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:...

Tony Grajeda Co-Publishes New Anthology

October 03, 2012  Tony Grajeda, UCF associate professor of English, has published a new anthology together with Timothy Taylor and Mark Katz entitled Music, Sound, and Technology in America: A Documentary History of Early Phonograph, Cinema, and Radio (Duke University Press). This unique anthology assembles primary documents chronicling the development of the phonograph,...

Obi Nwakanma Speaks at Berlin's International Literature Festival

September 24, 2012  Obi Nwakanma, Ph.D. was among a group of writers invited to read at the annual International Literature Festival in Berlin, September 9-15. Nwakanma read with the poet Charles Bernstein at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele and gave a talk on “Contradictions and Misinterpretations: Reflections on the Present Situation in Nigeria”....

Susan Hubbard to Speak at Orlando Public Library

August 23, 2012  Award-winning author and UCF English professor Susan Hubbard will speak at the Orlando Public Library on Saturday, September 8 about writing and her Ethical Vampire novels. A Q&A session, book sale, and signing will follow the program. Susan Hubbard is the author of seven books and winner of two national...

Poissant Wins First Place in Chapbook Contest

March 06, 2012  David James Poissant has been announced as the winner of the 2011 RopeWalk Press Editor’s Fiction Chapbook Prize. Lizard Man, published this year by RopeWalk Press, received praise from Pulitzer-finalist Lee Martin and Frank O’Connor Award winner and PEN/Faulkner-finalist Ron Rash. The chapbook will be featured in an interview in...

English M.F.A. Students to Present at USF's First Creative Writing Symposium

February 08, 2012  English M.F.A. students, Kirsten Holt and Leslie Salas, have been invited to present at Blank Pages, USF’s first creative writing symposium, on Friday, February 10. The symposium, a celebration of the written word, will take place over two days on February 9-10. Leslie will be speaking on “Art and Comics...

English M.A. Student Presents Paper at Georgia Conference

February 06, 2012  Current English LCT graduate student, Lindsay Anderson, presented her paper, “Bodily Confinement in Margaret Atwood’s Novels”, at the 12th Annual New Voices Conference: Bodies of Influence at Georgia State University.

English Undergraduates Honored at National Jane Austen Conference

December 08, 2011  In October 2011, two UCF English undergraduates, Faith Dickens and Hillary Casavant, were honored at the 2011 Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) conference in Fort Worth, Texas, for their award-winning essays in the undergraduate division of the JASNA annual essay contest. The two Austen devotees attended scholarly presentations...

Creative Writing MFA Students Create Monthly Reading Series

November 30, 2011  Parcels: MFAs in Progress is a new, monthly reading series organized by current University of Central Florida graduate students pursuing Masters of Fine Arts degrees in Creative Writing. The series aims to share the talents of the current UCF MFA students with the Orlando community. Parcels is hosted on the...

English M.A. students active at national conferences

October 12, 2011  Students in the Master of Arts in English, Literary, Cultural, and Textual Studies program have been active at conferences around the country this calendar year. In addition, Lindsay Anderson and April Urban had an article published in Southern Discourse. Conference Presentations: Jessica Holland, “Chasing Posthuman Reality: Simulacra, Advertising, and Philip...

UCF English Lit Majors Take Top Prizes in (Inter)National Jane Austen Essay Contest

August 23, 2011  Two UCF English majors—Faith Dickens and Hillary Casavant—have taken top prizes in the annual Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) essay contest. Faith Dickens won first prize in the undergraduate division for her essay entitled “Whims of the Wealthy: Marriage and Desire for Sense and Sensibility’s Miss Grey.” Hillary...

Atkins Foundation gives to technical communication scholarship

July 19, 2011  The Atkins Foundation, Inc., has awarded a grant of $3,000 to the UCF Foundation, Inc. in support of the STC-UCF Melissa Pellegrin Memorial Scholarship, an endowment established by the Orlando Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication. The STC endowment is managed by the philanthropic arm of the University of...

Kelle Groom's memoir gaining national attention

July 18, 2011  UCF alum Kelle Groom is garnering critical acclaim with her newest book. I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl: A Memoir, from Free Press/Simon & Schuster, was recently selected by Oprah Winfrey for O Magazine’s 2011 summer reading list. In stirring, hypnotic prose, I Wore the Ocean...