To finish out this series, I interviewed Margaret Luongo, Director of Creative Writing, Associate Professor of English, and advisor for my apprenticeship with the CW program. Since my first (and regrettably, only) class with her, I have experienced just how wise and kind she is and I am very glad I got to work more closely with her as part of my apprenticeship, especially now that it is coming to close along with the rest of my college career. I’m very thankful that I have been able to work with Prof. Luongo over this past year, and I hope you all enjoy learning a bit more about her!
Back in November, I was pleased to meet one of
Dr. TaraShae Nesbitt’s colleagues from graduate school, Dr. Shena McAuliffe,
who currently teaches fiction at Union College in New York. Being a creative
writing undergrad myself, along with other peers sitting around me, I felt the
group’s anticipation to be introduced to McAuliffe’s particular style of
research that contributes to her writing, mainly nonfiction and historical
fiction works. The book in question: The Good Echo! This narrative
doesn’t obey traditional schemes of narration, with the keystone of the work
being a posthumous narration from the perspective of a dead son, just twelve
years old when he succumbed to an infection in his root canal, which his father
performed the fatal surgery on before his death.
As a person who, admittedly, shies away from things labeled
“historical fiction” and worse, “Christian fiction,” I can’t deny that I felt a
little apprehensive in starting this book. Would it be corny and preachy? Would
Jesus be portrayed in a way that isn’t accurate or seems pushy?
Hence, it took me a while to muster up the courage to read Madman.
Also, I’ve never really read anything that expressly dealt with things like
demons or capital “E” Evil, so I had my reservations. However, I was horribly
wrong about this book. It defied every expectation I had about what modern
literature should do – and more so, what the function of something labeled
“Christian fiction” should do.
Last semester, back when things were strange in the way we call “normal,” I was thrilled to be in the course ENG 360B: Comics in Theory and In Practice, co-taught by professors Jody Bates and Patrick Murphy. I had tried making comics before but always stopped short of completing them, but this class gave me the tools I needed to return to this incredible form of art and creative writing. When I decided to start this series of professor spotlights, I knew I wanted to learn more about Dr. Murphy’s work in comics. And now, with this interview, you can learn more too! — Lauren Miles
definition of insanity, often attributed to Einstein, is performing the same
action over and over and expecting different results. What else can everyday
domestic activities be, then, but a descent into insanity?
I sat down, well more accurately sat down
and logged into google chat, to talk to poet Hoa Nguyen to ask her about
identity, belonging, and the diasporic experience. Nguyen, whose 2016 book length collection of
poems Violet Energy Ingots was
shortlisted for the 2017 Griffin prize in poetry, is a poet whose work is known
for its melodic quality, weaving rhyme, non sequiturs, syllabic play, and
references to Sappho and Shakespeare among others. Born in the Mekong Delta,
she was raised in the Washington DC area during the time of punk, post-punk and
the Reagan presidency though she now resides in Toronto where she teaches
creative writing and serves as a mentor to Miami University’s low residency
program in creative writing. She is also the author of Dark (Skanky Possum 1998), Your ancient see through (AA Arts 2001), Hecate Lochia (Hot Whiskey 2009), As long as trees last (Wave 2012) and Red Juice: Poems 1998-2008 (Wave 2014).
This week, instead of a virtual student reading, we have more of a student spotlight: an introduction to the art of Nick Felaris. Nick (aka Codex) has created a video showcasing his art and animations.
At the start of this semester, I wanted to begin a series of interviews with professors; I believe our faculty are what make the entire Miami English department special and I hoped to use the platform to showcase that. Now that so much has changed as a result of the pandemic, I hope this series can also help future students get to know the creative writing program since they can’t come visit in person. To kick this series off and continue with our National Poetry Month theme, I I interviewed poetry professor cris cheek about his work:
in Honolulu in 1944, Jim Chapson attended San Francisco State University and
received his MA in 1968. With his partner, the Irish poet James Liddy
(1934–2008), he moved to Milwaukee in 1976 and taught in the UW-Milwaukee
English Department as an adjunct until 2016. He served as Poet Laureate of the
City of Milwaukee from 2014 to 2016. He spends most of his time reading,
writing and shopping at Whole Foods.
once wrote that Jim’s poems move deftly between razor-sharp satire and
passionate spiritual concern. I’ve also been close friends with him for many
years and understand how important he is to his former students and poets in
Paul Vogel: What was growing up in Hawaii like? What does your haole identity mean to you?