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April

Emma Trelles, MFA alumna, is the winner of the 4th edition of the Andrés Montoya Poetry Poetry Prize. The prize, in conjunction with the Institute for Latino Studies, supports the work of emerging Latino/a poets. Her collection Tropicalia is forthcoming next year from the University of Notre Dame Press.

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Dr. Darrel Elmore and his Coastal Environment students will present the following

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English Department faculty member Ben Lauren will be presenting at FIU Online's annual conference this Friday, April 9.Click for more information.

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Launch of New Site

The English Department is excited to announce the launch of its new web site! Please feel free to explore our new real state!

May

English Department launches first ever dedicated Alumni Outreach Campaign in the College of Arts and Sciences. Through the Campaign, entitled "All the World's a Stage," the department hopes to contact all 3000 of its current alumni, inquire where they are on the world stage currently, and discuss possibilities for reconnecting. Alumni will be contacted by mail, phone and e-mail. Please see attached file for more information.

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Congratulations to M.F.A. alumnus Preston Allen. In this Sunday's New York Times Book Review, Julia Scheere's reviews Preston Allen's new novel, Jesus Boy. Read the review here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/16/books/review/Scheeres-t.html The May 25 version of O, the Oprah Magazine, includes Jesus Boy in the “Ten Books to Read Right Now� section. For more information, please view: http://www.oprah.com/omagazine/10-Great-Summer-Books-from-O-magazine-Reviews-and-Reading-Guides/2

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Dr. Feryal Yavas was interviewed by Public Radio, WLRN. Please view the link

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A discussion of John Huston's film "The Dead" will be given by Professor Michael Gillespie on May 16. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

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2011 FIU/Books & Books International Writers Conference--Grand Cayman Co-sponsored by FIU's MFA Program in Creative Writing and Books & Books, along with Camana Bay, Sunshine Suites Resort, Cayman Airways & the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism

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June

Florida International University, Dept. of English Two Visiting Instructors in Writing and Rhetoric: Required: MA in Rhetoric and Composition or in a related field; evidence of success in post-secondary composition instruction. Desired: Terminal degree; evidence of graduate coursework in Rhetoric and Composition if degree in related field.

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Please join the English Department in congratulating alum Justin Petropolous' "Eminent Domain" on being selected by Anne Waldman for the Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize.

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Congratulations to Denise Duhamel

The English Department would like to extend our congratulations to Professor Denise Duhamel on a recent promotion!Congratulations Professor Duhamel!

Congratulations to Miryam Suarez

Recent graduate of the FIU Bachelor of Arts in Art History and English, Miryam Suarez, was currently selected as an alternate for the Fulbright program in Croatia. Congratulations Miryam!

The launch of Lynn Kiele Bonasia’s second novel, Summer Shift, is June 1, 2010. Lynn is a MFA alumna. She has a number of events scheduled on Cape Cod this summer (see http://www.lynnkielebonasia.com/common/index.php?com=BON&div=BB&nav=AA&page=A13). If you or your friends are able to attend any of these events, or if you’d like her to talk to your book group, she’d love to see you.

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July

For Undergraduates interested in making a difference, enrollin ENC 4930-U02, Community Writing & Rhetoric for Fall 2010on Tues/Thurs from 11-12:15.This is a course about writing and community.

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August

The English Department would like to congratulate Professor Michael Gillespie on being awarded the Fanning Prize in Irish Studies, established to honor Professor Emeritus Charles Fanning of Southern Illinois University, and to recognize outstanding scholarship, creative work, and service in the broad area of Irish Studies.

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This section of LIT 4188, Keywords in Postcolonial Studies, serves as an introduction to postcolonial literature, film, art and cultural theory. The course will provide a historical overview of colonial and postcolonial discourses, with particular attention to the critical vocabulary that has emerged in the last half-century to describe both colonial practices and postcolonial experiences and strategies of re-sistance.

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September

Dulce Toribio, FIU '08, graduated with a major in English and a minor in Philosophy. She has just begun her MLitt. at St. Andrew's University in Scotland, intending to specialize in Shakespeare Studies.Congratulations Dulce!

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In something of a coup, Grand Cayman will host this year’s Florida International University Writers Conference from 21-23 October. The conference, now in its 22nd consecutive year, previously were held in Florida venues. The event’s workshops, readings and receptions will be coordinated by Books & Books and Camana Bay and will be held at the bookstore and at various other locations throughout Camana Bay.Click here for the rest of the article

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F.I.U. Master of Fine Arts alumna Patricia Engel's first book, Vida, a collection of linked stories, has just been published by Grove Press Black Cat.

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November

The Creative Writing Program has been awarded a Knights Arts Challenge Grant to support incoming graduate students in the MFA program!1000 applications for the Miami Challenge Grants were received by the Knight Foundation, there were 45 finalists, and only 27 of these were actually winners. Of the 27 winning applications, Creative Writing was the fifth from the top in terms of monetary award.

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Please see attached for an exciting new offering by Professor Tania Lopez!

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An exciting opportunity to study love in a universal sense and in all its splendor. See attached flyer for more information.

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Professor Michael Gillespie to curate Green Shoots Series

Professor Michael Patrick Gillespie will curate the Green Shoots series on contemporary Irish filmmakers that is a featured event at the Cork International Film Festival, 8-14 November. The series will culminate with a public lecture by Gillespie on November 13th followed by a panel discussion with prominent Irish filmmakers.

The piece is reprinted from her book on Zangwill, and it presents students of Wilde and of the period with an important connection that many of us, myself included, had not previously made.

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Please see the attached flyer for an interesting new course being taught Spring 2011 by Instructor Tania Lopez.

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