Neale Hurston

December 22, 2015  UCF’s College of Arts & Humanities has been awarded one of 75 grants from the National Endowment for the Arts to participate in “The Big Read,” a nationwide program created to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment. Grant recipients around the...

UCF Grads to Show Work for Art in Odd Places

September 18, 2015  Bright green geometric shapes made out of plastic drinking straws juxtaposed against street medians. Groups of participants knitting in unison to create musical sounds. A live art installation consisting of an X-ray camper parked in a city lot. These are just some of the sights that passers-by can expect to...

New Chair of English Department

August 08, 2015  After serving his five-year term, Dr. Patrick Murphy is stepping down as chair of the Department of English. Though Dr. Murphy will be greatly missed, we wish him well on his future endeavors. The department warmly welcomes Dr. Trey Philpotts as our new chair. He is joining us from the...

Milanés Recognized for Anthology Contribution

April 30, 2015  Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés is part of a group that has been recognized at the International Latino Book Awards. Milanés’ contributions to the anthology Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education were acknowledged in the Most Inspirational Nonfiction Books in English category. Wise Latinas is a collection of personal essays addressing the...

Milanés' Short Stories Make The Top 10 Books About Cuba

March 02, 2015  Two short story collections by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés have been listed on the Top 10 Books About Cuba by The Guardian coming in at number four and five. The short stories, “Marielitos, Balseros, and other Exiles” and “Oye What I’m Gonna Tell You,” aim to show a different side of...

Dutmers Receives 2015 Order of Pegasus Award

February 16, 2015  Congratulations to Jill Dutmers, a recipient of the 2015 Order of Pegasus Award.  Jill Dutmers is an undergraduate major in English/Literature and is currently deciding which law school to attend. She has been accepted to seven schools. The Order of Pegasus is the highest honor the university gives to students....

The Guardian Features New Book by Milanés

January 20, 2015  A new book by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés has been called a “must read” by The Guardian, one of the world’s most widely-read newspapers. Oye, What I’m Gonna Tell You is a collection of short stories chronicling the lives of Cuban Americans from WWII-era Havana to contemporary times in “el norte.”...

Authors to Read from Works, Discuss Writing

October 21, 2014  Two authors will visit UCF to read from their works and talk about the writing process. Jim Ray Daniels, who has published poetry and fiction about the rust-belt working class, will be on campus Tuesday, Oct. 21. He is the prize-winning author/editor of more than 30 books as well as...

Creative Writing Alum Published in AWP National Magazine

August 25, 2014  An article by Sean Ironman (Creative Writing M.F.A. ’14) was recently published in The Writer’s Chronicle, the national magazine from the Association of Writers & Writing Programs. “Writing the Z-Axis: Reflection and the Nonfiction Workshop” appears in the September 2014 issue. For over four decades, The Writer’s Chronicle has served...

Short Story by Poissant Featured in Pegasus Magazine

July 22, 2014  “The End of Aaron,” a short story from The Heaven of Animals David James Poissant, is featured in the most recent edition of Pegasus magazine. Animals is Poissant’s debut book from Simon & Schuster. In each of its short stories, Poissant explores the tenuous bonds of family—fathers and sons, husbands...

Terry Ann Thaxton Wins Florida Book Awards

July 15, 2014  Terry Ann Thaxton’s poetry collection is “as toughly accepting as her own small-town protagonist girls, who are unforgettably beaten, duped, and finally opened into a womanhood that makes them too smart, too sad, and too dangerous for any one man or lifetime,” wrote Terri Witek, a previous Florida Book Award...

Poissant's New Book Warmly Received by Critics

May 01, 2014  The Heaven of Animals, the debut book from David James Poissant, is receiving glowing reviews in a variety of respected outlets. The book received a star from Kirkus Reviews. The Kirkus Star is one of the most prestigious designations in the book industry. In each of the stories, Poissant explores...

Meet UCF English Professor Who Balances Teaching, Writing and Family

April 02, 2014  “Serious writer” and “One of our very best young writers” are among the praises that flank the back sleeve of The Heaven of Animals: Stories, a collection of short stories by David James Poissant, or Jamie, an assistant professor of English at UCF. Poissant’s first book, released in March, is...

Pat Rushin: Making The Zero Theorem

March 14, 2014  Pat Rushin discusses his first feature film and the screenplays that inspired his work in the latest edition of Pegasus magazine. Rushin is the screenwriter behind The Zero Theorem, the latest film directed by Terry Gilliam, starring Christoph Waltz, Matt Damon, and Tilda Swinton. The Zero Theorem is a futuristic fantasy...

Amelia Mackarey receives 2014 Order of Pegasus Award

February 10, 2014  Congratulations to Amelia Mackarey, a recipient of the 2014 Order of Pegasus Award. This award is the most prestigious award given by UCF. Amelia is an undergraduate major in both English/Literature and Biomedical Sciences and is working with Dr. James Campbell on her HIM thesis Representation and Imagination of the...

Madelyn Flammia Wins Technical and Scientific Communication Award

February 06, 2014  Madelyn Flammia has been honored with a CCCC Technical and Scientific Communication Award for her article, “Preparing Technical Communication Students to Function as User Advocates in a Self-Service Society.” The article appeared in Volume 42 Issue 3 of the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. Flammia’s work was recognized in...

Alumna receives Writing Grant from National Endowment for the Arts

February 05, 2014  UCF alumna Kelle Groom recently was one of just 38 writers to receive a $25,000 Creative Writing Fellowship grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Groom received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing/Poetry in 2008 and has been making waves in the literary world ever since. The...