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...

Thaxton Authors Guide to Creative Writing in the Community

December 16, 2013  Bloomsbury Publishing recently released a new creative writing guide from Terry Ann Thaxton. Creative Writing in the Community focuses on the practical side of creative writing, connecting classroom experiences to community-based projects. It prepares creative writing students for teaching in schools, homeless centres, youth clubs and care homes. Enhanced by...

English Professor and Chair Will Lecture at China Universities

November 22, 2013  In December, Patrick D. Murphy, Professor and Chair of the Department of English, will give twelve lectures in China at eight different universities in the cities of Beijing, Shijizhuang, Dalian, Chengdu, Chongqing, and Jinhua. His presentations will focus on the theory and practice of ecological literary criticism, American humanities programs,...

English Professor Co-edits Collection of Letters

November 12, 2013  UCF English professor Mark L Kamrath, General Editor of the Charles Brockden Brown Electronic Archive and Scholarly Edition, recently co-edited The Letters and Early Epistolary Writings of Charles Brockden Brown (2013), a 960-page volume of Brown’s correspondence and related writings. Funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities Scholarly Editions...

English Professor's Essay Featured in New York Times

November 04, 2013  English Professor David James Poissant’s essay “I Want to Be Friends With Republicans” appeared in the Sunday edition of The New York Times. Poissant writes about how talking with his male friends had helped his prejudices against conservatives turn into a mind-opening experience. Read the full essay at the New...

2014 English Symposium: Call for Papers

October 24, 2013  The Department of English invites graduate students, alumni, and faculty in Literary, Cultural, and Textual Studies, Technical Communication, Rhetoric and Composition M.A. programs, M.F.A. in Creating Writing program, and Ph.D. in Texts and Technology program, as well as Honors in the Major (HIM) students, to apply to the third annual...

UCF Teams with MadCap Software for English Course

October 18, 2013  The University of Central Florida is joining forces with MadCap Software to empower students taking its “Writing for the Computer Industry” course with the knowledge and experience that will give them a clear competitive advantage in the workforce. Through the MadCap Scholar Program, the university is licensed to use MadCap...

Meet a Professor Coming to a Screen Near You

August 30, 2013  UCF English professor Pat Rushin calls himself an “overgrown student,” but to those in the film industry he’s better known as the writer behind the Venice Film Festival entry, The Zero Theorem. Originally written more than a decade ago, the film about a curious computer hacker is debuting at the...

International Society Honors UCF Mentor

June 17, 2013  The Society for Technical Communication honored local resident and UCF graduate Dan Voss at its annual conference. Voss, a senior proposal specialist with Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, received the prestigious President’s Award at the opening ceremony of the 60th annual international conference of the STC in Atlanta. The...

David James Poissant Signs Two-Book Contract with Simon & Schuster

February 15, 2013  David James Poissant, an English department faculty member, has signed a two-book contract with Simon & Schuster. The first book, a collection of short stories, will be published in spring 2014. The second, a novel, will be published in 2015. Both books were acquired by Senior Editor Millicent Bennett, whose...

Cecilia Milanés to speak at CCCC

February 13, 2013  Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés is an inspiring teacher and leader. She is also a writer whose work connects her with the diverse experiences of Latinas throughout the country as well as of those of all English teachers of writing. As an Associate Professor of English at the University of Central Florida,...

Patrick Murphy Presents Work Across China

October 29, 2012  Patrick Murphy, Ph.D. gave two conference presentations and six lectures in China, October 13-20. Topics explored in these presentations and lectures included environmental justice, ecofeminism, ecocriticism, and their place in the literature of today. He participated in two conferences at Beijing Language and Culture University. These two conference were “International...

English Department Promotes Banned Book Week by Streaming Book Readings

October 12, 2012  UCF English faculty member Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés, Ph.D. coordinated with Miami Dade College Kendall campus faculty member Elena Perez-Mirabal during Banned Books Week to celebrate Hispanic Heritage and raise awareness about the banned books in Tucson, Arizona–including mostly works by Latino/a authors. MDC Kendall campus hosted a 12 hour read-a-thon, “Librotraficantes:...