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...

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...