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...

UCF Hosts Creative Writing Classes for Adults and Teens

June 13, 2011  Creative writing workshops for teens and adults this summer aim to build UCF’s literary community. Courses are designed to teach the skills and techniques used by professional creative writers to create fiction, poetry and non-fiction. Each class will consist of a lecture, discussion and workshop where participants will learn new...

English Student Presents Paper at PCA Conference

June 06, 2011  On April 20-23, 2010, Amanda Ewoldt, a student in the English M.A. in Literary, Cultural, and Textual studies program, attended the Popular Culture Association conference in San Antonio and presented her paper, “‘The twenty-first century is when everything changes’: Torchwood and Resistance to Posthumanism.”

Peter Telep co-authors Tom Clancy novel

June 01, 2011  By day, Peter Telep teaches screenwriting, creative writing and fiction writing at UCF. By night, he’s a New York Times best-selling author and the most recent collaborator of Tom Clancy, the renowned author of international thrillers. He co-authored Clancy’s newest book Against All Enemies, to be released in June. On...

Masters student Blake Vives at the American Studies Symposium

April 28, 2011  Blake Vives, a student in the Master of Arts in Literary, Cultural, and Textual Studies program, presented her paper “Uncovering Deborah Sampson’s Apparently Silenced Voice: Gallantress of Early American Female Masculinity” at the American Studies Symposium, “Interrogating Silence(s): A Critical Examination of Memories, Voices, and Identities in American Studies,” at...

Masters student Jay Jay Stroup at the American Studies Symposium

April 28, 2011  Jay Jay Stroup, a student in the Master of Arts in Literary, Cultural, and Textual Studies program, presented her paper “Rediscovering Bonds of Intimacy: The Female Homosocial and Lesbian Continuum in Milcah Martha Moore’s Book.” at the American Studies Symposium, “Interrogating Silence(s): A Critical Examination of Memories, Voices, and Identities...

Masters student Jessica Workman at the Pop Culture Association/American Culture Conference

April 28, 2011  Jessica Workman, a student in the Master of Arts in Literary, Cultural, and Textual Studies program, presented her paper , “Chasing Posthuman Reality: Simulacra, Advertising, and Philip K. Dick’s Ubik.” at the Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association annual conference in San Antonio, TX, on April 20-23, 2011.

The Top 25 Underrated Creative Writing MFA Programs

April 20, 2011  UCF is featured in The Huffington Post‘s “Top 25 Underrated Creative Writing MFA Programs.” The article notes that UCF’s Creative Writing MFA Program “fully funds nearly all its incoming students” and deserves more attention from applicants. Read the complete story from The Huffington Post or from UCF Today.

Award-winning poems by Milanés set to music

April 04, 2011  Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés’s Everyday Chica has now been set to music. Winner of the 2010 Longleaf Press Poetry Award, Everyday Chica offers readers an evocative poetic rendering of the Cuban-American experience in language so personal and deeply felt that it becomes for readers the universal language of all natives and...